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« Reply #40 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 #41 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 #42 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 #43 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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« Reply #44 on: December 12, 2013 09:04:27 AM »

Thank you for sharing this post.   I had no idea that silk worms were often harvested along with the silk.  It was interesting to see your process from start to finish.
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« Reply #45 on: December 12, 2013 06:10:37 PM »

You're welcome, BlueCherryFaerie!
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« Reply #46 on: December 13, 2013 07:40:55 PM »

awesome, thanks for the heads up on the walnut dye.  It's one I've yet to use, but maybe I'll make a full strength version of something and exhaust dye the silk. Silk takes colour so vividly.  Also, don't hold your breath.. I'm sure I'll be stitching last minute again. It will be done for june, but likely not before lol
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« Reply #47 on: December 14, 2013 04:44:36 AM »

I still can't believe there are only 11 days until christmas, and 17 until new years eve... Time does fly when you get older. I just wish I was less easily distracted. but there's so much to be distracted by! lol I'd get way more done Smiley
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