a soft, white, downy substance consisting of the hairs or fibers attached to the seeds of plants belonging to the genus Gossypium, of the mallow family, used in making fabrics, thread, wadding, etc.
Cotton is wonderful. One of my favorite mediums to work with is fine cotton fabric. Preferably designer prints such as Anna Maria Horner and Amy Butler. Cotton is very comfortable to wear too. My husbands favorite shirts are Land’s End Dress shirts. My favorite are the no-iron pinpoints Egyptian cotton sheets and bath towels are the best for durability and comfort.
Cotton is also beautiful in its raw state. Straight out of the field, still on the stalk, still in the seed pods. Several weeks ago I saw a blog post over at Savvy Southern Style. She had received some cotton straight from the field. And I loved the look and instantly wanted some for myself. I’ve certainly never seen any grown in Ohio though so I sighed, and went about my decorating without any cotton bolls. And I tried to overlook how lovely the cotton looked with the dried Hydrangea in another of Kim’s posts.
Then Jennifer over at Town and Country Living got some cotton from Santa for Christmas! Oh the loveliness! You really must go over and see her gorgeous photos! The wonderful lady who sent it to her is planning to sell the cotton next year. You can find her shop here and bookmark it so you can buy cotton if you live in a cottonless area like me
I consoled myself with the fact that I could purchase some next year. And then I traveled 15 hours west to spend Christmas week with my family.
Today, the day after Christmas, we headed to town to run a few errands. We traversed several miles of dirt roads to get to the highway. We passed harvested fields on both sides of the road. And then one field looked different. It was harvested but the stalks were taller than the surrounding fields and there was some sort of white stuff clinging to some of the stalks. I stared at it for a few astonished moments and then excitedly asked my sister if it was cotton! She said it was and I almost jumped from the moving vehicle to get to that field and glean some of the beautiful bolls still there. But I refrained. We went to town, ran our errands – well some of them, two of the shops I wanted to browse were not open. Have to go back tomorrow.
We went home another way and I actually forgot about the cotton till about 5:15pm. It was starting to get dark but with a clear sky it was still light enough to see for a while longer. Emma and my niece Renae went with me, and we filled a large plastic bag with the wonderful, soft, white stuff! I am just so excited! I’m sure my husband is just delighted to add that to our pile of stuff to take home with us, but, oh, is it going to make my redecorating when the Christmas decor comes down so much more fun! My brother thinks I’m crazy, and probably the rest of my family does too, but surely some of you out there in blogland understand??
So tell me, have you ever used cotton as a decor object? Do you think I’m crazy? Or are you on the edge of your seat waiting to see what I do with it haha
If you are in a snowed in area – enjoy. I am not one bit envious that I am missing out on the 10+ inches of snow that dumped on my hometown today. I am quite content to look outside at the snow-free fields of Kansas. And I am pretty sure there will still be plenty of snow for my kids to play in when we get home. Though if I had it my way we would head South and not return till May.
Sew a Fine Seam