My proposal for a tablet weaving class in March of ’05 in San Antonio was accepted – and they’ve even found a gluten-intolerant person to put me up with! I’m very excited about this. It’s so cool to be teaching this stuff; it’s a technique that I really enjoy, but it’s a little on the obscure side. And it’s especially gratifying to learn that in a real-world workshop, I can actually make decent money teaching it!

I have new photos and more life-cycle information on the Polyphemus caterpillars up now – rather than copy the whole thing, I’m just going to link to it.

Antherea polyphemus is closely related
to the tussah silkmoth, Antherea mylitta. It produces a very similar
silk, tan in color and very shiny and strong. I spun the silk on a tahkli spindle
into a fairly fine yarn, to make the small amount of silk go as far as possible.

more pictures


These are Polyphemus cocoons, Antherea polyphemus. I started with nine of them, which I got from a nice guy named Dan in Ohio. I found another one locally here in the Dallas area, on an oak tree at a park. Note: park rangers don’t appreciate people walking around with tree loppers. He didn’t say anything, but I got That Look.

And anybody who’s been following this journal, knows what big cocoons turn into… BIG MOTHS