Black Sheep Gathering
Check back March 1, 2018 for the entire website to be updated with more information on this year's show and workshops. Thank you.

List of All Classes &
Their Availability

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Friday Classes

  • Felted Sheep — Basic 3-D Needle Felting
  • Ooh, Shiny! Spinning Silk
  • All Steamed Up! A Dyeing Art
  • Aran Mittens: An Exercise in Cabling
  • Beginning Rigid Heddle
  • Beginning Spinning – I Really Want to Spin Straw into Gold
  • Exploring the Drum Carder
  • Fundamentals of Orenburg Knitted Lace
  • Inspired Spinning
  • Nuno Patchwork Cowl or Scarf
  • Shibori
  • Cancelled Advanced Needle Felting/Troubleshooting
  • Spinning Cotton on a Wheel

Saturday Classes

  • Beginning Spindle Spinning
  • Fat Ones, Skinny Ones – Diameter Control in Spinning
  • How to Setup a Grazing System and Grow Good Pastures
  • Intro to Stranded Colorwork
  • Production Spinning and Plying
  • All Steamed Up! A Dyeing Art
  • Cowichan Pullover
  • Creating Complex Color Roving for Designer Yarns
  • Diagonal Double Turn: Card Weaving that Knows All the Angles
  • Organic Indigo: Easy as 1 2 3
  • The "You Asked For It" Felted Vest Class
  • Cables — Lovely Twists and Turns
  • Fancy Shining Threads: Making your Yarn Sparkle
  • Spinning and Blending Camelid
  • Spinning Bumps and Bubbles: The Fabulous Boucles
  • Spinning the Orenburg Way

Sunday Classes

  • Beginning Rug Hooking with Yarn and Fabric
  • Bountiful Sheep: Spinning Shetland
  • Colored Angora Goat Registry Inspection Training
  • Latvian Wristers
  • Shearing on Your Own
  • Silk Painting and Stamping with Natural Dye Extracts
  • Spinning for Socks
  • Spinning Plant Fibers with a Turkish Spindle
  • Versatility with Cast-Ons
  • Viking Knitting: Trichinopoly on a Dowel
  • Washing and Dyeing Fleece Off-Grid
  • Blending Board Basics
  • Felted Hats
  • Bountiful Beasts: Spinning Yak
  • Ending Well: A Wealth of Bind-Off Techniques
  • I’ve Bought a Fleece – Now what do I Do with It?
  • Long Draw/Quick Draw on a Spindle
  • New Tradition Needle Felting
  • Painted Skeins and Warps
  • Cancelled Plying Orenburg Style
  • Steeking with Confidence
  • Success in Plying

Workshop Descriptions


Felted Sheep — Basic 3-D Needle Felting
Miranda Rommel20 students
Friday, June 23, 9am-12pm
COST: $55 plus materials fee: $20 includes handout, all wool to be used in class, 2 needles and felting foam per student to keep
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: no experience necessary
STUDENTS BRING: Optional to bring a small amount of CLEAN wool/fiber from their own animals.
CLASS DESCRIPTION: This is the Black SHEEP Gathering — so let's felt an adorable sheep! This class is great for the beginning needle felter. Students will learn how to needle felt a firm core, attach basic legs and head, work with color, and use different techniques for creating texture and pattern on your project. This is a very fun class!
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: Miranda Rommel is an artist and homesteader living in rural Kings Valley, Oregon. An illustrator by training and a hand spinner for recreation, Miranda took up needle felting in 2012. Soon after and thanks to inspiration by her Corgi, "Pocket" — her business "Fiber Friends" was born. Miranda now felts full time, creating beautiful pet sculptures for her clients all over the world, and she loves teaching her craft to people of all levels.
Ooh, Shiny! Spinning Silk
Shelia January15 students
Friday, June 23, 9am-12pm
COST: $55 plus materials fee: $20 includes all the types of Silk we'll spin in class (at least ½ oz of each and ½ oz of exotic blends)
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: able to spin a consistent singles yarn STUDENTS BRING: A spinning wheel in good working order, with a fast flyer and/or fast whorl if you have them. If you have a Woolee Winder, please bring a standard flyer as well, at least 3-4 empty bobbins, and a lazy-kate.
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Many of us are afraid of spinning silk because it is clumpy, or it is slippery, or the staple can be so long. Banish your fears in this class! We will discuss the many types of silk (Tussah, Bombyx, Muga, and more), silk preparations (top, bricks, hankies and more), and stress-free methods of spinning them. We will also discuss and try some silk blends that are available commercially and from specialty vendors.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: Shelia January has been a knitter since she was 8 years old. She now lives in Oregon with her yaks, sheep, cattle, chickens, cat and husband. She knits and designs, and has taught spinning, dyeing, and knitting at sheep and wool shows, retreats, conferences and shops. Shelia's patterns are featured in The Knitter's Book of Yarn, Fiber Gathering, The Knitter's Book of Wool, Dreaming of Shetland, What (Else) Would Madame LaFarge Knit?, on Ravelry and at various yarn and fiber businesses.


All Steamed Up! A Dyeing Art
Debbie Ellis12 students
Friday, June 23, 9am-12pm and 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $100 plus materials fee: $20 includes dye pan, fibers, mask and gloves to keep, and use of dyes, brushes and kettles
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: All levels welcome. This is an intro- ductory level workshop; no color theory involved.
STUDENTS BRING: Wear old clothes or bring an apron, comfortable closed-toe shoes, optional notebook, and bottle of water for your own hydration
CLASS DESCRIPTION: An enthusiastic, colorful day will be spent painting, then steam-setting protein fibers with acid dyes - an efficient process that creates less dye and water waste, and which allows the painter great freedom and control of the results. You will be painting a skein of wool, skein of silk, and wool roving (and a surprise or two, if time permits). For an awesome finish to the day, you'll play with silk ribbon, using a technique that will knock your socks off!. Your beautiful creations can be used to embellish any number of fiber-related projects.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: Debbie has had her head in the dyepots since 1995, when she learned to skirt, wash, clean and dye a huge Suffolk fleece. Shortly thereafter came spinning, weaving, and dyeing classes in profusion. Debbie credits Judith MacKenzie, Judilee Fitzhugh , Joane Duncan, India Flint, & many other remarkable teachers with stoking the fires of creativity: Spinning, weaving, dyeing, papermaking and book arts. Debbie markets her art yarns, batts, rovings, eco-print scarves, handwovens and other artwork in regional fiber events, art shows and galleries under the name Artisan Fibers.
Aran Mittens: An Exercise in Cabling
Beth Brown-Reinsel24 students
Friday, June 23, 9am-12pm and 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $100 plus materials fee: $1
SKILLS REQUIRED: Intermediate knitter: must be comfortable using DPN's, Magic Loop, or 2 circular needles and reading charts.
STUDENTS BRING: approximately 220 yards of sport or DK weight smooth yarn, one set each of double pointed needles US sizes 4 and 5 (3.5mm and 3.75mm), tapestry needle, stitch markers, waste yarn or stitch holder and sticky notes or magnetic board for reading the charts. Optional: up to 10 different types or colored stitch markers to high-light the cables.
CLASS DESCRIPTION: In this class learn to read Aran cable patterns, anticipate their movements and work a cable medallion of 10 different cable movements that will proclaim one's knitting prowess. This mitten will give you practice in various cabling techniques, combining knits, purls, and ribbing, while producing a handsome and elegant mitten. Create a thumb gusset sur- rounded by cable and learn about designing mittens as well.
HOMEWORK: Make a gauge swatch to achieve 22 sts/4inches in stockinette stitch. Then knit the cuff of the mitten as follows:
with small dps cast on 48sts, join circularly, place marker. Rnds 1,2,3: *K 2, P1; rep from *
Rnd4: * K2, P1, C2B, P1; rep from *
Repeat these 4 rounds 4 more times (total: 20 rounds)
NOTE: C2B: K2tog leave on needle, knit first stitch again and drop off needle
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: Beth Brown-Reinsel has been passionately teaching historic knitting workshops nationally as well as inter- nationally for over 20 years. Her book Knitting Ganseys has been deemed a classic. She has made 3 DVDs: "Knitting Ganseys with Beth Brown-Reinsel", "Color Stranded Knitting Tech- niques", and "Sanquhar Gloves with Beth Brown-Reinsel". Her articles and designs have been published in Threads, Cast On, Interweave Knits, Knitting Traditions, Piecework, Vogue Knit- ting, Shuttle, Spindle, and Dye Pot and Knitters magazines, as well as The Knitter — a magazine of the UK. Beth continues to design for her own pattern line — Knitting Traditions and her website, blog, and email newsletter can be found at Beth lives in Vermont and loves winter!
Beginning Rigid Heddle
Diane McKinnon12 students
Friday, June 23, 9am-12pm and 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $100 plus materials fee: $15 includes all yarns for class project, use of extra weaving equipment and tools during class and detailed handout
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: all levels from beginning to advanced
STUDENTS BRING: Rigid Heddle loom that is ASSEMBLED and ready to weave on. If you have any questions, please contact me to discuss it. All extra equipment that came with the loom, shuttle (instructor will bring extras), scissors, tape measure, pen/pencil. NO Harrisville Easy Weaver looms please (I've had some unassembled as well as really poor to completely unusable looms show up in class).
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Learn how to make the most of the Rigid Heddle Loom! These wonderful looms make it easy to weave just about anywhere and any time. They are a relatively inexpensive way to get into weaving and are lightweight, portable, and practical. They can be used to make everything from everyday useful things such as hand towels to luxurious shawls for that evening at the opera. This class is designed to teach the soup-to- nuts of weaving on a Rigid Heddle loom. We'll cover how to select yarns and plan a project, how to prepare and calculate a warp, how to thread the loom and how to weave the project. You will leave the class with a completed purse and the ability to use your Rigid Heddle Loom on your own to weave a variety of handwoven projects.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: Diane McKinnon is an avid weaver and spinner who especially enjoys seeing her students discover their own potential as they have fun with fibers. Her first loom was a rigid heddle loom. She has a long history of weaving study. She teaches at BSG, NwRSA's annual conference, Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival, and holds regular fiber classes at her home studio — The Thistle Patch Fiber Studio. She was selected as an Invitational Artist for 2012 at Oregon Flock and Fiber. Diane is an enthusiastic spinner and uses her collection of looms to weave her special yarns into unique hand-woven items. She especially enjoys sharing the wonders of weaving with beginning weavers.
Beginning Spinning — I Really Want to Spin Straw into Gold
Laurie Weinsoft15 students
Friday, June 23, 9am-12pm and 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $100 plus materials fee: $25 includes all fibers used in class and properly prepared for new spinners
STUDENTS BRING: A spinning wheel in good working order with 3 bobbins and a lazy-kate. Laurie will NOT have the time or the equipment to repair wheels during class, and Please — NO antique wheels, as they can be extra challenging when learning to spin. Please pre-arrange to borrow a good wheel if you need one.
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Want to learn how to spin? Laurie brings her popular class for beginning spinners to the fiber show. This class will expose the new spinner to the spinning wheel, how it works and how to keep it spinning. We will explore and use a broad spectrum of spinning fibers starting with a variety of wools. We will learn how to select a hand spinning fleece, as well as how to wash and prepare the wool for spinning. We will move forward as the class and your skills improve to spinning silks, mohair and blends of these fibers.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: Laurie has been spinning for over twenty years. After a lifetime of knitting, sewing and weaving, it is sitting behind the spinning wheel that gives Laurie the greatest joy. Laurie is one of the original members of the Twisted Sisters spinning group and was a contributor to the Twisted Sister's Sock Book and Twisted Sisters Sweater Workshop. Laurie has had her work published in Spin•Off as well. "My main goal in teaching spinning is to share my enthusiasm for beautiful spin- ning wheels, incredible fibers, and the sheer joy of creating amazing yarns."
Exploring the Drum Carder
Henry and Roy Clemes16 students
Friday, June 23, 9am-12pm and 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $100 plus materials fee: $35 includes all fiber carded in class and batt lifters for storing carded fiber
STUDENTS BRING: none — all tools and materials will be provided by instructors
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Drum carders are a mystery to the average fiber artist: fiber is fed into the carder, ends up on the big drum and something magical happens in between. In this class students will begin the day by learning the history of drum carding and how they function the way they do. The fun goes hands-on for the rest of the day as we delve into the differences of woolen and worsted carding, explore the many tools that make drum carding more efficient and crank out six different batts. The first batt will be hand cranked; then we will switch to electric drive for the duration of the class. All tools will be provided for use by instructors.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: This class will be taught by the tag team of Henry and Roy Clemes. A lifelong woodworker and small business owner, Henry has been building fiber equipment for over 45 years and drum carders for 38 years. Roy grew up in his family's woodshop and is one of the few 30-year-olds with 25 years experience in his field. Together they have introduced many innovations to the fiber arts community and their equip- ment is known for being both thoughtfully engineered and visually pleasing as well as very durable. They regularly consult with and instruct spinners, felters, fiber growers and professional fiber artists in the use of drum carders for fiber prep.
Fundamentals of Orenburg Knitted Lace
Galina Khmeleva20 students
Friday, June 23, 9am-12pm and 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $100 plus materials fee: $10 includes all yarns and color charts
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: intermediate knitting skills, reading charts, familiar with lace
STUDENTS BRING: favorite needles, any style, sizes 0-3 and note-taking materials. No advanced preparation is necessary
CLASS DESCRIPTION: This class is designed to provide knitters with an extensive overview of Russian -style lace knitting. Students will be introduced to the unique elements of lace knitting design; the ten basic elements that provide the foundation of Russian lace knitting … mouse-print, cat's paw, honeycomb, etc., will serve as your guide. A unique cast-on, superior shaping using a modified short rows method, a grafting technique that will "seam" almost magical in its simplicity and versatility will provide the necessary tools to achieve lace knitting bliss. And, as always, a class with Galina will provide an unforgettable cultural experience.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: Galina A Khmeleva, owner of Skaska Designs and author of Gossamer Webs, The History and Techniques of Orenburg Lace Shawls and Gossamer Webs, The Design Collection, has earned the reputation as one of the most re- spected and knowledgeable lace knitting instructors in the coun- try. As a former clothing and costume designer who worked for the "aristocracy" of St Petersburg's music and theater society, Galina was a pioneer in breaking down barriers in the "new" Russia that allowed Russian women the opportunity to achieve ownership status in private companies. As the principal student to Orenburg's lace knitting elite, Galina brings the classic style and revered traditional knitting techniques of Russian lace to her classes. Her unique, inspiring, and fun-loving teaching style has made her the guru of lace enthusiasts across the US.
Inspired Spinning
Sarah Anderson18 students
Friday, June 23, 9am-12pm and 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $100 plus materials fee: $25 includes handout and all fiber needed for class, both painted and solids will be pro- vided
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: Students should be comfortable with their wheels or spindle and able to spin a continuous single.
STUDENTS BRING: Spinning wheel in good working condition, lazy-kate and three bobbins. (For the experienced spindler, spindles would also work in this class. You may want to bring multiple spindles for easier plying). Optional: handcards, scissors, note-taking materials, labels for sample skeins and anything else you may want. Chocolate — always a good idea!
CLASS DESCRIPTION: With the plethora of talented dyers out there, we spinners are surrounded with incredible dyed, painted, braided explosions of color. Of course we buy! Spinning them is good therapy in our dark Northwest winters, but choosing how to spin and use them can be a challenge. This will be a day of inspiration by experimenting and trying out many ways to use dyed fiber. You'll learn how you can achieve different effects with the same color sequence. We'll discuss fractals, chain plying, mixing painted with solids, many plying possibilities and some ideas that will surprise you. Displayed will be lots of examples of yarns along with knitted and woven pieces to give you project ideas.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: Fascinated by all things fiber since childhood, Sarah Anderson is the author of The Spinner's Book of Yarn Designs. Sarah's enthusiasm for spinning techniques and con- structions has driven her to create an extensive library of differ- ent constructions that she loves to share with other spinners. Her videos with Interweave Press include "The Building Blocks of Spinning," "Power Spinning" and "Exotic Blends." Sarah lives, spins and weaves in the Pacific Northwest with her husband in a small house FULL of fiber, wheels and spindles.
Nuno Patchwork Scarf
Tash Wesp20 students
Friday, June 23, 9am-12pm and 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $100 plus materials fee: $25 – includes wools & fibers for project. There will be extra supplies available for purchase in class if more is wanted for project.
EXPERIENCE LEVEL: no experience needed
STUDENTS BRING: 2 old towels, Packing bubble wrap with the small bumps – 24" wide by at least 8'-available at office supply store. a small container (about coffee can sized) to hold water & a water "sprinkler" if you have one. Wear comfy clothes and shoes.
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Learn the patchwork technique of layering wool fibers between silk fabrics using the template methods to make a soft, wearable scarf.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: Tash Wesp has been a felt maker, eco and shibori dyer and handmade felt hat maker for over 20 years, she has studied in Europe and teaches and sells her innovative felt clothing line across the United States, at art festivals, stores and in private collections. Taking a class with her is fun and creative, pushing the boundaries with old techniques & with new ideas to produce something truly wonderful! Please visit or contact Tash on her website at:
Judie Overbeek12 students
Friday, June 23, 9am-12pm and 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $100 plus materials fee: $20 includes handouts, three silk scarves, dyes, and all necessary supplies
STUDENTS BRING: Note-taking materials, scissors, three old towels, rubber gloves and eye glasses/safety glasses. It would be nice to have several irons, ironing boards, and a drying rack is always appreciated.
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Since the eighth century A.D. the Japanese have used methods of shaping and securing cloth before dyeing to create intricate and beautiful patterns. Four traditional Shibori techniques are taught in this full-day class: stitching, pole wrap- ping, clamping and knotting. Participants will receive three silk scarves with which to explore these systems. It's fun, experimen- tal, creative, and not surprisingly — no two are alike.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: Judie has taken refuge in spinning, weaving and dyeing for over 40 years, incorporating the three disciplines into a single project whenever possible. A love of process and a deep desire to share her skills keeps her involved in these inexhaustible crafts both as student and teacher. Judie lives in northwest Montana. She teaches spinning, weaving and dyeing throughout the Northwest.


Cancelled   Advanced Needle Felting and Troubleshooting
Miranda Rommel7 students
Friday, June 23, 1:30pm-4:30pm
COST: $55 plus materials fee: $20 includes wool for use in class, foam and set of 2 felting needles
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: Intermediate and above. This class is for students already familiar with 3-D needle felting.
STUDENTS BRING: Examples of previous work, favorite felting needles/tools, in-progress projects and/or body cores to get help with.
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Take your basic needle-felting skills to the next level and learn how to sculpt realistically shaped legs, ears, and features of dogs and other animals. Felted animals don't need armature to stand, but they do need firmly felted legs, well attached to firmly felted body cores. This class will work on details only, not necessarily a finished "animal". We will cover these techniques: firmly felting legs, shaping legs and ears, adding color and pattern, felting paw pads, eyes, and attaching body parts to bodies. Other techniques may be included (adding fluff, adding doll hair, etc).
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: See Felted Sheep in Friday's morning listing.
Spinning Cotton on a Wheel
Jennifer Green8 students
Friday, June 23, 1:30pm-4:30pm
COST: $55 plus materials fee: $15 includes fiber used in class, handouts
SKILL LEVEL: basic spinning skills required
STUDENTS BRING: spinning wheel and your determination
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Learn to spin cotton on your spinning wheel. This class will cover a wide variety of topics including fiber preparation, tensioning, spinning ratios, drafting and spinning, yarn finishing and more.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: Jennifer Green is the head shepherdess at Desert Garden Farms in Idaho. She has been teaching spinning for 10 years, both on the wheel and on spindles. Jennifer favors American-grown fibers and spins using a wide variety of styles and fibers. Her farm supports a variety of livestock including an eclectic flock of sheep and several llamas. Jennifer's family works together in both fiber production and running the farm.


Judge: Scott Culver
Corvallis, Oregon

Hello, my name is Scott Culver. I am a second generation sheep- herder. My father, Morris Culver, introduced me to the Romney sheep business at an early age. Read More.


Judge: Dr. Fred Speck
Kerrville, Texas

Dr. Fred Speck is a 5th generation Texas Angora goat producer. His grandfather gave him eight registered angora does and one buck to start his own herd when he was eight years old. Read More.


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. Read More.


Judge: Melissa Harris
Surprise Valley, California

Melissa Harris has been involved in fiber arts for 30+ years. She learned to knit from her Welsh Grandmother and later became interested in spinning and dyeing in the late 1970s. Read More.