I started with about a gallon of water, Borax, and powdered Ivory laundry soap.
I boiled those together, and then added the cocoons.
They hung out for about 20 minutes and then it was time to start making the silk hankies. I used an 8x8 canvas and had my husband put nails in each corner.
The silkworms are still in the cocoon, so they have to be removed before I started to stretch out the silk.
I stretched out between 5 and 10 cocoons on the frame, and then rinsed and took the hankies off the frame to dry. This is what it looks like when it's off the frame:
I'm glad that undertook this project, but I think next time, I'll just buy the silk hankies ready to spin.
Are there any fiber projects you think about trying out?