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Weaves By Alice Cappa

About Handwoven Wearables

Natural Fibers
Classic, "loom-shaped" Styles

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  Featured Items:         Shawls and Rainbows
Throws & SeaShawls
Wraps & Cocoons
Tops    Scarves
Leno-Lace Imagery
Patch Jackets
Triangle Weaving

Creatively designed weavings in natural fibers
~   good feel, good wear, good looks  ~

Most styles shown on these pages are for illustration only, however one page, "Ready For You Now"includes those currently on hand. New postings regularly.



Choli Blouses




Shawls & Rainbow colors

" Seashawls"
Wedding Shawls
& Lace Imagery




Shells    T-Tops      Cocoons    Quexquemetls (ponchos)  
Vests      Shawls   "Seashawls"    Throws

Triangle Weaves       click on the pics for more...


"...arrived this afternoon and I can not express my complete pleasure with it. Your handiwork is exquisite... "jce'88

"... it is the most beautiful outfit I own. Every time I wear it, I receive compliments. ...Thanks for being such a great weaver. I plan on buying more outfits that you've made." mc '91

"My shawl arrived safely today. It is more beautiful than I could have imagained. And, it is "just right" cozy on me. I'll treasure it. Thank you." ~ oa, '04


Why are they unique?
* Natural fibers with distinct touches:
- sparkle, beads, applique, or lace


*Variety of yarns, each piece unduplicated
*Color blends, each piece unduplicated


    Colors are of varied shades for added depth and interest. A blue blouse, for example, may have many yarns of aqua, teal, medium blue,or periwinkle all blended together, and which allows matching to many other pieces of your wardrobe. Varied shades give depth to the color and appeal to the fabric.
   These yarns are fingerpicked on the loom, one at a time. A weave will start with a predominant color, move into subtle variations and possibly end with slightly different shade. Usually one area will have a deeper hue, and another will be more subtle.
There are NONE like them in stores.
    Sample blends:
"Floral" - pinks, rose, lt.yellow, deep burgandy, wine & reds.
"Sky" -
lt.blues, aqua, stone-washed indigo, & violet.
"Sea" - teal, greens, indigo, & purple.
"Safari" - khaki, lt. greys, taupes.
   To choose, pick one predominant color, with a few secondary shades or colors. Call to request alternate combos or to match a swatch of your own.

       Natural Fibers: Naturals & blends. Naturals are from "heritage" plants - cotton, linen (flax), & woolly animals -rabbits, sheep, alpaca, camel, angora goats, etc., & silk. I use predominantly cotton, but may include a little of something else. I also like texture: boucles, flake, and a li'l sparkle. Most are 100% cotton, some have bits of metalics for sparkle or rayon for shine, even some are beaded. I use cotton yarns of various textures: smooth, thick/thin slubs, loopy boucles, nubby & plied. One piece includes a variety of yarns for unique one-of-a-kind appeal.
     Wools may be used on throws, cocoons, pillows, or scarves. Courtesy of my sheep, they are handspun and dyed, then woven into thick, fluffy textures. Alternatively, the Shetland fleece is as soft s cashmir and spun more finely. All weavings are lightweight and breatheable for changeable climates.

    Loomshaped, Styles (traditional tops, wraps, throws) are woven with contemporary yarns & colors. The Styles have been passed down throughout indigenous cultures since time began. They are woven from easy, "loom-shaped" (more info) patterns that are comfortable on a variety of individuals. Of course, contemporary yarns add flavor and visual appeal.

* simpleShell Top (cap sleeves, round or      v-neck),
*Choli Blouse (dolman sleeves, boat neck)
* T-Top (t-shirt, long or short sleeves)
*Cocoon (wrap with sleeves & fringed
* Shawl (26"x6') or Throw (3'x5' or      4'x6')
*Quexquemetl (poncho with diagonal      fringes).


Surface Texture: Pattern weaves give added texture; leno weaves give open lacework; both give creative, visual interest. A row of leno lace is included as a signature on most of my weavings. Sometimes lace weave is used to define an image, as in the seashawls. Seashawls depict a whelk, wentletrap, angelfish, dolphin, or seahorse, rose, magnolia, etc.
Detail - leno lace & knotted  fringe        Leno-Lace" is a lace technique woven on the loom. Selected warp yarns are twisted before the weft yarn is passed through. This prevents the beater from packing the yarns tightly together and allows a more open weave.

Items on these pages are predominantly to display the styles, colors, sizes, and techniques that can be custom ordered.
Finished weavings are carried by shops or galleries listed on the
Calendar page.
If you've recently seen a weaving available at a show, or to see those items currently available,
please click on the "Ready For You Now" page.

Sizes are generally S, M, L, may vary an inch or so.
Sized pieces: blouses and cocoons. Blouses are measured around the widest dimension, and length generally from shoulder to just below hip. Cocoons are more flexible and are usually worn as a large wrap with overlapping collar, with length generally to lower thigh. Larger people have worn short cocoons as a shruggie or jacket, and smaller people have worn large cocoons as a long coat.
Unsized pieces: throws, shawls, scarves. Throws are 3'x 5' or 4'x 6'. Shawls are about 2' x 6'. Scarves may be about 8" x 4'. Specifiy additional length. All are fringed on warp ends.

Care: Handweavings of natural fibers can be hand-washed and hung or laid to dry. Except for more delicate lacework, they might also be washed in the washer on a "wool" or "delicate" cycle - ie, no hot temperatures, no agitation. And no dryers. When dry, stretch gently and iron to retain shape, and comb out fringes.

Custom sizes, colors,& styles are readily available. If you have a color swatch for matching, I will find shades to "go with".
click on the links above for your style of choice and contact me with your interests. Time required is approximately 6 - 8 weeks, pre-paid or half deposit, and will be shipped UPS or USPS, insured. With your request you will receive a written invoice/receipt, flyer, & sample yarns for the colors requested. Order Form

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