As soon as our Angora Rabbit produces enough fiber to make angora yarn, I'll start teaching myself how to spin.
Meanwhile, we're also learning about farming cotton - not a lot but enough to make fabric. Will plant next Spring, assuming we're at our new homestead by then. Anyway, at first I thought I'd combine half cotton with half angora, but from what I understand the resulting yarn frays and never becomes soft and fun again.
So... I've been looking online to figure out how to go from a cotton boll (ball with seeds and oil, plucked from the cotton plant) to weaving a simple fabric, and am at a loss. Do you first make yarn? Thread? Can you use a drop spindle for that? Is it possible to practice with the cosmetic cotton balls purchased at the store? Is there a cheap (inexpensive) table loom to make the fabric? How many cotton plants would be needed to make a yard of fabric? Would it be more cost effective to spin the cotton into yarn for crocheting, knitting and tapestry?
Our goal is to be very self-reliant... that's why all the questions. Can anyone point me to this info?
DELAY TO POSTING HERE DUE TO CIRRHOSIS AND CANCER - POSTED JULY 1, 2016 I am Vikki, one of the owners of Rosemary Ridge Farm and Rosemary Ridge Books, and the sole author of this blog. On June 17 2016, I wa...