TAPESTRY CROCHET
Tapestry crochet (also called mosaic crochet, jacquard crochet, intarsia, colorwork, fair isle, and hard crochet) is similar to regular crochet, except that one or more yarns are usually carried while another is crocheted. The finished pieces look woven instead of crocheted.

Attention teachers! Tapestry crochet is relatively easy and inexpensive; a perfect vehicle for introducing fiber art to your students. It takes more time than money to create beautiful, original pieces. Colorful patterns and intricate or simple motifs can be worked out with special tapestry crochet graph papers. Students may then incorporate their own designs into a variety of projects. They will learn about design, color, and fiber art!

Please click on the arrows below to see these free tapestry crochet videos.

Felted Tapestry Crochet Tutorial (with a great first project that you don't have to felt)

Polymer Clay Crochet Hook Handle Tutorial (handles help when crocheting tightly)



The following are from Creative Living with Sheryl Borden, a PBS TV show.

See tapestry crochet from
the Americas, Africa, and Europe.

Learn how to design motifs on graph paper.
For more info, see p. 11 of Creative Living.


Learn bead tapestry crochet and see how to use a bead spinner.
The pattern for the heart basket in the videos is on pages 10 and 11 of Lifestyles.

A Flat Tapestry Crochet Tutorial (for advanced crocheters - it will require practice)


Learn by doing! Just click on the titles below each picture for the free pattern that often includes links to tapestry crochet tutorials:

Beaded Heart Basket
video / instructions pages 10 & 11

Basket
Amulet Bag
Felted Amulet Bag Handspun Hats
Horse Around Purse


Please click on the titles below for more information or to purchase these online patterns. In most cases, the downloadable instructions and illustrations are specifically written for either right-handed or left-handed crocheters.
Silk Scarf
for Lefties
Silk Scarf
for Righties
Yes Scarf
for Lefties
Yes Scarf
for Righties
Have a Heart Scarf Lefties Have a Heart Scarf Righties
Bag of Skulls for Lefties / Righties
Reversible Spectral Bead Basket for Lefties / Righties Handy Basket for Lefties Handy Basket for Righties Bead Felted Jack O'Lantern Basket for Lefties / Righties

Fat Bottom Bag for
Lefties / Righties

Felted Skull Bag for Lefties / Righties Felted Bag
for Lefties
Felted Bag
for Righties
Felted Bag
for Lefties
  Felted Bag
for Righties
Bag for Lefties Bag for Righties Gone to the Dogs Purse Gone to the Dogs Purse Cat Purse
for Lefties
Cat Purse
for Righties
Bead Bag
for Lefties
Bead Bag Righties Beaded Bag
Lefties / Righties
Vulture Purse
Lefties / Righties
Felted Carrion Bag
Lefties / Righties
Market Bag
Lefties/Righties
Bead Hat / Basket
Lefties / Righties
Square
Hat / Basket for Lefties / Righties
Alpaca Star Hat
for Lefties
Alpaca Star Hat
for Righties
Felted Hat / Basket
for Lefties
Felted Hat / Basket
for Righties
New World Sweater Lefties / Righties
Hearts Round
Pillow for Righties
Cat Pillow
for Lefties
Cat Pillow
for Righties
Heart Baby Blanket for Lefties / Righties

My Tapestry Crochet Books (newest to oldest):


$20 in the United States only
This 64 page paperback book stands alone and also supplements my other tapestry crochet books. In addition to right-handed and left-handed tutorials, Bead & Felted Tapestry Crochet includes 167 color illustrations and photographs, 4 tapestry crochet graph papers, and instructions without abbreviations for purses, bracelets, earrings, and a hat. Seven projects are beaded, 6 are felted (in a washing machine), and 3 incorporate both techniques. Crocheted tightly with a small crochet hook or loosely with a large hook, this book has it all! (2006, ISBN 978-09721253-2-1). It is available from Amazon.com or you may order a signed copy with a credit card by clicking the "buy now" button on the left (in the US only) or on the right (outside the US). These prices include free postage. If you would like a personalized dedication with the signature, please mention it in the "instructions to merchant" box on the PayPal page. Please look at the errata sheet and the book reviews.

$28 outside the United States

More Tapestry Crochet may be used alone and or supplement my other tapestry crochet books. Besides tapestry crocheting instructions for right-handed crochet and left-handed crochet, this book includes an expanded history chapter, 14 graphs, "how to design" information, 8 tapestry crochet graph papers, a look at natural fibers, and instructions without abbreviations for 20 projects. The 176 page paperback book includes 139 illustrations, 117 black and white photographs, and 20 color photographs (2002, ISBN 0-9721253-0-2). Used copies are sometimes available at Amazon.com. Please look at the errata sheet and the book reviews. The updated, full color second edition, More Tapestry Crochet Digital, is now available at Amazon Kindle for $9.99. With Amazon's free App, you can read Kindle books on Android and Windows phone and tablet, iPad, iPhone, Mac, and BlackBerry!

Tapestry Crochet teaches the basics and presents information to help readers design their own motifs. The instructions are for both right-handed crocheters and left-handed crocheters. The 10 projects (with instructions without abbreviations) include a pillow, bags, baskets, and tapestries. Please look at the errata sheet! This book is out of print, but is sometimes available at Amazon.com. You can read the book reviews here. The four rounds projects and the four spiral projects are now sold as PDF's for right handed and left handed crocheters (see below).
4 Rounds Projects
for Lefties
4 Rounds Projects for Righties 4 Spiral Projects
for Lefties
4 Spiral Projects
for Righties

Tapestry Crochet Video (and now in DVD)


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This video teaches the basics of tapestry crochet while making a two color eyeglass case. By increasing the number of stitches, these techniques may be used to crochet a change purse, shoulder bag, or pillow. You can read the video reviews here.

The Tapestry Crochet video and DVD are available from Yarn Barn or call (800) 468-0035. 


Download my most popular free tapestry crochet graph papers:
For crocheting in rounds with the left hand.
For crocheting in rounds with the right hand.
For crocheting flat, back and forth.

One of the best things about tapestry crochet is that you can do it anywhere because it does not require a specially equipped studio. It is relaxing and regenerative - in fact - it is a proven fact that endorphins are released during repetitive activities - and tapestry crochet qualifies! On the left I am tapestry crocheting in a gondola on the way up to the Great Wall of China! Please email me pictures that I can add to a "do it anywhere" web page of the places where you tapestry crochet. At home, on vacation, in a tree, underwater - wherever.

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