Chenille (french for caterpillar) is used today for varsity and letterman jackets. Chenille offers bright colors with a 3-D effect to an award patch. Chenille is usually stitched upon a piece of felt that is then contour cut and sewn onto a garment.
Chenille consists of 2 types of stitches. One is a chain stitch. This is a stitch that lays flat upon the felt and acts as a border for the second type of stitch. The second type is called a loop stitch. The loop stitch ads a thick plush fill area but does not lay even on the edges. This is why the chain stitch is used. Together both the loop stitch and chain stitch complement one another and offer sharp lines, color depth and fill.
Most letterman jacket shops do not make their own chenille patches. Extreme Stitch however began making our own chenille letters over a decade now. This allows us to produce a quality product in small quantities for local customers.