Black Sheep Gathering
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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


Beginning Spindle Spinning
Sultana Charania20 students
Saturday June 24, 9am-12pm
COST: $55 plus materials fee: $25 includes basic spindle, fiber and handouts that can be used as a reference guide
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: some experience recommended but not required
STUDENTS BRING: a drop spindle if you have one
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Here is your chance to learn how to spin beautiful, squishy, lofty yarns on a spindle. In this class we will explore how to start spinning on a spindle, manage the fiber supply and learn how to spin a yarn. We will end with a variation on Andean Plying. Each student will leave class with a finished mini skein of their own handspun yarn.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: My name is Sultana; I have been knitting for over 40 years and spinning for over 15 years. I am the proud owner of only 5 wheels but over 75 spindles. Spindle spinning has always had a strong hold on me. I love how affordable and portable spindle spinning is. I am always surprised at how much yarn can be produced while spindle spinning through daily activities. I enjoy sharing my spinning and knitting experience with students throughout the Pacific Northwest.
Fat Ones, Skinny Ones — Diameter Control in Spinning
Judie Overbeek20 students
Saturday, June 24, 9am-12pm
COST: $55 plus materials fee: $7 includes all fiber to be spun in workshop and organizer
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: Intermediate — able to draft a consis- tent singles with a worsted draw.
STUDENTS BRING: A spinning wheel in good working order and preferably one you are familiar with — if you have a Woolee Winder — please bring a standard flyer as well, at least 3 or 4 empty bobbins. Wheel maintenance kit (could include lubricant, spare drive band, spare leader material, cloth for oil drips and a screwdriver).
CLASS DESCRIPTION: From the finest lace-weight yarn to lovely bulky yarn and everything in between, you can create them all on your spinning wheel. It doesn't matter so much what wheel you have. It matters greatly how you adjust the wheel. This is a very focused topic, but one which will set you free from whatever your "default" yarn might be. Think how wonderful it will be to have so much control that you can create a full range of yarn diameters just by adjusting the knobs and pulleys on your wheel. Once you get the hang of it you can make any yarn for any purpose.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: See Shibori in Friday's all-day listing.
How to Setup a Grazing System and Grow Good Pastures
Woody Lane30 students
Saturday, June 24, 9am-1pm
COST: $65 plus materials fee: $9 for a packet of handouts
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: all skill levels
STUDENTS BRING: Soil tests if you have them, simple (hand drawn) map of your farm, pencil and paper for note taking
CLASS DESCRIPTION: This is a very practical workshop on how to setup good pastures for your sheep and goats. We'll cover the principles of good grazing, especially sustainable intensive grazing: when to open the gate, when to move the animals off the pasture and how many animals a pasture can support. We'll discuss different types of forages and how to identify them, choosing the best forages for your place, how to renovate and improve your pastures, use fences, place water and minerals, etc. Also, some useful basics about soil fertility: what those fertilizer numbers mean, and when to use fertilizers and lime. We will also include time for discussion about your farm.
NOTE FROM THE INSTRUCTOR: Soil pH (by itself) is not enough information for pasture management. A good soil test report includes values for at least phosphorus, potassium, magnesium, calcium, pH, organic matter, and cation exchange capacity (CEC). Most standard reports include these things. Commercial laboratories offer packages (ranging from $12 to around $30) that include all of them plus other things like "buffer index" which helps us decide how to properly change the pH. The Extension Service publishes lists of soil testing labs.
Please Note: even if you don't bring your own soil test reports, other folks in the workshop probably will. As long as we have one or more in the workshop, we can still review them, so you can learn about the recommended numbers. INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: Woody Lane is a nationally known livestock nutritionist and forage specialist from Roseburg, Oregon. He teaches courses in forages and livestock nutrition to ranchers in the area, facilitates three forage study groups for farmers and writes a popular monthly column "From the Feed Trough" for The Shepherd magazine. A popular speaker across the United States and Canada, Woody wrote the book, From the Feed Trough: Essays and Insights on Livestock Nutrition in a Complex World (reviewed in this issue), and is the current president of the Oregon Forage and Grassland Council. Woody earned his PhD from Cornell University and in the 1980s was the Sheep Extension Specialist for the University of Wisconsin.
Intro to Stranded Colorwork
Janel Laidman24 students
Saturday, June 24, 9am-12pm
COST: $55 plus materials fee: none
STUDENTS BRING: Four contrasting colors of the same type of wool yarn in worsted weight. Shetland or other 100% wool is best. Yarns should be the same brand, same size. Both dpns and circular needles in a size appropriate for the yarn (US 6-9 depending on your yarn weight and knitting tension).
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Color brings a whole new level of beautiful to your knitting. If you can make a knit stitch, you can do stranded colorwork. We will learn how to hold the yarns in the left hand, in the right hand and in both hands so you can find the optimal method for you to create these beautiful knits. We will discuss tricks for keeping your tension even, how to go around pesky corners, double pointed needles versus circular needles and how to choose yarns and color for stranded colorwork projects.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: Janel Laidman learned to knit while an ex- change student in Denmark, where she observed that all Danish girls seemed to be able to knit socks and learn physics at the same time. Wanting to be just as 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.
Production Spinning and Plying
Shelia January15 students
Saturday, June 24, 9am-12pm
COST: $55 plus materials fee: $15 includes all fiber to be used in class, the sheets for samples and notes and a short handout
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: able to spin a consistent singles yarn STUDENTS BRING: A spinning wheel in good working order. If you have a Woolee Winder, please bring a standard flyer as well, at least 3-4 empty bobbins, a lazy-kate, a lap cloth if you have one, and your standard spinning tool kit.
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Do you want to spin faster with greater efficiency and productivity? This class will help you to improve your output with specific techniques and wheel adjustments. The goal will be to produce strong, balanced sport or worsted weight yarn more quickly than you currently can.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: See Ooh Shiny! Spinning Silk in Friday's morning listing.


All Steamed Up! A Dyeing Art
Debbie Ellis12 students
Saturday, June 24, 9am-12pm and 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $100 plus materials fee: $20 includes dye pan, fibers, mask, gloves (students get to keep), as well as use of dyes, brushes, and kettles
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: All levels welcome. This is an introductory 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: See All Steamed Up! A Dyeing Art in Friday's all day listing.
Cowichan Pullover
Beth Brown-Reinsel24 Students
Saturday, June 24, 9am-12pm and 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $100 plus materials fee: $3 includes 25-page handout plus charts
SKILLS REQUIRED: Intermediate knitter: must be comfortable using DPN's, Magic Loop, or 2 circular needles and reading charts.
STUDENTS BRING: Main color (A): 2oz smooth-textured WORSTED weight yarn (preferably wool); 2 Contrast Colors (B and C): 2 oz. each smooth-textured WORSTED weight yarn (preferably wool); size US 6 or 7 (4.0mm or 4.5mm) double pointed needles. (If you prefer you may use the Magic Loop or 2 circular needles when working the sleeves in the round.) OR Main Color (A): 3oz smooth-textured Bulky weight yarn (preferably wool) and 2 Contrast Colors (B and C): 2oz each smooth-textured Bulky weight yarn (preferably wool); size 10 or 10 1/2 (6.0mm to 6.5mm) double pointed needles. (If you prefer you may use the Magic Loop or 2 circular needles when working the sleeves in the round.) Notions: stitch markers, stitch holders, scissors, tapestry needle and sticky notes or magnetic board to keep place on charts. Note about yarns: This garment was traditionally made in natural colors (creams, light and dark browns and light and dark grays) with bulky singles yarn. While you are welcome to use other yarns, I suggest Brown Sheep Lamb's Pride worsted or bulky for the closest approximation to the original.
CLASS DESCRIPTION: On Vancouver Island in British Columbia, the Coast Salish people developed this V-necked, shawl-collared garment after learning of knitting through Europeans who had visited the area. The Salish preferred motifs that reflected the natural world (whales, birds, etc.) as well as geometric motifs. The sweaters, still handspun by some people, are knitted on double point needles with thick singles yarns in 2 or 3 colors. This class will cover stranding and weaving with colors (on the right) reading a chart, putting stripes in ribbing (without color distor- tion), a traditional shoulder join, creating a shawl collar shaped with short rows, and knitting sleeves from the top down while shaping the sleeve cap. This sampler can be made in worsted weight or bulky yarn.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: See Aran Mittens: An Exercise in Cables in Friday's all-day listing.
Creating Complex Color Roving for Designer Yarns
Gwen Powell15 students
Saturday, June 24, 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
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: No experience necessary but the class is designed for hand spinners; knowledge of fiber preparation 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 they have them and scissors. If you have a blending board, please bring it, but blending boards will be provided. Also bring bags and labels to identify your blends and techniques and note- taking materials. Optional: any clean fibers or bits of yarn that the student wishes to incorporate into the fiber preparation.
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Noro style yarns are more popular than ever. If you are not familiar with them, they are specialty yarns with colorways that have extremely long color repeats. Noro 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
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: Gwen Powell achieved the HGA Certificate in Handspinning Master in 1991. Gwen began teaching basketry at age ten and all 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 re-invented the carding board into a safe and useful tool for fiber preparation. Gwen is occasionally published in Spin•Off and the author of the new book Blending Board Basics and Beyond.
Diagonal Double Turn: Card Weaving that Knows All the Angles
Marilyn Romatka24 students
Saturday, June 24, 9am-12pm and 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $100 plus materials fee: $29 includes deck of 24 tablets, all warps and wefts, (plus an additional warp to take home), wooden shuttle and handout, as well as the use of loom and individual tablet weights
LEVEL OF STUDENT EXPERIENCE REQUIRED: No experience "required"; however, you will have an easier time if you have had one of Marilyn's Card Weaving classes.
STUDENTS BRING: wire snips, jewelry pliers — flat nosed and needle nose (round tips)
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Want to learn to weave, but have no extra room for a loom us. We will use the most interesting of the card- weaving techniques Diagonal Double Turn. Even if you already tablet weave, this technique offers endless variation possibilities. And the best part is we will learn the "speed warping" method! We will weave the band in class, and send students home with a second warp to continue the fun at home. This is a low stress and fun class.
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 children of all ages.
Organic Indigo: Easy as 1 2 3
Linda Hartshorn12 students
Saturday, June 24, 9am-12pm and 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $100 plus materials fee: $24 includes dye vat ingredi- ents, wool yarn, quart jar, workshop notebook
STUDENTS BRING: Wear old clothes or apron, gloves, scissors, black Sharpie™ marker and one UNDYED skein of natural fiber yarn — 4oz maximum, to dye as time permits.
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Discover the Organic Indigo Vat, a way of Indigo dyeing that uses fruits and other natural substances to dye beautiful blues. Developed by Michel Garcia, this method works faster than fermentation and does not require the use of chemi- cals. In this class we will create several different vats and dye fabric samples and wool yarns. Learn how to replenish and keep an indigo vat going. Create a mini vat in a jar to take home with you!
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: Linda Hartshorn is a weaver and dyer known for unique dyework and lively use of color in her handwoven textiles. Linda has been teaching for 15 years. She recently opened Lost Coast Weaving Studio in the mountains of Northern California, where she holds classes and creates her own work. Linda enjoys traveling to teach workshops all over the country with her dye pots and looms. She is a recipient of the Victor Thomas Jacoby Award for spinners, weavers, and dyers.
The "You Asked For It" Felted Vest Class
Loyce Ericson15 students
Saturday, June 24, 9am-12pm and 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $100 plus materials fee: $40 includes approx 4 oz wool, 1+ yard of fabric, locks, yarn, personalized pattern, paper handouts and miscellaneous bits of silk and yarns
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, 2 Sharpie™ pens
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 and 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!"
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: Loyce worked for 20 years in high tech as a mechanical designer and then she took a personal and profes- sional 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.


Cables — Lovely Twists and Turns
Harry Wells15 Students
Saturday, June 24, 1:30pm-4:30pm
COST: $55 plus materials fee: $3 for handouts
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 yarn and needles (straight or 24" circulars) the size you usually use to knit worsted weight yarn, cable needle and locking stitch markers.
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Cables and Twists make some of the most stunning visual effects in knitting. Learn the basic cable and twist stitches, which will allow you to create visual effects of twisting, turning, honeycomb, braiding and the like. We will compare different cabling effects, both twists and "running" lines, and how to achieve them, making several cable and twist stitch swatches in class and how that changes effect.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: Harry Wells has been a handwork enthusiast from age 6 when his mother taught him embroidery. He learned knitting at age eight from a Childcraft book. Harry has been a handspinner for over 20 years and an adult knitter for about 15 years. Harry has taught his entire professional life; in higher education for 21 years, and then retiring early to pursue a fulltime career in knitting. He has been the manager of Northcoast Knittery in Eureka California since 2010 and has published patterns in knitting magazines, online and for Northcoast Knittery.
Fancy Shining Threads: Making your Yarn Sparkle
Laurie Weinsoft15 students
Saturday, June 24, 1:30pm-4:30pm
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: must be able to spin a continuous thread STUDENTS BRING: Students need to bring a spinning wheel in good working order with three or four bobbins and one bobbin full of handspun singles ready for plying.
CLASS DESCRIPTION: In this class we will design yarns using many unusual threads, beads, sequins and more. Using our spinning wheels and plying techniques, we will experiment making those wonderful, one-of-a-kind yarns. Plenty of sparkling materials, feathers, beads and fibers will be provided for your exploration. Students are welcome to bring along any additional items to add to your yarns.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: See Beginning Spinning: I Really Want to Spin Straw into Gold in Friday's all-day listing.
Spinning and Blending Camelids
Sultana Charania20 students
Saturday, June 24, 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $55 plus materials fee: $25 includes all fibers
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: must be able to spin a continuous thread STUDENTS BRING: Drop spindle spinning and/or wheel spinning welcome — for wheel-spinners, bring a working wheel with three bobbins and all its parts. Bring a niddy-noddy, ball- winder, carders and combs if you have them.
CLASS DESCRIPTION: In this class we will experiment spinning camelid fibers and blending the camelid fibers with other fibers. We will explore the different ways that we can use these fibers to best show off their unique qualities.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: See Beginning Spindle in Saturday's morning listing.
Spinning Bumps and Bubbles: The Fabulous Boucles
Judie Overbeek20 students
Saturday, June 24, 1:30pm-4:30pm
COST: $55 plus materials fee: $10 includes fiber and handouts SKILLS REQUIRED: Intermediate — able to spin a consistent singles and do basic plying.
STUDENTS BRING: Spinning wheel you are familiar with in GOOD working order, minimum of three usable bobbins, tensioned Lazy-kate and fine metallic threads if you have some. CLASS DESCRIPTION: Making boucles is wonderful fun and results in an endless variety of bumpy, textured yarns to use in knitting or weaving projects. We will make 3 basic boucles using handspun singles with sewing threads as binder strands.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: See Shibori in Friday's all-day listing.
Spinning the Orenburg Way
Galina Khmeleva20 students
Saturday, June 24, 1:30pm-4:30pm
COST: $55 plus materials fee: $5 includes all fiber to be spun in workshop
STUDENTS BRING: note-taking materials and a kitchen towel
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Come join renowned lace-knitting and handspinning instructor Galina 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 the 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. Russian spindles & bowls will be provided for class use.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: See Fundamentals of Orenburg Knitted Lace in Friday's all day listing.


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.