Winter Jasmine Scarf

Chenille yarn is sumptuously soft, with a texture and sheen like no other fiber. Its only fault is that if not woven correctly, it tends to worm, and for that reason, it wouldn’t be unreasonable to think it can’t be used on a rigid-heddle loom. I am here to tell you that this is untrue—you absolutely can weave with chenille on a rigid-heddle loom with the technique Jenny Sennott uses in her Winter Jasmine Scarf, from Handwoven Loom Theory: Rigid-Heddle Scarf Collection. In it, she cleverly combines Tencel and chenille in plain weave with warp floats and just a hint of inlay to create a gorgeous, worm-free scarf. Here’s what Jenny had to say about her design.

Winter Jasmine scarf

Jenny Sennott’s Winter Jasmine scarf proves that you can weave with chenille on a rigid-heddle loom. PHOTO BY CALEB YOUNG (GOOD FOLK PHOTOGRAPHY)

Designer Jenny Sennott’s Statement

Tencel and chenille are alluring yarns for weavers. Tencel has a sheen and drape reminiscent of silk, and chenille’s plush texture never loses its appeal for weavers seeking a luxurious fabric. I wove this scarf using Cotton Clouds’ 8/2 Tencel and chenille. The finished scarf has a lovely hand and graceful drape. It’s a perfect accessory for special occasions or for any time you want to feel pampered.

Happy Weaving!

Project at a Glance

PROJECT TYPE: Rigid-heddle.

STRUCTURE: Plain weave with warp floats inlay.

EQUIPMENT: Rigid-heddle loom, 10″ weaving width; 12-dent heddle; 2 shuttles; 2 bobbins; 1 pick-up stick; 2 small stick shuttles (optional).

YARNS: 8/2 Tencel (100% lyocell; 3,360 yd/lb; Cotton Clouds). Gypsy Chenille (100% rayon chenille; 1,300 yd/lb; Cotton Clouds).

FINISHED SIZE (after washing): 8 ½” x 70″ with 6″ fringe.

Featured Image: Jenny Sennott’s Winter Jasmine scarf. PHOTO BY CALEB YOUNG (GOOD FOLK PHOTOGRAPHY)

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