Black Sheep Gathering


Friday, July 5, 2019
9am - 2pm

The 2019 Sheep-to-Shawl will take place in Hall C in the Northeast corner of the Willamette Event Center. Equipment can be unloaded and entrants arrive through the rear of the Willamette Event Center building.

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, a description of your process including weaving structure in advance or when you arrive for the event. Celeste will describe the process to onlookers. Good luck and have fun!

The entry deadline is June 1, 2019. For more information contact:
    Celeste Percy
    3628 Wilshire Lane
    Eugene, OR 97405


Judge: John Merlau
New Palestine, Indiana

I currently raise both registered Natural Colored and Corriedale sheep on our central Indiana farm, having started with registered Corriedales as a 4-H youth in 1959.Read More.


Judge: Clay Kneese
Harper, Texas

Clay has raised Angora goats since the early ’80s. His fine-haired Angoras have won championships at all the major shows in Texas. Read More.


Wool , Mohair and Alpaca 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. Read More.


Judge: Michael Kelson
Seattle, Washington

Michael Kelson started his fiber-arts journey when he learned to knit over 12 years ago. Read More.