from the French word meaning "fuzzy caterpillar", is a type
of embroidery made from loops of yarn, resulting in a finished design
with a soft, fuzzy appearance. The marketplace, in its never-ending search
for something new and different, is rediscovering the world of chenille.
Chenille is also making its way into the home decor market. This market
offers a variety of opportunities in the form of custom-designed throw
pillow covers, sofa throws etc.
Chenille is produced on special chenille embroidery
machines. Today's automated machines offer a combination of both chenille
and regular embroidery on the same design. Most machines produce a chenille
stitch, often used as fills and chain stitching, often used for monograms
and outlines. In contrast to embroidery needles, chenille needles have
a hook instead of an eye. Also, chenille machines do not have a bobbin.
Instead, yarn comes from underneath the machine and is pulled up one
loop at a time by a looper.
designs demand size. The amount of design detail is directly proportional
to the design size. The smaller the design size, the less detail. This
makes perfect sense when you consider the relative size of a moss stitch
or chain stitch versus the size of a standard embroidery stitch. Unlike
standard embroidery, the nature of chenille embroidery does not permit
the use of multiple layers. However, significant detail can be added
to smaller chenille designs by over-sewing the chenille design with standard
Want to try something different? We can use multiple
strands of yarn - The look and texture of three, four or even five strands
of thread are quite distinctive and unique. And by the way, no one ever
said each strand must be of the same colour. Children's apparel is especially
attractive with chenille decoration. The promotional products industry
also makes use of chenille for sweat shirt emblems, or direct chenille-embroidery
combinations on sweat and wool jacket backs.
Today's feature-rich machines are just waiting for
someone to put them to use outside the sports chenille realm. There's
a whole new world just waiting to be explored by those with an adventurous
spirit and no sense of boundaries. Stunning results can be achieved
when liberal amounts of both chenille and chain-stitch embroidery are
incorporated into a single, well-integrated design.