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
“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”
There are early warning symptoms and ways to prevent this disease from devastating our lives. Click Here to download “The Healthy Heart Handbook for Women” and Click Here to watch the video “Heart Attack Warning Signs”. For the story to really hit home , Click Here to view the video “Just a Little Heart Attack”, by Emmy Award Winning actress Elizabeth Banks, dramatizing our lives as women to to hilt. Don’t wait till it’s too late. Please do it now!
Our Stitch Red kits are quick and easy to knit, weave, crochet or spin .
Remember that “National Wear Red Day “ is on February 6 . It’s a great way to show your suport for women’s heart health issues. Let’s all dazzle them in red!
We asked our weaving designer, Robin Lynde from Meridian Jacobs to design us a soft and luscious chenille scarf kit that would really say red, the color associated with warmth, power and passion. Here are her notes on how she designed this scarf.
I love having a good supply of reds on hand. Scarlatto, Show Off Red, Scarlet all have subtle color differences. Although I used only Scarlatto in this chenille scarf I also sometimes like to blend them all in one warp. Gypsy Chenille Mini Cones are a great way to get small amounts of a variety of colors.
Whether I’m winding a mult-colored or mulit-shaded warp I use an easy method that keeps everything in order. Click Here for my easy warping method.
Click Here for all our TIPS on Weaving with Chenille. Once the Gypsy Chenille scarf is on the loom, it’s easy sailing to weave it off. I warped and wove this Stitch Red Scarf Kit in less than a day! And this kit is designed to weave either one thick & snuggly scarf or two narrower scarves, so you can weave one for yourself and give the other as a way of promoting women’s heart health to someone you love!
The best way to finish and full this scarf is to put it in the washer on gentle with a very mild laundry liquid. Throw it in the dryer and remove just before completely dry. Complete warping, weaving and finishing instructions included with your Stitch Red Chenille Scarf kit!
Be sure to check out all our Stitch Red Kits. There’s here something for everyone…knitter, crocheter, spinner and weaver. Plus watch for our cute new Cotton Classic Lite Stitch Red Beret kit coming soon!
RED is truly the color of love, passion and a way of reminding us to STOP, smell the roses, take care of ourselves and do what we love for ourselves and all we love!
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!