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New York Sheep and Wool Festival - Silk Reeling Demonstration

  • Dutchess County Fairgrounds 6550 Spring Brook Avenue Rhinebeck, NY, 12572 United States (map)

Find us in Building E

We will demonstrate how silk fiber is processed into thread for textile use. We will cover the steps in this process, from soaking silkworm cocoons in warm water to reeling and twisting the filaments into different types of thread. 

Each cocoon is made up of one fiber that is only about 2 to 3 denier (four and a half million yards per pound). The trick is finding it!

I always have a variety of different types, species and preparations of silk available for viewing (and touching, of course!!).