Crochet tapestries can be made into beautiful wall hangings for a room with a rustic, antique, or vintage look. Tapestry crochet can also be called intarsia, jacquard crochet, or crochet, but generally, these terms generally describe different techniques instead of the actual fabrics used to make tapestries. The yarns used are typically not knitted, woven, or crocheted. Instead, they are hooked and looped through the loops made by the crochet. Because the stitches are always switched back and forth, tapestries made with crochet yarns look more like they were crafted on a loom rather than hooked on a hook.
To make a crocheting tapestry, start with a tapestry pattern, written or illustrated. A tapestry pattern will tell you how many stitches you will need to use in each round, as well as what type of yarn you need to use. Always choose a color that will compliment the pattern and the room it will be displayed. Dark colors will contrast with lighter colors. If you are creating a floral design, use a lighter shade of your primary color for the background and a darker shade of your flower color for the pattern.
Next, choose the appropriate hook for your project. Usually, a crochet hook is a two-inch round hook made from merino wool. However, if you are making a very large tapestry, such as a bedspread or a pillow slip, a long-arm crochet hook will be best. Also, if you choose to use a single crochet hook, the hook should be one-half of a size smaller than the yarn. This will help avoid any tangled-ups when you are finished.
Next, choose the colors and threads for your project. Tapestry crochet patterns vary widely in their instructions. Many will indicate the right color of yarn and the right thread for the project based on the type of stitch patterns used. Always make sure you are working with the same kind of yarn and thread to ensure proper construction.
Once you have chosen your yarn, hook, and pattern, it is time to begin crocheting. To begin, choose a cable needle (a kind of hook) and a good yet thin point for your tapestry needle. If you are not sure of how to do this, a good substitute would be a short length of fine yarn stitched into a circle, then formed into a ring by putting a finger between the center of the circle and the inside of the circle.
Now you will need to work in a pattern. A typical crochet pattern consists of a series of round loops. These loops will become the ladder that will carry the thread through each stage of the tapestry crochet pattern. The first round of the pattern will be called the begat stitch. It is important to work in the back loop only. This will help you keep track of where your stitch is located when you come to pick up the yarn to continue with the next stage of the pattern.
After the first round of the pattern is complete, move to the second round and work in the front loop only. Continue this pattern up to the last stitch of the pattern. This is when you will start seeing the chain stitches, also known as the treble stitches, which will take your project from an oval to a square.