Black Sheep Gathering

Black Sheep Gathering

2014 Fiber Arts Show

Fiber Arts Show Sheep-to-Shawl Spinner's Lead

  Complete Show Results


The MISSION of the Fiber Arts & Yarn Show is to showcase the use of natural colored animal fibers.

The PURPOSE of the Show is to support natural colored wool and fiber production through handspinning and fiber arts.

ENTER your handspun projects and join the competition!


Fiber Arts Entry Form

Fiber Arts Yarn Entry

Fiber Arts Item Card



The Sharon Nofziger Memorial Black Lamb Cup, donated by Pamela Mattison, will be awarded to the best overall entry from those seventeen and younger. All these items will be judged before the presentation of the cup.


People’s Choice Award, donated by Ramifications, will be awarded to the best overall entry as voted by attendees.


The Black Sheep Cup will be awarded to the best overall adult entry. This is a perennial trophy donated by the Black Sheep Newsletter. EXCEPTION: Lot O: Group Works, will NOT be eligible to compete for this trophy.



Fiber Arts & Yarn Show

Fiber Arts Judge: Dona Zimmerman
Ashland, Oregon

2014 Fiber Arts Show Results (PDF)

   Dona Zimmerman has been devoted to fiber and fiberarts for most of her life. Raising purebred white and natural colored Romney sheep and, at one time, Angora goats at Silver Cloud Farm, and spinning and knitting the wool, she soon began to teach others. In 1984 she opened The Web-sters in Ashland, a store for fiber crafters and wearers of fiberarts. It continues today under her ownership and guidance.
   In the early days of the Black Sheep Gathering, as it was growing and changing from the Black Sheep Potluck to a many day show, Dona helped guide it on the path of becoming the diverse and rich event it is today. She has judged sheep, wool and fiberarts at many Gatherings, and other fiber events over the years, and brings herdepth of knowledge of the art and craft to her work.
   In this landmark year for the Black Sheep Gathering, Dona is pleased to reflect on the growth and the continuing devotion to fiber business and pleasure that is so evident in the attendees. Long may it grow.

Yarn Division

Judging Criteria for all Entries:

1. General overall appearance.
2. Preparation for exhibit — clean, properly skeined and tied, of listed yardage and/or weight, blocked if necessary.
3. Suitability of fiber to yarn—amount of twist, diameter of yarn
4. Technique — twist evenly executed, appropriate plying twist, diameter consistent throughout, structurally durable, yarn designs consistent, dyeing/blending consistent.
5. Suitability of yarn to use—direction of twist, amount of twist, diameter of yarn, handle of yarn, appropriate number of plies.
6. Finished Execution – originality, creativity, complexity.


A. 100% Grease White Wool Yarn.
B. 100% Grease Natural Color Wool Yarn.
C. 100% Washed White Wool Yarn.
D. 100% Washed Natural Color Wool Yarn.
E. 100% Mohair Yarn, Natural Color or White.
F. 100% Angora Rabbit Yarn, Natural Color or White.
G. 100% Camelid Yarn, Natural Color or White.
H. 100% Silk, Natural Color or White.
I. 100% Cashmere, Natural Color or White
J. 100% Pygora Goat, Natural Color or White.
K. 100% Other Animal Fibers (i.e., qiviut, buffalo, yak, possum, dog, etc.).
L. Blended fibers, Natural Color or White (must be greater than 50% animal protein).
M. Plant/Mineral-dyed Natural Color Yarn.
N. Plant/Mineral-dyed White Yarn.
O. Plant/Mineral-dyed Yarn from Blended Fibers (must be greater than 50% animal protein).
P. Synthetic-dyed Natural Color Yarn.
Q. Synthetic-dyed White Yarn.
R. Synthetic-dyed Yarn from Blended Fibers (must be greater than 50% animal protein).
S. All natural color or white animal fiber, with addition of metallic yarn.
T. All dyed animal fiber, with addition of metallic yarn.
U. Raw fiber to yarn (spinner must have done all fiber processing).
00. Spinner’s Gallery—FOR DISPLAY ONLY.


1. Singles
2. 2-ply
3. Multi-ply
4. Novelty yarn of choice
5. Fine-spun yarn
6. Machine spun
7. Pee Wee handspun—age 7 and under
8. Children handspun—age 8-12
9. Teen handspun—age 13-17

Fiber Arts Division

Judging Criteria for all Entries:

  1. General overall appearance.
  2. Suitability of yarn to article—consistency of spinning, appropriate yarn characteristics.
  3. Suitability of fiber to project—fiber preparation, drapability, durability, hand.
  4. Technique—gauge/sett, even tension, perfect execution, no uncorrected mistakes.
  5. Finishing—blocking, ends, cleanliness, seams, appropriate notions.
  6. Finished Execution – originality, creativity, complexity.

Judging criteria adapted from Northwest Regional Spinners Association, 1990. The judge is free to change any exhibit not properly entered in correct Lot, Class or Division.


A. Made from 100% natural color wool—undyed.
B. Made from 100% natural color wool—dyed.
C. Made from 100% natural animal fibers—undyed (includes white wool).
D. Made from 100% natural animal fibers—dyed (includes white wool).
E. Made from 100% silk
F. Blended fibers (must be greater than 50% animal protein; includes metallic)
E. Made from 100% silk
F. Blended fibers (must be greater than 50% animal protein; includes metallic).
G. Recycled yarn (some handspinning must be involved).

Hand-Knitted or -Crocheted

Knitted or crocheted items must be handspun (indicate on tag).


1. Sweaters, jackets, coats
2. Vests
3. Shawls, ponchos, capes
4. Afghans
5. Accessories—hats, scarves, belts, etc.
6. Socks
7. Pee Wee knitted projects—age 7 and under
8. Children knitted projects—age 8-12
9. Teen knitted projects—age 13-17


Either the entire weft or the entire warp must be handspun; remaining fibers may be either hand or machine spun and may contain plant fibers.


10. Sweaters, jackets, coats
11. Vests
12. Shawls, ponchos, capes
13. Accessories—hats, scarves, belts, etc
14. Rugs, tapestries, wall hangings
15. Blankets, afghans and yardage
16. Table linens
17. Pee Wee weaving projects, age 7 and under
18. Children weaving projects, age 8 - 12
19. Teen weaving projects, age 13-17


Felted Items must be made of 100 % animal fibers. Some small use of non-animal fiber embellishment may be allowed.


20. Wet Felted Wearable
21. Wet Felted Non-wearable
22. Laminated Felt
23. Needle felted Critter or Humanoid
24. Needle felted Embellishment (may be commercially made base - must be natural fiber)
25. Needle felted Other
26. Combination of Techniques
27. Pee Wee, age 7 and under
28. Children Felted, age 8 - 12
29. Teen Felted, age 13-17.



30. Machine-knitted items
31. Stuffed animals
32. Locker hooking
33. Hooked rugs and hangings
34. Crewel and needlepoint
35. Combination of techniques
36. Basketry
37. Pee Wee projects—age 7 and under
38. Children projects—age 8-12
39. Teen projects—age 13-17

Group Works

Collaborative projects will be judged and ribbons awarded. These projects will NOT be eligible to compete for The Black Sheep Cup or the Black Lamb Cup.

Spinner’s Gallery

The Spinner's Gallery is dedicated to the memory of Sharon Nofziger's gentle spirit. It is inspired by Sharon’s desire to have a place for people who want to exhibit this year's projects without particiating in the judging. The criteria and entry fees will be the same as the Fiber Arts and Yarn Show. On the entry form indicate you are entering the Spinner's Gallery by listing the fiber arts or yarn lot to read 00.

Fiber Arts & Yarn Show Rules:

  1. Please use Fiber Arts entry form.
  2. Fees: $2 per skein of yarn. $4 per Fiber Arts item.
  3. All articles, including the yarn in the article and yarns entered must have been finished within the last year by the entrant from 100% animal fibers, except where noted.
  4. Yarn MUST be in skeins with a minimum 30 yards, appropriately tied. NO balls of yarn will be accepted. Yarn Entry Card
  5. Each item must have Item Card. The cards are available at the Black Sheep Gathering when you check your entries in. Please remember to bring fiber samples for all entries and a sample swatch for yarns.
  6. A small amount of non-handspun surface embellishment is allowed, less than 5% of total, including buttons and trimmings.
  7. All yarns and fiber arts entries (except felting projects) MUST BE HANDSPUN.
  8. Entries must be in place by 10am, Friday, June 20, 2014. The Fiber Arts show will accept mail-in entries received by June 12. Please include mailing label and funds for return postage. Entrant must also purchase tracking and insurance for return mailing.
  9. Release time is from 2:00-3:00pm, Sunday, June 22, 2014. Early release must be arranged with Fiber Arts attendants.

   • The SHARON NOFZIGER MEMORIAL BLACK LAMB CUP, donated by Hubbard Ranch, will be awarded to the best overall entry from those seventeen and younger. All these items will be judged before the presentation of the cup.
   • PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD, donated by Ramifications, will be awarded to the best overall entry as voted by attendees. NOTE: Entry Fee will be waived for the first item entered for all juniors. To receive free entry, and to be eligible for the Black Lamb Cup, juniors must be entered in the age-appropriate classes.
   • The BLACK SHEEP CUP will be awarded to the best overall adult entry. This is a perennial trophy donated by the Black Sheep Newsletter. (Exception: Lot O: Group Works will NOT be eligible to compete for this trophy.)


Sheep-to-Shawl Registration

2014 Sheep to Shawl Winners!

There were five completed shawls in this year’s competition. Teams prepared posters that introduced themselves and explained their process — a beautiful, educational presentation. Chairperson Laura Macagno-Shang managed the event and reported that team Hangtown Miners took the blue ribbon, team Just Desserts was awarded 2nd place and team Scattered Flock 3rd place.

BSG was very excited to host these amazing spinners and weavers!
Thank you to all participants and to those who donated prizes to support the event. Contact Laura if you are interested in participating in the 2015 event.

Hangtown Fiber Miners - Gold River, CA
Just Desserts - Eugene, OR
The Scattered Flock - Red Bluff, CA
Silverado Spinsters - American Canyon, CA
Team TAM Caliente - Eugene, OR - sponsored by Textiles A Mano
We had 5 remarkable prizes this year, awarded by choice of the winning teams. The first place team selected the gift of their choice, and so on. All the prizes were generous and we are honored to have such giving people in our flock!

  • 1 Gift Basket from vendors at the Marketplace, collected by Janis Thompson, Dyelots
  • 1 Cormo fleece, donated by Linda Hansen
  • 1 Alpaca fleece, donated by Ann Dockendorf, Aragon Alpacas
  • 1 lb Tussah silk roving from Textiles a Mano, Eugene, OR
  • 1 Stay at Huckleberry Cottage - 2 nights (near Ona Beach State Park, just south of Newport on the Oregon Coast), donated by Lois Olund, Bellwether Wool Company

Sheep-to-Shawl is located in Expo Hall Building One, near the vendors at the Spinner’s Circle spot, under the “Sheep-to-Shawl” banner. You may unload your loom and equipment through the back (east) door of the building, which opens at 8am, and then re-park your vehicle. Only team members will be allowed in the contest area.

Entry Form — Due to space limitations, we can only accommodate 5 teams. Once we have 5 teams registered, other teams will be placed on a wait list and be notified in the order in which the entries are received if a space becomes available.

Laura Macagno-Shang will make announcements, demonstrate and explain the competition to the public. The team areas will be marked. You will also receive a wristband that allows you to have snacks and beverages in the building during the contest.

The judging will be at 2 p.m. sharp. Ribbons will be awarded directly afterwards. We would like very much to have the shawls on display in the Fiber Arts Competition when they are completed.

The Teams are invited to the annual potluck dinner that begins around 5:30pm Saturday. Additionally, if you’re available after the potluck, plan to model your shawl at the Spinner’s Lead event held in the animal show ring at 8pm.


Process: Woven shawl.

Size: At least 1440 square inches. (This is equal to approximately 20" x 72", minus any fringe.) It may be larger.

Fiber: The shawl has to be at least 90% wool and 25% of the wool has to be natural colored, in keeping with the mission statement of the Black Sheep Gathering. The remainder of the shawl should be wool with the exception that 10% (by weight) of the fiber may be other than wool, mixed in either the warp or the weft. Except for the 25% natural colored wool, all of the fiber used MAY be dyed. Fiber may be cleaned and ready to card and spin.

Yarns: All yarn used is to be plied. This will aid with demonstrations and in the look and feel of a “fresh” shawl. (One that has not been washed yet.) The weft yarns are carded and spun during the competition.

Team: Six members: one weaver, five spinners.

Equipment: Loom—warped and tied-on only. Use only four harnesses or less. Tie-up should be at the discretion of the weaver. One drum carder is allowed per team for carding the wool for spinning the weft yarns. Teams may use hand cards or wool combs.

Please supply Laura with samples of the fibers going into your shawl so she can describe the process to onlookers. Good luck and have fun!

The entry deadline is June 1, 2014. For more information contact:
    Laura Macagno-Shang
    Textiles a Mano
    965 Tyinn St #11
    Eugene, OR 97402

Spinner's Lead Registration

Spinner's Lead

The Spinner’s Lead takes place in the Livestock Show Arena after the Potluck on Saturday night of the Gathering. Entrants wear their handspun garments or creations, while leading a sheep or goat.

The event is open to all producers and spinners of animal fiber. If you wish to enter please read the rules carefully.

Complete the Entry Form and mail it to the address on the form. We need a full description of your entry, including technique of construction, breed of animal and information about the artist and exhibitor.

Mail-in entries will be accepted until June 15th, however forms will be available at the information table until noon Friday.

If you don’t have livestock entered in the Black Sheep Gathering animal shows, we can arrange for you to borrow an animal. However, these arrangements must be made in advance so we can find a match for you.

Spinner’s Lead Rules

  • Articles must be 100% handspun, (commercial warp or canvas OK)
  • Entries may be hand or machine knit, hooked, woven, crocheted or felted.
  • The articles may have been completed at any time; it is not limited to items made in the past year.
  • Someone other than the entrant may make the article, although the maker of entered article must be identified in the entry form.
  • Articles must be at least 80% sheep’s wool, or goat fiber (mohair, cashmere or pygora).
  • Garments should represent the breed of the animal being led.
  • Entrant doesn’t have to own the animal used in the lead.
  • Only animals entered in the Gathering are eligible for the Spinner’s Lead.

Judging Criteria for Spinner’s Lead

Originality and difficulty of design   30 points
Color, fit and style   25 points
Suitability of garment to use of fiber   20 points
Handspun by entrant   5 points
Knit, woven, etc., by entrant   5 points
Overall appearance of entrant and animal   10 points
Animal owned by entrant   5 points

NOTE: In case of a tie, judges will award bonus points on the basis of originality.

Black Sheep Gathering, Inc.
PO Box 51092, Eugene, OR 97405
Phone: 503-804-0014

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