Colour survey

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I came upon 4 cones of chenille some time ago and the colour just never made me happy. I simply wanted to know if anything interesting could be made with this type of yarn. Anyway, I decided to get some fiber reactive dyes and see if I could change my aversion.

Two cones are overdyed, one undyed (see below). Now I have to decide what I’d like to do with the last one, and this is where I need your help.

The yarn is not very absorbent at a touch, so my initial idea of bath towels is OUT. Someone said it’s because the “hairs” are on end instead of lying flat like a normal yarn, and apparently water gets absorbed from the sides of the fibers.

Next on the agenda could be bath mats (because who needs those to be soaking wet) and snuggly blankets. Any other suggestions for that are also welcome, but preferably woven projects.

I have several plant dye posts in the making for you as well, so look out.

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Yes, one cone does indeed wind out to 3 skeins.

10 thoughts on “Colour survey

  1. Chenille is so hard to know what to do with! I love how soft it is, so when you said bath rug and blanket, I was sold. Another thing that is nice in a chenille is a soft scarf or wrap. It wont; be the warmest one in town but it will feel great.

    1. I never thought of scarves. Would be interesting if I have leftovers from a bigger project (I don’t think I need 10 chenille scarves, LOL – there’s 3 kilos of the stuff)

  2. I’ve toyed with the idea of knitting (weaving if I did that) a chenille bathrobe/kimono sort of thing – not the super-absorbent kind, but something to wear before getting dressed so I don’t get coffee or toothpaste on my clothes (not that that matters most days)… But otherwise definitely bathmats – the commercial ones these days aren’t quite the right size it seems (or the right color).

    1. So what would be the right size bathmat for you? (just as part of the survey)

      I never wear bathrobes, so I don’t think I’d ever get it sewn up.

      1. We’ve had small bathrooms, so my favorites have been approximately 46 x 66 cm, and they’re also less heavy to hang up when wet. (I’ll use rag rugs by the sink too if the room is large enough and/or the floor is cold!)

  3. If you’re making floor mats I definitely think you should colour both. The white would stop being white rather fast. Otoh, how about weaving fabric? To make oversized cardigans/jackets/kimonos, for instance? My mum has a chenille sweater and it is the most wonderfully soft thing to wear. Kimonos are basically just rectangles sewn together, so you would use all you weave as well. I think a soft weave for kimono making gets my vote. 🙂 With indigo and forest green as the colour choice. Or maybe egg yolk instead of green…hmm…

    As I’m typing here, I get an image on my mind of some rather awesome arty jackets. Must be years ago, but I think they were woven in chenille. With cotton or suede edging. Very drool worthy, and way out of my price range back then. I wonder if they were sold at Norway Designs? Not too sure about that, though.

    1. I’m wondering how heavy a chenille kimono would be… Do bath mats really get that filthy? (well, mine do, because the ccats kill rats on them, but otherwise… Perhaps snuggly sofa blankets would be the best option.

      Perhaps I should look at pattern options as my next step before deciding.

      1. I guess that would depend on the weave? Maybe it was mixed with something else in the jackets I saw back then? One thread chenille for every two cotton or something like that? I wish I had one to look at. I honestly have no cluehow heavy chenille yarn is.

        Our bath mats get filthy! Because they lie there, and we wander in, with slippered feet, and thoseslippers seem able to bring along a lotof dirt. Even though we never wear shoes indoors.

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