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Slash-cut chenille

bluebutton | Posted in General Discussion on

A local fine quilting shop very frequently features surface embellished  garments using various techniques.  I saw a vest there that was made using the slash chenille technique and the chenille pattern ran in different directions.  They had made it out of a very light rayon and it was very “cool”.  I can envision it out of a lot of different fabrics.  I thought that I had seen an article in threads about this technique and I’m wondering where it is.  If there isn’t one, does anyone know where I can find a description of it?  I’m not a quilter and I don’t want to buy a book about it.  It doesn’t look difficult but maybe there are some important steps in the set up.  I’m especially interested in the application to clothing.  I’m not really into chenille but this vest in the shop was very original and stylish.

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  1. Marion6422 | | #1

    I made a very soft supple faux chenille vest that I just love and one of the books I used as a reference was that listed below.  I just did a Google and found this book at Hamiltonbook.com at a really good price.  I also used a lot of information I found on the web -- do a search for faux chenille. My vest was made from 3 layers of rayon challis stitched in rows 1/2 inch apart onto a lightweight polyester lining as a base. I made a whole bunch of 4 inch square trials and one thing I found was that unless the fabrics are dyed all the way through, you get a lot more whitish fluff than you expect. I'd be happy to answer any questions you have.  It's really fun to do -- labor intensive, but fun. -- Marion

    VARIATIONS IN CHENILLE: Nannette Holmberg's Techniques for Creating Faux Chenille

    1. bluebutton | | #2

      Thank you for the source tips.  I went online as you suggested and found a lot of help.  I'm making a vest with an off-center front opening out of some silk dupioni that I found on sale.  The quality of the fabric was somewhat poor and it couldn't stand alone in a garment (not even as a lining).  It has performed really well with the slash quilt technique. 

      1. Marion6422 | | #3

        I'd love to know how your silk dupioni vest turns out. I made up some trial squares of cottons and rayons but not silks. Could you post a photo of it?  Come to think of it, I wonder if I took a photo of the chenille vest I made if it would show up the ridges and suppleness.  I just might do that and post it if it comes out well.

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