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Jun 10, 2019 19:10:42   #
nsampson
 
My pastor approached me yesterday asking me to make a tapestry type picture with multi-colors that he can use for a demonstration. He loves doing demonstrations of this type, but it is the first time he has asked me.

What he would like to do is be able to pull the different colored threads or yarns out of the picture without completely unraveling the rest of the picture. So he wants lots of end threads/yarns to show on the back of the piece. No need to weave them in. Does this make sense?

I can do colorwork with knitting and crocheting but I really don't think there is a way to make either of those two crafts work for this type of project. I can also do cross stitch and Swedish weave. Cross stitch would maybe work, if I only did a half cross, but it would pull too much if it was a full cross stitch. So, I am leaning toward Swedish weaving, but the pattern can't be too complicated so the threads/yarns can easily be pulled.

What do you think? Am I on the right track or am I missing something with the knitting or crocheting aspect? Is there another craft that I have overlooked that would accomplish my goal? I really would appreciate your advice on this.

Thanks!

Nance
 
Jun 10, 2019 19:17:17   #
littlebunny (a regular here)
 
I don't know how to make a picture, but if you crochet simple back and forth each row, you could cut the yarn at the end of each row and start the new row with a new piece of yarn. Leave the ends dangling off the sides, like self-fringing. Then he could pull on one end and that row would come out, leaving all the rest intact.
Jun 10, 2019 19:22:55   #
Curmudgeon
 
Does he REALLY want to (eventually) destroy a tapestry after several demonstrations? Or would tapestry crochet (or any object with many colors) work simply by weaving in some matching yarn pieces after it is done? Then he could pull out the pieces/yarns, not affect the structure, and they could be "basted" back in later.
Jun 10, 2019 19:24:15   #
Julek5p5 (a regular here)
 
How about rug hooking. It uses yarn, and you could do it loosely. He can pull out individual yarns from the back. Just a thought. I also love littlebunny' idea of crochet each row starting ach row with new yarn. Just pull one thread and remove a whole row!
Jun 10, 2019 19:25:01   #
Peggy Beryl
 
If I were in this situation, I would have another talk with the pastor and learn more about exactly how he wants to remove these threads and what needs to remain to satisfy the requirements of his demonstration. I would also want to know if there is a time line for preparation so that I would know if I really had time to complete a project. I'm sure you want the project to speak well for your skill, also, and the pastor needs to understand that you don't want to do something that you will be rushed into doing poorly.

Good wishes for finding a solution to which type of illustration will fill the bill for this demonstration. Hope better ideas will be forthcoming from other KPers.
Jun 10, 2019 19:28:17   #
Curmudgeon
 
Julek5p5 wrote:
How about rug hooking. It uses yarn, and you could do it loosely. He can pull out individual yarns from the back. Just a thought.

Good idea! Easy to refurbish too!
 
Jun 10, 2019 19:30:13   #
Fundogknit (a regular here)
 
I would have told the pastor to make it himself.
Jun 10, 2019 19:41:41   #
Jessica-Jean (a regular here)
 
Fundogknit wrote:
I would have told the pastor to make it himself.
I'm with you on this one!
Jun 10, 2019 19:53:50   #
DeePickens
 
I agree with the last two and I tat knit crochet embroidery and make quilts . That may be a pipe dream. Let us know if you come up with something that works
Jun 10, 2019 20:02:38   #
nsampson
 
I thought about that, little bunny, but won't ripping out one row cause the rest of it to fall apart? Wouldn't there be two pieces then?

Just wondering how all of this would work.

Thanks for your thoughtful response.
Jun 10, 2019 20:04:29   #
Jessica-Jean (a regular here)
 
littlebunny wrote:
I don't know how to make a picture, but if you crochet simple back and forth each row, you could cut the yarn at the end of each row and start the new row with a new piece of yarn. Leave the ends dangling off the sides, like self-fringing. Then he could pull on one end and that row would come out, leaving all the rest intact.
I have made (am making) blankets which begin with a long tail, are mostly single crochet across, and end with a ch1. Even if I undo that ch1, pulling on it won't remove it leaving the rest intact. Try it and see.

However, for the OP's purposes, perhaps making a fabric - knit, crocheted, woven, etc. - and then working simple surface crochet across it might fill the pastor's bill. Surface crochet is just slip-stitches or chains worked through the fabric. http://www.lookatwhatimade.net/crafts/yarn/crochet/crochet-tutorials/crochet-surface-slip-stitches/

If the line of surface crocheted stitches doesn't cross another, it should be easily pulled out and not impossible to redo.

Had anyone asked me to do something like that, I'd take that person shopping for the picture - cheapo, loosely woven, dollar-store tablecloth or such - and I'd teach that person how to do the surface crochet. It needn't be an elaborate nor even particularly even job for the purpose of pulling out and leaving the ground intact.

I would not do it myself.
 
Jun 10, 2019 20:05:18   #
nsampson
 
Curmudgeon wrote:
Does he REALLY want to (eventually) destroy a tapestry after several demonstrations? Or would tapestry crochet (or any object with many colors) work simply by weaving in some matching yarn pieces after it is done? Then he could pull out the pieces/yarns, not affect the structure, and they could be "basted" back in later.


Ha, Curmudgeon! Tapestry was just a word that I used. He is not expecting anything glamorous, just something simple to demonstrate his point.

BTW, it would only be used once.

Thanks for your response.
Jun 10, 2019 20:08:05   #
littlebunny (a regular here)
 
Jessica-Jean wrote:
I have made (am making) blankets which begin with a long tail, are mostly single crochet across, and end with a ch1. Even if I undo that ch1, pulling on it won't remove it leaving the rest intact. Try it and see.

Haha, I was just in the process of typing that I would make a swatch to see what happens.
Jun 10, 2019 20:09:36   #
nsampson
 
Fundogknit wrote:
I would have told the pastor to make it himself.


Jessica-Jean wrote:
I'm with you on this one!


Really?!? I don't see why I can't do something for someone who does so much for many other people. Besides, don't we all have scraps of yarn that are in need of making something, especially for someone else? I thought that was what crafting was all about.

Thanks, but I think this is a worthy project and am very happy to do it.
Jun 10, 2019 20:14:49   #
nsampson
 
Jessica-Jean wrote:
I have made (am making) blankets which begin with a long tail, are mostly single crochet across, and end with a ch1. Even if I undo that ch1, pulling on it won't remove it leaving the rest intact. Try it and see.

However, for the OP's purposes, perhaps making a fabric - knit, crocheted, woven, etc. - and then working simple surface crochet across it might fill the pastor's bill. Surface crochet is just slip-stitches or chains worked through the fabric. http://www.lookatwhatimade.net/crafts/yarn/crochet/crochet-tutorials/crochet-surface-slip-stitches/

If the line of surface crocheted stitches doesn't cross another, it should be easily pulled out and not impossible to redo.

Had anyone asked me to do something like that, I'd take that person shopping for the picture - cheapo, loosely woven, dollar-store tablecloth or such - and I'd teach that person how to do the surface crochet. It needn't be an elaborate nor even particularly even job for the purpose of pulling out and leaving the ground intact.

I would not do it myself.
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Thanks, Jessica-Jean! That's what I was hoping to hear from others here on this forum who have more creativity than I do. I will give your ideas a try and see if I can get them to work the way he wants them to. I really appreciate your help.

I still am very willing to make this for him. I'm not that busy and I enjoy doing these types of things for others.

Thanks again for your helpful response.
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