Why I LOVE to SPIN COTTON!

Cotton Excites Me! Cotton excites me! It excites all my senses. I love the smell of it fresh out of the field. I love how soft and cozy it feels next to my skin. I love how clean and crisp it looks in my weavings. I love that I live in SouthEastern Arizona’s Gila Valley…

Spinzilla is Here! Are You Ready?

It’s almost time! In just a couple short days, spinners from across the country will jump into a fast and furious week of fiber fun as Spinzilla’s spinning week takes off. Team Cotton Clouds is about 25 members strong and represents spinners from 12 different states! Our team members range from cotton spinning novices to…

Introducing Spinzilla – Join Us!

Get out your spindles and wheels, Spinzilla is coming! Spinzilla is a community-wide challenge to see who can spin the most yarn during Spinning and Weaving Week (October 7-13, 2013). We’ll be spinning up a storm with Team Cotton Clouds, and we’d love to have you join us! The Details Who: Team Cotton Clouds What:…

We’ve Made Summer Cotton Spinning Easier with Free Shipping!

As summer temperatures continue to climb, we’re happy to be surrounded by soft, cool clouds of cotton fiber. Cotton really is a dream to spin and knit in the summer months, and the finished yarn is perfect for everything from a woven set of placemats to a lightweight knit sweater. With a few days left…

Cotton Spinning Tips: Part 2

Spin Cotton! It’s the new luxury fiber–tenderly soft and lofty with a fresh, clean hand. Now you can spin in luxury without the expense! Our 33 year love affair with spinning cotton is translated into these very helpful hints and tips, demonstration videos, and more! Cotton Clouds provides you with Quality Cotton Spinning Fibers in…

Putting Your Handspun Cotton to Good Use: Part One

I admit that I often spin just for the delight of spinning with no thought of what I will do with the yarn.  At best, I will try and make a consistent yarn for whatever batch of roving or sliver I am spinning so I will be able to use it for a project. I…

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…

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…