Rayon Chenille Mill End Yarns
Approximate yards per pound for many colors is about 1450. Please note yards per pound is listed on the color card
A suggested sett for weaving with rayon chenille that is 1450 ypp is 16-20 ends per inch. The fabric will feel stiff when taken off the loom. After it is washed and dry, it will be amazingly soft.
Prices for Rayon Chenille
Rayon Chenille can be purchased by the cone or in 8 oz skeins. Cone sizes vary so exact pounds may not be available. Price on the cone is $12.00 per pound and the 8 oz skeins are $10.00 each.
Available Colors of Rayon Chenille
Some of the rayon chenille in the shopI have 56 colors of rayon chenille in stock. Some colors are limited in supply. The amount of yarn on each cone varies so instead of listing yarn here for you to just click and buy, please contact me. I can put together an order and quote the correct shipping charges. Call anytime 208-340-9775 or send me an email. I would love to hear from you!
Some of the rayon chenille yarns used have created a “collapse effect”, or shrank in unexpected ways. I suggest you try a sample before planning a large project. Having it locked in tight in the web (a tight sett of the fabric) can reduce or control this effect and the “worming” that can occur in handwoven chenille fabrics.
All Rayon Chenilles are $12.00 per pound, except variegated which are $15.00 per pound
Weaving with Rayon Chenille Yarn
Weaving with rayon chenille yarn is a totally different animal than weaving with cotton or wool. The most important thing when using this beautiful, soft, shiny yarn is to prevent worming. There are a few tricks to use to do this and it is worth it for the end result of this really soft, plush fabric. I’m happy to help you with any questions you may have about weaving with this lovely yarn. I usually set the rayon chenille I sell at 16 to 20 ends per inch. They are 1200 to 1700 yards per pound, but what is really important is the size of the core; that is what determines or why you need to set them so tightly. They can be woven looser, but chances are that you will get worming and that can be frustrating after putting in all the work of warping and weaving! This fabric will feel stiff when fresh off the loom, but will be great after washing. With rayon chenille yarn I always use tensioning sticks (also known as lease sticks) to wind the warp onto the loom. I rarely do this with other yarns (you could reference a book called WARPING All By Yourself by Cay Garrett.)
crimpy or wavy when damp. Let it dry completely before judgement! My preferred method for warping is back to front. Generally, there are uneven ends at the front after winding on, so usually I cut off 4 to 6 inches to even it up in the front before tying on and take this into consideration when figuring waste. You could have 2% to 10% shrinkage depending on the chenille used and the denser the pile the less chance of worming. Shrinkage, worming, and pile loss will happen with the first washing/drying but should be minimal thereafter. Again, I must say rayon chenille makes beautiful, luxurious, drapey fabric! I believe it is worth the extra effort.
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