I have a new hobby. This is a very new hobby, I just took my first spinning class and got my first charka and hand spindle last Sunday. A charka is a type of spinning wheel, it is small and it is specifically made for short fibers like cotton.
I am raising angora rabbits for the fibers for spinning. You don't have to kill the rabbit to use their fur! I am just starting with the rabbits and with all the brushing them etc.
I also got a few cotton seeds and would like to grow them. I got some cotton bolls with the seeds still in them, I think I will also attempt to sprout some of those. I was even given some green cotton bolls with the seeds in them. I live in Arkansas, but far from cotton country.
I was looking at you tube videos on spinning and came across: flax and spinning it, I did the research and realized it is the same as food grade flax, and when I checked my seeds on hand, I had ordered flax for 2013 for the seed-heads. I am sure there is likely some selectively bred for spinning.
I have seen rayon on clothing tags, I had no idea that rayon is derived from bamboo! wow! interesting!
And then I came across soysilk... a fiber derived from the stalk of soybeans, very interesting.
You can even order silk worm cocoons online for spinning into silk. Apparently the worm is still alive inside it, because it tells you how to go about killing the worm!
Learning to spin is opening up a whole new world of possibilities.
Does anyone here spin or grow their own fibers for spinning?
I need input!