Colour and Comfort Zones by Emma Friedlander-Collins
I don’t now about you, but I’ve definitely hit that time of the year where the energy behind my good intentions, is waning. Not through a lack of will, but because I’ve done the easy bits. I’ve tackled some challenges, and now what I’ve got left are the hard bits, and I’m one of those people that if it looks difficult, or if I don’t get it first time round, then I don’t want to do it.
I started teaching my bigger boy how to tie his shoelaces. He is just like me, if he finds it hard at first then all he wants to do is give up. So we’re currently cajoling, encouraging, pleading, bribing and begging him to not give up, as he will get there eventually. It has really made me realise, that if I want to grow and learn and keep moving forward then I have to find ways to tackle those challenges that are outside of my comfort zone. Not just in life, but in my crafty world too!
Which is why I want to talk to you about tapestry crochet. I KNOW it looks tricky, I know that it can be tangly and awkward, but it’s actually an incredibly simple technique to learn, and can take you to places that you didn’t know crochet could go. All you need is a bit of practice, a bit of encouragement and cajoling and then you’ll have mastered a brilliant and deeply rewarding crochet technique.
Here’s a quick, photo tutorial to show you how easy it is:
Step 1 – When using a double crochet stitch, to change colour, work the last yarn over of the stitch in the new colour.
Step 2 – Continue working your next stitch in the new colour.
Step 3 – Complete the stitch, ta da! And when you want to change back?
Step 4 – Exactly as before, work the last yarn over of the stitch in the new colour.
Step 5 – That’s it!
This cushion is a design I made for my sister, it is the most complicated piece of tapestry crochet that I’ve ever done, but I properly loved how it came out. It’s using one of my favourite, go to, colour palettes and is made in Paintbox DK Cotton.
When working with this many colours, you need to carry the ones you’re not using at the back of your work, and then work over the odd one every few stitches, to keep them from getting out of hand. Now I’m not suggesting you start with anything this complicated, but I am encouraging and cajoling you to give it a go, there’s never any harm in trying something new, and who knows, you might just like it.
Fancy whipping up a couple letters? Hop over to Mrs. Steel’s School Of Stitchcraft & Scissory for the full collection of templates!