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On the other side of the World!


I am off on vacation this week, my first trip to China. I am in a city by the name of Suzhou, an hour away from Shanghai. I am very lucky as I had a wonderful guided tour at the Silk Factory.  A guide took us on a tour, showing the complete development from worm tosilk.  First picture is the small silkworms, we were allowed to pat them and they were very soft.

Next step was the cocoons, those could contain ut to 1 000 meters of silk.

The coccons were boiled, and the silk was spun onto spools.

Next step was to make use of the silk in various ways. First thing was to weave fabric, the other thing to use it for is silk duvet. Here you can see how I was part of pulling out the silk for the silk duvet. I think it is almost like a spider web, very strong.

Finally I ended up…. yes in a store where they had wonderful rolls of fabric, garments, duvets, home decorations and much more. Did I buy anything? Yes it was to hard to resist, as I love silk. My two childen that was also with me, was not happy waiting for two hours while I did my shopping.

Happy Sewing!

PS I have more stories to share here from China. DS


  1. wendy
    Posted 4 November, 2011 at 06:09 | Permalink

    Wow! I cant wait to hear more about that trip! Do we have to wait a whole week?

  2. Posted 7 November, 2011 at 04:44 | Permalink

    It sounds like a wonderful adventure!
    I am a spinner (as well as other fiber related crafts) and wonder if they let the worm escape before boiling the cocoons….

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  5. mohammadi
    Posted 20 November, 2011 at 01:33 | Permalink

    WOW! Very interesting information. I too am keen to know if the cocoons were boiled as is or if something was done prior to boiling!

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  7. Jaquelyn
    Posted 15 December, 2011 at 09:19 | Permalink

    To mohammadi
    Sadly the silk worms are boiled to death in the cocoons, so not one for Vegetarian-friendly people.

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  10. Posted 10 February, 2012 at 04:44 | Permalink

    Couldn’t have said it better myself.

  11. Posted 16 March, 2012 at 10:01 | Permalink

    The silk production process is very interesting and the fabric that comes out of it is full of healthy natural properties!

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    Lena Kantis
    I have my office in Sweden, but I do also travel worldwide to teach and to share the Joy of Sewing. The Sew Fun! blog, is sharing all the latest HUSQVARNA VIKING® news, regarding all our sewing products. Lot of inspiration, videos, and pictures for you to get inspired by! Happy Sewing!

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