Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Chenille: The Pet You Don't Have to Feed

Color Horoscope Chenille Shawl This isn't my favorite picture, by any means, but it is the one that shows the shawl right after I cut it off the loom before washing. Seeing just a small part of the weaving on the loom, you couldn't tell I threw all of the warp colors into the weft sometimes in a random fashion and other times following the color wheel.

The best method (and the most time consuming) for finishing off chenille ends is a pigtail braid. It doesn't worm and looks really terrific. It actually takes me longer to create the fringe than it does to weave the piece.

The only thing I really love about this picture is how well you can see the luminosity of the chenille. It is almost alive. I always tell people, "Don't wear chenille if you don't want strangers to touch you when you walk down the street." I can wear the most beautiful silk shawl without receiving a single comment, but when I wear chenille I always have people stop me. That said, I've been wearing bamboo a lot lately and will talk about it in my next post.

6 comments:

curiousweaver said...

Bonnie the chenille is wonderful. Do you use a cotton weft? or chenille? I know what you mean about finishing off scarves with braids, or handtwisting. My finishing takes far longer than the weaving.

Bonnie Tarses said...

In this particular weaving, I am using chenille of the same weight. Sometimes I use 20/2 cotton (single or doubled). Sometimes I use 30/2 silk. The silk is very yummy with the chenille. Lately I am been combining chenille with bamboo. I've great success using bamboo in the warp and chenille in the weft. I will post some pictures of that combo very soon. I have a question for you: How do you get that wonderful little pic into your comment?

Syne Mitchell said...

Gorgeous! By pig-tail braid do you mean the standard three-strand braid?

Bonnie Tarses said...

Yes, I do mean the standard three-strand braid. When we meet, I can show you up close. There are a few little tricks it's hard to see in the picture.

Anonymous said...

Just beautiful! What color was your weft yarn? Your warp striping shows up so nicely.

Anonymous said...

Sorry, I'm the one who showed up as 'Anonymous' - I'm new at this! Thanks, ~ Michele
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