Fwd: NK - Raw Cotton Report

Addington, Debbie, A daaddington at saintfrancis.com
Thu Aug 17 07:33:27 PDT 2000

oh thank you!
i had heard that cotton is harder to spin because of the short fibers, but i
figured "hay,   its better than nothing at all"

hope your father settles in, quickly.

> -----Original Message-----
> From:	paddy at webzone.net [SMTP:paddy at webzone.net]
> Sent:	Thursday, August 17, 2000 9:23 AM
> To:	'Northkeep at ansteorra.org'
> Subject:	RE: Fwd: NK - Raw Cotton Report
> Cotton is kind of hard for beginners to spin--I can blithely say, as a
> relative
> beginner who is still not good at all at spinning cotton--because the
> fibers
> are so short that you have to be able to put a lot of twist into them to
> get
> the thread to hang together.  The fibers are so short, as a matter of
> fact,
> that I wouldn't even have the equipment to card raw cotton into sliver for
> spinning,
> myself; you have to have special, fine-toothed carders.  
> Much easier to learn with wool, which has longer fibers.  Although I am
> admittedly
> better at spinning at my wheel, I would be happy to share a bit of wool
> and
> show anyone the basics of drop spinning, or to assist someone else in
> running
> a class, but it would have to wait a couple of weeks until after my father
> goes
> home from the hospital and gets settled in at home again.
> Here's the drop spindle page at the Woolery, although a lot of the
> spindles
> on this page would NOT be beginner-friendly.
> http://www.woolery.com/dropspinfr.html
> My beginner spindle was #3 at the top, the top-whorl 2.75 oz Louet, for
> $9.95.
>  It's a good spindle, of a good weight and size for a beginner, and I
> still
> use it sometimes to ply.  I now usually spin on a Lollipop spindle when I
> drop-spin;
> I bought it even though it's a little light for me, because it was so
> little,
> and cute, and useful, and had forget-me-nots on it, which is part of my
> device...
>  One of those form over function issues. 
> -Toinette
> >yes i would like to attend a drop spindle class.
> >I found a website that shows how to make one.  I could print that out and
> >bring it along for those of us that dont have one already.
> >maidenhair
> >

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