It was a beautiful day to be outside and play with cotton.
First a small twig,
then a bit of naturally-colored cotton lint (ginned).
The twig is used to toss the cotton "willow". This fluffs the fibers from it's compressed state and also removes seed parts and other debris which falls through the wire mesh.
Then the lint is applied to the cotton hand carders, this is called "charging",
then Card - Joan Ruane says, "Pet it like a kitten . . . head to tail . . . nice kitty."
The fibers are rolled into a small thin roll called a puni.
Fiber prep completed- spinning on a tahkli.