Cotton Preparation: From Seed to Sliver

 If you love to spin cotton, it does not get any better than this! My spinning study group had the wonderful opportunity to go into the experimental cotton fields of the University of Arizona and pick as much cotton as we wanted. I caution against greediness here. There is an amazing amount of fiber and…

Fearless Cotton Spinning

We welcome guest blogger Jill Holbrook to dispell any roadblocks you may have to spinning cotton! I absolutely love to spin cotton. It is my favorite fiber and the most soothing fiber to spin. When stressed or upset, I spin cotton.   Gandhi said ” If everyone in the world spun an hour a day…

EZ Dye Cotton: A revolution in dyeing!

We welcome our guest blogger, Kathy Hattori of Botanical Colors The art of dyeing cotton with natural dyes using traditional methods is labor intensive as the fiber undergoes several steps including scouring, then mordanting and finally the application of the natural dye. Indeed, the complexities of cotton dyeing sometimes seem overwhelming to the new natural…