Tunisian Tapestry Work
The first time I ever tried Tunisain Crochet, I honestly didn't much see the point. It wasn't until a trip to my mother's to start my Ten-Stitch Blanket (which you can find in this post) that I began to really dig into the craft. After I started to look for more information, I found two things:
1.) There wasn't much information out there on Tunisian Crochet. Certainly not as much information, patterns, stitch combinations, etc. as there are on Traditional Crochet.
2.) My favorite part of crochet, tapestry or graphghan work, is amazingly beautiful in Tunisian Crochet. The biggest irritant revolving around tapestry crochet is that the different balls or spools of colors get terribly tangled, but when working the forward and return passes of Tunisian Crochet, the spools or balls actually disentangle themselves from one another during the return pass!
Check out the inspiration behind piece that I demonstrate with in these pictures on this post about the Fall 2017 Art With Fabric Blog Hop hosted by Alida at TweloQ!
Mid-Row Color Change In The Tunisian Simple Stitch
Carrying Color And A Neat Wrong Side
After the strands are locked, the non-working yarn will stay to the right of your forward pass unless you carry it along the work, and that leaves long strings on the wrong side of the work. To avoid these long strands on the back of the work and also to carry the colors across the work inconspicuously, the wrong-side string should be tacked down along side of the carried color when loops are being pulled up during the forward pass.
The return pass is worked much like the return pass of most other Tunisian Crochet projects. Work a ch 1 by pulling the working yarn through the first reserved loop on the hook. Then, continue pulling through two loops at a time until the end of the row. The difference is in the color change which is illustrated in the photos below.
Grafting in More Yarn
When working in tapestry crochet, either Traditional or Tunisian, inevitably, you will reach the end of a spool or ball of color and need to graft in more yarn to continue the tapestry.
The bind-off of a tapestry piece, like the reverse pass of a tapestry piece, is extremely similar to a normal bind-off. It can likely be done in several ways, but here is the way I found to be the most practical for this piece.
From here, the working color can be used to bind off the entire piece, and any remaining tails can be worked over using the tack-down method described above.
Tapestry crochet could fairly be referred to as a labor of love. Often times, it is intense, but for that reason, it is also exciting! If you have been intimidated by tapestry crochet in the past, I hope that this tutorial has lessened that for you, and I also hope that it has illustrated to pros of using Tunisian Crochet for your next tapestry piece.
Did you find this tutorial helpful?
Have you tried tapestry crochet before or a Tunisian tapestry piece? I would love to hear from you and to see pictures of your work! Also, please reach out with comments or questions - I am more than happy to help you to learn this craft!
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