Saturday, January 31, 2009

Crochet Polar Bears

Crochet Polar Bears

Created by Teresa Richardson

4-Ply Worsted Weight yarn
Each square represents a single crochet.

The gauge is for a size H crochet hook.
Gauge 4" x 4" = 16 Rows, 12 Stitches

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Crochet Flag of India

Crochet Flag of India

Chart Created by Teresa Richardson

Estimated Size: 3 Feet or x 2 Feet or 91 Centimeters x 60 Centimeters

Each square represents a single crochet. You will start with a chain of 131. If you are familiar with the foundation single crochet you will do 130 FSC instead. Follow the chart to see where to place your colors.

This chart is a larger version of the flag.

Monday, January 19, 2009

US Army Logo for Chart Tapestry Crochet

4-Ply Worsted Weight yarn
Each square represents a single crochet.

The gauge is for a size H crochet hook.
Gauge 4" x 4" = 16 Rows, 12 Stitches

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Crochet Blue Star Service Flag

Click on the chart for a larger view.

Creator Teresa Richardson

Video Tutorial: Crochet Blue Star Service Flag Tapestry

This is the same technique that I used to create the Barack Obama crochet piece. The Blue Star Service Flag was a fun project for me to make. It worked up very quick, with no mistakes. I have made two flags so far. The idea came from my dad as I was talking to him on the phone one Sunday, a few weeks ago. Many of you know that I am a former military spouse. My children are now serving our country with the United States Military. Crochet is something that provided comfort for me, throughout the years of many deployments.

The video tutorial is showing how to create a crochet project from a chart. I am including a smiley face for those of you that would like to practice on a different project than the flag. I included a beige background with the smiley. It will be very easy for you to substitute another color in place of the beige.

H Crochet Hook
Document Protector
Marking Pencil/Pen
4-ply Worsted Weight Yarn

Gauge 4" x 4" = 16 Rows, 12 Stitches

How to Crochet from a Chart

Step 1: Create your Chart
Each square on the chart, represents a single crochet stitch. I started with a foundation single crochet of 68 or you can do a chain of 69. What I would do differently is to flip the chart sideways and crochet my rows from the side of the chart, starting with a foundation single crochet of 75 or a chain of 76. There are many different free sources online, where you can create a detailed chart.

Step 2: Purchase Your Yarn Colors and Materials
For this piece, I used 4-ply yarn of different brands and a size G crochet hook. I used 6 colors for the main crochet. A 7th color was introduced for the cross stitch.
I purchased a document protector from my local office supply store and a grease pencil. As I finished each row, I would mark the row with the grease pencil. I can reuse my document protector a few times by removing the the grease pencil markings with baby oil.

I created my yarn chart to eliminate confusion. This was to keep track of yarn strand placement and where I am using them on the color chart. It is going to be difficult to match the yarn exact to what is printed. Fairly close is going to be good enough. You can mix colors when you are finished through cross stitch and embroidery. It really opens the door to some unique and different artwork through crochet.

Step 3: Follow your chart to create your masterpiece

Since it is done with single crochet, it is pretty easy to do. It is just a single crochet piece with color changes. Don't be intimidated by color changes. I changed colors by cutting the yarn at each color change and pulling the new color through the two loops of the last single crochet. I started out sewing in some of my tails as you can see at the bottom of the image. Because I had so many tails in such a small area, it distorted my piece, making it to full. I decided on a front side and back side of my work. From that point on, I cut tails and tied a knot on the back of my piece. If you are changing colors less, you may find that sewing in the tails will work for you, therefore making your piece reversible. It can be done with knots or tails. Both ways will be correct.

Step 4: Color Blend your piece by Cross Stitch and Embroidery

When I purchased the pink, I thought it would be a softer, more subtle pink. It popped to much so I softened it with a cross stitch of light brown from my color chart, over the top of the pink. I separated a 4-ply strand of yarn, in to a 2-ply strand of yarn for the cross stitching. The forehead shows the blending process.

I still had two browns that were to close in color. My solution was to introduce an off-white cross stitch to the external medium brown. That just brought it all together and saved the piece that I came close to throwing away.

Barack Obama Crochet - Painting with Yarn

I am very proud of this piece and struggled to get it done. As with any of my projects, I am very critical when I am right in the middle of them. That is because I am seeing things that no one else will ever see. The biggest compliment for me, was when my husband suggested that I get it framed.

The pattern was designed with crochet software for making filet crochet. It was created following the horizontal chart, which made my work to squashed. From now on I will follow the vertical chart. The finished size is 22" long by 20" wide.

I wanted to make it in color, with as few colors as possible but still retain recognition of who is in my piece. 6 colors were the magic number. As I progressed, I realized my light color was to light, bold and popped to much. My medium browns were to close together so they did not have the pop between colors that I was looking for. My solution was to cross stitch over 2 of the parts that needed help, adding some color blending. I took my 4-ply yarn and pulled it apart to get 2-ply yarn for cross stitching. I toned down my light color with some brown and added a 7th color(eggshell) to give my medium brown more definition. It worked!!!!
Halfway through the project, I considered throwing it away and starting over. Now I am glad that I did not throw away my first ever, detailed yarn painting.

Before images, in the process of cross stitching.

I do consider my piece a tapestry or any piece crocheted in this way a tapestry. I know there are people who disagree and that is alright. The definition of tapestry is "picture woven by hand." Other than that there is no formal name that I have ever heard for this type of crochet.