About

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My name is Michael Cook. I’ve been working with all kinds of creative arts and crafts since I was a little kid – my grandmothers and my mom taught me to embroider, to sew, to crochet, and to draw, and I took that creative thread and ran with it. While I was in college, I learned to spin, to weave, taught myself to knit, and in general continued exploring all kinds of creative expression through a variety of media: fibers, drawing, painting, sculpting.

My obsession with silk began when a friend (hi, Rose!) said that my work was too good for polyester-cotton sewing thread, and gave me some fine silk thread to weave with, and then a friend’s daughter’s teacher told me about raising silkworms in her class. Then, in 2001, I found a website offering silkworm eggs, and I raised my first batch. Ever since, I’ve had silkworms, and I’ve learned many ways to use their cocoons to make thread and yarn. I travel and teach people how to make yarn and weave, and I write and talk about my unusual interests.

I live in the south Dallas neighborhood of Oak Cliff with my husband Chris, two dogs, three cats, a small flock of laying hens, and hundreds of tiny wiggling livestock.
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4 thoughts on “About

  1. Hello, want to say hi and let you know that I enjoyed reading about your first years raising silkworms. I found this site from an article by Amy R. Singer on ‘Spinning Silk Hankies’, another great read! Anyway, just wanted to tell you how much I like your site (does spending HOURS away from what I should be doing tell you something?).

    Felt like I fell down a rabbit (silkworm) hole into a world of wonder!
    Thank you so much and love to read more.

    LM

    ps. when you get the time, might want to check the HTML code on your HOME and ABOUT pages.

  2. Thank you for the kind words! Yeah, a php version update broke my theme, and I haven’t had the time and mental energy to go through and reinstall and redesign.

  3. Hi I want to learn how to spin silk, I just bought my white mulberry tree and I’ll be putting it soon.
    I want to learn how to make the highest grade silk possible. Please help.
    Thank you

  4. I am so excited to find your blog! I am an aspiring sericulturist so I am consuming it in mass quantities 🙂 Thank you for sharing your knowledge and insights. Now back to reading!!!!

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