I’ve set up a new blog. It was tough – WordPress and GoDaddy are apparently famous for not getting along. But, finally after much finagling, I have my blog on wormspit.com. MY NEW BLOG! So… y’all go and check it out! The archives are a transfer from my LiveJournal, so that’s nothing new – just [Continue]
http://dsc.discovery.com/news/2008/08/20/silk-lens-optics.html I usually report on the silk stuff that I’m doing, myself – but this one is too cool not to mention! If I’m reading it right, they’re using an aqueous solution of sericin. If so, it might even be possible to extract the stuff, and still have the silk for textile (or other) use.
I’m planning to put these up on the silk reeling page – the first video shows catching the strands from the cocoons, the second and third are two different views of adding cocoons to the reeling strand.
For anyone who wanted some of the Heminway silk… The Ebay seller where I got the 000 Sewing Silk has some more to sell – he had been out of touch, not out of stock! His computer access has been up and down, so if one sells, he can’t always immediately re-list. You can see [Continue]
In case you were wondering (I was!) what the difference between Size A and Size 000 thread is – now I can show you. I wanted to wait until I had some of the Heminway dyed black, so I could compare apples to apples. The bulky stuff on the right is regular size A silk [Continue]
Before degumming, right, and after, left. I got a great deal on some VERY fine thread. This stuff is Size 000 Silk Sewing Twist – normal, regular-fineness sewing thread is Size A, and it goes thicker up to F, and finer to 0, 00, and then this stuff. TINY. The problem is – the thread [Continue]
As I’ve said before, I LOVE getting packages from India. This one is something that I have been looking for for quite some time. It’s a hand-loomed pure Kosa (Tasar, or Indian Tussah) silk sari. It’s BEAUTIFUL. Just a peek, before I let you see the package opening up: But, of course, what I see [Continue]
I’ve been stewing over this for a while… usually every time that somebody emails me to tell me that I’m a horrible person, and that I should only use Tussah silk, because it’s “Peace Silk”, gathered from the jungle only after the moth has flown away happy and satisfied. It just ain’t so. My take [Continue]