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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…

Why I love the Sidekick!

Free Shipping*, Free Fibers, Free Gift till 7/15/16 Meet the Schacht Sidekick Spinning Wheel! An Unconventional Spinning Wheel Five years ago I would have never guessed that I would fall in love with such an unconventional-looking spinning wheel! But let’s not yet judge this wheel by it’s looks! My first and Only Wheel? For over…

What Ya’ Spinnin’?

  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…

We’ve Made Summer Cotton Spinning Easier with Free Shipping!

As summer temperatures continue to climb, we’re happy to be surrounded by soft, cool clouds of cotton fiber. Cotton really is a dream to spin and knit in the summer months, and the finished yarn is perfect for everything from a woven set of placemats to a lightweight knit sweater. With a few days left…

Celebrating Spinning & Weaving Week! The Gift of Cotton

We welcome our guest blogger: the lovely denise renee grace! I consider myself to be a bit of a magpie- I like to use found materials to my advantage.  I was talking with Irene at the WARP tour and dinner that Schacht hosted, and told her that I was saving all of the “cotton” from my vitamin…

Cotton Spinning Tips: Part 1

Cotton Spinning Tips Cotton needs a lot of twist to hold together as a yarn! You can’t overtwist it! Practice spinning cotton on a support (Tahkli) spindle to get the feel! Begin with a long staple (Pima) cotton fiber either in lint (ginned) or Puni (carded into a rolag) form. Set your wheel’s spinning ratio…

Cotton Preparation: From Seed to Sliver

 If you love to spin cotton, it does not get any better than this! My spinning study group had the wonderful opportunity to go into the experimental cotton fields of the University of Arizona and pick as much cotton as we wanted. I caution against greediness here. There is an amazing amount of fiber and…

Fearless Cotton Spinning

We welcome guest blogger Jill Holbrook to dispell any roadblocks you may have to spinning cotton! I absolutely love to spin cotton. It is my favorite fiber and the most soothing fiber to spin. When stressed or upset, I spin cotton.   Gandhi said ” If everyone in the world spun an hour a day…