Sunday, 9 March 2014

Intarsia it is not

My last post was about trying out intarsia; however, now I think it's probably not intarsia, but tapestry crochet.  I've looked at websites to try and get a clear explanation, but there seem to be conflicting views, some websites seem to say that they are one and the same thing.  

It all amounts to changing colour, but I came to the conclusion that there is a difference. Intarsia is worked by using bobbins or butterflies of yarn which you pick up as and when you need to change colour and this means that the pattern can be seen clearly on both sides of the work (although I think you can still tell which is the wrong side). You can see how it works here.  

Tapestry crochet is where you join in your new colour but, while working your new colour, you enclose the original colour in each stitch so that it doesn't get left behind and is ready to pick up when you need to change again (if I'm still getting it wrong please tell me).  The wrong side of the work with this method is not as neat.  There is a good demonstration of how it works here and this is the method I used in my pincushion for the pink centre blocks.




It didn't take long to work and I'm quite pleased with the result but it wasn't all plain sailing:  I had worked my pink yarn into the second white block before I realised that I didn't need to - doh!  

Hope all is well out there ...
Jane x

13 comments:

  1. HI Jane
    Thank you so much for this ! I have wondered for ages about the two techniques, and have always thought it just sounded way too complicated but the clips you have linked to are so clear that I think I just might be tempted to try it now.
    Your little pincushion is gorgeous, and I would imagine that it has a good weight to it with the extra wool strands being hidden inside.

    Have a good week,
    Kate x

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    1. Thank you Kate. I'm glad it seems clear, I think the Youtube demos help a lot - I always think it helps to watch someone!
      Jane x

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  2. That little pincushion is a stunner! Lovely colours.

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  3. Such a pretty pincushion! I love the colours and the little blocks. Thank you for the links, it clears things up...will you try it again? Chrissie x

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  4. i'd never thought about the mechanics of how to do intarsia and after having left a message the other day saying I'd never heard of the term, I heard Kaffe Fassett mention it on a youtube clip. His series Glorious Colour is on 4 on demand at the moment and it may have been there that I heard of it. I'm glad you have shed a bit of light on it all though, as now it doesn't seem too impossible for me. You've made a good job of the pincushion, I like it. xxx

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  5. It's a lovely pin cushion, it is interesting the difference between the two techniques.

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  6. Oh gosh, things can become complicated can't they, but one thing is for sure, that is a very lovely pincushion you've made Jane, so well done and all the best with these techniques! Joy x

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  7. I think that your pincushion is very pretty - whatever the method is that you used!! xx

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  8. Gorgeous pincushion - so pretty. xCathy

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  9. It's so sweet Jane, and looks lovely in those soft pastel colours.
    When I did some tapestry crochet a few weeks ago I too found it wasnt as straight forward as the end result looked! But I got there in the end too!
    The second link shows how to do it very clearly, thanks for sharing!
    Gill xx

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  10. Intarsia or not that is one very pretty pin cushion!
    love Jooles x x x

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  11. Well whatever it's called you've created something very pretty indeed! I like the layered look of the stitches and the colours are lovely. x

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