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of butterflies and worms

February 9, 2015

silk – no other fibre shouts “luxury” more loudly than silk

P1060441bottom left are reeled silk from Bryan in Japan

on the right, noil silk from Sanjo Silks

top, my handspun, natural dyed silk

a good resource – Cheryl Kolander’s book A Silk Worker’s Notebook 

today, on Bryan’s blog a video showing the reeling process

and here

fascinating videos of collecting and raising butterflies

check them out


12 Comments leave one →
  1. February 12, 2015 8:01 am



  2. February 11, 2015 11:40 am

    Ahhh, the colors of your silk yarns!
    I really enjoyed those videos, I follow Bryan’s blog, but haven’t watched the clips till now.
    So much work with growing own silk, but it looks like a lot of fun. I like processes without shortcuts.


    • February 11, 2015 11:48 am

      Alfia – raising silkworms is labor intensive, they have voracious appetites and you need a large, reliable supply of appropriate food. They also need constant cleaning and then there is the reeling. All rather daunting.


  3. February 10, 2015 2:31 pm

    Yet another weaving thing I haven’t tried! Those pictures of the piles of silk are yummy.


    • February 10, 2015 4:17 pm

      Kerry – good quality 2 ply silk for a warp is a breeze to weave or start with wool or cotton warp and use silk for the weft. And it dyes beautifully.


  4. Lis permalink
    February 9, 2015 10:23 pm



  5. February 9, 2015 2:59 pm

    oh, the lusciousness of these silks!


    • February 9, 2015 3:05 pm

      Velma – I can never decide if silk or linen is my favorite, guess it is whichever one I’m working with at the time


      • February 10, 2015 3:43 pm

        into my mind comes “if you can’t be with the one you love, honey, love the one you’re with.”


      • February 10, 2015 4:15 pm

        Velma – it’s kinda hard to love those fat worms but I do love their spit!


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