It’s no surprise that the French word for caterpillar is chenille.
Think about chenille fabric. The cords are fuzzy and tickly, just like a caterpillar.
Chenille yarns are made by twisting three strands together.
The outer two are the same width but the center yarn is shorter. When they all get twisted together, the result is a plush, fuzzy yarn. Brush it one way and it has a different look, sort of the same way corduroy does.
Chenille is popular in robes, bedspreads, and even as upholstery for home furnishings. It has even worked its way into some quilting!
It was just a matter of time before someone would want to incorporate the soft feeling of chenille with the comfort of a quilt.
Patches of chenille can be stitched together to make a big comfy throw.
With the holidays right around the corner, why not create a fun chenille quilt as a holiday gift: