A Cornucopia of Great Ideas from CottonClouds.com
Halloween just finished and with Thanksgiving only three weeks away decorating season is in full swing! Here at Cotton Clouds we’d like to help you stuff as much fun as you can into this holiday season. We have free patterns, sales a-plenty, and a great giveaway with lots of prizes – read all about the Cotton Clouds Pin It to Win contest below!
Gobble Up These Savings!
Mix and match colors of any of Cotton Clouds’ Cone Yarns on orders of $200 or more and receive free shipping as part of our Yarn Sale! Mini cones are now included in this sale. Until December 1, 2014 when you purchase any time-saving kit offered through CottonClouds.com, as part of a $35 order or more, you can also receive free shipping! We have kits for your craft of choice: weaving, knitting and crochet, and this is a great way to get your project supplies ready to go.
Cotton is Your Go-To for Tablesettings
The easy care of cotton products makes it a great choice for napkins, placemats and runners on your table. Try these fabulous ideas for a complete cotton tablescape:
- Cornucopia Placemats and Napkins Set (shown above, top)
- Combine several cotton bolls with pumpkins or greenery like fig or bay leaves and you have a festive and easy centerpiece as well!
- Christmas Overshot Runner (shown above, bottom)
Pin It and Win!
Cotton Clouds is hosting a Pin It to Win contest. Create your own Christmas Wish List board and pin away! Use your board to shop for yourself, for gift ideas or to let your Santa know what you want! Check back daily for new pins to add to your board! Earn a bonus entry for every Facebook friend you invite to enter. On December 4, 2014, 5 lucky pinners will win CottonClouds.com gift certificates – a nice prize to help you shop this holiday season, for others or yourself!
Carve Out Time To Craft
We understand this is a busy time of year between holiday preparations, cooking your favorite family recipes, and traveling to visit relatives. When you are able to carve out time for your favorite craft, pick a quick project for the near-instant gratification! We’ve recently added two Pinterest boards devoted to these quick projects: Hats and Ornaments.
Cotton Clouds Gift Certificates
A Cotton Clouds Gift Certificate allows you to give a loved one (and even yourself) the choice of quality yarns, fibers, kits, club membership, spinning wheels, weaving looms, books, DVD’s and more!
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:
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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
SPINZILLA is coming! We want you on our Team! Today September 22 is last day to register! Come along with Team Cotton Clouds Cottontails and join the fun! Lots of fun and even more prizes! Sign up here: http://tinyurl.com/lrvraqc http://ow.ly/i/6XIGC
Greetings, Cotton Clouds Cottontails!
Are you ready for Spinzilla? Well, I think I am!
Our fearless leader, Irene, asked me to write on her blog as she has had a problem with her shoulder. Seems like she was too adventurous in Dominica this summer and fell down a cliff while hiking. Goes to show you (as my husband, Norm, always says)…. exercise will damage you every time!
Back to spinning, however (which, it looks like, she will not be doing) Irene has asked me to attempt to spin cotton this year.
Now, I am admittedly a wool snob. I have been spinning for 41+ years. I learned on wool and no matter what I spin, I always go back to wool. As I tell my students, and anyone watching me demonstrate, you can spin almost anything; I’m sure you know this, so I’m preaching to the choir.
Most spinners will be spinning these guys:
However, if you have forgotten, you can spin:
For plants, you can spin:
Cotton Clouds has a wide variety of cotton spinning fibers
I have a friend who has spun the cotton from a Cottonwood tree – but only as an addition to the wool that she is already spinning. My granddaughters, one time, brought half a grocery bag full of the Cottonwood fiber and were very disappointed that it was nearly impossible for me to spin.
But to get to cotton. I have spun it before and had problems with it. But Irene sent me the All About Cotton Kit with a lovely supported spindle and some beautiful fiber.
The Bible of spinning cotton has just been updated and reprinted. It’s Handspinning Cotton by Harry & Olive Linder. which is invaluable in learning all the little tricks and tips in successfully spinning cotton. It’s clear, concise and small enough to fit in your spinning bag.
I have found that spinning on the Tahkli spindle that comes with the All About Cotton Spinning Kit is a lot easier but rather slow.
What are you going to spin for SPINZILLA? Remember, it’s not so much the amount we spin (well, not SO much) but the effort that we put in and the success of skills that we obtain. That is the main part of Spinzilla .. to increase our skills and to devote a major amount of time to something that we all love.
If you want to enter Spinzilla’s MONSTER MILE CONTEST and want to spin cotton, take advantage of Cotton Cloud’s Monster Mile Fiber Pack at a greatly reduced price. It’s a great way to spin their most popular EASY-TO-SPIN PIMA SLIVER cotton!
Not a team member? There is still time to join (by September 22, 2014) Join Team Cotton Clouds Cottontails NOW by CLICKING HERE!
Connie Peterson, Team Cotton Clouds Cottontail Captain
Knowing what’s right!
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Update: SPINZILLA 2013!
Although we weren’t on the top of the list, Cotton Clouds Team did spin 29,022.58 yards for a total of 16.49 miles helping to get us from NYC to Chicago!
While any fiber could be spun, we obviously were talking a lot about cotton. Those that did loved it! Even first-time cotton spinners.
So here’s your opportunity for SPINZILLA 2014 to get your hands on some cotton and spin and spin and spin away during the week of October 6-12, 2014!
When the final team rosters were in, we had 23 team members, and we’re covering the states of Arizona, California, Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, and Pennsylvania. Quite a spread!
Prizes, Prizes, Prizes!
Cotton Clouds, as well as SPINZILLA gave away lots of prizes! There will be lots more this year! Good reason to be on our team!
Here are just some of our many prizes we’ll be giving away this year!
Our own suzenew won the Cotton Clouds SPINZILLA t-shirt!
A brand new copy of Hand Spinning Cotton by Harry & Olive Linder. This book is currently VERY expensive and hard to find because it’s out of print, but Cotton Clouds has re-printing it so a new generation can appreciate this fabulous resource! This prize will be awarded to the team member who spins the most yarn.
$25 Cotton Clouds gift certificate. This will be given to one random team member! Spinzilla will also be giving away Gift Certificates!
Hand Dyed Cotton Sliver
Join our Team!
It’s so easy to join the Cotton Clouds CottonTales SPINZILLA Team! Sign up now! Registration is August 4-September 22, 2014 ! The $10 registration fee will go to support the TNNA Mentor Program that will bring spinning into the schools to grow a new generation of spinners.
We’ll be having lots of fun, be giving away lots of prizes, special sales through our e-newsletter and posting on our Cotton Clouds CottonTales Ravelry thread. So come on and join us! We’re the #1 cyberspace SPINZILLA team! #teamcottonclouds.
FAQ About SPINZILLA!
Need to know more about SPINZILLA? What is it? How to join? When to spin? What to spin? How to measure yardage and lots more? Just CLICK HERE to have them all answered!
A gallery of our 2013 handspun winners! Well, everyone on our team was a winner!
Happy Spinning everyday, but most of all let’s all combine forces October 6-12, 2014 and bust some butt during SPINZILLA!