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  1. Thread: Milkweed

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    All of the floss that I originally collected...

    All of the floss that I originally collected started to mold, so in response the the question about the floss decomposing, yes it will if it gets wet and doesn't dry quickly. I'm going to have to go...
  2. Thread: Milkweed

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    Having never played with down before, my plan is...

    Having never played with down before, my plan is probably hilarious to those who have. I'm hoping to measure out my down, by weight, into the amounts given by Catsplat's underquilt calculator. I...
  3. Thread: Milkweed

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    It is becoming obvious that people aren't reading...

    It is becoming obvious that people aren't reading the whole thread. The idea, in my case, is not to use ONLY milkweed floss but rather to use it in a 50/50 mix, or something close to it in order to...
  4. Thread: Milkweed

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    Got my goose down last night after work! Now I...

    Got my goose down last night after work! Now I gotta get my butt in gear processing that milkweed. Fabric and misc materials order should be in either today or early next week and I can start...
  5. Thread: Milkweed

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    I really don't understand this obsession with...

    I really don't understand this obsession with counting "labor" or time put in as part of the cost. We do this on our free time, not as a job. You don't complain about how you don't get compensated...
  6. Thread: Milkweed

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    Went out and got myself a couple dozen seed pods...

    Went out and got myself a couple dozen seed pods last night. Now it's time to pick all the seeds off! Wheeeeeeeeeeeee
  7. Thread: Milkweed

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    Fantastic! Can't wait to hear your opinions on...

    Fantastic! Can't wait to hear your opinions on any finished products. I guess it's time for me to go find myself some down to use in my own experiments.
  8. Thread: Milkweed

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    Some of the plants should be starting to turn...

    Some of the plants should be starting to turn yellow (leaves) around now. They should be ready to be picked now or very soon. I've got a whole mess of em growing in the gravel next to the train...
  9. Thread: Milkweed

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    It's no different than goose down in that regard....

    It's no different than goose down in that regard. Both are extremely light weight materials that you need buckets of in order to get any sort of project done with.
  10. Thread: Milkweed

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    I went on a bike ride saturday and noticed a...

    I went on a bike ride saturday and noticed a bunch of milkweed. It was mostly plants with no flowers and no pods, but some had one or the other. I tend to have these ideas long before or after they...
  11. Thread: Milkweed

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    It's actually just the caterpillar that eats the...

    It's actually just the caterpillar that eats the milkweed, and they don't eat the milkweed seeds, pods, or floss that I would be collecting. Furthermore, the pods are only suitable for collecting...
  12. Thread: Milkweed

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    I can tell you where milkweed likes to grow if...

    I can tell you where milkweed likes to grow if that helps any. We have a lot of it growing around train tracks near Chicago and anywhere that's kinda swampy but doesn't necessarily have standing...
  13. Thread: Milkweed

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    I'm not seeing any of the floss specifically for...

    I'm not seeing any of the floss specifically for sale, but you might try here: http://buymilkweed.com/index.html under the "contact us". That's the new name of the same company that provided the...
  14. Thread: Milkweed

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    That's the thread that initially got me lookin...

    That's the thread that initially got me lookin around. Here's the technical paper I read: http://digitalcommons.unl.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1009&context=textiles_facpub

    Their methodology...
  15. Thread: Milkweed

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    Milkweed

    Has anyone tried a 50/50 mix of milkweed floss and down? I read a technical paper on the feasibility of using milkweed and the conclusion was that a 50/50 mix was nearly identical to 100% down in...
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