Tapestry vs Crochet

Some time ago I had been handed a bag of tapestry wool by my good friend, Mrs J.

I’m not really into creating tapestry but have been hanging on to it for a love of the colours and not wanting to waste it. Using some of the darker colours to darn wool socks was ok but I thought not really a good enough a job to do them justice.

Each weekend I home school my little man for at least an hour a day on things that are creative as well as the reading, writing and maths. We have been looking at colours recently. With lots of messy mixing of paint, checking out the colours that each season produces. Also the primary colours that each colour may be made up of etc.

 This bag of tapestry wool was pulled from the cupboard and little man explored the colours and texture of the wool. He arranged them into rainbows and stringy pictures on the floor which sent my mind into overdrive. We have mixed paint but what about wool? Seriously now, I am not going to use these for tapestries so how about some crochet? Ok something useable for me! Ha ha! I can teach about colour and how they mix and get something useful out of this. I really do need a crochet hook case, mine live in a plastic bag in a drawer, hooray!

Little man has been crocheting (on my knee with a bit of help) some of this blanket for his bed. It’s taking a long time so whilst he’s at school I do a couple of rows here and there.

crochet blanket 005

So back to the hook case…spotted some time earlier in this book from the library, Chicks with sticks guide to crochet. This is a great book by the way. It’s not just for beginners. It’s full of interesting patterns and lots of info.

Chicks with Sticks Guide to Crochet, The: Learn to Crochet with More Than 30 Cool, Easy Patterns

We get to work. Little man arranged the colours of autumn-yeah I know it’s like winter now and I’m still behind with all that! We have yellow, brown and reddish-purple for leaves, a bit of green, dull blues for sky and mustard-gold for sun. One strand of tapestry wool isn’t really thick enough to be getting on quickly with so we have used two. Overlapping colours with other colours to make a kind of random stripey, patterned ball of wool. Crocheted together, side by side and on my knee some of the time. Nice, very nice…well we think so!




Got to get on with the felting of it next Saturday, hot soapy water and two pairs of rubber gloves. I can see more water on us than in the bowl but that’s the fun of it. I have never felted before, apart from by accident in the washing machine! The stitches are quite imperfect but it doesn’t matter. I can’t wait to see the stitches melting away into a lush fabric. That’s if it works!! I guess I’m just a fiber junkie at heart.


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