Elle Lilly's Profile
THE HISTORY OF CHENILLE
In 1895, a teenager named Catherine Evens came across an old Civil War-era tufted bedspread and became inspired to make her own. Despite, or perhaps in spite of, parental warnings that she'd never finish such a project. Catherine kept at her work until a year later she had her first bedspread. She'd marked it using quilting frames, hand stitched it using thick yarns she spun herself, and finally boiled the spread three times to shrink it and bind the yarn tight. She was 15 years old and had just reinvented a process for creating a bedspread.
The technique of tufting dates back as far as textile history. In fact, we know that during the mid-1800s, tufted designs were used first to make repairs to bedspreads, and later simply to adorn them. But the…
- Joined September 19, 2009