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It’s my pleasure to share my weavings with you. I love using fibers that resonate with nature and their lightweight, soft textures will help skin to breathe and feel good. Plus, they last. As a heritage craft, I 'm still wearing several over 25 years old! My handweavings are an enticing blend of color, texture, and natural fibers to create aesthetic and comfortable garments. They are “loomshaped” and may also include sparkle, beading, and lace. (see “Process” below.)

A favorite technique is Leno-lace, which creates an open weave by twisting the warp yarns and passing the weft through the twist. This is a handwoven technique; not pulled threads. My unique take on this is to shape it into imagery. It started with a series of marine images, the "SeaShawls", and later morphed from forests and gardens with such silhouettes as a maple leaf, magnolia blossom, or a…

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  • Joined April 13, 2011

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natural fibers, cotton, wool, raw fleece, linen, silk, and also shell, clay, beads and sparkle

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About

It’s my pleasure to share my weavings with you. I love using fibers that resonate with nature and their lightweight, soft textures will help skin to breathe and feel good. Plus, they last. As a heritage craft, I 'm still wearing several over 25 years old! My handweavings are an enticing blend of color, texture, and natural fibers to create aesthetic and comfortable garments. They are “loomshaped” and may also include sparkle, beading, and lace. (see “Process” below.)

A favorite technique is Leno-lace, which creates an open weave by twisting the warp yarns and passing the weft through the twist. This is a handwoven technique; not pulled threads. My unique take on this is to shape it into imagery. It started with a series of marine images, the "SeaShawls", and later morphed from forests and gardens with such silhouettes as a maple leaf, magnolia blossom, or a dove.

The Rainbow Shawls have a succession of shades pre-dyed into the warp. I’m inspired with shifting hues, which gives energy and depth to a color.

One exception to natural fibers are the Triangle Weaves, which include a myriad of novelty yarns (ribbons, trims, metalics, pigtail, eyelash and art yarns) that will blend into a fun, unique scarf or throw. Handspun wools, art yarns, and raw fleeces may also be available.

All wearables are predominantly cotton, but I also spin, dye,and weave fleece from my sheep. Their job description as chief lawnmowers, garden pruners & fertilizing experts expand to include supplier of scarves, throws, or pillows. And then there are the lambs, which supply entertainment. From time to time, I can also offer raw fleeces and handspun, hand-dyed "art" yarns.

Besides crafting, gardening, and traveling, landscapes and animals will always be with me and interact in my weaving. Such as using dye plants for color, or watching the spring lambs grow a creamy fleece, rich with lanolin, for my spinning wheel. I enjoy sharing my lambs and art ed background with “Dyed’N the Wool” art parties and workshops. If you're in the Tallahassee area, contact me for more info for both kids and adults.


RE: Process, I do two styles of weaving: traditional harness weaving and the triangular frames, which are finger-picked much like a giant potholder. Both are labor-intensive, involving preparation of yarns, which may or may not be handspun on a spinning wheel, or hand-dyed with natural or fiber-reactive dyes. My weavings are basically Tabby weave, with occasional pattern weaving and much of the Leno-Lace.
Styles are loose, comfortable folkwear patterns, "loom-shaped" –which are traditionally sized on the loom as it is woven and avoids excess cutting or sewing. Most edges are selvedges (not cut) and all new yarns are knotted in, which will never unravel.

Some weavings are readily available and others can be commissioned. Please see "Shop Policies" for notes on color, sizing, care, and custom orders.

You may also see my wearables here incorporated into paintings and modeled by the Old Masters. These graphic composites, are fun and will show various uses of my weavings. See more on my pages at alicecappa.com. And if you see me at the art shows or galleries around southeastern U.S, stop and say hi. I have wonderful weavings to show you and can customize them for your interests. Enjoy.

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