The way I do it is to firmly hold the tapestry needle by the point end. Then I fold the yarn sideways over the eye of the needle. I pinch the yarn really tightly around the needle. Without letting go of the yarn, I slide it away from me, off of the needle, and then I feed the pinched part of the yarn (double thickness, but very firm) into the eye of the needle. It is then possible to grab the yarn from the opposite side of the needle and pull it on through.
To work in the end of the yarn when you are stitching, the way I do it is to hold the right sides of the two pieces of crochet together, and the wrong sides away from each other, with the sides to stitch meeting at the top. I start at the left. I use an overhand stitch (repeatedly pushing the needle through from the far side near the seam, with the yarn passing over the seam from front to back between stitches) WHat I do with the end is to leave about 2 inches loose from the first stitch. I then lay it from left to right along the seam, so that the yarn going over the seam with each stitch catches the yarn and holds it tight.
I do not remember being taught these techniques. They come from general sewing knowledge and trial and error.
· 9 years ago