One of my more knowledgeable friends (who loves working with silk) told me that the loose fluffy fibres around a silk cocoon–where the silkworm was just getting started on anchoring themselves in space and creating a scaffolding for the eventual cocoon–is called the ‘blaze’. She was planning to try spinning the blaze–and I decided to follow her example. I had never seen this feature of a silk cocoon before growing my own. I guess it is removed or destroyed when cocoons are dyed or prepared for sale. But this puffy little cloud of fibre is rather lovely.
I tried spinning it by just drafting it away from the cocoons.
This sometimes meant several cocoons were caught up in my drafting, and occasionally one was dangling in mid-air, hanging from a filament so slender as to be invisible.
Here are the cocoons, now without their blaze.
And here is the resulting tiny three-ply skein with some cocoons for scale.
It’s pretty but tiny!