Chenille is a wildly simple means of adding a bit of texture and dimension to an otherwise ho-hum garment. Rarely seen in machine embroidery, chenille designs add a dimension to your projects unlike any other.

Chenille is created with woven fabrics that fray easily – rayon challis, cotton flannels, and other loosely woven natural fabrics. It is an applique technique that gives a totally different effect from traditional machine embroidery applique.

Machine embroidery chenille is that effect when you say you sewed it people will take a ‘good look’, then ask, “how did you do that?” – smiles!

Basically the process goes like this:

  1. Place a few layers of the applique fabric over the area.
  2. Sew the design through all layers.
  3. Remove the hoop from the machine.
  4. Cut the excess fabric off about ⅛” or less on either side of the stitching.
  5. Toss the project in the washer and dryer and let the magic happen.
  6. Trim off any unruly threads and it is ready to go.

Note: Be sure to carefully read the directions that accompany the designs to get the right stabilizers, fabrics, needles, and layers.

Chenille Hearts N Such Collection
Chenille Hearts N Such Collection

There are very few stitches in chenille designs making them the perfect designs for knits. I sewed mine onto knit tops. That said, I practiced sewing them on scraps practicing my chenille skills before committing to sewing them on ready made garments. Turns out it is quite easy to do. Each of my collections contain a small sample with which to practice.

The fabric trimming does not have to be as precise as traditional machine embroidery applique because once the applique fabrics have ‘chenille’ all those uneven cut edges are hidden.

The stars are perfect for a festive season, which is what I did here with white stars on navy top. I figured this was good for July 4th, Christmas, and when comets pass by – smiles.

Chenille Stars Collection
Chenille Stars Collection

Chenille designs sew fast. No other machine embroidery technique can give you this effect with so few stitches. Fringe gives a similar effect but fringe this thick would require thousands of dense stitches making them unsuitable for knits or fine fabrics.

While you are visiting me check out my Fringe designs. If you have been following me for very long you know I love fringe and I add it to all my designs I think I can get by with – smiles.



Chenille Hearts N Such

Chenille Stars



Floral embroidery is an ancient obsession. I think you will agree when I say that obsession still lives today.  My machine embroidery floral designs range from simple to complex, from small to extra large. There is something for everyone.

They are a mainstain among machine embroidery. Everyone loves flowers and can never get enough of them. I’m one of those people. What’s more, florals are so versatile you will find them in many categories and variations.

  • Quilt Designs – indoor and outdoor
  • Quilting Designs aka “Quiltering” designs
  • Fringe Designs
  • Cutwork Designs
  • Trapunto Designs
  • Hardanger Designs

And the list goes on…

When it comes to florals the sky’s the limit…

Simple Kaleidoscope Petals…

Large arrangements of flower favorites…

Summer's Gold Collection
Summer’s Gold Collection

Florals audacious in their details…

Fantastic Tulips Collection
Fantastic Tulips with Fringe


Applique Elegance Collection
Applique Elegance Collection

I talk about Applique, Hardanger, Fringe, Quilts, Quiltering and Cutwork designs on another page.

Take a gander and check it out!



Applique Elegance

Fantastic Tulips

Fantasy Applique

Pots O' Flowers

Prisms Amour

Simple Flowers

Tulips Applique

Fimbria Flowers

Love Is...

Love One Another

Flowers, flowers and more flowers...

...I may have gotten carried away, a bit.



Delicate Florals

Filigree Flowers

Floral Embellishments

Floral Embellishments 2

Floral Fountains

Floral Parade

Flowers A Plenty

Kaleidoscope Petals

Love My Bloomers

Monogram Potpourri 4x4

Monogram Potpourri 5x7

Monogram Potpourri 6x10

Petal Party

Pinwheel Petals

Purple Fancies

Spring Bouquet

Summer's Gold

Sunflower Harvest

But wait! There's more...

Ear Warmers

Christmas Quilt Banner

Our Whole Life Quilt Banner Series

Spring Quilt Banner

Summer Quilt Banner

Welcome Fall Quilt Banner

Grandmother's Flower Garden

Hawaiian Juiced

Pansy Wreath

Rose of Sharon

Spring Garden

Summer's Gold Quiltering

Trapunto Flowers

Almost forgot!

Births - Heralding Project

Two Hearts, One Love

Wing Needle Lily

Did I forget anything?