A simple way to make Chenille is by layering fabric (practice with three), stitching diagonal lines across the grain, and then cut in-between the lines.
Once the fabric has been cut you can use a small, wire brush (or rub the fabric on carpet or another rough surface), and rough the cut edges a bit to create a fluffy, frayed effect. This is chenille. So easy!
It was this fraying that I found myself really attracted to as it reminded me of something you'd see in punk fashion (and I LOVE punk). I've used the following methods to develop it more:
- hacking into the cuts unevenly.
- top stitching diagonally across the cuts.
- layering strips of fabric (rather than full pieces) and hacking into those.
- cutting on the straight grain.