Black Sheep Gathering


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  • Entry fee: $6 for each fleece for show or for sale.
  • Entry deadline extended! All entries must be postmarked by June 13, 2022 (Please disregard deadline date on form). NO LATE ENTRIES will be accepted.
  • All fleece must be entered in the name of the producer. An agent may enter and retrieve fleece with a letter from the grower. The show clerk will not accept mailed fleece.
  • Intake of fleece from 1-8pm, Thursday, June 23, 2022. All entries must be in place by 9am Friday. NO ENTRY CHANGES permitted after Thursday.
  • Judging begins 10am Friday. The wool sale for Class 00 also begins at 10am Friday.
  • Awards: ribbons will be awarded through 6th place.
  • Prizes will be awarded for Champion and Reserve Champion Natural Colored and White Fleeces. The perennial Black Sheep Cup, sponsored by the Black Sheep Newsletter, will be awarded to the winner of the Five Most Valuable Fleeces for Handspinning from a Single Producer. To be considered, growers must enter Class 32 and pay a separate entry fee of $10 (one fee, not per fleece).
  • A 10% handling fee will be collected on all fleeces sold at the wool and mohair sale.
  • All unsold fleece must be claimed by the producer or agent between 3–5pm Sunday, June 28, 2020. No release of "for sale" fleeces before that time. All unclaimed fleece will be destroyed.


  1. All show fleeces will be judged on the basis of handspinning quality and character, stressing cleanliness, strength and uniformity.
  2. A fleece for show and sale must be properly rolled and placed in a clear plastic bag to be presented for show. No tied or washed fleeces. Mohair fleeces do not have to be rolled.
    No fleeces with mothballs will be allowed in the show. Please air your fleeces extensively, as some people are extremely sensitive to these chemicals. The show chair reserves the right to eliminate these fleeces from the sale and show.
    The BSG Wool Show is a handspinners' show. Handspinning characteristics of the fleece are the primary judging criteria. Judges reserve the right to carefully unroll fleeces. Fine wool fleeces may be rolled with paper liners to prevent sticking.
  3. Each entry must be tagged with a Black Sheep Gathering tag available at the check-in table. Clear plastic bags will be avail- able for sale.
  4. Sellers will receive a signed original receipt.
  5. Participants are required to pick up unsold fleeces and must sign a release sheet at check out time on Sunday. If all fleeces have been sold, this may be done earlier as record-keeping allows. Participants will receive a check via mail for their fleece sales (less 10% handling fee), within 30 days of the BSG.
  6. Fleece Show judging is limited by time and space on a firstcome, first-served basis. Please send entry form in as early as possible.
  7. Number of entries: Producers may enter up to 20 fleeces in the FLEECE SHOW except for Class 00 which has no limit on entries. Entries Per Class: Producers may enter 4 (four) fleeces per class.
  8. Wool, Mohair and Alpaca will be accepted for table sale (Class 00: FOR SALE ONLY). Class 00: the rule is "Buyer Beware" because they are not judged. However, many nice fleeces are entered in this class, and the BSG would like to continue to offer this marketing opportunity for producers. The committee chair, to maintain the standard of the show, will pull fleeces with wool rot or other extensive problems. Class 00: For Sale Only Fleeces – sale will begin on Friday at 10am.
  9. Promotional materials may be inserted in fleeces only after judging except for Class 00 which may be included at the beginning of the sale.
  10. BSG Wool Show Committee Chair reserves the right to pull fleeces from the Fleece Show and Sale upon the recommendation of the judge in order to maintain the recognized high standards of quality handspinning fleeces. Fleeces with wool rot, abnormal "vegetation" or other disqualifying issues will be pulled with a note provided as to the cause. Please see the chairperson at the registration table with fleeces that are questionable.

The Wayne Thompson Memorial Trophy will be presented for the Best Natural Colored Fleece. Wayne cared deeply for the Black Sheep Gathering and our mission of promotion and education regarding natural colored sheep. His decades of service are fondly remembered and deeply missed. This award for the Best Natural Colored Fleece honors his spirit and heart, which remain a part of our community. We hope that it inspires our fleece growers to share his passion for natural colored wool.


Wool , Mohair and Alpaca Judge: Judith MacKenzie • Forks, Washington

Judith MacKenzie has worked as a textile artist for many years. As a spinner, dyer and weaver, she has traveled and worked throughout North America and abroad. Judith brings a depth of knowledge honed by years of practice, scientific and historical knowledge, patience, humor, and hands-on expertise to judging that is unmatched. Whether she is assessing raw fiber, spun fiber, woven items, felting, knitting or other fiber creation, she teaches and inspires.


(please note that some class numbers have changed)
    00.FOR SALE ONLY (see description below)
  1. Primitive/double coated
  2. Solid colored longwool/coarse 36-48 (32-40+ microns)
  3. Solid colored medium 50-62 (23-31 microns)
  4. Solid colored fine 64+ (17-22 microns)
  5. Variegated longwool/coarse 36-48 (32-40+ microns)
  6. Variegated medium 50-62 (23-31 microns)
  7. Variegated fine 64+ (17-22 microns)
  8. Purebred colored longwool/coarse 36-48 (32-40+ microns)
  9. Purebred colored medium 50-62 (23-31 microns)
  10. Purebred colored fine 64+ (17-22 microns)
  11. Colored Romney
  12. Jacob
  13. Icelandic
  14. Gotland
  15. Shetland yearling and younger
  16. Shetland Mature
  17. Colored Corriedale
  18. Colored Merino
  21. Purebred white longwool/coarse 36-48 (32-40+ microns)
  22. Purebred white medium 50-62 (23-31 microns)
  23. Purebred white fine 64+ (17-22 microns)
  24. White longwool/coarse 36-48 (32-40+ microns)
  25. White medium 50-62 (23-31 microns)
  26. White fine 64+ (17-22 microns)
  27. White Lincoln
  28. White Romney
  29. White Corriedale
  30. White Cormo
  31. White Merino
  32. NCWGA Primitive *
  33. NCWGA Longwool *
  34. NCWGA Medium*
  35. NCWGA Fine*

* Special category sponsored by National Colored Wool Grower’s Association who will be holding their national meeting this year at BSG. Special awards provided by NCWGA.


    00.FOR SALE ONLY (see description below)
  1. White fall doe kid.
  2. White fall buck kid.
  3. White spring doe kid.
  4. White spring buck kid.
  5. White yearling doe.
  6. White yearling buck.
  7. White aged doe.
  8. White wether.
  9. Colored fall doe kid.
  10. Colored fall buck kid.
  11. Colored spring doe kid.
  12. Colored spring buck kid.
  13. Colored yearling doe.
  14. Colored yearling buck.
  15. Colored aged doe.
  16. Colored wether.


    00. FOR SALE ONLY (see description below)
  1. Suri Juvenile (under 1 year), white and light colored (light beige and light fawn)
  2. Suri Juvenile dark colored (all other colors not listed above)
  3. Suri Adult (1-3 years old) white and light colored
  4. Suri Adult (1-3 years old) dark colored (all other colors not listed above)
  5. Suri Mature (greater than 3 years), white and light colofed
  6. Suri Mature (greater than 3 years) dark colored (all other colors not listed above)
  1. Huacaya Juvenile (under 1 year) white, light colored (lt. beige and lt. fawn)
  2. Huacaya Juvenile dark colored (all other colors not listed above)
  3. Huacaya Adult (1-3 years) white and light colored
  4. Huacaya Adult (1-3 years) dark colored
  5. Huacaya Mature (over 3 years) white and light colored
  6. Huacaya Mature dark colored
  1. FIVE MOST VALUABLE FLEECES FOR HANDSPINNING FROM A SINGLE PRODUCER. Each fleece will be judged in strength, elasticity, uniformity, breed characteristics, cleanliness and spinning quality. Exhibitor must preselect and indicate with an * in the class column, the five fleeces to be judged. A one-time fee of $10 is required.
00.FOR SALE ONLY This class is not judged and there is no limit on the number of entries. Fleeces with wool rot or other extensive problems will be pulled by the committee chair.


Judge: Jacob Reister
Reister Farms
Washougal, Washington

Reister Farms was established in 1957 in McMinnville, Oregon and is now a third generation farm located in Washougal, Washington.Read More.


Judge: Bonnie Pember Naumann
Bandera, Texas

Bonnie Pember Naumann was born and raised in Bandera, Texas and she grew up showing Angoras and judging wool and mohair with her local 4H program. Read More.


Wool , Mohair and Alpaca Judge: Judith MacKenzie
Forks, Washington

She has worked as a textile artist for many years. As a spinner, dyer and weaver, she has traveled and worked throughout North America and abroad. Read More.


Judge: Melissa Harris
Lake City California

She has been involved in fiber arts for 35+ years. She learned to knit from her Welsh Grandmother and later became interested in spinning and dyeing in the late 1970s. Read More.