Do you know anything about the origins of Tapestry Crochet and how widespread it is in the world? Share your knowledge here!
The best resources for information about Tapestry crochet are the books written by Carol Ventura, as well her web site. There is also a Tapestry Crochet group on Yahoo Groups that is hosted by Carol (which I belong to, but don't find particularly useful).
I have been working in my own personal direction using Tapestry Crochet techniques to create one-of-a-kind art-to-wear pieces, each of which takes a considerable length of time to complete. I'll look forward to more comments.
What tips can you give for making tapestry crochet movable enough for use on garments. What type of art-to-wear pieces do you make-I'd love to see them!
To make crochet "moveable" or give it drape, I would work it loser than normal - I'd ensure that the hook was half a size bigger than recommended for the yarn and remember to breathe while working the fabric.
Also, I'd check out Laurinda's newly developed technique she is doing some pretty spectacular work!
Oh my gosh-I was admiring Laurinda's award winning vest from the CGOA competition and was dying to know how she did it. Thank you thank you thank you! (Remembering to breathe is an excellent tip - sometimes I forget when I'm working on something intense!)
I use that phrase a lot when teaching beginners to crochet, it's essential to breathe in my humble opinion as it means that you avoid strangling the yarn! ;-)
As for Laurinda's work, it's simply just smashing and she, as far as I can work out, is using an intarsia technique more so than tapestry crochet, but I'm not 100% sure, but go and ask her yourself. (I believe she has a book coming out soon, if not already!)
that's really interesting-I've wanted to learn intarsia. I'll definitely buy the book. Thanks! -I still forget to breath sometimes and i've been crocheting for almost 5 decades. Maybe I need a refresher class!
I reckon you are doing just fine! ;-)
Laurinda did say that the technique she used on the vest was the same as the one she used for her pattern in Inside Crochet (I think it was issue 30 - still on the shelves in the US). Of course, the pattern in the magazine was much simpler.
Thanks for the info-I went to the Inside Crochet site and apparently the only way to get issue 30 online is thru YUDU. However I haven't been able to figure out how to download photos yet (in fact I don't have any to download anyway) and my profile image is required to read the magazine! The cover does mention a method of intarsia called either Double intarsia or Double crochet intarsia-sorry I was too frustrated to write it down.
I live in the mountains and don't have much "on-the-shelf" selection! Guess I'm going to have to break down & buy a digital camera-then learn how to use it-then learn how to get one of the photos into those "profile photo" boxes (I resisted using the internet until recently because I thought it would affect my productivity-yup it did!) So I'm just a computer dummy so far.
There is a group on Ravelry for Inside Crochet. If you're on there, check it out as it has up to date info. I'm not sure I'd go through Yudu - a lot of people have complained about problems. Also, the original publishers of Inside Crochet went into administration. A new company has taken over and will publish from issue 31 onwards. If you can get to a store and get a hard copy, it would probably be your best bet. In the US, JoAnns and Barnes & Noble carry the magazine. I'm sure there are a couple of other places too.
Carol is such a generous woman in the way she shares her knowledge!
I teach crochet and she has very kindly allowed me to use her fantastic graph paper in my tuition - and what a difference it makes!
I look forward to seeing your art-to-wear pieces, as a matter of fact, I'll scoot over to your profile immediately and see if you are showing anything off there yet!
I love Carol. She is very happy to share everything she has learned about Tapestry Crochet, including her graph paper. She just wants to promote the craft as much as she can, encouraging others to do the same along the way.