A belated Happy New Year to all.
2016 brings some sweaping changes to the silk farm here.
The eri breeding programme is going well with the latest stock now in cocoon. The rearing is now on an expanding breeding programme, this means as we go through the year more & more broods will be produced & we are on target to have stock in all stages at all times & will be able to have stock available all the times by the end of the year. Privet is used for Late Autumn, Winter & early Spring feeding. Ailanthus & Caster for the rest of the time. The stock is very strong.
Bombyx rearing will start in early March. This is being set up NOW. Once we start Bombyx they will also be reared 12 months of the year with livestock available at all times.
Antheraea pernyi will feature high this year with large stocks being reared for the first time. see picture.
The first mulberry trees are ready for planting.......unfortunatly the wet weather has put a hold on this & we wait for dryer times ! I am hoping we can start planting in March.......maybe ! When we start i will put pictures on here.
As far as the weaving goes....all is on a stop. A complete re-think. From now on i will be only weaving our own silk, 100% English silk. Woad will be used for dying, which we will produce here.
A few work shops, talks & shows this year, dates still to be comfirmed. As soon as i have them i will post on here & have a page dedicated to that.
There are quite a lot of changes going on....all good & i look forward to sharing these with you as we go through the year.
Antheraea pernyi female on cocoon