This section is from the "A Complete Dictionary of Dry Goods" book, by George S. Cole. Also available from Amazon: A complete dictionary of dry goods and history of silk, cotton, linen, wool and other fibrous substances,: Including a full explanation of the modern processes ... together with various useful tables.
Reel. The process of winding silk round an appropriate frame, in order to make a skein of it. Wool, cotton and spun-silk are each first carded and spun and then reeled, but reel silk is wound directly from the cocoons. [See Filature]