Friday, 31 March 2017

Tapestry Crochet Cushion


Last month I wrote about stepping out of my crochet comfort zone and trying
something new. That something new is tapestry crochet and I'm pleased to say
that I've really enjoyed learning this new technique. I'm also pleased to show you
my first finished tapestry crochet project - this harlequin pattern cushion cover.


If you google images of tapestry crochet, you'll get a lot of harlequin patterns.
Their bright colours and geometric shapes were actually the ones that first
drew me and made me want to find out more about this type of crochet. As soon
as I got the handle of working with multiple yarns and crocheting in reverse,
I wanted to try making something with a very simple harlequin pattern.


I drew a basic pattern on graph paper, a triangle with a base of ten double crochets,
and made the rest up as I went along. It was quite easy once I've made a row with
five of these triangles using off-white and green mercerised cotton. Seeing the shapes
forming as I worked every row was exciting (I'm doing colourwork! Yay!) and
I pretty much maintained my stitch tension throughout, usually a bit of a challenge
for me when I'm making something flat.

You'll notice that the upper half of the cushion has off-white with coloured yarn while
the lower half has plain white. I ran out of the off-white yarn halfway through but
didn't really want to buy some more so just used what I could find in the house.
The plain white is also cotton but not mercerised, so it split in almost all places and
wasn't as nice to work with, but it got me to the last row and joined up the front and
back together, so it's not too bad, I guess.


The back panel is very plain compared to the front, just rows and rows of double
crochets using leftover Drops Muskat yarn. It was joined to the front cover
with good old double crochets and I made three loops for buttons at the opening.


I am really chuffed with this. It's a fantastic technique to learn and you can work
as many colours into your design as you like. I have many ideas for my next project;
I'd like to try round shapes next, like maybe fruit or flowers. I've been mulling over
another cushion with lemons or pears. It will be great fun!



Thanks to everyone visiting here. I'll see you soon. Have a great weekend!



10 comments:

  1. This is so pretty Marion! You made a fantasic job, I look forward to seeing future creations! X

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  2. It's beautiful Marion, so neat and pretty. The design is lovely and I like the way the off white changes to white although I can imagine the yarn splitting was very frustrating. Have a good weekend and I look forward to seeing what you create next.

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  3. Great cushion! You've succeeded very well!
    PS: Didn't notice the other white at first sight, but I like the effect.
    Have a great weekend, Sigrid

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  4. Lovely work. I've not tried tapestry crochet yet, but it's on my list.

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  5. This is lovely. I love the bright colours

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  6. Wow, this cushion looks fabulous! I don't think I'd have your patience. Have a great weekend xx

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  7. It's so bright and vibrant, I really like it. I've never tried tapestry crochet and I have to admit I'm a little intimidated by talk of back to front crochet, that sounds impossible. Well done for creating something so beautiful and skillful.

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  8. The vibrant colors are stunning. You did amazing work for your first tapestry project. I can't wait to see what you design next. Have a nice week, Lisa

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  9. It's really lovely, the colours look great on the white backgrounds. How satisfying to learn a new method, I'm looking forward to seeing what you have up your sleeve next xx

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  10. How jolly your new cushion is, full of such colour.
    Well done you.
    Lisa x

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