Category Archives: Chenille

Chenille yarns: silk, rayon, cotton

Weaving Project – Hot tub towels: aa051401

Colorful cotton and chenille weave up easily into soft and absorbent towels for your hot tub or bath. These towels are woven in a simple twill, but will give the beginner weaver practice in using 2 shuttles. The pattern will make 2 towels, 24″ x 54″ finished size.

hot tub towels

Yarns: 8/2 Cotton – 1 lb.

Cotton Chenille – 1450 ypp – 1 lb.

Warp: 8/2 cotton – Turquoise

Cotton Chenille – Apricot

Weft: 8/2 Cotton – Turquoise

Cotton Chenille – Apricot

Sett: 20 epi
Width in Reed 28″
No. Ends 560
Warp Length 5 yards

Weaving Instructions

This pattern uses 2 types of warp and weft:

unmercerized 8/2 cotton (Turquoise color in the draft)

and cotton chenille (apricot color in the draft)

 

weaving draft  

This weave creates small squares of cotton surrounded by a frame of chenille, making the towel both soft and durable.

Weave with 2 shuttles, 1 with cotton chenille and 1 with 8/2 cotton. Weave 2 shots of chenille, in tabby and then weave 4 shots of 8/2 cotton, in twill, according to the treadling plan.

Weaving Draft

 
 

Finishing

Weave 2 inches of tabby using the 8/2 cotton yarn, at each end of the towels. This will allow for seam finishing of the edges.

Remove the warp from the loom, and knot the ends. Put the warp through a wash and dry cyle in your washer to wet finish the fabric.

Machine stitch the edges with a rolled hem.

Rigid Heddle Variation

If you have a smaller table loom, or a rigid heddle loom, you can do a smaller version of these towels for use as hand towels. On a 2 shaft rigid heddle loom, the towels can be woven in tabby. Use 2 shuttles, one with cotton chenille and 1 with 8/2 cotton. Weave 2 picks of cotton chenille, then weave 4 picks of 8/2 cotton.

Hot Tub Towel Challenge

Some of our Forum members wove these towels and encountered problems with worming using the cotton chenille. Some Chenille yarns do worm and can be difficult to work with. This is due to the yarn being a single ply and the fuzzy bits of the yarn have been cut, leading to inconsistent results when working with it.
Hot Tub Towels Challenge
I can only comment that I wove these towels in 2001 – and gave them to my son. I visited him a few weeks ago, and he was still using the towels. The colours have faded a bit but the towels are still in good shape – no worming after 10 years of use.

More Patterns

Handwoven Towel Patterns
Linen Towels
Hemp Towels
Twill Tabby Towels

Weaving Books: Projects

Favorite Scandinavian Projects to Weave: 45 Stylish Designs for the Modern Home
A collection of 45 different furnishing textiles: colorful blankets, fanciful table runners, classic curtains, and embroidered hand towels.
UK: Favorite Scandinavian Projects to Weave

The Weaver’s Idea Book: Creative Cloth on a Rigid Heddle Loom
Techniques include leno, Brooks bouquet, soumak, and embroidery on fabric.
UK: Weavers Idea Book

Weaving Made Easy: 17 Projects Using a Simple Loom
The small, portable rigid heddle loom can be used to easily produce loose, drape-friendly fabric as well as dense, sturdy material.
UK: Weaving Made Easy

The Big Book of Weaving: Handweaving in the Swedish Tradition: Techniques, Patterns, Designs and Materials
This book covers basic subjects such as warping a loom and making bobbins of weft, as well as more elaborate, highly decorative projects: baby blankets, shawls, table cloths, and linen hand towels.
UK: Big Book of Weaving

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Handweaving – How to Finish Chenille: how_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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    Chenille Yarns: chenille

    How to Finish Rayon or Cotton Chenille
    Finishing techniques for completing a rayon or cotton chenille scarf or throw.

    How to weave with chenille.

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    Colinette Textile Alchemy
    Colinette has an extraordinary selection of hand-dyed yarns including a D.K. weight of cotton chenille.

    Cotton Clouds
    Cotton Clouds does the work for you. They offer ready-to-weave kits for making Chenille shawls.

    R and M Yarns
    R & M has an ever changing inventory of mill-end wool, cotton, chenille, rayon and acrylic yarns, suitable for machine knitting and weaving.

    Robin and Russ Handweavers Inc.
    Robin & Russ is a good source for weaving yarns, including chenille. Ordering their catalog is recommended as all the yarns aren’t displayed on the website.

    Swicofil
    Swicofil is a wholesale supplier of European chenille and novelty yarns.

    Webs Yarn Merchant
    Webs is a mail-order supplier of yarns for weavers and knitters. They carry both solid and space-dyed chenille yarns.

    Yarns Plus
    A cybershop specializing in handpainted and dyed rayon chenille yarns.

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