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« Reply #40 on: December 08, 2013 07:47:27 PM »

Noticed you have a little mat or piece of fabric under your wheel. What is the reason for that?
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« Reply #41 on: December 08, 2013 09:13:30 PM »

That is there to catch the drips of oil when she's gets a bit squeaky.  Saves the carpet.
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« Reply #42 on: December 09, 2013 03:29:46 PM »

Now I want to see you dye it Wink.
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« Reply #43 on: December 09, 2013 07:31:07 PM »

Lol!  Well, this one won't be dyed, but my final project will be silk spun for needle work. I've got to dye it 4 colors, and all natural dye. Oh, make that 5 colors. Still not sure how I'm getting deep brown tho...
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« Reply #44 on: December 10, 2013 12:05:58 AM »

That is absolutely fascinating.  I had always wondered how the silk was spun into yarn and had somehow thought that an end was pulled from a pod which would then be unravelled........ Now vegans might lot like this next question but no offense is meant.  What do the dead bugs look like.?  Are they pretty or just brown.  I have seen some resin jewellery with the most beautiful coloured bugs set into the resin.  If silkworm bugs are pretty it might be a way of using them up.
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« Reply #45 on: December 10, 2013 04:11:40 AM »

Cherie,  the way you mention is called reeling, and they do do that for the super fine thread.  This is another way of processing it, much easier to do at home!
The bugs are brown, and gross. (which is why that one picture is marked as mature, just because it's disgusting!!) Best use for these bugs is the garbage can!  lol
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« Reply #46 on: December 10, 2013 05:52:27 AM »

Maybe spin Sugar's puke balls? When she pre-roved them? Just kidding. This is a yucky craft for those who are sensitive, even in the wool industry. I have been interested in these things for a while, and love those spin wheels.
I may keep some sheep to shear some day. I have the property area for it. Still researching. And have watched several programs about how it is done for the sheep. And the combing of things. To get the fibers ready to spin.

So you cook the pods to dry out the worms first? Then just spill them out with their poop? The poop pod is in a separate place than their sleepy time hammock in there, you know. You can probably just draw off the extra poopy pad, and go from there? And if you harvest certain times of the day? The worms have crawled down the tree and are not in there.

I harvest mine in the later part of the evening, so that I catch the worms to burn, as I have wished to kill them. But mid day they are out feeding. So all that is left is the "bathroom" in the pod. If you wish to harvest, this would be the way to go, as the worms will make you more stock to craft from, and re-create a nest. For more supplies. If you wished to save them.

Mine are green, and spotted, and a bit of brown fuzz tufts on them. Is this a true silk worm? They make a silky pod from tree limb to tree limb. With the poopie basket at the bottom. And the sleepie basket up above that.
Sorry, very interested in this, and still trying to figure it out.

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Whops. Deep brown is made by mixing all your colors...and maybe a bit of strong coffee? Vinegar sets the colors. Since you want to go natural.
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« Reply #47 on: December 10, 2013 06:26:30 AM »

HAHA!! Sugar is surprisingly not a hair ball puker!  But thanks for the laugh!
I'm guessing your worms are not true silk worms, but it would be an interesting experiment.  Silk worms are actually caterpillars, as they make the cocoons for metamorphosis, and some are saved and left to hatch into moths so they can make silk worm babies. Which then ends their lives anyway.  But the life cycle is complete.  Silk worms poop in their cocoons. it's right there beside the dead bugs.  The idea of cooking them is to kill and dehydrate the pod and bug. that way no mold can grow.  I've thought (after doing this process, of course) to make a slit in the cocoon while it's hard to remove the bug and the poo so it's not rehydrated and keep the silk more clean.
It's a really interesting process, and I love that I know I've got a ton more to learn.  I like sharing the bits of stuff that is easily shared without having someone right there. So stay tuned to the Belladune channel, and I'm sure I'll have even more interesting stuff to share later!! Wink
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« Reply #48 on: December 10, 2013 01:35:37 PM »

Walnuts = dark brown, no? Coffee and cocoa might work too but instead of wasting any potential food stuff black walnuts grow in Canada and are on the ground free free free! LOL. 
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« Reply #49 on: December 10, 2013 04:42:04 PM »

oooh.. Yes! maybe black walnuts!! I think I even have some.. Thanks CLM!!
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