HELENE STRACCO 

MASTER WEAVER

 

Helene achieved her Master Weaver Certification in 1992 from Hill Institute in Northampton, MA in the 90's.  She started knitting and crocheting as a child and began weaving in the 70's at Castle Hill in Truro on Cape Cod.  She learned to spin and use natural materials for dyeing in Brewster from a young woman who wore fresh water pearls in her hair.  The first fleece she spun was acquired from the free range sheep that live on Naushon Island off Falmouth.

Helene weaves with wool, silk, cotton, bamboo, novelty, tencel, synthetics, metallics and linen, but silk is her favorite fiber to weave with.

Her work includes garments, housewares, and tapestries and she is currently fascinated with weft faced Ikat painting for abstract tapestries.

Recently she settled more permanently on the Cape and became a part of the Society of Cape Cod Craftsmen,  Coastal Craft Gallery, Provincetown Art Association and Museum, Cultural Arts Center in Yarmouth and the (now retired) Artisan's Guild of Cape Cod.

To purchase any of Helene's woven pieces you can contact the Coastal Craft Gallery.


HER INSPIRATION

"I learned to spin fleece and weaving seemed like the next step.  Also there was a wonderful old loom in the Brewster dump that I was able to rehab."

"Cape Cod has played an important part in my evolution as a fiber artisan"

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HER FAVORITE FIBERS TO WEAVE WITH

"Silk, but I love to combine fibers"