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From: abear
Date: 11-11-2004, 07:08 AM (1 of 4)
Has anyone tried making thier own faux chenille?? I am very interested in this but don't even know where to begin and what type of fabric do you use?? And do you have to use any type of special tools??
Maybe some of you have mastered this and can help out?
User: abear
Member since: 08-08-2004
Total posts: 27
From: pucktricks
Date: 11-11-2004, 09:25 AM (2 of 4)
There was just an episode of Simply Quilts that showed how to do this, and you can probably go online to and look it up. It was just on earlier this week, I think, last week at the latest.
Just a sec let me see if I can find it.

Okay, here's the link for the episode and their instructions.

Chenille episode (,1789,HGTV_3352_1393939,00.html)

Hopefully the link works.

User: pucktricks
Member since: 03-31-2004
Total posts: 570
From: bunzino
Date: 11-11-2004, 10:25 AM (3 of 4)
I looked at that episode online just now, and I assume that works for quilts. I know fr reading Koos's book that the "laid over" piece that you're going to chenille has to be sewn in rows on the bias and then cut between those rows. The washer will fluff it up.

User: bunzino
Member since: 08-16-2002
Total posts: 119
From: Hogmami
Date: 11-11-2004, 11:21 AM (4 of 4)
I took a class in this. Its easy but hard on the hands. I have the book New Directions in Chenille by Nannette Holmberg. She was on Simply Quilts. I used cotton, 4 layers and a bottom layer. For the cutting you will need a slash cutter or a cutting strip you can put between the stiching. She suggests to use a walking foot ( i didn't but I will the next time). She also suggest using natureal fibers, such as cotton, linen, silk and wool. I wish we lived closer than I could share the book. It was 28.00. I have other books but like this one the best. It really isn't that hard once you get the first line drawn.
User: Hogmami
Member since: 09-30-2004
Total posts: 800
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