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  • Publisher: Search Press
  • Edition: BC Paperback
  • Publication: 08 March 2019
  • ISBN 13/EAN: 9781782216742
  • Stock: 24 in stock
  • Size: 200x260 mm
  • Illustrations: 150
  • Pages: 96
  • RRP Price: $26.99
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Colourful Wayuu Bags to Crochet


A guide to making tapestry crochet bags by Rianne de Graaf

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Book Description

10 stunning Wayuu tapestry crochet bags to make in exciting colourways and designs.

Colourful, functional and fun these striking crocheted Wayuu bags have the best combination of features! Using the technique of tapestry crochet, there are ten stunning bags to make, all in excitingly bold colourways and designs, with the characteristic woven shoulder straps and drawstring cords. Some of the bags are also embellished with pompoms and tassels. Using the traditional geometric patterns and shapes of the Colombian and Venezuelan Wayuu people, each bag is unique and you can make them in your own choice of colours.

Tapestry crohcet uses just one crochet stitch and is an easy technique to learn, and a section at the end of the book shows you how to make the beautifully braided straps and drawstrings. The braided straps could also easily be made on their own as trendy belts for trousers and skirts.

Using very simple stitches, with easy-to-follow patterns and widely available 100% cotton yarns, these bags are too beautiful to resist - so pick up your yarn and hook and get started!

Table of Contents

Foreword 5
Techniques 6
Troubleshooting 13
Materials used 15
Crocheting the base 17
Spaces for the cord 20
Fastening off the bag 21
Wayuu Mochila Patterns 22
Hourglass 22
Large Flower 28
Azulejo Tiles 32
Diamonds 36
Little Flowers 40
Plain and sparkly stripes 45
Cross 50
Flamingo 55
Traditional 59
Maze 65
Making the shoulder strap 69
Making the drawstring 92

Extra Information

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About the Author

About Rianne de Graaf

Rianne de Graaf discovered the colourful world of crocheted mochila bags in 2013 and has specialized in making these wonderful creations ever since.

Crochet is not her only passion - Rianne also finds it very satisfying to pass on her knowledge to other people, so in 2014 she began running workshops on making mochila bags. One thing led to another and her company, RiannesHaaksels, was officially launched in 2015 in the form of a webshop. It was only a matter of time before she wrote her first book.

You can find her on Facebook and Instagram as RiannesHaaksels and her website can be visited at


Customer review

Crochet bags with a difference.

Customer review

I adore the projects to crochet. I love the Wayuu bags, the projects have easy to follow patterns with step by step photographs to help you along the way. I recently started to crochet and would say this isn't a book for beginners, like me, however, I am going to aspire to make some of the projects when I have mastered the different stitches. A great book full of lovely projects. 

Customer review

I love this book. I have never crocheted over a bundle of yarns before and the step by step instructions and the photos that illustrate the techniques are brilliant. The author briefly explains the origin of wayuu crochet and then explains several techniques before you even see the patterns. The book has a beginner pattern and also more advanced patterns. Further on in the book the different techniques for braiding handles and drawstrings are explained. I particularly liked the section about using a kumihimo disc as I bought one a while back that I havent yet used. This is an excellent book that explains each step in depth so that even a beginner crocheter could follow it. I cant wait to get started on my first project. 

Customer review

Love this book it's a pleasure to use, the patterns are great, it's well written and very easy to follow all the aspects of the bag making process.

Customer review

Recently received this book to review and have been constantly picking it up and gone through the techniques shown, very impressed with written instructions and pictures to ensure easy understanding. Great the way the author also gives the problem solving hints as well. Now have the cotton ready to try out the first project!

Customer review

Until recently I had barely seen any Wayuu bags. This beautiful book has ten examples to crochet. US terms are used but UK terms are noted. The instructions are clearly worded and the pictures and explanations of techniques are very precise throughout. Included in the book is an amazing section on making the shoulder straps for the bags using ply split braiding. It's fascinating. The only problem I have is deciding which design to crochet first. Highly recommended for more experienced crocheters. 

Interweave Crochet

The colourful, geometric-patterned bags of the Wayuu people, who are native to Colombia and Venezuela, provided the inspiration for the 10 projects in Rianne de Graaf's new book. Start your journey of mochilas (Spanish for "backpack") with the Small Hourglass Bag designed with beginners in mind. Full-colour photos guide you step-by-step through the basic tapestry-crochet technique. Learn how to finish your bag with a woven shoulder strap and kumihimo-bread drawstring. Rianne also provides troubleshooting tips and advice on selecting cotton yarn and the appropriate size of hook.

Inside Crochet, Issue 113

Inspired by the vibrant bags made by the Wayuu tribe, these tapestry crochet projects are bursting with colour! The book starts with Rianne's techniques for colourwork, carrying the yarn and creating the bases of the bags, illustrated with colourful step-by-step photographs. Then we're onto the ten projects, beginning with a simple hourglass pattern designed for people taking their first steps into tapestry crochet. After that you can move onto floral designs, geometric patterns, stripes and a fun flamingo bag. 

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