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Monday, August 6, 2012

Chenille Trim

Every time I post about using chenille I get questions about it. I decided I'd make a post about it so you could know where to get it!

It was hard to find! If you do an internet search for it all you seem to get are results for sweaters ~ lol! I searched and searched and finally found it at a place called Quilter's Station. Click that link and it will take you right to the chenille page. 

It comes in a 20 yard package and looks like this:


I was a bit dismayed at first. It looked nothing like I expected! This is flat and it has a funny band up the center. I was thinking it would be round and fuzzy. Did I buy the wrong stuff?


But no, once you dye it and dry it out it takes it's shape! Here are two different packages I dyed. The left is  dark brown RIT dye and the right is tan RIT dye. I just put some liquid dye into a mason jar with a cup of water, put the lid on and shook it well. (No, I didn't really measure anything. Just relax, people and let it flow!) Then I added the chenille and shook it again. After a wash with laundry detergent and letting it dry it got all round and fuzzy like I expected it to look. I must confess, when I dyed the brown, I got impatient waiting for it to dry and took the iron to it. I couldn't tell any difference between the ironed-dried one and the tan that I waited all night to air-dry. The leather cording Dash has been using for his motorcycle tassels comes on these big spools which were the perfect size to store the finished chenille on. 

When you are ready to trim something you can either use tacky glue or be really fancy and ladder stitch it in place. I'm lazy. I just glue it.

I hope this helps some of you find that elusive chenille trim!

Thank you for visiting my blog today!
xox

27 comments:

Annie said...

Very cool! Vikki Clayton at Hand-Dyed Fibers sells some hand-dyed silk chenille @ $1.50 for a 5 yard skein. Worth checking out if you aren't completely DIY oriented. But now you probably have a bunch to play with.. so have fun!

Jan said...

Let it flow - I like that!

Lindsay said...

I think I'll try and track some down here if it's that's easy

Mouse said...

easy peasy to track down ..lol first of all Nancy's Victorian motto Sampler shop sells it on ebay and from her blog and also Crescent Colours are selling it too :) (already dyed in pretty colours )
hope that helps and love the colours you have dyed the natural one :)
love mouse xxxxx

Jackie said...

I love to dye yarn so this looks really fun to me!

Vicky said...

What nice trim, I actually have some chenille yarn left over from a project I might upcycle this into trim :)

Barb said...

That's a great look . Thanks for all the information on how you do it!

Sweet Sue said...

A pretty and fun project, tfs!

Monica said...

Thanks for the FYI on the chenille. I love being able to dye my own.

Angela said...

Thanks for the link

Angela said...

Thanks for the link

Diana said...

Thanks for the information!

tadamama said...

What a great How-To! Thank you for sharing it!

Michelle said...

Its lovely. I have looked for chenile trim here in the UK but can't seem to find it anywhere x

Chris said...

Wow! Thanks for this great info on using and dyeing the chenille trim. I might have to try some.

cucki said...

thank you xxx

Julie said...

It always look so soft so me, makes you want to rub your fingers up and down it! or is that just me lol

Peggy Lee said...

Yes I agree...let it flow!

I have made a few of those boxes from your July 8th post. I absolutely love them! Thanks so much for your help!
:o)

Carol said...

You always come up with the most helpful links for us, Sharon--I'll bet there will be a run on this chenille trim at Quilter's Station after this post :) Thanks for the hints on dyeing, too :)

Lianne said...

I love your posts about your adventures dyeing things. That is probaby because as a teenager, I was given a book on how to dye fabric using natural sources, such as onions skins, sumac berries, etc. What an adventure... I will have to take inspiration from you and try again!

So, thanks for the happy memories and for the knowledge that you also like to figure out how to make your own.

Hope to see more...

P.J. said...

Thank you for sharing this great source and dying process. I do appreciate it!!

Lynn said...

I love using chenille trim. I'm another one who buys mine at Nancy's Victorian Motto. I'm too lazy to dye my own and yes, I glue mine on too.

Magpie's Mumblings said...

Guess I must live in the dark ages because this is a product I've never heard of. Looks like fun!

Patty C. said...

Thank you for the link ;)

Catherine said...

Thanks for all the info! Your trim turned out so pretty!

Anne said...

Thanks for the tip on chenille!!

zoomcity said...

Thanks for the teachy post, you clever woman!