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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 new and super-luscious products!
Fun with friends & classy hotels!
Irene at TNNA 2016, San Diego, CA Grand Horton Hotel Irene & Lois Weaver
Luscious new yarns!
New Cotton Supreme 100% Organic Cotton Cotton Supreme Splash
Interesting New Designs!
Spirals Multi-Stripes Classic
Must-Have New Swatch Maker!
Available in 8, 10 & 12 epi to swatch before beginning a project. Great for RH weavers too!
Gorgeous New Patterns!
Stunning designs in cotton, silk, wool, cashmere merino and of course cotton!
My Spinzilla Passion!
The Spinning & Weaving Group was there!
Sprout & Seedling!
As you can see owning your own mail order yarn business for over 36 years does have it’s perks. We will be sharing many of these new products through our e-newsletter so be sure to sign up HERE!
Irene Schmoller, Founder & Owner
What Makes Your Heart Happy?
During February we’ve been talking a lot about doing things to keep your heart healthy, and we shouldn’t forget that an important part of heart health is doing what you love! This commercial for Equador, with the stunning photography and wonderful Beatles tune, certainly made our heart soar when we saw it! It’s a beautiful world out there, we should get out and enjoy it!
Our Ravelry Group Responds
We posed the question, “What Makes Your Heart Happy?”, to our Ravelry group and had a wonderful variety of answers that we expected, and some we didn’t. Weavers, spinners, knitters and crocheters all responded, where you one of them? Feel free to join us! Here are a few of the responses that really struck us:
- …when that idea becomes a project just the way you imagined it.
- Right now my livestock makes me happy… baby ducks next week, and baby goats not too long after that!
- When my husband helps me warp my looms.
- Those breath-taking moments in nature like watching a raptor soar on a thermal make my heart sing.
- Color in the winter!
Crafting a Happy Heart
A fabulous way to brighten up the drab winter days is to bring the color RED into your next project! Red is eye-catching, energizing, and is the color of energy, passion and action! Creating and giving are two of the most important parts to keep your heart happy.
Cotton Clouds will donate 10% of all Stitch Red kit sales (through March 1, 2015) to Heart Truth, an organization that promotes women’s heart health. Join us, and together we can save lives … it could be your own!
A Chuckle A Day…
Everyone likes a good laugh, but in all seriousness, more women die of cardiovascular disease than all forms of cancer combined! Too many of us have family members dealing with heart issues. Take good care of your heart! Give your heart lots of love, with laughter and smiles, exercise and a healthy diet!
Need a New Plan for Your Healthy Heart?
If you need another little boost to help you get started, check out the #4MyHeart campaign from the Heart Truth! They have a 4-week action plan that will educate you, inspire better eating, lower your heart disease risk, and take the next steps to put you in control of your healthy heart!
Cheers to Happy Hearts, Living Creatively, and Following Your Heart’s Desire!
– Irene & Jodi
Can you believe it? It’s that time of year: decorations, presents, food and festivities are taking over! Whether you brighten the darkness of winter with lights on a Christmas tree or candles on a Menorah, the team at Cotton Clouds would like to share a few things that have made us smile with the hope that they bring you a smile and keep your spirit merry and bright!
A Better Wish List
Have you spotted this wish list on Facebook or Pinterest? If all holiday to-do lists looked like this, the world would be a better place!
Cotton Clouds Pin to Win Winners
Our first Pin to Win event was a great success! A reminder to the winners to please get in touch to confirm your email address by December 21, 2014! We love Pinterest as a way to share what you love with others and we have found wonderful inspiration ourselves in taking the time to explore your wishlists. Check out these Pinterest Wish Lists of the winners of our contest:
- Maryann’s My Favorite Crafts
- Walter’s Knitting & Yarn
- Sherry’s Cotton Clouds Wishlist
- Ann’s Weaving board
- Kalyani’s Cotton Clouds Wishlist
Keep on Crafting
We do hope that you make time to indulge in your favorite crafting activity!
- Keep it enjoyable with your favorite mug of coffee, tea, or hot chocolate!
- Remember to stop and stretch! You wouldn’t want to bring on a craft-related injury!
- Make your supply list and check it twice. CottonClouds.com has all the tools of the trades!
Balance with Feng Shui
December can be a tricky time of year as there is so much to balance. Have you considered Feng Shui, the ancient Chinese practice of environmental and interior design? The tips we are sharing here are quite easy to try during the holidays – Thank You! to Sandy Sue of balanceyourlife.net!
Gift Certificate Special
Sometimes the best gift is the gift you select yourself! Now through December 15, 2014, any $100 (or larger) gift certificate ordered will get FREE SHIPPING when they are redeemed. Click here to order the perfect gift for everyone you love…that’s you too!
Looking Ahead to 2015
Pretty soon we will be flipping the calendar to 2015. Cotton Clouds is planning a few fun activities to welcome in the new year! Stay tuned to our Facebook page and make sure you’ve signed up for our newsletter for all the details!
May you have the Happiest of Holidays this season and a Happy New Year from Cotton Clouds!
Let’s Have Some Halloween Fun!
Are you ready to fill your Fall with fun? Cotton Clouds prefers the sweet and silly to spooky and scary, so check out our round-up of ideas to cover your crafty needs this month!
Cotton Up to Halloween Costumes!
Right now Pinterest is full of wonderful Halloween Costume ideas. Of course we pinned several to our Halloween Fun board! What better costume for any cotton fan? We get such a giggle each time we look at the adorable “Cotton Boll Kid” as we have come to refer to her, and how wonderful are the cotton ball wigs?
Festive Cotton Decorations!
Time to get festive! Sure pumpkins and candy corns may dominate the color palette, but don’t be afraid to branch out and make use of the other seasonal colors! Why not include cotton bolls in your tablescape? They provide a lovely neutral – aren’t they pretty in these images?
- Fall Fiesta Placemats (top center)
- Allegoro Harvest Runner (bottom center)
- 10″ or 15″ Cricket Rigid Heddle Weaving Studio Special
Spin Up a Scary Yardage!
- Monster Mile Cotton Spinning packs (only available until October 15, 2014!)
- Black Diamond Bamboo Sliver
- Multi-colored Hand dyed Supima Sliver (shown above in Sunflower)
Quick & Easy Knit or Crochet Projects!
Our go-to yarn choice for each of these quick knit or crochet projects would be Tahki Cotton Classic! Shown above are:
Free Shipping: Special Treat in our Newsletter!
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Here’s to a Safe & Happy Halloween with lots of treats! Feel free to let us know how your spinning & weaving is going – share a link to your project or post a picture to our Facebook page!
Irene & Jodi
Knowing what’s right!
Sometimes in life you just know that you must put all your heart and soul into something even when there will be no financial gain.
An Idea Is Born
The Natural Dye Project
More Than A Living Wage
Rocío Mena Our Angel
Yes, a HUGE Success!
How you can support this project.
The Natural Dye Project Team
Follow Rocío’s Journey in San Rafael
Did you know that your eyes are capable of distinguishing between 10 million colors? That’s what the experts say! Maybe you would like to make a purple sweater – do you want a purple that is more lilac, violet, or fuschia? If you have a specific color in mind for a project, you might want to try experimenting with dyeing your own yarn. Dyeing your own yarn is a fun project to try at home. The result of having your own unique colorway will add to the feeling of pride in your handiwork!
Dyeing Cotton Yarn
Cotton yarns require a slightly different approach for dyeing.
- Cotton is a cellulose fiber (not a protein fiber, like wool, alpaca, or human hair).
- Prepare your yarn by winding it into a skein.
- Wash your yarn to remove any spinning oil or wax that may prevent dye absorption. Click here to our “From Start To Finish: Cotton Spinning” video for specifics on this scouring process.
- Pretreat the yarn
- Use dyes that are specific for cellulose fibers – Cotton Clouds offers Botanical Dyes that are great option.
EZ Dye and Dye-Lishous
EZ-Dye (Dye-Lishous) Cotton Sliver and Cotton Yarn have been pre-mordanted so that the fiber will take up the dye so that you will not have to mordant your cotton prior to dyeing. This eliminates the pretreatment step, saving time, money, energy and water!
The other great advantage of EZ Dye Cotton is that it can be dyed so easily after spinning and weaving. Weave the EZ-Dye (Dye-Lishus) yarn by itself or with an untreated cotton yarn. The fun begins when you immerse the finished cloth in a dye bath! The treated EZ-Dye (Dye-Lishus) cotton yarn will absorb the dye, and the untreated will not. Imagine napkins, baby blankets, shawls, and jackets that can be quickly woven without color. Once you know what color you want your log cabin or shadow weave project, you simply dye it! Magic!
Here are the kits CottonClouds.com has ready for you:
- EZ-Dye Cotton Log Cabin Napkins Weaving Kit
- EZ-Dye Cotton Napkins: Spin Some Yarn and Weave It!
- EZ-Dye Cotton Napkins: Spin All Your Yarn and Weave It!
Everything You Need to Know is Here!
Whether you’re a hand spinner or just want to know the most successful way to spinning cotton yarns, this newly re-published (by Cotton Clouds) book, Handspinning Cotton will give you all the recipes you’ll need to dye your cotton!
Dyeing with Drink Mix
An easy introduction to dyeing, and one that is also a fun activity to do with kids, is to use powdered drink mix. You’ll end up with a yarn in a unique colorway and one that smells fruity too! Just know that the color will fade over time and with washing.
What’s Your Dyeing Experience?
We’d love to hear about your experiences with dye experiments! Leave us a comment here on the blog, share it on our Facebook page, or post in our Ravelry group. If you’re inspired to give dyeing a try, be sure to check out our Pinterest boards for even more inspiration!
The three short videos here tell one story from three different angles. Enjoy!