Chenille Updates

Last week, I wrote about the weaving projects that I'm currently working on for end of September fairs. I posted a photograph of a cone of chenille yarn I purchased on sale just to play with. I finished the warping of that yarn.

So, there is the cone of yarn in its beautiful smoky lavender color. I actually like the color simply because it reminds me of the color of bark in mid-winter. Honestly, it is almost that color, though bark is decidedly more muted. Below is a photo of the yardage directly off the warp followed by the yardage washed.

I realize that in the photographs, the washed and unwashed chenille look like the same thing. From the washing, I lost about a half-inch to an inch in width. I might add for most of my weaving, I can lose upwards of an inch and a half after washing so my eleven inch yardage off the loom becomes nine and half inches. The biggest differences between the two are texture: the washed chenille is decidedly softer and has that 'chenille' feel to it. Before it was washed it was stiff and rough to the touch. It certainly did not feel like any chenille that I had felt in stores ... then I washed it.

The photograph below shows the unwashed (left) and washed (right) side by side. The washed chenille does appear darker when shown together. Part of it is due to the wrinkles in the fabric, part of that is due to how the yarn catches the light.

I still have a half cone left, and I have another cone of cheap chenille upstairs. The next project will be log-cabin weave just to see how it looks. Currently, I'm still finishing up the shawl/shrug yardage and started some dishcloths on the smaller loom. Part of the fun of weaving (really, any art) is the experiments to learn how something is done. Sometimes they fail big time; sometimes they turn out better than expected. Every time, I learn something new.


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