Spinning Cotton

I was at a spinning retreat in the early 1990’s and took a course on spinning cotton with my Wee Peggy spinning wheel. It was more than a little frustrating because of the low wheel ration, but a very nice lady gave me a great tip for drafting the fiber. She showed me how to draft straight back without hesitating and treadle like crazy. It worked but I knew I would need a different wheel to be able to spin cotton and I eventually purchased an Ashford Traditional double-drive wheel and was able to spin cotton just fine.

These days I spin cotton on my Kromski Sonata. The bobbins are larger and it has a higher ratio than the Ashford or the Wee Peggy and I am able to spin fast and evenly. I had two Ashford wheels and a couple of years ago I gave them to a friend to use in the spinning classes that she teaches.

I discovered natural colored cotton back in the 1990’s and love spinning it. This yarn was spun from Sally Fox’s natural colored cotton.

The last cotton fiber I purchased was at the DFW Fiber Fest from a Brookmoore Creations booth. I bought a pound each of natural, green, and brown Easy-To-Spin cotton sliver. I would like to get enough of this cotton spun for a weaving project. It spins like a dream and makes a nice break from spinning wool and wool blends.

This scarf was woven from yarn spun from a combination of natural cotton sliver and recycled blue jean fiber. It is one of my favorite projects and I enjoy wearing it in warmer weather.

These cotton yarns were all spun on my Kromski wheel. The four on the left are 100% recycled cotton from shredded blue jeans and the two in the middle are a blend of natural cotton and recycled blue jean fabric.

Published by thenerdyyarnlady

I am a Native Texan, Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Great-Grandmother, Catholic Convert residing in rural North East Texas since 1975 when I married my husband and this small town girl became a country girl. I was taught to knit at the age of ten and discovered the writings of Elizabeth Zimmerman shortly after I married. I learned to ‘unvent’ things as I went along, to create my own patterns and generally have a blast with yarn and needles. In the mid 1980’s I explored the idea of spinning my own yarn and eventually got interested in weaving on a floor loom. I have three spinning wheels and a 24″ four-shaft Herald floor loom that I purchased from a friend in the 1990’s. I also enjoy sewing, tatting and making rosaries. I have a work room that contains my fiber, yarn, floor loom, sewing machines, serger and rosary making supplies. I have a spinning corner in a bedroom next to my work room, both with north windows looking toward the creek.

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