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Updated: June '17

Handwoven Wearables by Alice Cappa

Shawls, Cocoons/Shruggies,  Wraps,
Panels,
  Scarves, Tops,
Triangle Throws & Tri-Scarves

& Sachets

 

Most of the items on this website come
and go with the shows and are exhibited here for examples only.
However, this page shows items currently on hand.  
If you've recently seen me at a show and gone away thinking, " OH, I shoulda....coulda....woulda...",
then this is the page where you will find those weavings. Email me with your request. My response should be within a couple days, unless I'm on the road.

For alternate sizes and options, commissions can be customized for you. For sized tops, to better judge what's needed, lay out one of your own items of similar style, stretch flat and measure. See gallery pages here. Color blends may be unique. Please refer to more info on color . I will send you confirmation, sample yarns, and options. I can accept MC/Visa by phone or Paypal. Please refer to further info on ordering.

Raphael's 3 Graces hold a set of "Floral Shawls"
See more below.

Shawls

Wraps - QQPonchos
Cocoons,
Ruanas

Panels

Scarves -
Infinity Circles,
& straight

Tri-Throws & Scarves

Tops

SHAWLs. . .

Colors usually available are naturals, white & black. Blues include a range of medium sky blues, periwinkle, royal & navy. Ask about other shades. $82 - $92

The shawls shown are representative of these and other colors available. All are approximately 26"x78" and 100% cotton nub & flake yarns with a little sparkle that catches the sun. Edges have a row of open leno-lace and are fringed.
    Use these large rectangles over a sofa, table, window, or you. See "Panels" for more ideas.

Floral Shawls
Detail: imagery is woven with pattern & lace weaves
(this is not pulled threads)
Warp dyes carry a succession of shades up the length of the shawl.
Shawls with translucent imagery also make wonderful curtains

 

T-TOPS ~ The "Go-To" shirt... Handwoven cotton tops are comfortably ready for any occasion. Dress them up, dress them down, they complement other natural fiber (silk, wool, linen) skirts, jackets, or jeans.





T-TOPS may also be a patchwork of varied weavings in similar shades. They include some pattern weaving, ribbed edges, and 3/4 sleeves. SHELLS have round or V-necks, with light, capped sleeves. Both styles have a hem with a 3"-side slit.
More Top ideas.
The blue shell shows a diagonal design of leno-lace and applique. Size M. $135.

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What are all these styles?
Adapted from various cultures, they are:

Wraps: Cocoons & Shruggies, Quexquemetl Ponchos, & QQ Ruanas

*Quexquemetls
(I call them ("QQ's")- easy, slip-on wraps. An overhead poncho style in a diamond shape that is more attractive than the squares. The way the edges are abutted & seamed determines the diamond's points.

*Shruggies are smaller cocoons. Proportioned differently, they are wide enough to cover elbows, but have much less fabric to drape.

*QQ Ruanas are my melding of the QQ poncho with an open ruana. Much prettier than the squarish, boxy wraps, these fall in a diamond in back with angular sides. They can be worn 3 ways: pinned closed in front, open, or one side flipped over opposite shoulder.

*Ruanas are squarish ponchos (ala early Clint Eastwood westerns), but with an open front. Each front panel can be thrown over opposite shoulder.

*Cocoons are wraps with sleeves and lapels.They can be large, with hems to your knees, or short, to your waist.They stay on better than a shawl.

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Unavailable at this time.
More QQR & other wrap ideas.

Shruggie Cocoons:

A. Shruggie Cocoon
Creams, pale beige and cocoa, with strands of pastel aqua, violet, and peach on the textured border and collar. Size S. $140. This one has a patchwork of different panels/weaves. Edges have open Leno-Lace and are fringed on each panel.

    Made with 100% cotton nub & flake yarns. Some may also include glossy rayon, and sparkle or ribbon. Shruggies are different proportions than full size cocoons. Smaller, shorter without a heavier drape of fabric in back, but wider to cover arms.

This style is open in front with lapels and sleeves.

General length is to hip; sleeves fall at elbows. They are meant to be worn loose and casual, a more economical, lighter wrap with shorter fringe. Sizes are flexible and a "S" would be loose on a petite person, and fit more like a sweater on a larger person. "M" would be much looser all around. ("L" is customized. All measurements exclude fringe.)

back view.

  

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*Quexquemetls

"QQ's" are easy, slip-on wraps. An overhead poncho style in a diamond shape that is more attractive than the squares with the neck holes cut out. The way the edges are abutted & seamed determines the diamond's points.

 

QQ at right shows the pattern weave on borders. 100% cotton. size m. $150.

 

Throws/Panels:
See more Throws and Seashawls.

 Think outside the box, or rectangle, for weavings can be draped so many ways - on sofas, windows, tables, doorways, or you. As a home accessory, they texturize and color a room. Then pick it up and wear it. Made with 100% cotton nub & flake yarns. May also include glossy rayon, raw silk or linen, sparkle or beads, and Leno-Lace imagery. Most have Leno-Lace edges, with fringe. Surface is predominantly tabby pattern (basic weave) but may include additional textured patterns.

Made for that narrow space between windows or doorways, or even as a window covering, they become almost translucent when hung in the light.

Periwinkle blues with subtle warp dyes of violet and green. At right, Surface applique and pattern weaves. Top is hemmed for a rod (or branches). Think coral or tree branches. Cottons, 26"x78", $175.


Blue Branch Panel.

Choose a customized image for your shawl. For more on lace-image shawls, see Throws-Seashawls.
For home accessories, see Panels.
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Handwoven Sachets

At left, a combo of various scarves & sachets. See scarf details below.

At right, sachets are woven in various colors of cottons in a shape like a 4-cornered hat. Inside is a pad of raw wool, which I've sprayed with scent. To rejuvenate, just add your own scented oil or perfume, or replace with a pouch of potpourri.

Woven sachets make colorful Christmas ornaments. After the season, use in closets or drawers, or hang on your door for a pleasant scent when passing through.

Triangle Weaving

Tri-Weaves are finger-picked on various-sized framelooms, incorporating some of the techniques I use on the harness loom, such as the open leno-lace. Smaller frames give smaller scarves or larger frames give Shawl/Throws. Similar to a giant potholder, this technique allows a mix of shades, beads, ribbons, rovings, bulky textures and various fibers,including fluffy handspun wool from my sheep. Shown is a full-size triangular throw, 7 ft. at widest edge. 

 

  Learn more about Tri-Weave. Or learn about making your own.

 

Circle & Flat Scarves:
Some call the circles "infinity" scarves; they seem to go on and on. Blends of natural fibers and textured novelties, these may also include beads, buttons, ribbons, fringes or trims.
   Circles are approximately 5-6 ft. long, joined at end points to make a large circle that can be looped 'round and 'round. Or unlace the ends for a standard, straight scarf. See wearable options below.
   Light-weight, wildly textured novelty yarns or smoother cottons. - Ask about school colors!

 

Three Scarf Styles:

  • longer, 5-6 ft.circles, textured novelty yarns- $48 - see below for ways to wear a circle scarf.
  • shorter, 4 ft.straight, textured novelties- $38
  • 4 ft, straight, smooth & nubby cottons- $38

 

At right are a selection of scarves in nubby cottons and fringes. All are $38. Ask about other colors available.

    
Details below.

 

  Scarves in basket above...

A mix of cottons & novelty yarns, all fringed edges. approx. 38 - 48". $38
Blue/violet, this scarf changes color from blue ends to violet middle. $38



Two scarves, blue pattern on white & pale pink on pink.
$38 ea.
 
Two scarves, red on red, and blue on blue. Cottons & novelties, $38 ea.
       

 

 

Infinity or Circle Scarf...


Light beige on pastel warp. Detail above shows
removeable lace. Textured novelty yarns, $48.

 

 

 

         

Infinity or
Circle Scarves

~ 4 ways to wear a scarf. . .

Straight - a great accent with stand-up collars.

 


Wear circle scarves wrapped 'round & round your neck, or to pull one end through the loop. My scarves have the original ends laced together, which can be untied. Wear loose or braid the two ends.

 


Circle scarves with removeable ties. Unlaced, wear them loose or wrapped round and round.

 

See also postings on Facebook for photos of items and events.

Any item on this "Ready Page" is currently available. Please see further details on payment, shipping, and care. I can accept payment by MC/Visa by phone, or PayPal. A link to PayPal is provided below, which gives a simple, secure, entry form. However contact me first for a more detailed description.
For commissioning other colors, sizes, or styles, see ordering info.

 

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