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

SATURDAY, JUNE 30, MORNING CLASSES

Blending Boards: Stripes to Monet
Amelia Garripoli20 students
Saturday, June 30, 9am-12pm
COST: $55 plus materials fee: $10 includes fiber and handout; there will be a blending board and hand cards to use and share in class
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Blending boards give us the opportunities to design yarns that stripe, marl, or surprise. In this workshop we play with color placement and design to go from fiber to yarn. These techniques can be done on blending boards, handcards and even drum carders. We will go over the use of all three tools. In this workshop we will design rolags on blending boards and handcards, then spin them to see the yarn they make. We will develop ideas, try them out and build on them.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: Must be able to spin a continuous yarn, either on a wheel or a spindle.
STUDENTS BRING: Blending boards or handcards if you have them. Two blending boards and several handcards will be available to use and share in class. Bring a wheel, e-spinner, or spindles to spin your rolags in class.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: Amelia learned to knit at her mother's knee at a young age and fell into spinning when she bought a house that came with two llamas in 2001. Her life has been a whirlwind of fiber pursuits since; publishing Productive Spindling in 2009, and many monographs and articles on fiber arts in Spin•Off, Ply magazine, Yarn, Knitty-Spin, e-tutorials and on her blog: www.askthebellwether.com. In 2017 Amelia's studio and garden moved to Poulsbo, Washington, where she explores fiber, grows dye plants and holds fiber workshops.
Bountiful Sheep: BlueFaced Leicester
Judith MacKenzie18 students
Saturday, June 30, 9am-12pm
COST: $55 plus materials fee: $15 includes all fibers used in class
CLASS DESCRIPTION: These sheep are a relatively new sheep to North America but have rapidly become popular with handspinners. Fondly called BFLs, these sheep have lovely fleeces, primarily white but often shades of grey, brown and black. BFLs are classed as a long wool and their fleeces are both silky and buoyant, an unusual fleece combination. Their fleeces are a joy to spin and they accept dye beautifully. In this class we'll look at the wide range of yarns that can be spun from these fleeces. We'll work with both fleeces and prepared fiber. We'll also use samples of dyed BFL.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: Must be able to spin a continuous yarn.
STUDENTS BRING: Students should 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, hand cards and combs (mini and regular if you have them), flicker, or dog brush.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: See Using Your Stash in Friday's all-day class listing for bio.
Finishing Techniques for Knitted Garments I: Seams
Harry Wells15 students
Saturday, June 30, 9am-12pm
COST: $55 plus materials fee $3 handouts
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Finishing means many things in knitting, and doing it well is essential for an attractive garment outcome. In this workshop the following will be covered: various methods of seaming and weaving; including joining side seams, sleeves, ribbing, garter stitch to garter stitch, weaving to bound off edges (e.g., shoulders), vertical-to-horizontal (e.g., sleeve-to-armhole) and making sloped shoulders with short rows and three needle bind off.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: Students must be proficient at casting on (long tail preferred), Knitting, Purling, and basic decreases (K2 tog, SSK, etc).
STUDENTS BRING: Worsted weight wool or wool blend yarn in light color (no dark colors), size 7 straight needles (or 24" circular) and DPN's, small scissors, locking stitch markers and waste yarn.
HOMEWORK: Several swatches to be completed prior to class in order to do seaming exercises as follows:
Swatches 1-10: Using worsted weight yarn and US size 7 needles, work 10 swatches of stockinette stitch – Cast on 16 sts and work 20 rows. Bind off 8 of the swatches. Leave live stitches on waste yarn or stitch holders on the last 2 swatches leaving at least 4-foot tails for working yarn.
Swatches 11-12: Using worsted weight yarn and US size 7 needles, work 2 swatches of 1 x 1 ribbing with odd number of stitches. Cast on 17 Sts & work 20 rows – begin & end ribbing with a knit stitch in the right side rows. Bind off in ribbing.
Swatches 13 & 14: Using worsted weight yarn and US size 7 needles, work 2 swatches in 1 x 1 ribbing with an even number of stitches. Cast on 18 Sts & work 20 rows. On the right side rows, place 2 knit Sts on one end and 1 knit St on the other end. Bind off in ribbing.
Swatches 15 & 16: Using worsted weight yarn and US size 7 needles, work 2 swatches in 2 x 2 ribbing – set up your ribbing for a multiple of 4 plus2 Sts. Cast on 18 Sts and work 20 rows, placing 2 knit sts on each end of the right side rows. Bind off in ribbing.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: Teaching and knitting are passions for Harry. In 2010, he retired from being a university professor to pursue knitting fulltime, including teaching a myriad of classes at knitting conferences and fiber festivals. His extensive experience in classroom presentation and course preparation makes for an organized learning experience. Harry enjoys designing knitwear for both men and women, with an aesthetic that emphasizes texture and linear flow. His designs have been published in knitting magazines and can be found at: www.ravelry.com/designers/harry-wells.
Spinning for Lace
Michael Kelson15 students
Saturday, June 30, 9am-12pm
COST: $55 plus materials fee: $15 includes fiber used in class
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Would you like to use your handspun yarn with your next lace project? With lace yarns one size does not fit all. Lace can be tightly spun worsted, softly spun woolen, or anywhere in between, and with a little experimentation and thoughtfully choosing your fiber and preparation, it's possible to spin the perfect lace yarn for your next project. This class will explore techniques for successfully spinning lace yarns, including what makes a good lace yarn, basic wheel adjustments, diameter control, spinning consistent singles, evaluating twist in your singles, and techniques for plying and finishing. We'll also discuss spinning lace yarns from luxury fibers like cashmere, yak, and other short-stapled fibers (camelids) and practice with a variety of different fibers and preparations. Students will learn how micron count, staple length, crimp structure and fiber prep might influence your spinning choices.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: Students must already have the ability to produce a consistent single and have some experience plying and finishing yarn. It is helpful to have a good working relationship with your wheel.
STUDENTS BRING: Spinning wheel in good working condition with extra bobbins and lazy-kate. Bring any tools you might like to use (handcards, mini-combs, etc.) and any fiber you would like to practice with.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: Michael is the coordinator of the annual "Men's Fall Knitting Retreat" and the "Seattle Men Who Knit" meet-up. He is passionate about sharing his love for spinning with beginning students. By day, Michael is a software professional, but on weekends he's usually out and about with his mini-Spinner in tow.
Wedge Shawl Design
JC Briar24students
Saturday, June 30, 9am-12pm
COST: $55 materials fee: none, handouts and graph paper are provided
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Stunning shawls are often formed of lace "wedges," sections that gradually grow wider as the knitting progresses. Triangular shawls formed of 2 "wedges" are a familiar option, but shawls of 3 or more wedges are also possible, and often sit more securely on the wearer's shoulders. Take this class to learn how to design a wedge shawl of your own. Choose from a selection of lace wedges, or learn to tweak your favorite lace pattern into a wedge shawl shape. Choose your edgings and a "divider" to appear between the wedges. By the end of class you will be well on your way to a new unique shawl. SKILLS REQUIRED: experience knitting lace and reading charts
STUDENTS BRING: Fingering weight, DK weight, or lace weight yarn for starting a shawl project (please do not select lace weight if you have never used it before!), needles of a size appropriate for your yarn, clip-on stitch markers, a small scrap of contrast color yarn, crochet hook and pencil and eraser. Graph paper will be provided. Optional: stitch dictionaries.
HOMEWORK: none
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: A self-confessed "technique freak" and "skill junkie," JC dabbles in all kinds of knitting, but has a special fondness for textured knitting and novel construction techniques. If it involves lace, cables or seamless construction, it's sure to catch her eye. JC shares her enthusiasm by teaching at shops, online at Craftsy, and through her book, Charts Made Simple. Regardless of the topic, she aims to build confidence by expressing concepts clearly and concisely and by presenting skills and ideas in a digestible progression. Her latest venture is Stitch-Maps.com, a website for viewing and creating grid-free charts of unparalleled fluidity, authenticity and beauty.
All Steamed Up!
Debbie Ellis12 students
Saturday, June 30, 9am-12pm and 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $100 plus materials fee: $25 includes dye pan, fibers, mask and gloves to keep and 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 or other projects.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: All levels welcome.
STUDENTS BRING: old clothes to wear during class (or an apron), closedtoed shoes and water for your own hydration; notebook is optional.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: See All Steamed Up! in Friday's all-day class listing for bio.

SATURDAY, JUNE 30, ALL-DAY CLASSES

Beginning Rigid Heddle
Diane McKinnon12 students
Saturday, June 30, 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.
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.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: all levels from beginning to advanced
STUDENTS BRING: Rigid Heddle loom that is ASSEMBLED and ready to put the warp on in class. If you have any questions, please contact me to discuss it. Also bring all extra equipment that came with the loom, shuttle (instructor will bring extras), scissors, tape measure, pen/pencil. NO Harrisville Easy Weaver looms please.
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 and 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 she 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.
Designing Noro-Style Yarns
Gwen Powell15 students
Saturday, June 30, 9am-12pm and 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $100 plus materials fee: $15 includes clean unprocessed wool in natural color for base and various fibers to add interest to the blends
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Noro-style yarns are more popular than ever. If you are not familiar with them, they are specialty yarns that have colorways with extremely long color repeats. Noro-style yarns come in many fibers and colorways, but the styles and colors you want might not be available and they are expensive. In this workshop you will learn to design and prepare fiber into a roving that is ready to spin to create a Noro-style yarn of your own. Drum carders and blending boards will be provided for use in class to prepare the fiber
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: No experience necessary but the class is designed for hand spinners. Knowledge of fiber preparation and blending board are very useful for this class.
STUDENTS BRING: 8 ounces of mixed fiber and colors of student's choice for creating their colorway. At least 3 colors that may, or may not, coordinate. Flick or hand cards if you have them and scissors. If you have a blending board please bring it, but blending boards will also be provided. Optional: any clean fibers or bits of yarn that the student wishes to incorporate into the fiber preparation, bags and labels for identifying your blends and techniques and note-taking materials.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: Gwen Powell achieved the HGA Certificate in Handspinning Master in 1991. Gwen began teaching basketry at age 10 and other fiber arts she picked up along the way. Currently she teaches young children and adults all the fiber arts in her home studio and at conferences. Working with Henry Clemes, together they reinvented the carding board into a safe and useful tool for fiber preparation. Gwen is occasionally published in Spin•Off magazine and is the author of the new book Blending Board Basics and Beyond.
Double-Faced Tablet Weaving
Marilyn Romatka18 students
Saturday, June 30, 9am-12pm and 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $100 plus materials fee: $20 includes deck of 24 tablets, all warps and wefts, (plus an additional warp to take home), and handout and use of loom and shuttle
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Want to learn to weave, but have no extra room for a loom in the den? Weave with a deck of cards! Just when you think there couldn't be another technique you can achieve with card weaving — along comes Double-Face. Even if you already tablet weave with other techniques, this class offers endless variations and possibilities. And the best part is we will learn the "speed warping" method! This is a fun and low stress class.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: no experience "required" however, you will have an easier time if you have had one of Marilyn's Card Weaving classes
STUDENTS BRING: sharp scissors and two 2 -liter bottles (to fill with water) to use as weights for the warp
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: Marilyn Romatka began her professional life in bio-chemistry, but life side-tracked her. Later when the family bought a pack Llama that gave bags of fleece, Marilyn found her second passion. She was started down the "Yellow-Brick-Road" into weaving and folk art. Marilyn's science background gives her a clear, sequential teaching style and her passion for fiber arts gives her classes Zing! Students in her class learn in a relaxed atmosphere. Marilyn has written Creative Crafts of the World, a book of crafts to teach groups of kids — from scouts to homeschoolers to grandkids! A select few of her classes are streaming and available as DVDs on www.taprootvideo.com.
Eco/Botanical Printing
Tash Wesp20 students
Saturday, June 30, 9am-12pm and 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $100 plus materials fee: $25 includes natural dye extracts, indigo vat, tannin reactions, 1 silk scarf and 1 wool/silk scarf and leaves for use in class
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Learn the wonderful technique of transferring the dye from a leaf onto a piece of fabric. Learn the right mordant for the right fabric to extract the dye of the plant, use cotton, silk, and wool to print on. Learn to lay out the design with leaves, how to bundle them and steam and enjoy the results. Experiment with the wonders of nature to create art with this very fun technique that is all the rage! Eco Printing!
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: beginner to advanced
STUDENTS BRING: Collect leaves of maples, oak, sumac, smoke bush, and eucalyptus or any leaves and leaf shape you want to try. Apron, cotton t-shirts, silk scarves or wool/silk scarves from Dharma trading, teaspoon, tablespoon, 3 old cotton sheets (find in thrift store), string that will not break, heavy-duty plastic bags, plastic container/small bucket, scissors, 3 old towels, notebook and pen.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: See Felt Hat in Friday's all-day class listing for bio.
Felted Slippers
Flora Carlile-Kovacs15 students
Saturday, June 30, 9am-12pm and 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $100 plus materials fee: $15 includes 5 oz wool — dyed and natural, various kinds of wool
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Making a pair of slippers is a great opportunity to learn how to make a 3D object starting with a 2D resist pattern. In this workshop participants will develop confidence in planning a project, estimating shrinkage and enlarging the pattern. You will learn about the different qualities of different types of sheep's wool and how to choose and mix the right wools to get a strongly felted durable pair of slippers.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: beginner to advance
STUDENTS BRING: 3' x 3' bubble wrap or rubber rug mat (needs small holes), 3' x3' cotton sheet (old cloth), sprinkler if you have one to wet the felt, one olive oil soap bar in a container, small bowl for water, 2 hand towels, waterproof apron sharp and pointy scissors, tape measure, ruler, notebook, pen/pencil, comfortable shoes
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: The award-winner of several wearable art shows, Flora Carlile-Kovacs is a professional felt artist born in Szeged, Hungary, now living and working in Seattle, Washington. In her work she incorporates two bodies of knowledge: the nomadic traditions and the urban, modern style of feltmaking. Coming from the European tradition of craftsmanship and quality, Flora is constantly experimenting with ways to improve not only the visual artistic aspect of her work, but also its physical integrity as a functional object appropriate for everyday use.
The "You Asked for It" Felted Vest Class
Loyce Ericson15 students
Saturday, June 30, 9am-12pm and 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $100 plus materials fee: $50 includes approx 4 oz. wool, 1+ yards of fabric, locks, yarn, personalized pattern, paper handouts, misc bits of silk and yarns.
CLASS DESCRIPTION: You asked me for a one-piece felted vest class so here it is! You go home with a wearable although damp vest. To do this I will demo making a pattern from an undershirt then enlarging the pattern to make a resist for your vest. You will make your vest from your copy of my pre-made patterns. Now the best part — your choice of wool colors and fabrics from my bags of bits and fancies; add water and felting magic and you've got "the vest you asked me to help you make!"
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: Prior wet felting experience strongly recommended, also upper body health (hands, wrists and shoulders) strongly recommended.
STUDENTS BRING: Sharp scissors, measuring tape, two Sharpies™ in different colors, and color inspiration (can be piece of clothing, magazines, photos, etc.) I also will have some to share.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: See Round and Round the Felt Goes: Treasure Boxes and Vessels in Friday's morning class listing for bio.

SATURDAY, JUNE 30, AFTERNOON CLASSES

Beginning Brioche
JC Briar25 students
Saturday, June 30, 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $55 materials fee: none, handouts are provided
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Brioche knitting creates cushy fabric suitable for comfy garments and all sorts of cozy accessories. Done in two colors, it creates vertical stripes, even though only one color is used at a time. Take this class to learn all the basics: creating brioche rib in one or two colors; maintaining tidy selvedges; fixing mistakes; working pretty increases and decreases; and casting on and binding off effectively. You'll practice by knitting a small sample in class, but take away the skills needed to complete a lovely patterned scarf.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: basic knitting experience
STUDENTS BRING: Smooth, plain, worsted-weight yarn in two solid colors; one circular needle or a pair of double points (not straight needles) size US 6 (4mm) needles; crochet hook roughly size G.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: See Wedge Shawl Design in Saturday's morning class listing for bio.
Combing and Carding for Spinning Success
Shelia January15 students
Saturday, June 30, 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $55 plus materials fee: $10 includes fiber to be used in workshop
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Do you wonder if you need hand carders, combs or both? Do you have hand carders, and/or combs that you wish you knew how to use or want to be more comfortable using? We'll look at the various types of both as well as the types of fibers that work well with each. We'll also look at color blending on hand cards, a blending board and combs.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: Students must be able spin a consistent singles yarn.
STUDENTS BRING: hand carders or combs (a limited number will be available for use in class) and a spindle or wheel for sampling if time allows.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: See Beginning Spinning: The Magic of Adding Twist in Friday's all-day class listing for bio.
Finishing Techniques for Knitted Garments II: Button Bands, Button Holes and Zippers
Harry Wells15 students
Saturday, June 30, 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $55 plus materials fee $3 handouts
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Finishing means many things in knitting, and doing it well is essential for an attractive garment. In this workshop participants will learn how to create several different types of button bands and button holes, (both embedded and on the edges), and how to sew a zipper into a knitted garment.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: Advance beginner, intermediate and above. Students must be proficient at casting on (long tail preferred), and working knit, purl, K2 tog and SSK without assistance. Knitting exercises in class will require persons to work these stitches with competence. Participants should have knitted several smaller items (hats, scarves, fingerless mitts) and at least one garment.
STUDENTS BRING: Worsted weight wool or wool blend yarn in light color (no dark colors), size 7 straight needles (or 24" circular) and DPN's, small scissors, locking stitch markers, and waste yarn, t-pins or pearlized head straight pins, sewing needle, nylon thread that matches zipper color, and a separating 6" zipper.
HOMEWORK: Several swatches to be completed prior to class in order to do zipper exercises as follows:
Swatches 1-3: Using worsted weight yarn and US size 7 needles, work 3 stockinette stitch swatches - cast on 16 sts and work 30 rows for each swatch.
Swatches 4: Using worsted weight yarn and US size 7 needles, work one garter stitch swatch – cast on 16 sts and work 30 rows, and bind off.
Swatches 5 & 6: Using worsted weight yarn and US size 7 needles, work 2 stockinette swatches – cast on 20 sts and work 6 inches, and bind off.
Swatches 7 & 8: Using worsted weight yarn and US size 7 needles, work 2 stockinette swatches – cast on 14 sts, work 10 rows and place live stitches on waste yarn or stitch holder. Leave 10-foot tails for working yarn.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: See Finishing Techniques for Knitted Garments I in Saturday's morning class listing for bio.
Perfect Your Plying
Judie Overbeek15 students
Saturday, June 30, 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $55 plus materials fee: $12 includes fiber and handouts
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Spinners spend a lot of time and effort creating lovely singles, but often throw them together into quickly plied yarns which don't have the desired structure or consistency. For years I thought that plying was more of a "foot race" than a process, and my plied yarns were a disappointment. With proper plying techniques you'll make structurally sound and beautiful yarns over and over again. These yarns will hold up well to abrasion and be easy to knit or weave. Plying is also the foundation skill for making novelty yarns. In this class we will work with worsted-spun singles to make 2-ply and 3-ply yarns as well as cabled, Navajo-plies (chain ply) yarns and if time permits, uneven plies.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: Intermediate, because this is a technique class, it will open up many new areas to you in your pursuit of spinning, which will be challenging and exciting.
STUDENTS BRING: Spinning wheel you are familiar with in GOOD working order, four usable bobbins, tensioned lazy-kate, niddynoddy or ball winder, notebook and pencil, wheel maintenance kit (could include lubricant, spare drive band, screwdriver, and cloth). If you borrow a wheel, make sure to give it a trial run before you bring it to class.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: See Shibori in Friday's all-day class listing for bio.
Three Glorious Downs: Camel, Yak and Cashmere
Judith MacKenzie18 students
Saturday, June 30, 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $55 plus materials fee: $20 includes yak, camel and cashmere fiber and handouts
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Yaks from the wilds of Tibet, camels from the great Gobi desert, and goats from Mongolia! These animals all produce rare and wonderful fibers and, amazingly, they all can be found here in America! In this class we'll learn how to prepare these fibers for spinning and what spinning techniques work best for them. We'll also learn how to extend these precious fibers by making blends with a variety of fibers.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: must be able to spin a continuous yarn
STUDENTS BRING: Students should 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, hand carders and combs (mini and regular if you have them), flicker, or dog brush.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: See Using Your Stash in Friday's all day 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.