Black Sheep Gathering


Friday, June 24, 2022
9am - 2pm

The 2022 Sheep-to-Shawl will take place in Hall C in the northeast corner of the Willamette Event Center. Equipment can be unloaded, and entrants can arrive, through the rear of the Willamette Event Center building.

Janet Potter will make announcements, demonstrate, and explain the competition to the public. The team areas will be marked.

The judging will be at 2pm sharp. Ribbons will be awarded directly afterwards. We would like very much to have the shawls on display in the Fiber Arts Competition when they are completed. You are invited to the annual potluck dinner that begins around 5:30pm Saturday. If you are available after the potluck, plan to model your shawl at the Spinners’ Lead event held in the animal show ring at 8pm.


Process: Woven shawl.

Team: Six members: one weaver, five spinners.

Size: The shawl must be at least 1440 square inches. (This is equal to approximately 20" x 72" long, minus any fringe.If it is narrower it must be longer, wider if it is shorter). It may be larger. Any shawl not meeting this requirement will not be disqualified but will lose substantial points.

Fiber: The Shawl has to be at least 90% wool and 25% of the wool has to be natural colored, other than white. The remaining 10%, by weight, of the shawl may be other fibers, in either the warp or weft. Except for the 25% natural colored wool, all of the fiber used MAY be dyed. Weft fiber may be cleaned and ready to card/comb and spin.

Yarn: All yarn used is to be handspun and plied. This will aid with demonstrations and in the look and feel of a “fresh” shawl (one that has not been washed yet). The weft yarns are carded, combed, or flicked and spun during the competition.

Equipment: Loom-warped and tied only. Use only 4-harnesses or less. Tie-up is at the discretion of the weaver. One drum carder, handcards, wool combs, flick cards, spinning wheels, and bobbin winders are allowed. Teams may bring a light as the only electrical equipment allowed.

Presentation Board: Please create a poster-sized board describing your design process, including weaving structure and samples of your fibers, for display at the event. Share any information helpful for onlookers to understand the making of cloth, in general, and your shawl, in particular.

Good luck and have fun!

Entry deadline is June 1, 2022.

Sheep-to-Shawl Entry Form

   Email form and/or questions to:
Mail to:
Rolly Thompson
Sheep-to-Shawl 2022
PO Box 50904
Eugene, OR 97405


Judge: Jacob Reister
Reister Farms
Washougal, Washington

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


Judge: Bonnie Pember Naumann
Bandera, Texas

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


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

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


Judge: Melissa Harris
Lake City California

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