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!
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