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Have you ever watched a spider spin and marveled at how this little creature can spin such
an amazing web. Have you wondered if you could use and spin its fiber?
Spider silk has incredible tensile strength and elasticity. Per unit weight, spider silk is
stronger than steel. Spider silk is being developed for some unique applications, such as
bulletproof vests, and surgical procedures.

spider web
Photo by R. Lane

Spider Men Weave Silken Tapestry
Simon Peers and Nicolas Godley spent 4 years collecting spider silk to weave a tapestry.
As It Happens – CBC Radio
An interview with Nicolas Godley, who milked the spiders and wove the tapestry.
Researchers at the
University of BC have found that spiders produce up to seven types of silk. Paul Guerette
describes the mechanical properties of orb-web building spiders that range from Kevlar-like to
rubber-like elastomeric fibers.Each gland of the spider produces a different type of silk,
some become dry outside of the body, while others remain sticky.

Danish scientist, Fritz Vollrath (Discover, October, 1998) a zoologist at the University of
Araneus has discovered that a spider uses a method of processing its fiber that is similar to
that of manufacturing industrial fibers such as nylon. The silk is hardened by acidifying.

Spider Sutures
Spider silk may one day be used by surgeons as sutures for stitching up wounds.

Forbes.com: Charlotte’s Goat
an article that describes an experiment where Nigerian dwarf goats are synthesizing spider silk
in their mammmary glands.

Spider Silk
More interesting facts about this incredible material and some closeup pictures of spider silk
strands.

Mutant Silk Worms
By inserting specific spider genes into silkworm chromosomes, silkworm of caterpillars have been grown that produce threads nearly as strong as spider silk.

Golden Spider Silk Fabric
The V&A had a display of the world’s largest pieces of fabric made from spider silk

Biosteel Yarn

Scientists Weave Spider Silk Into New Bulletproof Vests.: An article from: National Defense
This digital document is an article from National Defense, published by National Defense Industrial Association.
UK: Scientists Weave Spider Silk

Spider Silk: Evolution and 400 Million Years of Spinning, Waiting, Snagging, and Mating
Brunetta and Craig tell the intriguing story of how spiders evolved over 400 million years to add new silks and new uses for silk to their survival “toolkit” taking readers far beyond the orb.
UK: Spider Silk

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Hallowe’en Crafts and Patterns

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Hallowe’en Crochet

Hallowe’en Cross Stitch

Hallowe’en Feltmaking

Hallowe’en Knitting

Arachne
The Greek goddess Arachne was turned into a spider.

Handspinning books

The Intentional Spinner
Offering a blend of technical knowledge, history, and easy-to-use tips, this inspiring collection of spinning wisdom deftly explores the three fundamental areas of yarn production: understanding fibers, managing yarn structure, and making yarns that precisely meet the spinner’s needs.
UK: Intentional Spinner

Teach Yourself Visually Handspinning (Teach Yourself Visually Consumer)
This visual guide shows you the basics, beginning with the tools and fibers, and takes you through spinning, plying, making novelty yarns, using exotic fibers, dyeing, and more.
UK: Teach Yourself Visually Handspinning

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Silk has always had a romantic appeal. Silk production was a closely guarded secret, developed by the Chinese about 4000 years ago. The silk fiber is triangular, giving it unique light reflecting properties. Silk fiber is stronger than steel, yet can be spun and woven into the most delicate of fabrics.

The silkworm starts its life as a pin-head sized egg. Eggs are place on a fine mesh tray, covered with choppedy mulberry leaves The grubs emerge in about two weeks and then feed voraciously. They shed their skins as they grow.

Each shedding is called an instar.
Life of the Bombyx shows images of the growth of the silk worm.

When the larvae is about 4 inches in length, it stops feeding and is ready to pupate and to spin its cocoon. A silk worm can spin a thread more than two miles long.

After the cocoon is complete and the pupa is removed, the fibers are slowly opened. The long filaments are drawn out from the edge into a roving that can be spun. Silk is processed in reeling and twisting factories.

Raising Silk Worms
How to raise silk worms in the classroom

Macclesfield Museums
Visit the virtual silk museums – from egg to cocoon.

Genetically Engineerind Spider Silk
Mutant silk worms are being raised to produce silk stronger than steel.

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