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How cotton thread is made: from bud to spool - part 1


Thread is such an essential part of any make. We spend so much time choosing our fabric and design, but it is just as important to ensure that the thread we choose if high quality and perfectly suited to the project. A deeper understanding of thread can help us with this. But where does thread come from and how is it made? This week we begin a two part look at the manufacture of cotton threads including growing, harvesting, ginning, carding and drawing and spinning.   Growing the cotton for thread   Cotton is a soft, stable fibre that grows in a form known as a boll around the seeds of a cotton...> MORE