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- Sep 30, 2012Hi allSitting here in Jon's hospital room n playing with iPhone. Don't have Jeanine's email but decided all might be interested in these photos of silk cocoons n rovings.Jon is doing well after his surgery. Time will tell. His back is a mess which we knew.
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C&T Publishing Blog
Posted: 27 Sep 2012 12:15 PM PDT
If you’ve taken a peek at our Artful Fiber, you might have noticed some funny-looking oval-shaped mysterious thingies and wondered ”What are they?” and “What does one do with them?”
Wonder no more! They’re silk cocoons! Those with children might already be familiar with them. Not because your little ones came from a cocoon, but they may have viewed silkworms life cycles in preschool or kindergarten. It truly is fascinating, although I’ve noticed from our experiment raising some here in the office that not everyone can stomach those wiggly worms of wonder. You’re either okay with critters or you’re not.
So, here’s their life cycle in a nutshell.
First, you have the eggs that have been maturing for months in a chilly environment (otherwise known as the back of your refrigerator).
When brought to room temperature in the spring, these tiny, tiny, tiny little baby silkworms hatch—you might need a magnifying glass to see them—and start hunting for their favorite food, mulberry leaves.
Not only is it their favorite food, it also happens to be the only food they’ll eat, so it’s probably not a good idea to adopt these little guys if you’ve no access to a mulberry tree.
They munch and munch away as they grow into plump worms. This is usually where the squeamish need to
Time to spin cocoons! Egg cartons make for nice little compartments.
Soon enough, all are tucked away in their pretty little cocoons.
Metamorphosis occurs and…
Silk moths emerge from their eggs! Next stop—find a mate, lay eggs, and die. Eggs are gathered and tucked away until next spring, and the cycle is complete.
So what might one do with silk cocoons? Here are some inspirational examples…
Silk rods are another item found in the Artful Fiber kit. These are made from small pieces of silk that have been laid over a rod to dry creating a rod-like shape. Here are some interesting ways we’ve seen them used.
The Artful Fiber Bag has a large array of fibers and surfaces neatly tucked in an embellishable bag—how cool is that? Check them out and let us know what you create!
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