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This spring I have been learning how to prepare silk cocoons that have been damaged and aren’t any good for reeling.  I don’t have a frame for pulling the cocoons into hankies, so I made a wire frame and pulled the cocoons into caps.  I’m in the process of spinning these caps up on an antique Norwegian slant wheel.

Simmering the cocoons in a pot of backing soda water, used approximately a half of a tablespoon of baking soda and simmered about 35-40 minutes and then rinsed in a bowl warm water, dumped out the water and added new water and then stretched the cocoons onto the wire frame. Started the stretching under the water and finished over the frame.

Predrafted the caps before starting to spin.

Eventually I will have enough silk thread/yarn to make something with.

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