Handweaving – How to Finish Chenille

Rayon or cotton chenille yarns require a different finishing technique than other handwoven articles. When chenille is in loom-state it feels stiff as cardboard. This finishing treatment will make it soft and luxurious.

 
Difficulty Level:
Average
Time Required:
3 hours
Here’s How:

  1. Remove your handwoven rayon or cotton chenille scarf from the loom.
  2. Fix any broken ends, knots or other necessary repairs.
  3. Make a tightly twisted fringe to finish the edge.
  4. Using a spray bottle filled with clean water, spray the chenille article until damp.
  5. Roll the article up and place it in a plastic bag.
  6. Let the article sit in the bag a few hours, or overnight.
  7. Remove the article from the bag, and place it your dryer on high heat, gentle cycle.
  8. Let dry in dryer for 10 minutes.
  9. Remove from the dryer, and press with a steam iron.
  10. If any of the fringe has come undone, the ends can be retwisted.

Tips:

  • If you are in a hurry, you can skip Step 6, leaving the chenille to sit in the plastic bag.
  • The fringe must be tightly twisted, to prevent worming.

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Weaving on a Little Loom (Everything you need to know to get started with weaving, includes 5 simple projects
The Key to Weaving: A Textbook of Hand Weaving for the Beginning Weaver
The Weaver’s Companion (The Companion Series)
Learning to Weave
The Big Book of Weaving: Handweaving in the Swedish Tradition: Techniques, Patterns, Designs and Materials
The Handweaver’s Pattern Directory
A Weaver’s Book of 8-Shaft Patterns: From the Friends of Handwoven
Krokbragd: How to Design & Weave
Doubleweave: On Four to Eight Shafts
Double Weave: Theory and Practice<
Magic of Doubleweave: The Best of Weaver’s (Best of Weaver’s series)
Weaving In the Arts: Widening the Learning Circle
DIY Woven Art: Inspiration and Instruction for Handmade Wall Hangings, Rugs, Pillows and More!
>On the Loom: A Modern Weaver’s Guide

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Last Updated on March 16, 2021 by Paivi Suomi

By Paivi Suomi

I've had an interest in weaving, looms, yarns and textiles since I was a small child. I learned to knit, crochet, sew, do needlepoint at my mother's knee. My grandmother was a Saami from northern Norway. I am very interested in studying more about traditional Saami and Finnish style weaving and handicrafts. Paivi Suomi