Liz Spear Handwoven



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There are currently nine basic styles of garments in my regular line, including shirts and lined jackets, plus regular vests, several styles of hats, and the exhibition-oriented Celebration Coat.

All are handwoven, cut and sewn by me, by myself, with the exception of special collaborations with other fiber artists. Several years ago, I decided that it was more important to me to work alone, than to expand my business (i.e: take on more shows, more shops, etc.), to the point where I couldn't do it all. This makes my father crazy. This is also not a matter of needing to do it all myself to fulfill some ethical requirement placed on me by putting my name on each piece, but rather, because I just don't want to share my studio space, or work with anyone else. Okay, okay, there are some control issues at play here, and play is also an operative word. I like to make this work, and need to work with my hands, and it pleases me immensely that every single inch of all of those warp and weft threads goes through my hands, that I get to design and weave lots of fabrics, and then, that I get to make clothes with handwoven cloth.

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All of this means that there are only so many garments made a year: 100 - 120. The best place to see my work is at one of the six craft fairs in which I and my booth partner, Neal Howard, will participate this year, mostly in North Carolina. I aim to fill our double booth with 65 - 75 garments per fair, with as wide a range of fabrics, sizes and colors as I can manage. The second best place to try on my garments is at one of several shops that regularly carry a number of pieces. I firmly believe that just seeing a picture isn't optimum, nor sufficient for buying one of my garments: you need to feel the fabrics, mostly handwoven of cotton and rayon yarns, and try them on. I make a range of five sizes, with my medium roughly correlating to a size 12. However, each size has a fair amount of ease built in, to fit a range of different bodies, and there's a bit of overlap between the sizes. When we meet at shows, I encourage all to try the garments on, because your idea of the perfect garment is likely to depend on how you like to wear clothes. Simple alterations are possible, but I don't do major overhauls, nor special sizes: I simply haven't the skills, nor the time to acquire them. For this reason, at this time, I'm making only women's garments.

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Under these guidelines, as stated above, special orders are available, on a "how long can you wait?" basis. When asked for a certain size, in a certain color, I can usually accomplish this in a year or so, depending on when I need to weave that fabric again. When a request is made, and the fabric is still on hand, then an order can be worked into the next sewing period. These occur several times a year, before each major show, and in early December.

Special orders that include one of my collaborators, will depend entirely on the intersection of all of the elements: her time, my time, the right colors, fabrics, etc.

Should you be interested in seeing my work, come to a show, or one of the shops, or an exhibition. If you've already seen the work, and wish to entertain placing an order, write or email me for a copy of my line drawing sheets, and appropriate fabric samples, which will be sent by snail mail, my preferred communication venue.

See my schedule page to learn where and when you can find me next.

Shops currently carrying my work:

Allanstand Craft Shop - Folk Art Center, Asheville NC, (828) 298-2514, ext.318

Arrowcraft - 576 Parkway, Gatlinburg TN, (865) 436-4604

Parkway Craft Center - Blowing Rock NC, (828) 295-7938

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