"Easy to Spin" Cotton and Where to Find It

Joan's Cotton HarvestMost cotton is carded for machine spinning. Joan realized that what is good for machinery is not always the best for hand spinners. Thus she went in search of sliver or roving that was easy for hand spinners to spin.

Kay Fielding, who used to own Custom Colors probably had the best type of roving of anyone. Working with that and with a carding company that has some new top-of-the-line carding machines, they came up with "Easy to Spin" cotton roving.

 


A Letter to Cotton Spinners

Dear Hand Spinners,

For years all the spinning books were saying cotton is hard to spin. Then when the Linder's began teaching in the late 70's there was little to no sources for cotton fiber unless you went directly to the cotton gin. This is what Harry Linder did, he bought a bale (480 lbs.) and put it on his front porch. When he and Olive were going to go give a workshop, they would take a wafer off the bale and that was what they had to teach with. Then in the 80's we started to get a little commercial sliver that was carded for the cotton mills. At least it was clean and already carded but was not the easiest to spin.

Also the spinning wheels were designed for spinning wool and long staple fibers. This meant the cotton spinners had to treadle fast and hold the yarn extended out for a long period of time to get enough twist in the short stable cotton to make it a strong stable yarn. Between the wheels with low ratios and poor cotton being available for spinning, I can understand why people thought cotton was hard to spin. It would be the same as trying to spin poor quality wool with a high ratio, all you would come out with is over twisted wool yarn with lumps and bumps in it. But today we have spinning wheels with very high ratios, well educated spinners and a great selection of cotton fibers.

When prepared cotton began to appear in the fiber shops, it was mostly cotton that was prepared for the commercial spinning gins. Sally Fox and Kay Fielding recognized that this was not a good preparation for hand spinners as the cotton was over processed and most of the crimp was removed for commercial use. Thus they both had their cotton specially processed for hand spinners. Then Kay of Custom Colors went out of business and Sally did a limited amount. At this point is when I stepped in and realized if spinners were going to enjoy spinning cotton that I needed to make a supply available.

For many years I had been purchasing Pima, Acala and Sea Island cotton but it was only in the lint form directly from the gin. Finally in 2005 , I began my search for a place to have top quality cotton fiber processed into a sliver that was “Easy to Spin”. Luckily I found an International Textile Center that would process my cotton to my specifications. The carding equipment was new and modern, so that the sliver was very clean and consistent. What a difference this has made to my cotton spinners, they all love this new processed cotton that they did not have to card by hand and that was Easy to Spin.

This carding process leaves the crimp in the fiber which is what makes a fiber easy to spin. It is also carded to a specific weight per length so that it is not compacted and hard to draft. Realizing that this cotton needed to get out to all spinners who wanted to spin cotton, I began wholesaling my “Easy to Spin” cotton to shops around the country.

Since I travel so much teaching and lecturing, I was unable to service even the fiber shops consistently. So, in October of 2012 I had my good friend and cotton spinner Jill Holbrook and her partner Lura Moore take over the task of getting Easy to Spin cotton out to the spinners and shops all over the world. They are doing a great job!

Their company name is BROOKMOORE CREATIONS,LLC . The website is http://Brookmoorecreations.com. Their email is cotton@brookmoorecreations.com. Jill and Lura are very helpful, friendly and efficient and welcome inquires.

Below are the shops where you can find Easy to Spin cotton for your spinning pleasure.

Thank you for your wonderful support,

Joan




Where to Purchase "Easy to Spin" Cotton Roving & DVD's

 

UNITED STATES


ARKANSAS

Knit Unto Others
323 Main St.
Arkadelphia, AK  71923
www.knituntoothers.com 

ARIZONA

Bird House Yarns
2540 E. 6th St.
Tucson, AZ 85716
Holly Harper
Cotton Clouds
5176, S. 14th Ave
Safford, AZ 85546
www.cottonclouds.com
Fiber Creek
Prescott, AZ 86303
1-928-717-1774
fibercreek@bullerinternet.net

Fiber Factory
216 W. Main St.
Mesa, AZ 85201
www.fiberfactory.com
yarn@fiberfactory.com

Grandma's Spinning Wheel
Tucson, AZ
1-520-290-3738
www.grandmasspinningwheel.com
Howard's Handwerk House
3054 N. 1st Ave.  #10
Tucson, AZ 85719       
Esther Howard
John Galen Designs
1139 E. Knox Dr.
Tucson, AZ 85719
John Gudenkauf
johng@johngalen.com
Nanny’s Room (Etsy)
PO Box 434
Clay Springs, AZ  85923
nannysroom@gmail.com
Jeanne Forsythe
Spinning Nomad
4874 E. Eastland Street
Tucson, AZ 85711
mushinweaving@gmail.com
The Spinster
116 N 4th St
Kingman, AZ 86401
http://www.spinsterinkingman.com
1-928-753-3660
thespinster@frontier.com
Tempe Yarn and Fiber
1415 E. University Drive
Tempe, AZ 85281
tempeyarn@gmail.com
CALIFORNIA
Carolina Homespun
455 Lisbon Street
San Francisco, CA 94112
1-800-450-7786
www.carolinahomespun.com
Half Moon Hollow
La Mesa, CA
siobhanawanna@cox.net
Cathy Salamon
Village Spinning & Weaving Shop
425 Alisal Road
Solvang, CA 93463-3704
www.villagespinweave.com
CONNECTICUT
The Puni Express
355 May Road
East Hartford, CT 06118
Laurene D’Aversa
l_daversa@yahoo.com
Madison Wool
56A Wall St.
Madison, CT 06443
Dayna Mankowski
dayna@craftyscientist.com
FLORIDA
Ewephoric Fibers
5801 NM 32nd St.
Gainesville, FL 32653
gingrclark@gmail.com
Ginger Clark
IDAHO
Blue Barn Fiber
9090 N. Cuff Rd.
Hayden, ID 83835 https://bluebarnfiber.com/
Desert Garden Farms
289 Hill Road
Weiser, ID 83672
mommacavy@msn.com
The Fiber Addict
Donnelly, ID
1-208-325-4177
www.thefiberaddict.com
Lunatic Fringe Yarns, Inc.
2291 S.W. 2nd Ave.
Fruitland, ID 83619
info@lunaticfringeyarns.com
1-800-483-8749
IOWA

The Painted Tiger Yarn & Fiber
929 Oakhurst Lane
Clinton, IA 52732
ThePaintedTiger.com

KANSAS
Yarn Barn of Kansas
930 Massachusetts St.
Lawrence, KS 66044
http://www.yarnbarn-ks.com/
KENTUCKY
The Woolery
315 St. Clair Street
Frankfort, KY 40601
1-502-352-9800
www.woolery.com
ILLINOIS
Emsket’s Fiberworks
Ellen Bloomfield
2310 Iroquois Lane
Round Lake Heights , IL 60073
emsket@handspinner.net
MICHIGAN
Gate House Farm LLC
2400 Fausett Rd.
Howell, MI 48855
http://gatehousefiberarts.com/
MISSOURI
Sue’s Soft Stuff
205 S. Broadway
Jamesport, MO 64648
suessoftstuff@hotmail.com
NEW MEXICO
The Natural Twist
9339 Guadalupe Trail NW
Albuquerque, NM 87114
www.thenaturaltwist.com
1-505 -453-2277
Quillan Fiber Arts
207 Avenida de Mesilla
Suite A
Las Cruces, NM 88005
1-575- 635-9136
QuillanFiberWorks.com
Yada Yada Yarn
614 N. Bullard Street
Silver City, NM 88061
YadaYadaYarn.com
The Yarn Store at Nob Hill
120 Amherst Dr. NE
Albuquerque, NM 87106
www.theyarnstoreatnobhill.com
1-505- 717-1535
NORTH CAROLINA
Historical Folk Toys LLC
10100 Park Cedar Dr., Ste 134
Charlotte, NC 28210
704-543-0204 phone
Three Waters Farm
5330 Three Waters Lane
Graham, NC 27253
maryann.pagano@threewatersfarm.com
OHIO
Dakota Designs
3265 Silsby Road
Cleveland Heights, OH 44118
www.dakotaskipper.net
Fiber Optic Yarns
726 Mohawk Trail
Milford, OH 45150
www.kimberbaldwindesigns.com
(513) 248-0752
OKLAHOMA
Weavery at Indian Meridian
624 S. Henney Rd.
Guthrie, OK 73044
405-822-8927
weavery@indianmeridian.com
OREGON
Black Sheep at Orenco
6154 NE Brighton St.
Hillsboro, OR 97124
www.blacksheepatorenco.com
(971) 732-5391
PENNSYLVANIA
Darn Yarn Needles & Thread
Nice & Knotty
253D Mercer St.
Harmony PA 16037
724-473-0983
HipStrings
2920 Clearview Rd.
Allison Park, PA 15101
www.hipstrings.com
Red Stone Glen Fiber Arts Center
435 Popps Ford Road
York Haven, PA 17370
(717) 212 9022
redstoneglen@gmail.com
Snowdin Studios
466 Hummingbird Court
New Hope, PA 18938
snowdinstudios@aol.com
TEXAS
Fancy Fibers
406 McKinney Sreet
Farmersville, TX 75442
1-972-839-8604
www.fancyfibersstore.com
Homestead Fiber Crafts
608 Dry Creek Road
Waco, TX 76705
1-254-754-9653 www.homesteadheritage.com
Happy Ewe
18360 FM Ste. B
Jonestown, TX 78645
(512) 284-7408 happyewefibers@gmail.com
Heritage Arts
P.O. Box 250
Grandview, TX 76050
www.heritageartstexas.com
(817) 866-2772
Long Branch Trading Emporium
126 Tumbleweed Trail
Fredricksburg, TX 78624
cjla422@icloud.com
Twisted Yarns
702 Spring Cypress Rd
Spring, TX 77373
www.twistedyarnstexas.com
(281) 528-8664
West 7th Wool
3612 W. 7th St.
Fort Worth, TX 76107
(817) 731 5044 amybyoung@west7thwool.com
VIRGINIA
MK Unique Designs
90 Grace St.
Grottoes, VA 24441
mkuniquedesigns@gmail.com
WASHINGTON
NW Yarns
1401 Commercial St.
Bellingham WA 98225
info@nwyarns.com
WISCONSIN
Mielke's Fiber Arts, LLC
N4826 21st Avenue
Mauston, WI 53948
608-350-0600
https://www.mielkesfiberarts.com/
Spry Whimsy Fiber Arts
171 W Main St
Stoughton Wi 53589
www.sprywhimsy.com



AUSTRALIA



NEW SOUTH WALES
Elizabeth Woods
39 Nords Wharf Road
Nords Wharf NSW 2281
elizabeth@spinnerscotton.com.au



CANADA



ALBERTA
Ancient Arts Fibre Crafts
Calgary, AB
1-403-686-6105
www.ancientartsfibre.com
Celeigh Wool
Margaret Sjostrom
RR1 Suite 11 Box 1
Millet, Alberta TOC 1Z0
1-780-387-5047
celeigh@telusplanet.com



NEW ZEALAND


Sentosa Textiles, Ltd.
36 Ethel Street
Sandringham 1025
Auckland, New Zealand
www.sentosatextiles.com
Peter Lucena, owner
011 64 9 846 8166
sentosa@actrix.co.nz

 

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