This little sample of a fuchsia flower uses the satin boucle from yesterday's post for the stamens, some satin petals and two chenille yarns for the sepals and stem/leaves.
Chenille"The soft, fuzzy surface of chenille yarns, which resemble pipe cleaners in appearance, can be created in several ways. Most commonly, a fabric is first produced and then cut into narrow strips resembling a yarn. Then, when the fabric is cut, the raw edges become very fuzzy and produce the chenille appearance. Other chenilles are created by trimming a loosely-attached effect fiber to create the fuzzy appearance. Still other chenilles are created by attaching or gluing fibers to the yarn." Wikipedia
Each sample has been felted onto cotton and batting and includes a strand of un needlefeted yarn to the extreme right of each picture.
Quotes (in italics) on yarn definition are from wikipedia
This last sample is a crepe yarn and is the yarn used for the sepals in the fuchsia. It is included in this section because the crimson strand is a narrow chenille, however the other two yarns are very tightly woven.
"Crepe yarns may be classified as fancy yarns and are created by tightening the twist given to a yarn, resulting in a kinked or looped strand."
The chenille strand, which makes up most of the crepe, is of the fluffy cottony type, but is very dense and in addition is quite twisted, so it does not fall into the category of easy to felt, but will attach with some work.
So with chenilles:
- Look for yarns that look cottony and remind you of old fashioned bedspreads
- When using yarns with very straight dense cross fibres, sometimes sewing is a better alternative
- Highly twisted crepe yarns may transfer, but the twists will not always stay down. However this might be an effect you want.