Friday, October 21, 2011

Tapestry Crochet: Choosing the Right Yarn

The first key to successful tapestry crochet is yarn.

When choosing a yarn, keep your project in mind. Not just for a great color combination, but also to get the kind of fabric you want.

When making bags, you are probably going to want a very sturdy fabric and so you need to begin with a sturdy yarn. Popular choices are cotton, acrylic, and wool. Take a look at the photos and you'll see all three fibers represented in that order.

Regardless of what fiber you choose make sure that the yarn doesn't have much loft. Loft could be described as soft, fluffy, and light...all the things that are great for a scarf or a sweater, but not what you usually need in a bag.

Once you've picked out your yarn, you need to make sure you work with a snug tension. This gives you a dense fabric that is durable and won't let things poke through. A snug tension also minimizes the appearance of the inactive yarn being carried inside the stitch. The looser your tension the more you can see the inactive yarn. While you can never make it disappear, a good snug tension will minimize its appearance.

Finally, choosing your yarn color combination can really affect the final look and feel of the pattern you work. Going with natural colors can make it feel earthy and grounded. Going with vivid colors will keep it fresh and vibrant.

(Hint: The first photo is a sneak peak at my next bag in process.)

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