I love prowling around antique shops. Going thru a little shop in Athens, I came across a set of cotton cards for $25 back in December. I know new ones are around $60. Of course, I looked, talked myself out of them and walked away.
After talking to some on Ravelry, I realized that I could do more with them than cotton. Went back and they were still there and now they have a home in my weaving room and they look good!
Of course, I had to try them out. Phyllis at R&M Yarns gave Brit a cotton flower straight from the plant. She got the seeds out (gonna try to grow some this year). We cleaned it the best we could and I got the cards.
Not sure how to do it but I did get it fluffy and I am able to spin it on a spindle that I had made from a really neat bead.
All that fluffy cotton came from one flower (can't remember what they are called).