Reversible Tapestry Crochet

March 17, 2019

Reversible Tapestry Crochet-Leafy Souls Vegan Blog Post

Deciding on which tapestry to get for your place? There are so many choices frompsychedelic patterns to simple paintings in pastel. But perhaps you are interested in making your own tapestry to add that personal touch. Tapestry crochet is back in fashion and in this article, we go over some important things to consider before you take on the challenge!  

Tapestry crochet can be found in many different cultures throughout history. Pieces can be made with thick yarn or delicate thread depending on the purpose. Bags, sweaters, scarves, pouches, and teas cozies need thick yarn to keep in warmth and to stay durable. Other delicate headpieces or garments are decorative items made with finer materials.

What all of the tapestries have in common is the importance of color - a feature that most find intimidating making this craftsmanship a niche industry with very few people specializing in the art. For anyone who does take on the challenge, the work leaves them with items decorated in beautiful graphic designs.

Tapestry crochet is based completely on basic single crochet stitches. Several different colors go across each row. The best is to start with a simple two-color crochet pattern.To practice, give crocheting a whirl with a simple coaster. Before you get started, consider making a small sample for practice. A simple sample with color changes in the middle of a row should do the trick. Once you are confident changing colors, you are ready to go!

Multiple Colors

An important skill to learn in tapestry crochet is how to work with multiple colors in a row. When using two or more colors in each row, crochet one row over the other. The color on the top is going to be the color that is visible, and the others will be carried behind it. Ensure that the stitches are tight so that you don't see the other colors in the background through the top color.

Reversible

Supposing that you do all of the work perfectly, your tapestry crochet patterns are actually reversible. Nevertheless, the front and back sides of the work will appear a little bit different from one another. When working in rows, instead of rounds, always be aware of whether you're working on the front or back side so that you can make sure that the front side is always the tidiest and cleanest.

“The big difference is how you begin each row. When you are starting the row on the front side, you want your background yarn to be held behind the work before you crochet over it. When you are working on the back side, hold the background yarn in front of your work before crocheting over it. The back side will be a little bumpier and less perfect (although you should still see the same pattern, or rather its reverse image) while the right side will be precise.”

Using a Template for Crochet Patterns

Tapestry crochet patterns can be found in text form, or by using a grid-based graph with the image inside. Usually, in a grid, each square is equal to one stitch, and you change colors according to the changes shown on the graph. Keep in mind that the majority of the instructions for tapestry crochet are for right-handed people. Make sure to get the correct pattern if you are left-handed.

Hanging Your Tapestry

Once you've finished making it, you'll need to learn how to hang your tapestry too. The instructions will depend on whether you choose a rounded or rectangular tapestry, but the essentials are the same. You'll need tapestry hanging supplies.

Keep These Tips in Mind

  • If you are new to tapestry crochet, choose thick yarn and a larger hook. Avoid fluffy yarns. They make life difficult!
  • Tension is important in tapestry crochet. Avoid crocheting loosely. You will use several colored yarns in unison and if you crochet too loose - the colors will be seen in the background and distract from the clean and neat design.

  • Your crochet hook should match the yarn. As you are crocheting, you may notice that the tension is not correct. Try to change the hook to a smaller (or larger) one until you are satisfied with the tension, or the crochet and the look of your tapestry.

  • If you see the background yarn through the front stitches, try to gently pull the background yarn to tighten the stitches and remove them from being viewed.

  • If you are reading from a chart, use a piece of paper or a sticky note to cover the rows that you've already worked on. This makes it easier to know where you are in the pattern without getting too mixed up.

  • Give tapestry crochet - round method -  a shot before working with tapestry in rows. In the first method, the background yarn is tightened behind the front, with no need to worry about front and back sides making it a bit easier for beginners.

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