Learn how to adjust your wheel for short staple fibers and how the long draw works best for spinning cotton. Students will spin cotton from the seed, card ginned cotton into punis to spin, and then spin natural-colored cotton sliver. We will also cover plying, blending color and other fibers into your cotton to produce wildly unique yarns as well as tips for care and use of your handspun cotton yarns. Endorsed by Joan Ruane, the “cotton queen”, international instructor and cotton expert. Students will leave class with sample skeins of 2-ply and 3-ply yarn made from lint and sliver.
Spinning wheels* should be flyer driven, with preferably, at least a 10/1 ratio, no Wooley Winders please for this class. Carders * cotton carders preferred, but wool will do. Lazy Kate and 3 empty bobbins Tags and marking pen for labeling Niddy noddy Pillow for chair to give back support or raise seat Optional: favorite spinning chair, pillow for back support, charkha, support spindle or Tahiti, Ball winder