I am still obsessed with the idea of growing my own fiber for spinning and weaving. Living on a small city lot leaves me few options. Sheep won’t work here and flax needs special tools to process. Last year I was given a single cotton boll with seeds intact. I planted them in my kitchen that February. They grew!! Read here
I decided to plant more seeds this year. Read here.
When I put the seedlings outside in June they were very weak and spindly from lack of sunlight. They have since really perked up. There are plenty of blooms (by northern standards like 6 per plant) and 4 bolls of natual brown cotton have opened up so far.
I’m looking forward to seeing how much cotton I will get this year since I planted twice as many seedlings. At this point I can only grow them on the east side of my house so they do not get much space. The odds of me growing even 1 pound of cotton in northern Indiana are pretty slim. Nonetheless I will just as happy if I grow 3 ounces. I should have enough to make a spectacular shawl when I combine the 2 years crops.
I have had an fascination with handcrafted textiles since before I can remember. The most influential women in my life have been skilled at sewing and needlecrafts. This includes great grandmother Mattie and grandma Arelia who was ever encouraging and proud of her “sweet pea” as I attempted my first projects at the age of 11.
Starting with braid weaving, then progressing to sewing, then crochet I was on my way. I received a bachelors in Apparel, Textiles and Merchandising from Eastern Michigan University in 2006. Over the years I have picked up knitting, loom weaving, embroidery and finally spinning every type of fiber I can get my hands on.
The process of creating using traditional techniques has brought me much joy and fulfillment over the years and I hope to inspire others to explore our heritage skills through my sharing.
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4 thoughts on “Update:2014 Indiana Cotton Crop”
Wow, I am inspired now. I wonder how cotton would grow in Cheshire (UK)
It’s definitely worth a try. This is a fun plant to watch mature. I’m going to pot one and keep as a house plant.
Wow the plants look great. I am happy they are producing cotton for you. Finally on my way to TN close next Monday
I’m surprised myself. The plants have really perked up in the last few weeks. Congrats on your move. Perfect timing.