Black Sheep Gathering

List of All Classes &
Their Availability

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Friday Classes

  • Beginning Rug Hooking: Hook a Flock of Sheep, Judy Taylor
  • Navajo Style Spindling, Christine Thomas-Flitcroft
  • Ply on the Fly: Stranded Spinning on a Turkish Spindle, Wanda Jenkins
  • Round & Round the Felt Goes – Treasure Boxes & Vessels, L. Ericson
  • Russian Style Continental Knitting, Galina A. Khmeleva
  • All Steamed Up!, Debbie Ellis
  • Beginning Spinning: The Magic of Adding Twist, Shelia January
  • Exploring the Drum Carder, Henry and Roy Clemes
  • Felt Hat, Tash Wesp
  • Cancelled Mobius and the Mysterious Stitch Mirror, Sivia Harding
  • Shibori, Judie Overbeek
  • Using Your Stash, Judith MacKenzie
  • Felted Fingerless Gloves, Loyce Ericson
  • Sheep and Goat Nutrition, Woody Lane
  • Spinning for Socks, Janel Laidman Vaisbort
  • Spinning the Orenburg Way, Galina A. Khmeleva

Saturday Classes

  • Blending Boards: Stripes to Monet, Amelia Garripoli
  • Bountiful Sheep: Bluefaced Leicester, Judith MacKenzie
  • Finishing Techniques for Knitted Garments I: Seams, Harry Wells
  • Spinning for Lace, Michael Kelson
  • Wedge Shawl Design, JC Briar
  • All Steamed Up!, Debbie Ellis
  • Beginning Rigid Heddle, Diane McKinnon
  • Designing Noro-Style Yarns, Gwen Powell
  • Cancelled Double-Faced Tablet Weaving, Marilyn Romatka
  • Eco/Botanical Printing, Tash Wesp
  • Felted Slippers, Flora Carlile-Kovacs
  • The "You Asked for It" Vest Class, Loyce Ericson
  • Beginning Brioche, JC Briar
  • Combing & Carding for Spinning Success, Shelia January
  • Finishing Techniques for Knitted Garments II: Button Bands,
  • Button Holes and Zippers, Harry Wells
  • Perfect Your Plying, Judie Overbeek
  • Three Glorious Downs: Camel, Yak and Cashmere, Judith MacKenzie

Sunday Classes

  • Cancelled Bow Loom Weaving, Marilyn Romatka
  • Fabulous and Fun Locker Hooking, Rosanne Anderson
  • Knitting Cables: Lovely Twists and Turns, Harry Wells
  • Shearing on Your own, Susie Wilson
  • Spinning Lofty Yarns from Worsted Preparations, Michael Kelson
  • Spinning Luxury Fibers on Supported Spindles, Jennifer Green
  • Spinning Your Dream Yarn, Judith MacKenzie
  • Chain Plying and Beyond the 3-Ply, Gwen Powell
  • Felted Small Bag, Flora Carlile-Kovacs
  • Hand-Sewing in Sheepskin: A Beginners Guide, Anette Skoog
  • Indigo Dyeing, Marilyn Robert
  • Cancelled Silk Lab, Janel Laidman Vaisbort
  • Cancelled Beaded Buttoned Bracelets, Sivia Harding
  • Bunny Love: Spinning Angora and Angora Blends, Shelia January
  • Felted Sheep: Basic Sculptural Needle Felting, Miranda Rommel
  • Cancelled Multi-Directional Scarves, JC Briar
  • Power Spinning on an Electric Wheel, Amelia Garripoli

Workshop Descriptions


Bow Loom Weaving
Marilyn Romatka20 students
Sunday, July 1, 9am-12pm
COST: $55 plus materials fee: $20 includes reusable Bow loom, beads, beading pad, beading aid, all warp and weft, weaving shuttle, needle for hiding ends, end caps and clasp findings, E-6000 glue and 8-page handouts with step-by-step directions.
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Bow loom is an ancient technique using a simple, portable loom to make narrow, beaded bands. The technique is used in ethnic groups in Thailand to make bands for exquisite headdresses. The weaving is quick, fun and so portable that you can weave on the bus. This is a great introduction to ethnic weaving. The product of this class can be viewed at:
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: no weaving experience needed
STUDENTS BRING: sewing snips
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: See Double-Faced Tablet Weaving in Saturday's all-day class listing for bio.
Fabulous and Fun Locker Hooking
Rosanne Anderson15 students
Sunday, July 1, 9am-12pm
COST: $55 plus materials fee $35 includes a locker hook, prepared canvas, roving, binder yarns, lots of "designer" yarns, bound 15- page instruction book and especially — fun!
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Locker Hooking is a fantastic way to use up lots of "questionable" yarn, achieve a cushy, beautiful product and experience the joy of instant gratification. This fiber art goes quickly so students will see their progress with a project that is easily finished. We will cover proper canvas prep and edge prep, using handspun yarn and store-bought yarn, roving and more. We will also discuss cleaning and various tips to creating an exciting fiber masterpiece.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: none — all levels welcome
STUDENTS BRING: scissors, pencil and notebook
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: Rosanne has been locker hooking for many years, after she attended a fiber show in Montana and saw a beautiful handhooked wall hanging. Rosanne learned the reality of proper canvas preparation on her first piece, as the canvas disintegrated during the dry cleaning process. She raises a small flock of sheep and enjoys all aspects of working with wool, and is fortunate in that her husband will build almost anything for her sheep and craft. Rosanne loves to knit, spin and locker-hook. She enjoys the ambiance of the fiber world by attending many fairs and fiber conferences — looking for new opportunities to learn, teach and keep current.
Knitting Cables – Lovely Twists and Turns
Harry Wells15 students
Sunday, July 1, 9am-12pm
COST: $55 plus materials fee $3 handouts
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. Included will be a discussion of background stitches often used with cables, and how that changes the effect.
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 (in a light to medium color) and needles (straight or 24" circulars) the size you usually use to knit worsted-weight yarn, cable needle and locking stitch markers
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: See Finishing Techniques for Knitted Garments I in Saturday's morning class listing for bio.
Shearing on Your Own
Susie Wilson30 students
Sunday, July 1, 9am-1pm
COST: $65 plus materials fee: $10 includes handouts, a sheep to sheer, and use of all equipment
CLASS DESCRIPTION: This is one of the most popular, ongoing classes (since 1994) at BSG and is for the beginning shearer. Susie guides you through the intricacies and practical applications of shearing your own animals. Anyone 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).
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 of wholesale/retail USDA lamb, wool products galore and their Border Leicester, Coopworth, and Gotland breeding stock throughout the US and Canada.
Spinning Lofty Yarns from Worsted Preparations
Michael Kelson15 students
Sunday, July 1, 9am-12pm
COST: $55 plus materials fee: $15 includes fiber used in class
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Much of the wonderful fiber we have access to comes in the form of combed top, which is a worsted preparation. Top often spins a dense yarn which is great for hardwearing items like socks, mittens, etc., but what if you want to turn those hand-dyed braids into a soft lofty yarn. This class will explore techniques to introduce more air and loft into your yarn. Students will learn the differences between worsted and woolen drafting techniques and fiber preparations, spinning semi-woolen yarns from combed top, spinning from the fold, modifying combed top preparations (fauxlags and carding), measuring the grist of your yarn with a McMorran balance.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: Students must already have the ability to produce a consistent single and have some experience plying and finishing yarn. It is helpful to have a good working relationship with your wheel.
STUDENTS BRING: Spinning wheel in good working condition with extra bobbins, lazy-kate, any tools you might like to use (handcards, mini-combs, etc.) and any fiber you would like to practice with.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: See Spinning for Lace in Saturday's morning class listing for bio.
Spinning Luxury Fibers on Supported Spindles
Jennifer Green12 students
Sunday, July 1, 9am-12pm
COST: $55 plus materials fee: $25 includes luxury fibers
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Learn to spin luxury fibers on your support spindles. Bring your Tibetan, Russian, Tahkli, Navajo, Phang or other supported spindles and learn how to spin on them. Try out Camel, Yak, Cashmere and other luxury fibers in the process. We will talk about how they can go to work for us, what makes our support spindles special and how to use them to their best advantage, and we will spoil ourselves with delicious fiber in the process.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: Basic spinning knowledge.
STUDENTS BRING: One or more support spindles.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: Jennifer Green has been spinning for 13 years. She especially loves introducing new students to the fiber arts and discussing all things yarn related. Jennifer lives with her family in Idaho where they raise Shetland sheep and live on a sustainable farm in a tiny house. Jennifer spends her days spinning, writing about spinning and teaching others about fiber arts.
Spinning Your Dream Yarn
Judith MacKenzie18 students
Sunday, July 1, 9am-12pm
COST: $55 plus materials fee: $10 includes fiber worsted prep, woolen prep, long wool binding threads and handouts
CLASS DESCRIPTION: If you've ever said "I used to spin nice bulky yarn and I can't spin anything but sewing thread now!" or "Everything I spin looks the same!", here is a simple spinning method that allows you and your wheel to work in harmony to spin the perfect yarn for the projects you have in your mind's eye. We'll look at diameter control and how to change our spinning style to get the yarn we need to create the cloth we want.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: must be able to spin a continuous yarn
STUDENTS BRING: their wheel and all its parts — even the ones you don't use, extra bobbins and a lazy-kate.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: See Using Your Stash in Friday's all-day class listing for bio.


Chain Plying and Beyond the 3-Ply
Gwen Powell10 students
Sunday, July 1, 9am-12pm and 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $100 plus materials fee: $10 includes fine threads for plying, fiber for novelty singles that will be spun and plied in class
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Chain-plying at the most basic level emulates a 3-ply yarn. But there are many other designs that can be achieved with the chain-ply that are not available with any other method. In this class students will learn to create color changes from solid yarns; 4-, 6-, and 9-ply yarns, thick and thin yarns from 3 individual strands, yarns with inclusions that hold, beaded yarns with integrity, gnarl yarns and one-step boucle yarns.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: Intermediate to advanced — students must know how to ply 2 singles together. Ability to do simple chainplying is necessary.
STUDENTS BRING: A minimum of six balls of solid colored hand spun singles of no less than 200 yards each. Slow ratio wheel with delta or large orifice or point wheel. Though all of these yarns can be spun on spindles, it is difficult to keep up with the pace of this class on a spindle. If you cannot bring a wheel, then bring a medium weight spindle to spin the singles and a Navajo spindle to ply with.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: See Designing Noro Style Yarns in Saturday's allday class listing for bio.
Felted Small Bag
Flora Carlile-Kovacs15 students
Sunday, July 1, 9am-12pm and 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $100 plus materials fee: $15 includes 5 oz wool, dyed and natural, various kinds of wool
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Bags are always challenging in design and can be complicated felting therefore this is one of the projects you can learn the most about constructional felt making. Bags have to have enough pockets, the right closures, the right size, the right depth, the seamless strap, and etc. Come design your own small bag and learn the following: how to make a template and enlarge it to the right size, how to mix different qualities of wool fibers for the best result, how to work around the resist templates to make several pockets, how to attach seamless straps and embellishments, how to full and shape the bag perfectly. By the end of the day you'll have a unique bag designed to your personal needs and all the skills you need to create more, independently.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: beginner to advance
STUDENTS BRING: 3' x 3' 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, small bowl for water, 2 hand towels, waterproof apron, sharp and pointy scissors, tape measures, ruler, notebook, pen/pencil, comfortable shoes
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: See Felted Slippers in Saturday's all-day class listing for bio.
Hand-Sewing in Sheepskin: Beginners Guide
Anette Skoog10 students
Sunday, July 1, 9am-12pm and 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $100 plus materials fee: $60 includes needles, thread, patterns for classroom use, sheepskin, fabric (optional for some items).
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Using sheepskins as a fabric for handmade items has a long history. In this class you will learn about different types of sheepskins and their use. Students will learn and practice basic sewing techniques before embarking on their own project. Choose to make slippers, mittens, a stuffed teddy bear, or a needle pad/pillow.
STUDENTS BRING: sharp small scissors, thimble, 2 black ink pens and notebook.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: Anette Skoog DVM is a Gotland Sheep breeder and a fiber artist who works professionally with the design and creation of sheepskin items. She learned the traditional handcraft techniques from a master teacher when living in Sweden. Today, Anette's work ranges from handmade wearable and decorative items, wall-hangings, and blankets to modern fashion using luxury Gotland pelts and fine wool. Anette has shown her art pieces and won several awards for her work in juried art and craft shows across the USA.
Indigo Dyeing
Marilyn Robert12 students
Sunday, July 1, 9am-12pm and 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $100 plus materials fee: $6 includes indigo dye, soda ash, calx, thiox, ph tape, synthrapol
CLASS DESCRIPTION: In this workshop there will be two different dye vats, both with natural indigo. One uses pre-reduced indigo from Japan. Students will be encouraged to dye small skeins for gradations of color and depth of shade in this vat. In addition students will SUNDAY, JULY 1, ALL-DAY CLASSES Winter 2018 / 37 learn the steps in the 1-2-3 organic fermentation vat, which will be made during the workshops. Students will learn some history of this most ancient dyestuff. I will bring indigo dyed cloth and pertinent books for inspiration.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: no experience required
STUDENTS BRING: optional: 3½ oz. skeins of natural fiber. The skeins must be clean — please wash them before the workshop. Please wear clothing that can tolerate dye drips, an apron if you choose, and gloves (should be sturdy and reach above the wrists).
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: Marilyn formerly taught the weaving/fibers curriculum at Lane Community College in Eugene for 13 years. She is a former recipient of the Japan Foundation Fellowship Artist Grant, which allowed her to travel in Japan to study indigo dyeing and her fascination with natural dyes has only grown. Marilyn has had indigo vats for 30 years, and continues to learn and teach about indigo around the world. She works and teaches from her studio in Eugene, Oregon.
Cancelled Silk Lab
Janel Laidman Vaisbort25 students
Sunday, July 1, 9am-12pm and 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $100 plus materials fee: $35 includes all fiber for class
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Silk, the magical thread that comes from moths and is stronger than steel! We will look at different varieties of silk and their properties as well as techniques for spinning them. We will also learn to reel silk from cocoons, make hankies, learn to spin and knit from hankies, cut silk and blends.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: able to spin a continuous thread
STUDENTS BRING: Spinning wheel in good working order, lazy-kate, extra bobbins. This class can be done on a spindle, but some techniques will be harder. Knitting needles size US 4 or 5, scissors.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: See Spinning for Socks in Friday's afternoon class listing for bio.


Beaded Buttoned Bracelets
Sivia Harding25 students
Sunday, July 1, 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $55 plus materials fee: $5 includes full color handouts
CLASS DESCRIPTION: While working a beautiful beaded bracelet that is a tutorial of beading techniques, students will learn possibly a million things about beads and how they interact with different stitch patterns. You will emerge with inspiration and tons of ideas. The handout includes 3 additional bracelet patterns for you to enjoy making at home.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: Students need to know how to knit, purl, and perform basic increases and decreases, yarn over, cast on, bind off. Experience with knitting I-cord preferred but not required.
STUDENTS BRING: 20 yards of fingering weight or sock yarn, size 1 (2.25mm) circular needles, double points, or pair of straight needles — double points are preferred, steel crochet hook size 14 (0.75mm) for placing beads, dental floss threader for stringing beads (found in drug stores), yarn needle, decorative button of any size. BEADS: 88 seed beads — 70 of one color, size, shape, or texture (MC), and 18 of another color. Please choose beads from any combination of the following: size 8/0, 6/0, or 5/0 triangle, magatama, round, or cube seed beads — preferably Japanese because of the larger inner hole. Please make sure your beads will fit onto your yarn before you come to class.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: See Moebius and the Mysterious Stitch Mirror in Friday's all-day class listing for bio.
Bunny Love — Spinning Angora and Angora Blends
Shelia January15 students
Sunday, July 1, 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $55 plus materials fee: $16 includes Angora and Angora blend fiber to be used in workshop, sample cards/tags, and handouts
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Angora fiber from rabbits is soft and silky, but those qualities can make spinning a different experience from that of spinning sheep's wool or other fibers. It's also much warmer than wool, with less memory. We'll spin Angora and Angora blends that extend the use of this luxury fiber without sacrificing its unique qualities. Come prepared to experiment a bit and also learn how to minimize the "shed factor" and the lack of memory without sacrificing the soft fuzziness.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: Students must be able spin a consistent singles yarn.
STUDENTS BRING: a spinning wheel in good working order — if you have a Woolee Winder, please bring your standard flyer as well. At least 3-4 bobbins, handcards or mini-combs, a limited number will be available for use in class.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: See Beginning Spinning: The Magic of Adding Twist in Friday's all-day class listing for bio.
Felted Sheep — Basic Sculptural Needle Felting
Miranda Rommel14 students
Sunday, July 1, 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $55 plus materials fee: $20 includes a handout, all wool to be used in class, 2 needles and felting foam per student to keep.
CLASS DESCRIPTION: This is The Black SHEEP Gathering — so let's felt a sheep! This class is great for the beginning needle-felter. Students will learn how to needle felt a firm core, attach basic legs and head, work with color, and use different techniques for creating texture and pattern on your project. This is a very fun class!
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: No experience necessary.
STUDENTS BRING: Optional: bring a small amount of CLEAN wool/ fiber from your own animals.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: Miranda Rommel is an artist and homesteader living in rural Kings Valley, Oregon. An illustrator by training and a hand spinner for recreation, Miranda took up needle-felting in 2012. Soon after and thanks to inspiration by her Corgi, Pocket — her business "Fiber Friends" was born. Miranda now felts full time, creating beautiful pet sculptures for her clients all over the world and she loves teaching her craft to people of all levels.
Multi-Directional Scarves
JC Briar25 students
Sunday, July 1, 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $55 plus materials fee: none
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Turn variegated yarn into striking scarves with this new form of multi-directional knitting. Learn to form triangles and diamonds from a continuous length of yarn and to join them together without sewing any seams or picking up any stitches.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: basic knitting experience
STUDENTS BRING: Hand-painted or self-striping, or other variegated yarn in DK weight or heavier (aim for a yarn with color sections of 6" to 18" long), needles of a size appropriate for your yarn, stitch markers.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: See Wedge Shawl Design in Saturday's morning class listing for bio.
Power Spinning – Spinning on an Electronic Wheel
Amelia Garripoli20 students
Sunday, July 1, 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $55 plus materials fee: $10 fiber and sample card
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Does your electric spinner run away with your yarn or get miles ahead of your fingers, or just not make the yarn you want? Whether you come from spindle or wheel or are new to spinning, you will work on your e-spinning technique with hands-on tips. Take control of your e-spinner and see what it can do. Art yarn to lace weight, casual to production spinning; we'll put our e-spinners through their paces.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: Must already have the ability to produce a continuous yarn on their e-spinner or be an experienced wheel or spindle spinner.
STUDENTS BRING: An electric wheel in good working condition, 3 empty bobbins, lazy-kate. An extension cord may be necessary as well, or a charged battery for your wheel if you have one.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: See Blending Boards: Stripes to Monet in Saturday's morning class listing for bio.


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; my mom was also from a ranching background. Read More.


Judge: Dr. Andy Laughlin
Lubbock, Texas

Dr. Andy Laughlin grew up in the rural town of Ingram, Texas located in the heart of the hill country. He received his bachelor's degree in animal science from Texas A & M Univerisity. Read More.


Wool Judge: Dr. Geof Ruppert
Fairfield, Pennsylvania

Your judge for the 2018 Black Sheep Gathering is Dr. Geof Ruppert. His involvement with sheep began in 1976 with a starter flock of Corriedales, chosen in part because of his mother’s interest in the fiber arts. Read More.


Judge: Marian Dyche
The Dalles, Oregon

I learned to spin when I moved to Oregon about 20 years ago, joined the Columbia Fibres Guild and also learned to live life as it really should be. Read More.