Barack Obama Crochet Tapestry - 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.

Comments

  1. hi teresa,
    happy new year!! the Barack Obama crochet is very lovely...it is worth the effort you have put in..keep posting such outstanding works...

    regards,
    chits

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  2. chits,
    Thank you very much. I appreciate your feedback.

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  3. That is amazing!!! It's so beautiful! All that effort... if Obama had a blanket like that he would definitely love it! Do you have/know a tutorial or could possibly make a tutorial on how to crochet an image? I've been looking for one for a long time but I've only found tutorials for knitting. Thank you!

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  4. Awesome work teresa. I am planning on doing a famous painting but using squares instead of single crochets. You can transfer pics to graphs at http://www.microrevolt.org/knitPro/

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  5. Anonymous,
    Thank you. I am going to put together a project created the same way I did this one.

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  6. Momwithahook,
    Thank you. Please share your piece when you get it finished.

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  7. VERY NICE TERESA!!!!! I say send it to the White House!!!! ;-) This is really amazing. I am gonna try my hand at crocheting from a graph and I am hope that it turns out just as good as yours did. Great Job!!!!!!!!!!

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  8. i'm so impressed with your blanket. you are so talented!

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  9. wow...you are very creative...Barack Obama crochet looks perfect

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  10. Wow, Teresa, your work is fabulous. Thanks for sticking with it, and sharing it with us.

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  11. Oh my gosh! Teresa, you just amaze me. I can't believe you crocheted this! I'm impressed, very impressed.

    Carmen

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  12. Teresa.
    Outstanding job. I fell in and out of love with crocheting from a graph last year but have a few more name afghans to complete. I would have never thought about trying a graphic/photo. It's beautiful.

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  13. Absolutely amazing work! Thanks for sharing.

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  14. How long did it take you to do this Teresa?

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  15. Hi
    Dropping by to let you know I have the Butterfly Award for you at

    http://worthreadingit.blogspot.com/2009/01/butterfly-award.html

    I just want to say I LOVE your site. It has helped me so much!

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  16. this is absolutely amazing! I think you should send a photo of it to the white house...seriously!
    Great Job!!

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  17. wow! wonderful job, as always :)

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  18. Teresa,

    This is wonderful work. What a challenge. You go crochet girl!!

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  19. wow ! can't imagine how much hours you have put into this great piece...looks like its been completed timely just b4 the new president is taking over his new post! really wonderful...!

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  20. Harold2,
    It took me a month to do. That was working on it between creating new crochet projects and videos. If I would have worked on it consecutively each day, I would have had it done within a week. I had to rip a couple of times because I missed stitches at the color changes. Even if you are counting, it is easy to make a mistake. Going slower with this type of project is my recommendation.

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  21. T. Joi,
    Thank you. Graph crochet can be very tedious at time. It helps to have a second crochet project to work on at the same time. Alternating helps to keep the boredom level lower, that can come about with some types of crochet.

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  22. Hey Teresa! Thanks for your videos. I watch them all the time and you have taught me how to crochet like a pro. Your Obama blanket is amazing!!! Could you please post more on graphic or tapestry crochet? There's not a lot on the web. There are ways to pull the yarn through so that you don't have to keep cutting the tails and also so you don't see where it is pulled up from the previous row, but I don't know how. Videos on that would be cool. Where did you make the graph? Is there a website? Thanks again for sharing your talent with us!! You ROCK! :)

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  23. So awesome! I'm JUST learning to crochet. I'm a knitter. Your videos and how-to tutorials are just amazing! Thanks!!

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  24. You did an awesome job. I happen to agree with you that this is tapestry crochet.

    (aka RoseRed)

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  25. Anonymous,
    I have just complete a detailed video and tutorial for the crochet from a graph. I plan on posting free charts for everyone to download and crochet. I used my filet crochet software to make the graph.

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  26. Michele,
    Thank you. I appreciate your comments and feedback.

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  27. you did a wonderful job. You should partner with a yarn company to sell the pattern and the yarn as a kit. You always do great wotk!

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  28. WOW! you did an amazing job on this!!!!

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  29. Thank you Blaze and Cheryl. :)

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  30. You said you would do it differently. How would you do it? Create the pattern head up and then turn the pattern on its left side before crocheting or make the pattern laying on its left side and then crochet or create the pattern laying on its left side and then crochet? I'm gonna try one of my kids and confused how to make the pattern so it isnt squashed.

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  31. I posted earlier asking how to orient the pattern, I think my light bulb just came on. lol Stitches are a wee bit wider then tall so I would make pattern and flip to the left. Eureka....Cant wait to start on one!

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