Emily Smith

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There are more than 500 species of Wild silkworms and only a few are used to produce cloth. Wild silkworms aren't killed in the pupa stage but instead collected from the Wild. Because of this, there isn't one long continuous filament like with commercial silks.
With commercial silk, silkworms are killed while still in the cocoon. This helps keep the fibres in tact. Poor little guy.
Q: How does a silk cocoon form a thread?
A: you boil it, and a filament about the thickness of a spiderweb comes out. It takes 2-3000 cocoons to produce one pound of thread.
On the spindles: L: silk cloud layers (with a bit of blue Corriedale peaking through) ; R: kid mohair
Beauty.
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Bobbin winding: Part 2. Automatic loading feature.
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What an amazing field trip. I will definitely be back. These are all just samples. I can't wait until it's up and running 汳・
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Turn sound on. Howard explaining the shuttle on this loom (it has an electric hook-up).
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BRAINS
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Bobbin winder (turn sound on for full effect)
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Now that's a warp! Thanks for showing us, Howard!
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Umm I just had a next level geek-out session with Howard and Pam who acquired these *amazing* looms and are setting them up for very small-scale manufacturing. My mind is blown. I could have talked to them all day. My mom is meeting some pretty cool people on the Sunshine Coast ...
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#weaving #looms #loom #weave #textiles #fibershed