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.


Friday, June 23, 2017
9am - 2pm

Due to the change in venue for Black sheep Gathering, we will be able to accept as many as six teams this year.

Celeste Percy will make announcements, demonstrate and explain the competition to the public. The team areas will be marked. You will also receive a wristband that will allow you to have snacks and beverages in the building during the contest.

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’re available after the potluck, plan to model your shawl at the Spinner’s Lead event held in the animal show ring at 8pm.


Process: Woven shawl.

Size: The shawl must be at least 1440 square inches. (This is equal to approximately 20" x 72" long, minus any fringe.) It may be larger.

Fiber: The shawl has to be at least 90% wool and 25% of the wool has to be natural colored, in keeping with the mission statement of the Black Sheep Gathering. The remainder of the shawl should be wool with the exception that 10% (by weight) of the fiber may be other than wool, mixed in either the warp or the weft. Except for the 25% natural colored wool, all of the fiber used MAY be dyed. Fiber may be cleaned and ready to card and spin. Do not process your fiber to be spun at the event beyond cleaning it.

Yarns: All yarn used is to be 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 and spun during the competition.

Team: Six members: one weaver, five spinners.

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

Please supply Celeste with samples of the fibers going into your shawl so she can describe the process to onlookers. Good luck and have fun!

The entry deadline is June 1, 2017. For more information contact:
    Celeste Percy
    3628 Wilshire Lane
    Eugene, OR 97405


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.