For Christmas in 7th grade, my mother bought me a black chenille fabric sweater. It might sound bland, but it seemed magical with its soft warmth and beautiful texture. I wore it to death—till the color faded and the sleeve edges were frayed. It was very loved, and to this day when I hear the words chenille fabric I can almost feel that distinct texture.
Now, knowing the intricate weave of the supple fabric, my appreciation has only grown stronger. The greatest part about chenille fabric? It’s just as beautiful in the home as it is hanging in your closet. If you’re looking to make a plush pillow or a luxe top, it’s the perfect textile for winter. I was particularly inspired by this crimson Alexander McQueen dress—see? It’s not just for blankets and 7th grade sweaters. In fact, it can be incredibly high-fashion. But you can also go as simple as a pillow to dress up your living room (add some contrasting fringe for extra depth!), or a lovely long-sleeve tunic to wear with leggings. At any rate, it’s nice to know this lustrous fabric comes by the yard, for those of us who aren’t expert knitters.