Tapestry crochet

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Tapestry Crochet

Tapestry crochet

Also known as carpet crochet, mochila crochet, wayuu crochet.

Related terms: mochila bag, wayuu bag

This is a crocheting technique allowing one to create tight stiff shapes with a uniform pattern on the front and back of the piece. A Mochila or Wayuu bag is a traditional, very colorful and patterned bag made by the women of the Wayuu tribe, an ethnic group indigenous to South America and living in Venezuela and Colombia.

Carpet crochet is based on crocheting in (hiding) currently unused threads of one of the colors inside a single stitch of another color – in this way the knit is thicker and less flexible, the pattern uniform on both sides of the project, while the join between the colors is invisible.

This technique uses a uniform stitch throughout the whole piece of crochet, placing emphasis on the pattern being displayed. You may design your own pattern or use one of the many to be found on the internet.

examples

There are so many amazing projects featuring this technique, and crocheters come up with new ideas everyday. These few examples show how versatile tapestry crochet is, and how many beautiful things you can do with it.

Candy Heart Pouch by Steph Lewis

Candy Heart Pouch by Steph Lewis

Check out this free pattern here -> LINK

 

Phoenix Rising Blanket by Helen Coe aka Silverarcheress

Phoenix Rising Blanket by Helen Coe aka Silverarcheress

Check out this pattern here -> LINK

 

Mochila Bag by Marion Verloop

Mochila Bag by Marion Verloop

Purchase the pattern here -> LINK

 

Market Day Bag by DROPS design, this version by LBK63 

Market Day Bag by DROPS design, this version by LBK63 

Check out free pattern here -> LINK and take a look at this version here -> LINK

 

Cactus Basket by Steph Lewis

Cactus Basket by Steph Lewis

Check out free pattern here -> LINK

 

Harlequin Cushion by rettgrayson

Harlequin Cushion by rettgrayson

See more photos here -> LINK

 

Swedish Heartwarmer from Nås by yarnjungle

Swedish Heartwarmer from Nås by yarnjungle

Read more about this project here -> LINK

 

Scraps Spring Cleaning by LanArta

Scraps Spring Cleaning by LanArta

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Split Infinitive by Lori M. Carlson

Split Infinitive by Lori M. Carlson

Read more about this pattern here -> LINK

 

Falling Lights Blanket by Magdalene Lee

Falling Lights Blanket by Magdalene Lee

See more photos here -> LINK

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