Black Sheep Gathering

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Friday Classes

    MORNING
  • Brioche Wristers – JC Briar
  • Felted Cat Cave – Loyce Ericson
  • Mosaic Knitting: Colorwork the Easy Way – Harry Wells
  • Navajo Style Spindling – Christine Thomas-Flitcroft
  • Beginning Spinning: The Magic of Adding Twist – Shelia January
    ALL-DAY
  • Beginning Rigid Heddle – Diane McKinnon
  • Dye Your Own Fiber – Allison Harding
  • Exploring the Drum Carder – Henry and Roy Clemes
  • CANCELLED Frac! That! – Fractal Spinning for Fun – Linda Hansen
  • How to Make an Art (Spirit) Doll – Patti Barker
  • Organic Indigo – Linda Hartshorn
  • Using Your Stash – Judith MacKenzie
    AFTERNOON
  • Felted Fingerless Gloves – Loyce Ericson
  • Next Steps in Brioche – JC Briar
  • Oops! Fixing Common Mistakes/Learning How to Read your
  • Knitting – Harry Wells
  • Spinning the Orenburg Way – Galina A. Khmeleva

Saturday Classes

    MORNING
  • Black Sheep Gathering: Fleece in Your Hands – Judith MacKenzie
  • Felted Sheep: Basic Sculptural Needle Felting – Miranda Rommel
  • Plying with Confidence – Shelia January
  • Shaping with Short Rows – Harry Wells
  • SpinPossible: Tweed Yarns with Silk Inclusions – Michael Kelson
    ALL-DAY
  • Color Theory on the Drum Carder – Henry and Roy Clemes
  • Create Your Own Dye Recipe Book – Day 1 of 2 – Terry Mattison
  • Dye Your Own Yarn – Allison Harding
  • Felted Ruffled Scarf – Flora Carlile-Kovacs
  • Indigo Shibori – Linda Hartshorn
  • CANCELLED Navajo Hand Spinning – Sarah H. Natani and Tahnibaa Naataanii
  • Rigid Heddle Loom: Advanced Techniques – Diane McKinnon
    AFTERNOON
  • Advanced Twists on Twists: Reversible, Multi-color, Two Colored
  • and Textured Cables – Harry Wells
  • Beginning Inkle Loom – Barbara diJeannene
  • Combing and Carding for Spinning Success – Shelia January
  • Shifting Light: Spinning Shade, Tint and Tone – Judith MacKenzie
  • SpinPossible: Loft, Stable Singles – Michael Kelson

Sunday Classes

    MORNING
  • Beginning Rug Hooking – Hook a Flock of Sheep – Judy Taylor
  • CANCELLED Charts Made Essential – JC Briar
  • Embellished Needle Felted Patch or Brooch – Allison Harding
  • Exploring Spinning Techniques on a Turkish Spindle – W. Jenkins
  • Painted Skeins and Warps – Linda Hartshorn
  • Russian Style Continental Knitting – Galina A. Khmeleva
  • Shearing on Your own – Susie Wilson
  • Spinning Angora – Janet Deutmeyer
  • Spinning Cabled Yarns – Judith MacKenzie
    ALL-DAY
  • Create Your Own Dye Recipe Book – Day 2 of 2 – Terry Mattison
  • Felted Sculpted Hat – Flora Carlile-Kovacs
  • Small Gifts Made of Sheepskin – Anette Skoog
    AFTERNOON
  • Coil Wrap Basket – Jill Colbert
  • Lace Basics – JC Briar
  • Nuno Felt Trellis Shawl – Patti Barker
  • Pin Loom Weaving – Hazel Spencer
  • Spinning Long Wools – Janet Deutmeyer
  • SpinPossible: Spinner’s Study – Down Breed Fibers – M. Kelson
  • Spinning Silk Hankies Without Tears – Barbara diJeannene
  • Spinning the Camelids – Alpaca, Llama and Camel – Shelia January

Workshop Descriptions

SUNDAY, JULY 7, MORNING CLASSES

Beginning Rug Hooking – Hook a Flock of Sheep
Judy Taylor20 students
Sunday, July 7, 9am-12pm
COST: $55 plus materials fee: $28 includes kit containing everything needed for class.
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Hooking rugs with yarn is easy, fun, & a great way to use up left-over yarn from other projects. In this class students will learn the basics of rug hooking; including what yarns work best, which backing to use for the project, the care & cleaning of hand hooked rugs, and much more while hooking 4 sheep ornaments suitable for the Christmas tree or refrigerator magnets.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: none
STUDENTS BRING: Should wear long pants as you will be wrapping the backing around your legs; scissors.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: Judy Taylor has been hooking rugs and teaching hooking rugs for nigh on 25 years. Her books; A Joy of Hooking (With Yarn) and Rug Hookers Guide to the YARNIVERSE! both won the eLit Book Awards. Her new rug-hooking book: T-Shirt Treasures is available now. You can find Judy's work on her website www.littlehouserugs.com and her blog judytaylor2013.wordpress.com.
CANCELLED Charts Made Essential
JC Briar20 students
Sunday, July 7, 9am-12pm
COST: $55 materials fee: none – handouts are provided
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Being able to read charts is only half the story. Take this class and learn to write charts: to visualize written instructions, to convert between flat and in-the-round knitting and to plan shaping. Use charts to demystify phrases like "at the same time" "reverse shaping" and "shape in pattern."
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: Ability to read charts.
STUDENTS BRING: Pencil and eraser, graph paper will be provided. Optional: stitch dictionaries.
HOMEWORK: none
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: See Brioche Wristers in Friday morning's class listing for bio.
Embellished Needle Felted Patch or Brooch
Allison Harding20 students
Sunday, July 7, 9am-12pm
COST: $55 plus materials fee: $10 includes high quality wool handout, pin backs and embellishment materials (threads, sequins, beads, etc.) plus use of all equipment and felting tools.
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Learn to needle-felt a lovely leaf (or other shape) with a wire core that you can shape. Embellish with beads and threads, then sew on a pinback to make a one of a kind brooch or use as a patch. Allison will teach you fiber blending, beading and provide a guide for embroidery stitches.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: no experience required
STUDENTS BRING: All materials and equipment provided by instructor.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: See Dye Your Own Fiber in Friday's all-day class listing for bio.
Exploring Spinning Techniques on a Turkish Spindle
Wanda Jenkins12 students
Sunday, July 7, 9am-12pm
COST: $55 plus materials fee: $7 includes wool, cotton and silk thread
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Learn various techniques to broaden your spinning abilities: Ply-on-the-Fly (POF), Stranded Silk spinning, Modified Long Draw and Spinning with Cotton.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: intermediate and up
STUDENTS BRING: Students may bring their own spindles or use Turkish/Cross arm spindles that will be provided for use during the workshop. Bring a container such as a small basket or bag to hold spinning materials.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: Wanda has played with yarn and threads since childhood. She fell down the bottomless spinning hole when a Turkish spindle was placed in her hands just over a decade ago. Lately she has been exploring new possibilities of spinning methods with Turkish spindles.
Painted Skeins and Warps
Linda Hartshorn15 students
Sunday, July 7, 9am-12pm
COST: $55 plus materials fee: $15 includes dyes, brushes and workshop notebook
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Learn to use dyes to paint yarn! If you knit or crochet, painted variegated yarns add lively color to your projects. If you are a weaver, painted warps provide a whole new dimension to your weaving. Handpaint your skeins and/or warps of cotton, rayon, bamboo with fiber reactive dyes; take your yarns home to use in any project you choose.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: open to all
STUDENTS BRING: Three to four skeins of undyed yarn or one to two undyed warps or a combination. Yarns must be cellulose fibers such as rayon, cotton, tencel, bamboo or linen. Wear old clothes or apron; bring gloves, scissors, plastic bags for wet projects and a black Sharpie™ marker.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: See Organic Indigo in Friday's all-day class listing for bio.
Russian Style Continental Knitting
Galina A. Khmeleva15 students
Sunday, July 7, 9am-12pm
COST: $55 plus materials fee: none
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Are you stuck in the past … still throwing your yarn, maybe even experiencing wrist discomfort? Let Galina A. Khmeleva lace knitter extraordinaire, teach you this subtle Russian variation of the classic continental knitting method.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: Knitting experience helpful, should be able to do knit/purl stitch, yarn overs and k2tog
STUDENTS BRING: Fingering or sport-weight, non-textured yarn (no acrylics/cottons) and needle size according to the yarn being used. Note-taking materials (including pencils).
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: See Spinning the Orenburg Way in Friday's afternoon class listing for bio.
Shearing on Your Own
Susie Wilson30 students
Sunday, July 7, 9am-1pm
COST: $65 plus materials fee: $10 includes handouts and more
CLASS DESCRIPTION: This is one of the most popular, ongoing classes (since1994) at BSG and is for the beginning shearer. Susie guides you through the intricacies and practical applications of shearing your own animals. Those with no experience can soon learn to shear a sheep, goat, or Llama after taking this class. You'll learn techniques and shearing patterns using both hand and electric clippers. Susie advises taking this class before buying any clippers (electric or hand clippers).
STUDENTS BRING: nothing
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: Susie and her husband, Dan, own SuDan Farm in Canby, Oregon. She is a shepherd, shearer, fiber artist and an enthusiastic lamb and wool promoter. Susie and Dan are experienced direct marketers and also sell wholesale/retail USDA lamb, wool products galore and their Border Leicester, Coopworth, and Gotland breeding stock throughout the US and Canada.
Spinning Angora
Janet Deutmeyer10 students
Sunday, July 7, 9am-12pm
COST: $55 plus materials fee: $20 includes all fibers used in class
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Have you ever wanted to spin bunny? Now is your chance. We'll cover the different types of Angora and how to prep and spin the fiber. The various uses for this wonderful fluffy fiber will be discussed as well.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: Students must be able to spin a continuous thread.
STUDENTS BRING: Spinning wheel and all its parts – 3 bobbins, lazykate, baggies, labels and note taking materials. Any items you may need to aid in your spinning.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: Janet has been living in the Pacific Northwest for nearly three years. She is a graduate of the Olds Master Spinner Program in Canada and she enjoys sharing the wonders of the fiber world. Janet has been published in Ply magazine and has taught at many fiber festivals.
Spinning Cabled Yarns
Judith MacKenzie18 students
Sunday, July 7, 9am-12pm
COST: $55 plus materials fee: $15 includes dyed fibers used in class
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Cabled yarns are an incredibly useful with a beautiful yarn structure. They are strong and stable, a great choice for making a great sock yarn or a wonderful warp. They are the basis for almost every novelty yarn. Cabled yarns can be made of the very finest cashmere or stainless steel and gold threads. Cabled yarns produce endlessly fascinating color effects, and they can be used to mix incompatible yarns effectively. You could make a different cable for everyday of the year. All this in a simple structure that has only a few simple rules; what could be more fun!
STUDENTS BRING: Students should bring their wheel and all its parts – even the ones you've never used, extra bobbins, a ball winder and a swift if you have them, niddy-noddy, lazy-kate, measuring tape, a variety of knitting needles in the range you like to work with. Bring patterns or pictures of projects that interest you, mini combs, dog brush, or flicker and hand cards if you have them and a notebook and pen.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: See Using Your Stash in Friday's all-day class listing for bio.

SUNDAY, JULY 7, ALL-DAY CLASSES

Create Your Own Dye Recipe Book – Day 2 of 2
Terry Mattison16 students
Sunday, July 7, 9am-12pm and 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $100 plus materials fee: $50 includes dye, dye chemicals, cardstock for samples, flagging for labeling, wool yarn, color blending cups, Ziploc™ bags and notebook
CLASS DESCRIPTION: This is a continuation of Saturday's dye class on building a dye book you can take home with you. Students must have taken day 1 of this class. Take the mystery out of the color wheel and free yourself to dye the color you want by learning a simple system of color blending! Using acid dyes and wool yarns, students will create over 100 samples for their own personal dye book (the more students, the more samples!). Along with a wonderful set of samples, each student will have the recipes and know how to recreate each color on their own.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: beginner
STUDENTS BRING: Apron, gloves, regular Sharpie™ pen (no fat or skinny ones), two one-gallon buckets for soaking yarn and washing samples, scissors
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: See Create Your Own Dye Recipe Book - Day 1 of 2 in Saturday's all-day class listing for bio.
Felted Sculpted Hat
Flora Carlile-Kovacs12 students
Sunday, July 7, 9am-12pm and 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $100 plus materials fee: $12 covers hand-dyed 19 micron merino wool
CLASS DESCRIPTION: In this workshop you will learn techniques for designing and enlarging 2-D patterns to obtain a certain 3-D shape. Using fine merino wool it is possible to full a thin strong layer of felt that opens new possibilities in shaping a hat. You will study and explore how varying the staple directions and the thickness of the layers of wool affects the shrinkage rates and provides us with control in shaping the brim.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: beginning to advanced
STUDENTS BRING: 3' x 8' bubble wrap or rubber rug mat (needs small holes), 3' x 3' cotton sheet (old cloth), sprinkler if you have one to wet the felt, one olive oil soap bar in a container, 2 hand towels, waterproof apron, small bowl for water, notebook, pen/pencil, comfortable shoes
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: See Felted Ruffled Scarf in Saturday's all-day class listing for bio.
Small Gifts Made of Sheepskin
Anette Skoog12 students
Sunday, July 7, 9am-12pm and 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $100 plus materials fee: $60 includes needles, thread, paper clips, patterns, sheepskins for practice and for your project
CLASS DESCRIPTION: In this class participants will learn to make baby mittens, or baby slippers, using soft sheepskins and veg-tanned leather. Topics will include: selections of sheepskins, basic handsewing techniques, decorative techniques and finishing your own project.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: none
STUDENTS BRING: sharp small scissors, thimble, two black ink pens and notebook
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: Anette Skoog is a veterinarian, Gotland Sheep breeder and Scandinavian skinnfell/fiber artist. She has worked with sheep skin and leather to create large decorative design items as well as wearable and small gifts. Anette's work has been shown at several juried art and crafts shows around the USA and she has won awards for her work. Anette is teaching her techniques classes with an aim to share the possibilities sheepskins will bring to your toolbox of techniques for making small gifts.

SUNDAY, JULY 7, AFTERNOON CLASSES

Coil Wrap Basket
Jill Colbert16 students
Sunday, July 7, 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $55 plus materials fee: $40 includes the wooden base (stained and holes drilled), the core material, the hand spun yarns from my sheep (all natural), the accent yarn if you choose, (including the natural sheep curls or a different hand-spun yarn that may have beads or color) and the needle you will need to do the project. All materials used in the class will be provided by the instructor.
CLASS DESCRIPTION: You will create a beautiful, unique basket using hand-spun wool that you will wrap around a core material. Your basket will begin on a wood base.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: no experience necessary
STUDENTS BRING: nothing
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: Jill has a small farm in Minnesota where she raises a variety of fiber animals, including Alpacas and sheep. Jill loves creating with fiber.
Lace Basics
JC Briar20 students
Sunday, July 7, 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $55 materials fee: none – handouts are provided
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Yarn-overs matched with decreases: that is all lace is. But an incredible variety of lace patterns stem from the way a handful of decrease stitches are placed in relation to their matching yarn-vers. Learn how to work these decreases, how to knit into a yarn-over, and how to keep track of your lace knitting while working some simple swatches. Pick up tips for choosing appropriate yarn and needles, handling mistakes and blocking.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: basic knitting experience
STUDENTS BRING: Smooth, light-colored DK-weight yarn, size US7 (4.5mm) needles, and stitch markers
HOMEWORK: none
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: See Brioche Wristers in Friday morning's class listing for bio.
Nuno Felt Trellis Shawl
Patty Barker20 students
Sunday, July 7, 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $55 plus materials fee: $60 provides kits of various colorways – they will include four yards of painted silk gauze and fourounces of hand-painted merino roving. Instructor will provide the necessary rolling mats and water sprayers for use in the class only.
CLASS DESCRIPTION: This design is simple to make and the results are stunning. The hand-painted silk gauze, combined with slight bits of hand-painted merino wool, create interest and intrigue. Originally designed for my linear friends, the trellis shawl is all about a given color palette, with a bit of texture. EXPERIENCE LEVEL: no experience required
STUDENTS BRING: Wear comfortable shoes and clothing you don't mind getting wet.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: See How to Make an Art (Spirit) Doll in Friday's all-day class listing for bio.
Pin Loom Weaving
Hazel Spencer8 students
Sunday, July 7, 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $55 Materials fee: $15 includes yarn for your project. A 4" square Multi-loom and weaving needle will be supplied for use during the class. These will also be available to purchase at the class or in my booth.
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Discover basic weaving on a 4" square pin loom. Students will learn to warp and weave a plain square, one with a design, and one with an all-over pattern stitch, then assemble them into a useful little needle book.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: none
STUDENTS BRING: Scissors, yarn needle, notebook and pen/pencil. Yarn can be sport, sock, or DK weight – this is if you want to bring your own colors, etc.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: Hazel Spencer and her husband Randy are the owners of the Hazel Looms and have been making small weaving looms since October 2000. Hazel taught art; including weaving and other fiber arts to all grades at the local K-8 school for 17 years. She has been teaching weaving on the internet and in her booth at fiber fairs for many years, including OFFF and Lambtown festivals. Making clothing and other useful items for the home is Hazel's favorite use of her hand-woven fabrics.
Spinning Long Wools
Janet Deutmeyer10 students
Sunday, July 7, 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $55 plus materials fee: $20 includes all fibers used in class
CLASS DESCRIPTION: This versatile wool has so many uses and ways to spin it. We'll cover the various breeds – including Wensleydale, Cotswold, Masham and Romney, along with the prep and uses for their wool. This is a fun spinning experience.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: Students must be able to spin a continuous thread.
STUDENTS BRING: Spinning wheel and all its parts – 3 bobbins, lazykate, baggies, towel, labels and note-taking materials. Any items you may need to aid in your spinning.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: See Spinning Angora in Sunday morning's class listing for bio.
SpinPossible: Spinner's Study – Down Breed Fibers
Michael Kelson15 students
Sunday, July 7, 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $55 plus materials fee: $15 includes fiber used in class
CLASS DESCRIPTION: "Down" breeds are so named not because they have a downy undercoat, but because of their geographic origin in southeastern England (e.g. Suffolk, Hampshire, Dorset and Southdown). Unlike the typical fiber that we encounter as spinners, Down breeds have an indiscriminate crimp structure that adds some loft to your yarns and resists felting! This workshop will explore Down fibers and blends, discuss the characteristics and applications of these fibers in knitting and weaving and techniques for spinning Down fibers to take advantage of their unique characteristics.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: Students must already have a good working relationship with their wheel. Be able to spin a consistent single and have some experience plying and finishing yarn.
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 to use.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: See Spinpossible: Tweed Yarns with Silk Inclusion in Saturday's morning class listing for bio.
Spinning Silk Hankies without Tears
Barbara diJeannene15 students
Sunday, July 7, 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $55 plus materials fee: $10 includes silk hankies for spinning in class
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Do you have a pile of gorgeous dyed silk hankies sitting around? Have you tried that "poke a hole in the center and stretch them out" method only to end up with a tangled mess? Come to this class and learn to spin silk hankies without a lot of fuss. I teach this class using a spindle, but it can be done on a wheel also.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: Students should be comfortable spinning a continuous thread on whichever spinning method/device they bring to class.
STUDENTS BRING: Bring your favorite spindle (at least one ounce in weight), or a wheel you are comfortable using and note-taking supplies.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: See Beginning Inkle Loom Weaving in Saturday's afternoon class listing for bio.
Spinning the Camelids – Alpaca, Llama and Camel
Shelia January15 students
Sunday, July 7, 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $55 plus materials fee: $15 includes all fiber to be used in class
CLASS DESCRIPTION: We will work with these soft and luxurious fibers using several techniques to discover ways to bring out their best qualities. The resulting yarns will vary from lace to worsted weight and can be used in many different fiber arts. We'll also talk about fiber preparation for these types of fibers, which are very different from sheep wool or mohair.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: able to spin a consistent singles yarn
STUDENTS BRING: A spinning wheel in good working order – if you have a wooly winder – please bring a standard flyer as well, at least three or four empty bobbins, hand cards, lazy kate, a lap cloth if you have one.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: See Beginning Spinning: The Magic of Adding Twist in Friday's all-day class listing for bio.

SHEEP SHOW

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.

ANGORA GOAT SHOW

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.

FLEECE SHOW

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.

FIBER ARTS AND YARN SHOW

Judge: Michael Kelson
Seattle, Washington

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