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Tapestry Crochet – make your own mandala

February 27, 2013

Lisa Daehlin teaching TAPESTRY CROCHET_Newark Museum_Spring2013_16march2013

Newark Art Museum Studio Arts Workshop
Tapestry Crochet
Saturday, March 16, 2013; 10am-4pm

Create graphic images in your fabric using the single crochet stitch and working with two or more colors at the same time. Techniques covered include using a formula of increases to make a flat circle which you can use to design your own personal mandala or alter the shape to create a vessel, hat or purse.  Prerequisite: Know how to make a chain and single crochet stitch.  Supplies: crochet hook (size G or H), two balls of worsted weight yarn (different colors).

Lisa Daehlin
is a knitting designer and opera chanteuse. She teaches in venues including the Studio Arts Workshop at Newark Museum, PS122 Gallery and the American Folk Art Museum in New York. A continuing education faculty member at The Cooper Union for seven years, she has the honor of having been the first teacher of knitting and crochet courses at this historic institution. A sought-after designer of knitted and crocheted fabrics and objects, she free-lances for the fashion industry and retail design. Her designs can be seen walking the streets of Manhattan, gracing the pages of Interweave Knits, Knit.1, Knit Simple and Vogue Knitting magazines as well as featured in Lace Style, Bag Style and The New Tunisian Crochet books published by Interweave Press, and Vogue Knitting: Ultimate Hat Book and Vogue Knitting: Shawls and Wraps by Sixth and Spring Books. &

LOCATION:  Newark Art Museum – 49 Washington Street, Newark, NJ
REGISTER:  973.596.6607

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Laurie Gillis permalink
    October 18, 2014 8:01 pm

    Where can I learn to make up my own designs for Tapestry Crochet mandalas to make my own mandalas? I can do the regular tapestry crochet but am having a heck of a time learning how to design my own mandalas. I get how to make a flat circle by adding 6 stitches to each round. I wondered if there is a graph paper that has already been made that already has the increases or is there a graph program that will do the circles? Or is there a better site. Thanks Laurie in Connecticut.

    • December 11, 2014 11:35 pm

      This message was lurking for a while, just getting back to you now. Perhaps you’ve since found some new info.
      As for graph paper for doing tapestry crochet, Carol Ventura has some things on her site at
      Re graph for doing tapestry in the round, I haven’t yet come across it. BUT I’m not sure that you need it. The graph paper that’s designed for flat/rectangular work is designed to compensate for the natural biasing of the stitch. But, in the round, that becomes a graceful curve, and/or you can use a less curving/more geometrical shape by embracing the pie/wedge shape that easily forms.
      Good luck and let me know how it goes.
      I might be teaching a mandala design class soonly in Manhattan, so let me know if you’re interested. Not sure how close to the city you are.

      • Laurie Gillis permalink
        December 12, 2014 12:29 pm

        Thank you Lisa for your reply back to me. I have since found a tapestry crochet group on facebook (Carol Ventura is a member of the group). Another group on facebook is mochila look alike. There is also a lot on Pinterest under these two names. One of these groups has sent me to easybeadpatterns site. It is a free program to download onto my computer. If I pick rosette for the stitch it gives me a blank 8 segment circle that I can create designs in that I can later crochet into round pillows. The easybeadpatterns program also lets you do square/rectangular designs and I do that for square/rectangular pillows. Now I would like to figure out how to do different segment circles (i.e.: 5, 6, 7, 9, etc) to be able to get different designs. I am in CT and about 2 – 2 1/2 hours away from Manhattan. Far, but not to far. I would love to know: how did you get started with tapestry crochet, how did you design your mandalas, etc? Any information is interesting to me. Have a Merry Christmas.

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