Mindy McCain


"My hand-dyed warps change color along the length of the scarf, making the weaving process enjoyable as I watch each new color advance on the loom."

As the granddaughter of a weaver, Mindy McCain was born wanting to weave. Having started on a simple 2-shaft loom, she progressed through ever-more complex 4-, 8-, 12-, 16-, and 24-shaft looms before settling on her current 32-shaft loom, which she uses to weave intricate twill and satin-patterned scarves. Brilliant hand-dyed warps and original patterns work together with solid weft colors to create luminous, luxurious scarves.

Mindy McCain warps her 32-shaft loom with Tencel thread that has been hand-dyed in rich, vibrant colors. She weaves her scarves using intricate original patterns, which she designs on her laptop using Photoshop and weaving software. Her laptop connects to the loom and controls the shafts as she throws the shuttle. She finishes her wonderfully soft scarves with finely twisted fringe.

A self-taught weaver, Mindy McCain has been weaving for more than 40 years. She was educated first as an art teacher and later as a graphic designer, careers that allowed her to develop the creative knowledge required to blend color and pattern to produce unique fashion scarves. She has attended many weaving workshops and conferences over the years and has also written articles for weaving publications.

Selected Exhibitions & Awards
Smithsonian Craft Show, Washington, DC, 2017
Craft+Design Show, Richmond, VA, 2017
Midwest Weavers Conference, Indianapolis, IN, 2017
Winterfair Art Show, Columbus, OH, 2011-2017