Our American Maid™ cotton line of yarns and fabrics continues to grow.We have both naturally colored cotton yarns as well as white yarns in multiple sizes.
All of these yarns are made from cotton grown here in the American west, and spun in the US. We purchase the cotton lint from farmers who use modern sustainable farming practices. The brown and green cotton is grown in New Mexico. The white cotton is Cleaner Cotton™. This is the trademark name for cotton grown by farmers enrolled in the Sustainable Cotton Project. The cotton grown through the Sustainable Cotton Project is grown without using the 13 most toxic chemicals in conventional cotton production in California, utilizing non-genetically modified seed, and biologically based integrated pest management practices, this sustainable fiber is now available as yarns.
Naturally Colored American Maid™ Yarns
Our Naturally Colored American Maid™ yarns come in 5 colors: Dark and Light Brown, Dark and Light Green, and White. The Dark shades are 100% naturally colored cotton, and the light shades are 33% naturally colored cotton and 67% white. And the white is unbleached and is a lovely soft cream color.
The Brown and Green yarns become darker when washed, especially in alkaline water. Add baking soda to a sinkful of warm wash water and watch the color deepen. The first time you wash these yarns, the wash water will be pretty dirty. This is the first time that these yarns have ever been in water before, and you will be washing off the dust of the fields when you give them their first bath. The colors will continue to change over the lifetime of your woven items. The more often you wash and dry something, the more the color will change. The green yarns are more dynamic than the brown yarns.
We have all of the American Maid™ Yarns in the 5 colors available in 3/2, 8/2, 10/2 and a 4 ply cabled yarn. We also have white available in all of the other sizes and also in 6/2, 12/2 and 20/2. Want to spin your own yarn? We have the American Maid™ cotton sliver available too. It is the same fiber that we use to make the American Maid™ yarns.
The American Maid™ yarn seems to have it’s own character. Most people don’t have any issue with absorbency with the American Maid™ Yarns after they wash them the first time. However, some users report that their towels aren’t as absorbent as they would like. If you have this issue, try these solutions: 1. Don’t use fabric softener in the rinse water, or dyer sheets when you put the towels in the dryer. The additional chemicals seems to increase the water repellency of the American Maid™ yarns. 2. Wash the towels in hot water. This helps eliminate any of the naturally occurring waxes on the cotton and any remaining machine oil. 3. Because we all have different settings on our hot water, if the towels are still not as absorbent as you would like after using hot tap water, boil the towels for up to 10 minutes. The additional heat will remove any remaining wax and make the towels wonderfully absorbent.