Black Sheep Gathering

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Friday Classes

    MORNING
  • Beginning Rug Hooking: Hook a Flock of Sheep, Judy Taylor
  • Navajo Style Spindling, Christine Thomas-Flitcroft
  • Ply on the Fly: Stranded Spinning on a Turkish Spindle, Wanda Jenkins
  • Round & Round the Felt Goes – Treasure Boxes & Vessels, L. Ericson
  • Russian Style Continental Knitting, Galina A. Khmeleva
    ALL-DAY
  • All Steamed Up!, Debbie Ellis
  • Beginning Spinning: The Magic of Adding Twist, Shelia January
  • Exploring the Drum Carder, Henry and Roy Clemes
  • Felt Hat, Tash Wesp
  • Cancelled Mobius and the Mysterious Stitch Mirror, Sivia Harding
  • Shibori, Judie Overbeek
  • Using Your Stash, Judith MacKenzie
    AFTERNOON
  • Felted Fingerless Gloves, Loyce Ericson
  • Sheep and Goat Nutrition, Woody Lane
  • Spinning for Socks, Janel Laidman Vaisbort
  • Spinning the Orenburg Way, Galina A. Khmeleva

Saturday Classes

    MORNING
  • Blending Boards: Stripes to Monet, Amelia Garripoli
  • Bountiful Sheep: Bluefaced Leicester, Judith MacKenzie
  • Finishing Techniques for Knitted Garments I: Seams, Harry Wells
  • Spinning for Lace, Michael Kelson
  • Wedge Shawl Design, JC Briar
    ALL-DAY
  • All Steamed Up!, Debbie Ellis
  • Beginning Rigid Heddle, Diane McKinnon
  • Designing Noro-Style Yarns, Gwen Powell
  • Cancelled Double-Faced Tablet Weaving, Marilyn Romatka
  • Eco/Botanical Printing, Tash Wesp
  • Felted Slippers, Flora Carlile-Kovacs
  • The "You Asked for It" Vest Class, Loyce Ericson
    AFTERNOON
  • Beginning Brioche, JC Briar
  • Combing & Carding for Spinning Success, Shelia January
  • Finishing Techniques for Knitted Garments II: Button Bands,
  • Button Holes and Zippers, Harry Wells
  • Perfect Your Plying, Judie Overbeek
  • Three Glorious Downs: Camel, Yak and Cashmere, Judith MacKenzie

Sunday Classes

    MORNING
  • Cancelled Bow Loom Weaving, Marilyn Romatka
  • Fabulous and Fun Locker Hooking, Rosanne Anderson
  • Knitting Cables: Lovely Twists and Turns, Harry Wells
  • Shearing on Your own, Susie Wilson
  • Spinning Lofty Yarns from Worsted Preparations, Michael Kelson
  • Spinning Luxury Fibers on Supported Spindles, Jennifer Green
  • Spinning Your Dream Yarn, Judith MacKenzie
    ALL-DAY
  • Chain Plying and Beyond the 3-Ply, Gwen Powell
  • Felted Small Bag, Flora Carlile-Kovacs
  • Hand-Sewing in Sheepskin: A Beginners Guide, Anette Skoog
  • Indigo Dyeing, Marilyn Robert
  • Cancelled Silk Lab, Janel Laidman Vaisbort
    AFTERNOON
  • Cancelled Beaded Buttoned Bracelets, Sivia Harding
  • Bunny Love: Spinning Angora and Angora Blends, Shelia January
  • Felted Sheep: Basic Sculptural Needle Felting, Miranda Rommel
  • Cancelled Multi-Directional Scarves, JC Briar
  • Power Spinning on an Electric Wheel, Amelia Garripoli

Workshop Descriptions

FRIDAY, JUNE 29, MORNING CLASSES

Beginning Rug Hooking — Hook a Flock of Sheep
Judy Taylor20 students
Friday, June 29, 9am-12pm
COST: $55 plus materials fee: $28 includes kit containing everything needed for class.
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Hooking rugs with yarn is easy, fun, and a great way to use up left-over yarn from other projects. In this class students will learn the basics of rug hooking including what yarns work best, which backing to use for the project, the care and cleaning of handhooked rugs, and much more, while hooking four sheep ornaments suitable for the Christmas tree or refrigerator magnets.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: none
STUDENTS BRING: wear long pants as you will be wrapping the backing around your legs; scissors.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: Judy Taylor has been hooking rugs and teaching hooking rugs for nigh on 25 years. Her books Joy of Hooking (With Yarn) and Rug Hookers Guide to the YARNIVERSE! both won the eLit Book Awards. You can find Judy's work on her website www.littlehouserugs.com and her blog judytaylor2013.wordpress.com.
Navajo Style Spindling
Chris Thomas-Flitcroft12 students
Friday, June 29, 9am-12pm
COST: $55 plus materials fee: $10 includes fiber and handouts for class. Navajo style spindles, hand cards and ball winders will be available for use in class. Navajo spindles will be for sale if students wish to purchase.
CLASS DESCRIPTION: This workshop will cover Navajo-style spinning techniques using the traditional Navajo-style spindle. We will discuss different types of Navajo spindles, Navajo spinning techniques and wool types traditionally used. We will focus on the Navajo technique of drafting and spinning wool two and three times. We will also cover the Navajo three-ply technique on the Navajo style spindle.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: Some experience with spindle spinning or wheel spinning is helpful. This class is great for beginners to advanced spinners wishing to learn Navajo style spinning.
STUDENTS BRING: A Navajo spindle and hand cards if you have them; pencil and paper for taking notes.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: Christine Thomas-Flitcroft has been spinning and weaving for 37 years. She is a student of the textile arts. She studied weaving at the University of Idaho and wool and sheep production at the University of Idaho and Montana State University. Chris is the owner of Aurora Colony FiberArts, a fiber art business that specializes in teaching spinning and weaving and offering a multitude of fibers for spinning and felting. She maintains a flock of Border Leicester and English Leicester sheep on her farm in Aurora, Oregon. Her current interest is tapestry weaving Navajo style, using hand spun yarns, spun on Navajo spindles and wheels along with commercial yarns.
Ply on the Fly: Stranded Spinning on a Turkish Spindle
Wanda Jenkins14 students
Friday, June 29, 9am-12pm
COST: $55 plus materials fee: $10 includes wool, silk, beads, clasp and needle-threader and Pygora/Silk necklace pattern designed by Wanda.
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Learn to Ply-on-the-Fly (POF) while incorporating a silk thread. This method will produce a chain-plyed yarn even as you are spinning the singles. At the same time a silk thread will be spun with the wool to make yarn with sparkle and strength. The end goal of the class is to become proficient at POF Stranded Spinning and to spin enough yarn to crochet a necklace (pattern provided). Knowing how to crochet is not absolutely necessary.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: Not for beginners, must be able to spin a fine yarn.
STUDENTS BRING: Small scissors, small project bag or basket, one 3.25mm (US D) crochet hook. Turkish spindles will be available for use in the class.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: Wanda has played with yarn and threads since childhood. She fell down the bottomless spinning hole when a Turkish spindle was placed in her hands just over a decade ago. Lately she has been exploring new possibilities of spinning methods with Turkish spindles.
Round and Round the Felt Goes — Treasure Boxes and Vessels
Loyce Ericson15 students
Friday, June 29, 9am-12pm
COST: $55 plus materials fee: $25 includes wool, silk, all felting tools needed, yarn, handouts.
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Fascinating, organic and charming are the compliments you'll receive on your secret treasure box. No one else needs to know they are easy and so much fun to make. We will wrap luscious layers of merino wool around rocks and balloons then add water and felting magic to create unique treasure boxes and vessels. Cutting open our vessels reveals the secret colors and designs inside. Bring a fancy button, broken jewelry, rocks or shells with holes in them to make a knob for the top of your treasure box.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: No previous felting experience is needed.
STUDENTS BRING: An old towel or two, a plastic grocery bag to take home wet projects. Students need to wear clothes that can get wet. Be aware that felting is a vigorous physical activity and requires hand and arm strength.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: Loyce worked for 20 years in high tech as a mechanical designer and then she took a personal and professional turn to follow her passion of making felt and teaching her craft. She travels and teaches nationally as well as in her studio, teaching such places as at SOAR, OFFF and BSG. Loyce approaches her classes as a time for fun and open creative expression. Her greatest joy is seeing the smiles on her student's faces as their projects come together.
Russian Style Continental Knitting
Galina Khmeleva15 students
Friday, June 29, 9am-12pm
COST: $55 plus materials fee: none.
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Are you stuck in the past … still throwing your yarn, maybe even experiencing wrist discomfort? Let Galina A. Khmeleva, lace knitter extraordinaire; teach you this subtle Russian variation of the classic continental knitting method.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: Knitting experience helpful, should be able to do knit/purl stitch, yarn overs and k2tog.
STUDENTS BRING: Your favorite knitting needles any style sizes 0-3 fingering/sport weight, non-textured yarn (no acrylics/cottons) and note-taking materials (including pencils).
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: Galina A. Khmeleva, owner of Skaska Designs and author of Gossamer Webs, The History of Orenburg Lace Shawls and Gossamer Webs: The design Collection, has earned a reputation as one of the most respected and knowledgeable lace knitting instructors in the country. As a former clothing and costume designer who worked with 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 techniques of Russian lace to her classes. Galina's unique, inspiring, and fun-loving teaching style has made her the guru of lace enthusiasts across the USA. Addotionally, Galina's classes are an unforgettable cultural experience.

FRIDAY, JUNE 29, ALL-DAY CLASSES

All Steamed Up!
Debbie Ellis12 students
Friday, June 29, 9am-12pm and 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $100 plus materials fee: $25 includes dye pan, fibers, mask, and gloves to keep. Use of dyes and brushes and kettles.
CLASS DESCRIPTION: An enthusiastic, colorful day will be spent painting protein fibers with acid type dyes — then steam-setting them — an efficient process that wastes less dye and water and allows the painter considerable freedom and control of the results. You will create gorgeous (and generous) samples of wool and silk fibers, skeins, and ribbon that can be used for surface design, embellishment, felting, weaving, knitting and other projects.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: All levels welcome.
STUDENTS BRING: old clothes to wear in class (or an apron), closed toed shoes; optional notebook and water for your own hydration.
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. Spinning, weaving, and dyeing classes (both acid and natural) followed, as did eco-printing, paper-making and book arts. Debbie credits Judith MacKenzie, Judilee Fitshugh, India Flint and many other remarkable teachers for guiding her along this path. Debbie markets her art yarns, batts, rovings, eco-print scarves and other artwork at local and regional fiber events, art shows and galleries under the name Artisan Fibers.
Beginning Spinning: The Magic of Adding Twist
Shelia January15 students
Friday, June 29, 9am-12pm and 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $100 plus materials fee: $35 includes all fiber to be used in class (roving and combed top) and handout on wheel maintenance and spinning basics.
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Here's your chance to spend a day learning the basics of spinning on a wheel, from fiber characteristics to how a spinning wheel works, to seeing your own first yarn on the bobbin! We'll start by examining our wheels and ensuring that they are all tuned up for spinning success. Then we'll spend time learning to treadle, draft fiber and adding the twist to make yarn. The basics of plying will be covered and we'll practice as time allows.
SKILLS REQUIRED: The desire to try spinning.
STUDENTS BRING: A spinning wheel in working order, several empty bobbins, a lazy-kate if you have one, materials for taking notes.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: Shelia January has been a knitter since she was 8 years old. She now lives in Oregon with her 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, and What (Else) Would Madame LaFarge Knit? on Ravelry, and at various yarn and fiber businesses.
Exploring the Drum Carder
Henry and Roy Clemes16 students
Friday, June 29, 9am-12pm and 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $100 plus materials fee: $35 includes use of a carder; all fiber carded during class and batt lifter refills for storing carded batts.
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 our “Exploring the Drum Carder” class, students begin the day by learning the history of drum carders, how they work and why 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 five different batts. The first batt will be hand cranked before switching over to Electric Drive for the duration of the class. All materials, carders, and tools will be provided for use.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: none
STUDENTS BRING: all tools and materials will be provided 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 equipment is known for being both thoughtfully engineered and visually pleasing and durable as well. They regularly consult and instruct spinners, felters, fiber growers, and professional fiber artists in the use of drum carders for fiber prep.
Felt Hat
Tash Wesp20 students
Friday, June 29, 9am-12pm and 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $100 plus materials fee: $25 includes template patterns for hats, 19 micron wool, fabrics that felt into wool, thin plastic.
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Learn the technique of creating a 3D felt hat. Start with a flat template and learn to layout your wool roving to create a lovely strong felt base to design and experiment on an original hat like no other. At the end of class you will learn traditional millinery techniques with steaming the felt hood and sculpting and stretching over a hat blocker.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: beginner to advanced
STUDENTS BRING: Small bubble wrap roll, apron, comfortable shoes, 3 big towels, your felting soap (Tash will share hers), scraps of rayon, silk, cotton and wool yarns, button thread sewing needles, sharp scissors, pool noodle, Sharpie™ felt pen and a ball squirter if you have one.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: Tash Wesp has been a fiber artist for over 20 years, exploring the world of felt making, acid and natural dyeing, and everything in between fiber related. Tash lives in a small coastal town in Oregon where her studio is surrounded by big fir trees and the sound of the ocean. She makes and sells a line of felt wearables, felt hangings, rugs and unusual objects. You can check out her work on her website at: www.tashwesp.com or on Facebook at Felt Fusion by Tash Wesp felting artist.
Moebius and the Mysterious Stitch Mirror
Sivia Harding25 students
Friday, June 29, 9am-12pm and 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $100 plus materials fee: $5 includes full-color handouts.
CLASS DESCRIPTION: The knitted Moebius is a beautiful, graceful and endlessly fascinating form made popular in the knitting world since Cat Bordhi presented her brilliant (and easy) Moebius cast-on technique. The experience of Moebius knitting is easy, accessible, and soothing, just like knitting in the round. The fun begins when seeing what happens to various stitch patterns when worked in this form. In this structure, patterns amazingly appear to be mirrored and reversed on either side of the cast-on round. What stitches will reliably produce symmetry? There are some guidelines, but there are also ways to bend the rules and make many stitch patterns work once you understand the structure. Not all will produce symmetry, but all will be interesting and beautiful. I guarantee that students will have many “aha” moments as we see simple stitch patterns develop in amazing and sometimes unpredictable ways. The Harmonia's Rings Cowl will be cast on during class.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: Students need to know how to knit, purl, and perform basic increases and decreases. Experience with knitting in the round is required.
STUDENTS BRING: At least 500 yards of soft worsted-weight yarn, US8/5mm circular needle — 47" long, pencil with good eraser, magnetic chart keeper, or other method to keep your place on a chart. Optional: 25 seed beads or pony or crow beads — size 3/0, and a small steel crochet hook US14 or .75mm
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: Sivia Harding has worked with fiber and art since she can remember. Obsessed since youth, she came to knitting in the year 2000. Almost immediately she began to design. Sivia is known mainly for her exceptional lace and bead design. Her patterns include accessories, garments, and imaginative Moebious creations. She has been widely published in books and collections including, Jared Flood's Wool People series, online magazines such as Twist Collective, Knitty, and on Ravelry as Sivia Harding Knit Design.
Shibori
Judie Overbeek12 students
Friday, June 29, 9am-12pm and 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $100 plus materials fee: $25 includes handouts, 3 silk scarves, dyes and all necessary supplies.
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Since the eighth century AD 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 wrapping, clamping, and knotting. Participants will receive 3 silk scarves with which to explore these systems. It's fun, experimental, creative and not surprisingly — no two are alike.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: None — you don't need to know anything about dyeing or Shibori to have a great time with this workshop.
STUDENTS BRING: Note-taking materials, scissors, 3 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.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: Numerous instructors have illuminated aspects of weaving, spinning or dyeing to help me along my path. My goal is to pass this knowledge along to those that want to learn these inexhaustible crafts. I have 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 my skills keeps me involved both as student and teacher. I live in NW Montana, and I teach spinning, weaving and dyeing throughout the Northwest.
Using Your Stash
Judith MacKenzie18 students
Friday, June 29, 9am-12pm and 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $100 plus materials fee: $15 includes variety of fibers for blending, variety of colored top, binder threads in silk, wool and novelty yarns and handouts.
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Bring three fibers from your stash and we'll design a new yarn and a great project to go with it. You'll learn how fibers are best spun to bring out their natural beauty. You'll also learn how to make a strong and stable yarn that will suit the project you have in mind. We'll look at possible blends that will extend that bit of precious fiber you have been saving and we'll look at creative ways to revive a project that has gone awry. We'll learn how to make a pattern fit the yarn and how to calculate out how many yards you'll need to spin for either a knit or woven project.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: must be able to spin a continuous yarn
STUDENTS BRING: their wheel and all its parts — even the ones you don't use, extra bobbins, a ball winder and a swift if you have them, niddy-noddy, lazy-kate, measuring tape and a variety of knitting needles in the range you like to work with. Bring patterns or pictures of projects that interest you. Mini combs, dog brush, or flicker and hand cards if you have them and a notebook and pen.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: Judith MacKenzie has spun, woven and knit for many years. Her love of textiles has led her to many places, including Peru and Turkey. She has taught throughout North America and Europe. Judith is a frequent contributor to Spin•Off, Handwoven, Piecework and Interweave Knits magazines. She has 10 DVDs, and 3 books published on spinning: Teach Yourself Handspinning, The Intentional Spinner and Rare Luxury Fibers. She lives happily ever after on the wild northwest coast of America.

FRIDAY, JUNE 29, AFTERNOON CLASSES

Felted Fingerless Gloves
Loyce Ericson15 students
Friday, June 29, 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $55 plus materials fee: $25 includes wool, plastic patterns, handouts and felting tools.
CLASS DESCRIPTION: These fingerless gloves are warm and comfy and fast and fun to make. Learn to wet felt around a resist (a plastic felting pattern) as we use fine merino wool. Loyce's felting methods are easy to learn, easy on the body, and fast. You will be able to wear your damp gloves home (if you want).
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: No felting experience needed; regular hand strength is needed.
STUDENTS BRING: A Sharpie™ pen, a couple of old towels, clothes that can get wet, scissors, and a plastic grocery bag to take home wet projects.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: See Round and Round the Felt Goes: Treasure Boxes and Vessels in Friday's morning class listing for bio.
Sheep and Goat Nutrition
Woody Lane30 students
Friday, June 29, 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $55 plus materials fee: $11 extensive sets of handouts.
CLASS DESCRIPTION: So you want to feed sheep or goats? Here's how to do it! We'll cover the basic principles of energy and protein nutrition and how to apply these principles to your day-to-day choices of rations and feeds. We'll focus on the different periods of your animal's production cycle: growth, flushing, gestation, lactation and weaning. Topics will include matching your animal's needs with pastures, weaning and early weaning of orphans, how, what, and when to supplement grain, vitamins and minerals. We'll specifically cover how nutrition affects fiber growth and quality. We'll also discuss some common nutritional issues like grain overload, pregnancy disease, urinary calculi, selenium and copper. There will be plenty of time for discussion and questions.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: All levels are welcome — beginner to advance.
STUDENTS BRING: feed tags from your own farm
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: Since 1990, Woody Lane has been a consulting livestock nutritionist and forage specialist from Roseburg, Oregon. He teaches private courses in forages and livestock nutrition, facilitates three forage study groups for farmers, writes a popular monthly column “From the Feed Trough” for The Shepherd magazine, and has written the nutrition book: From the feed Trough: Essays and Insights on Livestock Nutrition in a Complex World. Woody is a popular speaker across the United States and Canada, and helped develop the ASI Sheep Production Handbook. Woody earned his PhD and MS degrees at Cornell. In the 1980s he was the Sheep Extension Specialist for the University of Wisconsin.
Spinning for Socks
Janel Laidman Vaisbort24 students
Friday, June 29, 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $55 plus materials fee: $25 includes all fiber for class.
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Socks are hard wearing garments that benefit from durable yarns. Explore the best fibers, blends, and yarn structures to make these wonderful foot coverings, while at the same time learning how to get handsome color effects from that handpainted roving in your stash. Topics we will explore include superwash, blends, carry along thread, twist, plies and, of course, color!
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: This class is suitable for anyone who can spin a continuous thread.
STUDENTS BRING: Spinning wheel, lazy-kate, extra bobbins. This workshop is not geared toward spindle spinners.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: Janel Laidman learned to knit while an exchange student in Denmark, where she observed that all the Danish girls seemed to be able to knit socks and learn physics at the same time. Wanting to be just a cool, she bought a sweater's worth of Icelandic yarn — and a lifelong odyssey was launched! Janel is known for her artistic colorwork and lace designs. Remembering those Danish days, Janel returned to the intriguing subject of socks and in 2005 wrote her first book, The Eclectic Sole. Since then she has gone on to author The Enchanted Sole, The Sock Report, Skein Theory and her newest venture, Art and Sole. Janel lives in the semi-wilds of Sherwood, Oregon where she spends her time playing with wool string, spinning yarn, and inventing new and exciting ways to incorporate chocolate into her diet.
Spinning the Orenburg Way
Galina A. Khmeleva15 students
Friday June 29, 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $55 plus materials fee: $5 includes all fiber to be spun in workshop and Russian spindles/bowls will be provided for use in class.
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Come join renowned lace-knitting and handspinning instructor Galina A. Khmeleva, author of Gossamer Webs, The History and Techniques of Orenburg Lace Shawls, and Gossamer Webs, The Design Collection, as she introduces you to the magical handspinning techniques of Russian spinners using the Russian supported spindle. This technique results in creating yarns for the famous scarves and shawls of the Orenburg region. In this workshop the emphasis will be on the spinning of luxury fibers, i.e., cashmere, qiviut, Pygora, buffalo, etc. You will learn the significance of gauging the proper thickness and length of these fibers, while learning the more economical use of luxury fibers, helping you conserve precious yardage.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: Must be able to spin a continuous yarn.
STUDENTS BRING: Note-taking materials and a kitchen towel.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: See Russian Style Continental Knitting in Friday's morning class listing for bio.

SHEEP SHOW

Judge: Zane Bone
College Station, Texas

I am a 4th generation sheep and goat raiser from the Texas Hill Country. My father was a state winning sheep and goat vocational agricultural teacher; my mom was also from a ranching background. Read More.

ANGORA GOAT SHOW

Judge: Dr. Andy Laughlin
Lubbock, Texas

Dr. Andy Laughlin grew up in the rural town of Ingram, Texas located in the heart of the hill country. He received his bachelor's degree in animal science from Texas A & M Univerisity. Read More.

FLEECE SHOW

Wool Judge: Dr. Geof Ruppert
Fairfield, Pennsylvania

Your judge for the 2018 Black Sheep Gathering is Dr. Geof Ruppert. His involvement with sheep began in 1976 with a starter flock of Corriedales, chosen in part because of his mother’s interest in the fiber arts. Read More.

FIBER ARTS AND YARN SHOW

Judge: Marian Dyche
The Dalles, Oregon

I learned to spin when I moved to Oregon about 20 years ago, joined the Columbia Fibres Guild and also learned to live life as it really should be. Read More.