I've crocheted all of my life (off and on) and I have never heard of Tapestry Crochet until the other day when I came across this blog.
One of my sons wore a hat several years ago which I am sure was made in this fashion. I pondered on how I would make something like that for a long time. Well, now I finally have the answer.
Here is one review of the technique:
From Library Journal
In tapestry crochet, the artisan works with smooth yarns or threads in a variety of colors and a comparatively small hook in relation to fiber size. Those colors not currently in use are carried within the piece until needed again. The result is a dense fabric somewhat reminiscent of woven tapestry. Ventura first discovered tapestry crochet as a Peace Corps volunteer in Guatemala when she acquired some of the colorful tapestry-crocheted shoulder bags that are part of traditional Maya male attire.
I ordered Carol Ventura's books, Tapestry Crochet and More Tapestry Crochet, and I can't wait to get them and begin a project. I will surely make future posts about this technique.