Michael Cook, who lives in Dallas, Texas, got started raising silkworms in 2001 after he had already been weaving for ten years. Since then he's been raising various breeds, reeling the silks, dyeing the fibers and documenting the process. He was recently published in the Fall 2009 issue of SpinOff magazine and was the sericulturalist for the American Museum of Natural History's video Traditional Silk Making Today (with music by the Silk Road Project).
We were lucky enough to get Tussar cocoons from Orissa and Assam, but Michael got his in the mail and wrote about it. He has raised the Chinese Tussar Moth (Antheraea pernyi) and the North American relative, the Polyphemus Moth (Antheraea polyphemus).
Since 2004 Michael has been moderating a Yahoo group, CatHerders - for people who raise silkmoths.
Interested in silkmoths, silk textiles, or just silk? Wormspit. Do you have experience raising silkworms - either for interest or textiles? Comments are welcome.