Saturday, June 12, 2010


Scarf in the making.

My silk worms munching away.


Benita said...

I love the colors in your scarf!

I have a question about the silk worms - How many do you have and what do you do with the silk? Do you reel it, stretch it or what? I just took a silk spinning workshop and I'm curious how others work with their cocoons.

Weaving Trails said...

Thanks! I usually use turquoise and red when I make samples, don't ask me why.

The worms. Long story, my friend and I took a silk reeling workshop with Michael Cook. It was great fun and he had some eggs with him to give away so my friend took a packet of 50 to 75 eggs. They hatched. When they were about 3 weeks old, she had another workshop and couldn't tend them (by this stage they eat a lot) so I babysat them for the weekend. They were shedding, which was great fun to watch, and when she returned 2 of them didn't look like they were going to make it through the shedding process. I kept them so they wouldn't be disturbed. They made it! I kept them as I want to watch the cocoon making process. Some of hers have started spinning their cocoons. When they are done, we will reel it and weave something. They are the type of moth that has the golden cocoons.