Friday, December 19, 2008

Explaining the procedure I've used


This picture is showing the process the first item on the left is the Cotton Boll
the next item is showing the cotton removed from the boll (there was a little more, but I wanted to have room to show), inside one of the short strip of cotton are 5 seeds that you can feel but not see plainly.. first I separate the seeds
then on the bottom row, you see one seed that I was pulling the cotton away from,
Then you see how much cotton was attached to that seed...sometimes there is more
Then on the right of it you finally see the Seed :o) tiny little bugger, almost looks like an orange seed.
And that my friends is the lesson learned for the day! Some of you already knew it, but for those like me...it's a fascinating experience...

7 comments:

ladydi said...

It is indeed fascinating. It makes you wonder how the first person who ever tried it discovered it would clean up so delightfully, and could be carded, spun and woven. Kind of like the first person who looked at an old withered grape and discovered raisins!

ladydi said...

I've been contemplating the whole concept of discovering God's gifts. Cottonwood trees are generally thought of as a mess with those "awful seeds" landing on everything. I wonder if something could be done with them??

ladydi said...

All right, I know I'm hogging the comment forum, but I just had to mention that I noticed your puffy pieces of cotton look like clouds against the lovely blue background. Duh. I'm sure you planned it that way, but it took me a while to get my eyes off the cotton and onto the background.

Deborah said...

I can't wait to see what you are going to do with all that cotton. You can come process my cotton anytime you want by the way. :)

The Gingerbread House said...

Ladydi, I got a good laugh at your comment about the " lovely blue background" which happened to be the first thing I had on hand to make a background.It was a sweater that I admired from a dear friend and she took it off and gave it to me :o)..she is now deceased and I use it as a comfort sweater in my "Studio" when needed. I don't believe I know what a "Cottonwood Tree" is, but I bet you it has some good use for us....Ginny

Dorothy said...

Hi Ginny,
I grew up on a farm and we always grew cotton. My grandmother would card it and make 'bats' for the filling in quilts. I don't think she ever spun it into thread, but probably her mother did. It was part of survival in the old days.

The Gingerbread House said...

Ladydi, don't worry about hogging, I'm glad you took the time to comment..at least it shows me someone it interested in what's going on at the Gingerbreads house.

Hi Dorothy, I think some of those Olden days survival tricks are needed for today's economy for some of us, and it's best to be prepared for anything, you never know what lies ahead.....Ginny