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Great News!

Cotton Clouds — now a mother & daughter team!  It is with great pleasure that I announce that Jodi  & Jessica Ybarra will become the new owners of Cotton Clouds, Inc.  March 1, 2021. Come Join Them! Truth be told, Jodi knows more about Cotton Clouds than I do! Over the past 35 years, Jodi Ybarra has taken over all operations of ordering, shipping, product development and a natural way of treating customers with compassion and kindness.    I am very proud of her!  If you haven’t spoken or emailed Jodi yet you’ll be in for a treat. She’s a self-taught...

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Weaving Placemats on My Rigid Heddle Loom

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Weaving Placemats on My Rigid Heddle Loom

Hi fellow Rigid Heddle Weavers! I’m back to let you know how my next project in the Rigid Heddle Kit-of-the-Month Club is going. This might just be the most fun I have ever had weaving on my Rigid Heddle Loom! These placemats are perfect for everyday use!  These  Everyday Placemats wove up so quick and easy with such great results! Start by winding the Rug Filler on one shuttle and then the 8/4 Rug Warp on a 2nd shuttle. You will alternate these two yarns while weaving. The Rug Warp locks the Rug Filler snuggly in place. The placemats are reversible! One side will be dark while the other side is light. I love the thick,...

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New to Spinning Cotton?

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New to Spinning Cotton?

What words come to mind when you think about spinning cotton?   At CottonClouds.com, we make cotton spinning easy with quality tools and instruction. But you don’t have to take it from us! We asked Rebecca, to whom we recently sent our All About Cotton Spinning kit, to put in her own words, her experience spinning cotton for the first time! Take it away, Rebecca!  A New Spinner’s Experience Thanks to Cotton Clouds for the opportunity to share my experience here! I have been a knitter for 13 years and have been practicing my crochet skills for 5 years, you can see...

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Putting Your Handspun to Good Use, Part Two: Spinning a Consistent Yarn

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Putting Your Handspun to Good Use, Part Two: Spinning a Consistent Yarn

I have been a spinner where I “let the fiber tell me what to do”. This is not a bad starting place However, when you are spinning for a project, most likely you will not spin all that you need in one day. The second day the fiber could “say” it wanted to be thicker or you could just be in a different mood. The size of your yarn changes and thus, your project yarn is inconsistent. Here are a few tips to help maintain consistency. Finer yarns are easier to spin consistently and cotton as a fine fiber “wants” to...

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Putting Your Handspun Cotton to Good Use: Part One

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Putting Your Handspun Cotton to Good Use: Part One

I admit that I often spin just for the delight of spinning with no thought of what I will do with the yarn.  At best, I will try and make a consistent yarn for whatever batch of roving or sliver I am spinning so I will be able to use it for a project. I usually do turn these yarns into something knit, crocheted or woven. I have also spun for a specific project. I highly recommend that at least once, you spin for a project. The exercise of spinning with a project in mind teaches you how to plan, choose the...

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