My Yarn Candy Store

Why I love owning Cotton Clouds! Every year I get to take off for a long weekend and attend TNNA (The National Needlework Association) to see the very latest yarns, patterns, books and trends in the industry. Here are my favorites! Sign up for our e-newsletters for latest updates on when we add these very…

Red BUGS!!!

Did you know that you can get a beautiful natural dyed RED from bugs?Cochineal (Dactylopius coccus) grows on cacti of the Opuntia family (prickly pear cactus) and is native to tropical and subtropical South America and Mexico. Recently, I sponsored a Cochineal Dye Workshop at Meridian Jacobs Farm with owner, Robin Lynde. Rocio Mena Guitterez (our gal from The Natural Dye Project:…

My Red, Red Heart

“One out of every four women will die of heart disease”  Cotton Clouds is sponsoring Stitch Red to raise awareness about the dangers of Heart Disease in women.  We’ll donate 10% of sales through March 1, 2015  to The Heart Truth  on all Cotton Clouds’  exclusively designed Stitch Red kits. “Heart Disease is the #1 Killer of American Women”…

Make it Happen!

The Olympics got me thinking: What Olympian challenge do I have in my life that could use a little bit of motivation to MAKE IT HAPPEN! Whatever it is in your life; whether it’s about finishing a knitting, weaving, crochet or spinning project, getting healthy, eating right, losing weight, finding a job, doing yoga, volunteering,…

Come Behind the Scenes at TNNA!

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to own a yarn business and to go shopping at industry trade shows? Well wonder no more! I recently returned from San Diego and The National NeedleArts Association (TNNA)’s trade show. Take a sneak peek behind the scenes and find out what I saw, what trends are hot,…

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…

Weave a V-shawl by guest blogger Robin Lynde

My tips & hints for weaving a V-Shawl I’m always excited once my V-shawl is  finished, off the loom and unfolded to get my first view of how warp and weft converge to create a unique plaid design, created by this double weave technique. My newest design was just published in the March/April 2012 Handwoven magazine and…

Fun New Stuff Coming!

I had a fabulous time at the recent yarn industry (TNNA) trade show. I was dazzled by the abundance of cotton and cotton blend yarns for knitting, crochet and even weaving. There definitely is a trend toward cottons and an emphasis on organic and earth-friendly yarns. Here’s a sneak peek at just some of what’s coming…….

It’s been too long……….but I’m BACK

I’ve been away from this blog for too long.  Where have I been?  On many journeys both physically and spiritually (more on that below and in subsequent blogs).  I’m sure you’ll want to know! One thing I’ve been doing this summer is updating the Cotton Clouds’ website to make it more user friendly so that you…

A seed was planted……………..

Did you know that Cotton Clouds was born at the biennial meeting of spinners and weavers, Convergence ’78 in Fort Collins, Colorado, when a young and aspiring spinner, Irene Laughing Cloud Schmoller,  took a 5 day workshop from the gurus of cotton spinning, Harry & Olive Linder? That was me!  I fell in love with…

New Blog

Welcome to Cotton Clouds’ new blog. Bookmark this site, because you are going to be in for some great news, sales, information, photos all about Cotton Clouds! Come back soon!