Sunday, June 5, 2011

Trying Chenille Yarn

I purchased a stash of yarn that included a large amount of grey and blue chenille. I thought it might be fun to try out. It wasn't.

My first snag came in trying to use it as both warp and weft. There was too much friction with all the loose fibers. I simply couldn't beat it down. So I switched to a crotchet thread weft.

The cotton weft allowed me to start weaving which quickly revealed a second problem. The grey yarn has a flat profile and the blue a round one. They did not pull in equal amounts. So despite an equal number of warps for each (plus one grey for the selvages to both be heddle) the grey came out a lot wider.

Overall what made me so unhappy was the waffle pattern of the surface. Maybe that's just how this yarn looks? I can't imagine people really like that though. It got a little less ugly on a section I rubbed against a corner to try and release the fibers from under the weft. However it also lost a lot of fibers so I didn't want to continue.

I tried to sell the yarn but didn't get any takers so now I'll just set it aside to try on the tapestry loom later. I've seen pictures of pillows that were made on a floor loom so this material is weaveable. I just need to figure out how.

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