How big is your creative community?
Our lives as fiber artists are woven together through a common thread of passion for color, texture, technique and purpose.
This community is bigger than you might think! Right now, around the world, people are weaving, spinning, knitting and crocheting!
Thanks to the internet, we have more options than ever before to learn and share our different techniques, styles and cultures as we manipulate our favorite fibers. Cottonclouds.com is pleased to be a common thread between you and the global community of fiber artists!
Sari Silk: Helping women earn a fair wage!
Sari Silk is a 100% recycled multi-colored silk spun from recycled “saris” that women South Asia wear. Silk sari fabric is shredded and then respun into a vibrant silk yarn.
This industry helps support the many struggling economic regions of Nepal and India and mainly benefits the women and women’s development groups there.
Whether you choose to spin your own sari silk yarn from the silk fiber, purchase the sari silk yarn, or one of our sari silk kits (click on kits above, to learn more) , you’ll be helping women around the world as well as creating a truly unique product. I love Sari Silk!
Folk Series: Bring the world to your fingertips!
For the worldly-minded knitters, travel the world and explore the culture with the Folk Series of books from Interweave Press. The history and traditions, folk stories, and regional histories from the countries of origin are presented in each volume.
What a wonderful way to connect to these folk traditions.
You too can Weave a Real Peace: Join WARP!
Remember the phrase, Act Locally, Think Globally? Weaving a Real Peace (WARP) is an international networking organization based in the United States that delivers. Founded in 1992, WARP offers a forum for those interested in supporting individuals and organizations that strive to maintain long-standing textile traditions.
Come join me at WARP’s Annual Meeting May 29-31, 2015 in the Bay Area and feel part of the global “tribe of fiber artists”. Rocio Mena Gutierrez (read her blog) will be giving a presentation on the Importance of Textiles to Grassroots Economies in Guatemala.
Travel to Guatemala from the comfort of your loom!
Mayan Hands, a fair-trade organization The Natural Dye Project brought the ancient craft of dyeing cotton yarns with local plants to the women of San Rafael, Guatemala and to produce these Friendship Towels with Tintes Naturals that you can now weave!
As you weave these gorgeous naturally dyed towels, you will not only be creating a set of four all-cotton towels, but you will be giving the women of Guatemala a chance of better life and honoring the skills they have spent a lifetime learning.
Over 150 kits have been sold; the women’s annual, fair-trade income increased ten-fold from the sale of these kits. A joint community effort of dyeing instructors, towel designer, graphic artist, and Cotton Clouds marketing of this kit has all been done through volunteer work.
Join the community of our Kit-of-the-Month Members!
In the spirit of continuing the community, Cotton Clouds has created a new group on Facebook: the Cotton Clouds Kit-of-the-Month Club. If you have participated in any of our monthly Kits or Clubs, please join us!
Creating Community one post at-a-time!
This group is a place to ask questions, share your projects and be inspired by the work of others. Our kits are easy and affordable, and there is something for every fiber artist! Now is a great time to check out the variety we offer and ensure that 2015 will be your year to feel creative and accomplished!
Insta-Community on Instagram!
Say Cheese! You can now connect with us on Instagram, we’re @CottonCloudsYarns. We’d love to see what you are doing with your cotton and natural fibers: spinning, knitting, weaving, crocheting or even dyeing!
It is truly rewarding to feel connected to the thread of fiber artists all over the world whether here at home or half way across the globe.
Irene Schmoller, Cotton Clouds’ founder and owner.
Stumped on what to give your favorite fiber artist? Gift Certificates $100 or more come with FREE SHIPPING when redeemed! Hurry offer ends December 23! We’ll deliver certificate right to their email! http://ow.ly/G1EpR http://ow.ly/i/7YaDl
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!
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