100g of Ginned Cotton – what can you do?
I have found a friendly cotton grower, but what can you do with ginned cotton? It’s a bit like asking what can I do with a wool fleece directly after it’s been shorn from the sheep and been skirted! It’s still pretty raw and a long way from high street items.
Making a useable product directly from ginned cotton cuts out a vast amount of processing, and, in my case keeps the fibres from leaving the state in which they are grown. The lovely thing about cotton fibres, is they are are user friendly as soon as they are separated from the seed and any other plant matter. Already soft, strong and machine washable! Good news indeed for someone like me, I love to be lost in time making things, but I need my creative pursuits to be useful and long lasting to not feel wasteful, and easy care is a bonus!
In the last few months I’ve learned to spin cotton, either directly from ginned cotton, or from carded or combed sliver. I love the varieties of yarns I can produce.
The lumpy but ‘clean’ feel of the ginned cotton yarn, lightly peppered with flecks of plant matter from harvest, just needed to be made into a facecloth. Happy days, this is a very easy item that can be knitted or crocheted, I tried both, and I kept track of my 100g of ginned cotton to see just how far it would go.
So, they look like something a luxury spa would be proud to present, how do they feel in use? – totally awesome is all I can really say. Whether just wet, or with soap, my skin feels great afterwards. In this exceptionally short and simple supply chain, this is the first time this cotton fibre has been wet. No scouring, bleaching or dyeing has occurred, and, unlike every other common plant derived fibre available (linen, bamboo, viscose, sea cell, soy etc), no wet processing or chemical engineering is required to render cotton as a useful fibre ready to make into yarn (commercially or by hand).
The very nature of a textured facecloth means that this is a fabulous first item to try if you would like to give handspinning ginned cotton a try, the irregularities of the yarn created, by drop spindle or wheel spinning can only enhance its effect.
Happily, it is a joy to use, with or without soap my skin feels great after a wash or freshen up using this ultra natural, beautifully soft and clean handmade facecloth.