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Shawls: sensational wrap!


Gainesborough's Mrs. Graham models 2 blue shawls.
Throws & Shawls Wraps & Cocoons
Tops & Vests Leno-Lace Imagery
About Handwoven Wearables

This all-cotton shawl has a row of Leno-Lace at the ends
and is hand-dyed in a range from blues to violet to aqua.

How does this work?

RainbowShawls ~ Most of my shawls have a unique range of shades and textures, but the Rainbow Shawls, or Throws, have a definite progression of color from one end to the other. Always a deeper section, the colors move and provide a
concentration of shades about 1/3 from the end.
And as always, a row of Leno-Lace borders the fringed ends.


Rainbow Shawls by Alice Cappa
Rainbow Shawls by Alice Cappa
Rainbow Shawls by Alice Cappa
Rainbow Shawls by Alice Cappa

These two shawls defy
pinning down it's colors. With hand-dyed warp, the shades progress from one end to another and from side to side. They are a range of blues, of grays, of purples and violets. Even a few taupes and pearls. To be sure, one is lighter and one is darker. But they change. Depending on the light source,
they can be light or dark.
Let's just call them "Slate Blues".

Rainbow Shawls by Alice Cappa

Processing rainbow-dyed shawls begins with the warp - the long verticle yarns sleyed onto the loom...

My weavings always have many shades mixed in, but the rainbow warps take it a step further. Below left is the chain, dyed with several colors, that made the two shawls above.

The predominantly grey weft softens the blend and weaves all individual parts into a whole. Above, shows close-ups of the same shawls. Rubens' Mdme Pompador,
above, models two of the
3 shawls below.
Rainbow warps give a soft gradation throughout. Above, Minerva models a spring shawl in peaches and soft teal. Three "RB" shawls, with shifting shades from end to end.

Gradations may be:
* BLUES - from periwinkle, sky, violet, with slight silver
* ROSE - from light pastels to a deeper rose/peach/salmon,
& back to creams.
* SEASHADES - with deeper teal, blues,
 mixed with foamy cream.
Or any combo you may request.

  I love these dyed sheep, which I'm sure is more digital than actual. I apologize for not knowing the (web) source of this photo, but it was so apt.
  But I did have blue sheep once. I had dabbed a brush of indigo on their foreheads as a marker; they rubbed it all over themselves. Read the story in YarnTalk.
  Note: there is no wool in the cotton shawls shown here. See more below for woolen throws.


Shawls and Throws in Natural Fibers

* 100% Cotton Throws in Multi-colors.
(ala Manet's Family In Their Garden At Argenteiul)

Homer, Hammock & Seashawl

* "Seashawls"
(Showing above ala Homer's : "Seahorse" in blue cottons.

* Handspun Woolen Throws
(ala Rodin's "The Kiss")

3 cotton shawls   Cotton Shawls

     Cotton is ideal for summer AC, or more natural outdoor cooling. SHAWLS (approx. 2'x6') and THROWS (3'x5' or 4'x6') can be light-weight cottons in nubby textures -flake, boucle, or nub yarns. Or include an image, as in the "SEASHAWLS" (below), shaped with fingerpicked leno-lace.

Fringe & Lace detail
Most edges have an inch of leno-lace - an open-weave technique. Options: macrame'd fringe and beaded weft.

Items shown are samples only. Orders are for customized shawls to your specifications.
    To Order, contact me with the following:

* 1. size (shawl or throw):
* 2a. primary color:
* 2b. 2ndary colors:
* 3. cottons in a plain surface, or...
* 4. embellishments: beaded, leno-lace rows, extra color, macramed fringe, etc.

More info:    Color   ~    Style    ~    Fiber  

Most fiber content is all-cotton (with occasional metallics for sparkle or rayon for sheen), and woven in a variety of nubby textures - flake, slubs, nubby, boucle... giving a feel-good touch. Some may also have bits of silk, linen, tencil, etc.

Shawl prices range from $78 to $120, depending on color complexity, additional lace and/or beads.

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~   Handspun Woolen Throws   ~


Rodin's "The Kiss" with handspun wool throw.

In natural fleeces of creams, whites, browns, greys, or black.Also with vegetable and fiber-reactive dyes.
    Handwoven of handspun wools, this throw is heavily textured & very fluffy with a thick/thin slub yarn. Throws are fringed on warp ends with a selvedge on the longer sides. I use a combination of Cheviot(white & soft),Shetland (white,silver,& black,-akin to Cashmere,), & Florida Native (hardier in the South). Their fleeces are in a range of natural shades (creamy white, eggshell, champagne, beige, soft greys, etc.).      Handspun wools are soft as new lambs and the colors from natural dyes are soft too. Earth colors never clash, are permanent, and mellow with age. By "earth colors", I mean pigments from natural sources, sometimes called "vegetable dyes": leaves & barks, berries & flowers, vegies, or minerals from the ground. Most are simmered with wools (or other natural fibers) and yield a full range of rainbowed hues.     Handspun yarns are textured: thick/thin, nubby, curly, etc, and have character from the touch of the spinner that a machine can never duplicate. Mine are fairly thick and fluffy (why spin fine, even threads when a machine can do that?) and feel wonderful on cool evenings.
The grade, or texture, of wool ranges from the finest Merino used for soft baby clothes, up through stiff, wiry rug wools from breeds such as the Hampshires, or Coltswolds. (Wearable grades of wool should not itch, unless you have an alergy, but that's a different story.)
     Wool is a natural insulator, lets your skin breathe, and keeps you warm even when wet. Yes, even in the South, I can sure use a nice fluffy, warm throw or scarf on the pan-handle's cold winter days.
     Click for more about WOOLs from my sheep, general terminology and processes.

  Shearing Sheep           Spinning at FL Folk Festival 


   dyed yarns drying       Handspun wool throw in reds & white   Handspun, Wool Throws

  RE: Colors. Many yarns are color varigated as I spin. Color blends are mixed with naturals and will always vary for a one-of-a-kind, unique piece. 1. Choose from a general combo: "Floral" - naturals with mix of pinks, rose, light yellow, deep burgandy, wine & reds. "Sky" - naturals with mix of light blues, aqua, indigo, & violet). "Sea" - naturals with teal, greens, indigo, & purple. "Safari" mix of khaki, light greys, & taupes. Call to request alternate color combinations or to match a swatch of your own.


   Throws will appear to be one predominant color but will have a myriad of shades to give depth and variety to the fabric. They will usually be patterned more on one end of the throw and will always vary for a one-of-a-kind unique piece.

    Besides wools, also available are throws of 100% cottons, in the same color choices. Cottons are also textured with nubby, flake, or boucle yarns, thought the fabric is much lighter-weight and finer than the wools.

    Handspun throws are a labor-intensive craft, requiring first the spinning of many yards of yarns, the dyeing of colors, and then weaving on the loom. My sheep are generally raised organically (natural grains, no hormones) and the wool washed without chemicals, retaining some natural lanolin and is soft enough to be worn next to the skin.
My throws-Cottons or Wools, are generally 3x5, or 4x6 and are commissioned in the colors of your choice. Time required is 6 - 8 weeks, (seasonal) and prices range from $175 (smaller, natural cottons)- $300 (larger, dyed wools).

For easier description, select & copy the order info to the left
(in dark purple text) & paste into an email with your responses.

          Contact me for more info.

      To Order, contact me with the following:
* 1. size (shawl or throw):
* 2a. primary color:
* 2b. 2ndary colors:
* 3. fiber
*extras: color, macramed fringe, beads, etc.

More info:    Color   ~    Style    ~    Fiber

Skeins drying in garden.
Yarns stretched to dry in the garden.
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