Tremendously Terrific Tapestry Crochet
At its most basic, tapestry crochet is traditional crochet using more than one color of yarn, but it typically means that colors are switched back and forth to create motifs (patterns, images in the resulting fabric), resulting in a piece that looks like it’s been woven.1,2
Tapestry Crochet Rug by Sônia Maria – Falando de Crochet
The single crochet stitch is most often used in tapestry crochet.
Fair-Isle Crochet Scarf by Irice Clifft
Fair Isle crochet refers to the tapestry crochet method of inserting the crochet hook under one top loop instead of both.2
Maya Works Kippahs
Historically, Mayan crochet uses single crochet with the hook inserted under both loops. The patterns are specific to various regions.2
Tapestry Crochet Basket by Carol Ventura
Dr. Carol Ventura is one of the foremost experts on tapestry crochet. Visit her website at tapestrycrochet.com
Tapestry Crochet Purse for big spindles by Barbro
Spindles are spinning wheels that enable you to spin custom yarn and thread.3
Fadenwirkerin’s Sunshine Mochila
Live Life Love Life Tapestry Crochet Handbag by Irene Lundgaard
“My true love in crochet is Tapestry Crochet, I love colour and playing with the graphic shapes this technique lends itself to. It ties neatly in with my Scandinavian background with Fair Isle knitting which I also do.” –Irene Lundgaard
Read more about the late Irene Lundgaard:
Dream Catcher Single Crochet Afghan by Dyan of Craft Supplies 4 U
Sarah Read’s re-creation of the vintage socks shown below.
The colors used are approximations of what the original colors would have been.
Intricately crocheted socks knitter Susan Strawn received from a friend.
I’m a little nuts over these socks, especially the uppermost one. So pretty!
These were featured in the Fall 2012 issue of Crochet Traditions: Make Amazing Technicolor Tapestry Socks.
Fiesta Mat Crochet Mandala by Natalia Rudenko
The Fiesta Mat Mandala above was created using the Overlay Mandala Pillow Cover by Melody MacDuffee from the book Crochet Master Class: Lessons and Projects from Today’s Top Crocheters by Jean Leinhauser
The Work of Esther Holsen
Esther Holsen’s pieces evolve as she recognizes areas for improvement, resulting in series of related works.8
Her pieces revolve around themes from nature:
“Images that are somewhat representational and wholly fantastical seem to be indigenous to tapestry crochet, which suits me very well,” she is quoted as saying.8
Most of her pieces now are circular, but she made a number of pouches and bags when she started working with tapestry crochet around 2007.
Read more about Esther Holsen
Fine Art Tapestry Crochet
Xenobia Bailey, Jo Hamilton, and Joana Vasconcelos are three amazing standouts in the worlds of crochet, tapestry crochet, and fine art.
Xenobia Bailey (pictured above) is famous for her hats and large-scale projects, but she has also created hats for TV shows, movies, and the clothing retailer Benetton’s advertisements.4,5
She began her professional life as a costume designer for Black Arts West, then studied crochet at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn.4
Read more about Xenobia Bailey:
Xenobia Bailey: Time Traveler, Space Remaker, and One-Woman Storm
Jo Hamilton started out drawing and painting then switched to crochet.6
She creates her portraits, cityscapes, and other works one knot at time through trial and error without graphs or patterns.6
Read more about Jo Hamilton:
Joana Vasconcelos creates a large variety of works including sculptures, installations, and performances.
She uses scale and color to communicate through her art.
Much of her work addresses social and political issues, especially those relevant to women. She has met some controversy over her pieces, most notably in Versailles in 2012, where she was not allowed to exhibit two of her pieces.7
Read more about Joana Vasconcelos: