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Weavers

The art of weaving quite literally “weaves” itself through the history of Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia.  With its Celtic heritage derived from waves of Scottish and Irish immigrant populations, the production of woven blankets, kilts, scarves and tams all was less a necessity and more a requirement.

While one might expect Scottish plaids to predominate the items produced, in reality the weaving tradition has quickly evolved to encompass traditional techniques from other parts of the world.  Similarly, while plaids are still in evidence, more often tones and colors taken from Cape Breton’s own natural palette predominate;  the brown and tans of the earth and beaches, the blues and greys of the ocean, the greens of the mountains and valleys and the pastels recalling Cabot Trail sunrises and sunsets past.

Each weaver listed below has developed her own technique and color palette.  Each weaves on a loom in her own studio, weaving wool, cotton, soy, linen, flax, silk and other materials into shawls, blankets, runners, place mats and scarves for personal or home use.

Del Zoppo
Del Zoppo
Janet Dawson
Janet Dawson
Suzanne Craig
Suzanne Craig

Janet Dawson

Janet Dawson

Janet learned to weave at the Cape Breton Centre for Craft and Design when she moved to Cape Breton in 1994, and has been teaching weaving there since 2000.

A member of the Sydney Handweavers' Guild, she has been the Atlantic Provinces’ representative to the Handweavers' Guild of America since 2000. For the past 10 years Janet has demonstrated her craft at numerous venues across Cape Breton.

Janet indulges her fiber habit by buying many small amounts of fiber in different colors and textures, and has thus developed a style that combines a wide variety of colors and fibers in a single piece. In this way she interprets the traditional craft of weaving in a contemporary way.


handwoven placemats and table runners in 'Beach' palette

handwoven placemats and table runners in 'Beach' palette

Counterclockwise from top: Seaton, Honey, Bleu. Cotton and acryllic.

Placemats (12" x 17") $15 each. Runners 12" or 17" wide, priced according to length.

Available at the Arts North gallery, or online through our Order Form.

handwoven placemats and table runners in 'Lucille' palette

handwoven placemats and table runners in 'Lucille' palette

Clockwise from top: Bourgogne, Flax, Vert fort, Sierra, Canelle. Cotton and acryllic.

Placemats (12" x 17") $15 each. Runners 12" or 17" wide, priced according to length.

Available at the Arts North gallery, or online through our Order Form.

One of a kind blankets

One of a kind blankets

Janet's one of a kind blankets are handwoven in 100% wool from the maritimes.

Priced according to size and embellishment.

Available at the Arts North gallery or online through our Order Form. Email for current inventory and pricing.

One of Janet's woven purses

One of Janet's woven purses


Three of Janet's colorful scarves

Three of Janet's colorful scarves



Suzanne Craig

Suzanne Craig

Suzanne Craig divides her time between her BioPrints and her weaving, alternating as mood dictates.

Her love of the outdoors is evident in the colors she chooses, tones reminescent of the earth, the sky, the water and the forests.

Winter, in particular, with its short days and long nights, is a time for the loom, and springtime brings forth another winter's rendering of shawls, blankets and table runners.

Suzanne describes herself as "...a self-taught weaver of over 40 yearsm still learning...".


"For Joan"

"For Joan"

The blue & white piece on the loom is an all cotton traditional 'overshot' pattern table cover.

Detail from Suzanne's "Line of Lambs" shawl in bluetones

Detail from Suzanne's "Line of Lambs" shawl in bluetones

Suzanne's "Line of Lambs" shawl in browntones

Suzanne's "Line of Lambs" shawl in browntones


Suzanne's table runners

Suzanne's table runners

Suzanne's table runners come in a variety of sizes and colors.

Shown is an all linen 8 harness block twill table runner.

Suzanne's Woolen shawl

Suzanne's Woolen shawl



Del Zoppo

Del Zoppo

Del Zoppo, of Grey Seal Weaving, says:

" The sociology degree was a mistake – not the degree, just the major – and I was planning to be a potter. But along the way the weaving class happened and I’ve been weaving ever since.

The Swedish workshop in damask techniques was another happy accident and the result was 2 drawlooms and a passion for damask.

Moving from Chicago to Point Michaud, Cape Breton, made it all happen. I love to weave. It feels good, smells good and I can make nice stuff.

I live by the sea where light and wind shift constantly. Water, sand, trees and grass dance and reflect one another continually.

Damask and silk incorporate and manipulate light as do few other techniques and media.

In my pieces shadows and images move in and out of prominence. As in life, where you stand influences what you see.


Del's "Midnight Sea Scarves"

Del's "Midnight Sea Scarves"

Handwoven Damask;

Silk, they're 20 cm x 140 cm plus fringe

Del's "Red Diver"

Del's "Red Diver"

Handwoven from silk, it's a hand-dyed warp that's 35 cm x 8 cm plus frame

One of Del's scarves

One of Del's scarves



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