Black Sheep Gathering

Online Registration Opens at 9am PST on Saturday, April 2, 2022. Visit Workshop Registration page on that date.

List of All Classes &
Their Availability

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Friday Classes

Morning Classes
  • Cancelled - Advanced Felting Textures - Inclusions – Loyce Ericson
  • Diameter Control – Judie Overbeek
  • Patterned Brioche – JC Briar
  • Short Row Magic!: Baby Hat – Harry Wells
  • Supported Spindle Spinning – Teresa Waldo
All-Day Classes
  • Beginning Rigid Heddle – Diane McKinnon
  • Beginning Wheel Spinning – Linda Hansen
  • Breed Sampler!: Shave 'Em to Save 'Em – Henry and Roy Clemes
  • Create Your Own Dye Recipe Book (Day 1 of 2) – Terry Mattison
  • Dye Your Own Fiber – Allison Harding
  • Spinning Lofty Yarns from Worsted Preparations – Michael Kelson
  • Textural Nuno Samplers – Patti Barker
Afternoon Classes
  • Cancelled - Advanced Felting Textures • Manipulation and Surface Design – Loyce Ericson
  • Creating Bumps and Bubbles – Judie Overbeek
  • Flipside Awesomeness: Reversible Cables – Harry Wells
  • Grazing, Pastures, and Soil Health • "Doing it Right" – Woody Lane
  • Your First Stranded Colorwork – JC Briar

Saturday Classes

Morning Classes
  • Beaded Kumihimo Bracelet – Teresa Waldo
  • Beginning Inkle Loom – Leslie Verts
  • Blending and Spinning Your Stash with Hand Cards – Michael Kelson
  • Drum Carding 101 – Henry and Roy Clemes
  • Cancelled - Fish Sticks or Chicken Tender Felted Pin Cushion – Loyce Ericson
  • Versatility with Cast-Ons – Harry Wells
All-Day Classes
  • Create Your Own Dye Recipe Book (Day 2 of 2) – Terry Mattison
  • Dye Your Own Yarn – Allison Harding
  • Cancelled - Fundamentals of Orenburg Lace – Galina Khmeleva
  • Perfecting Your Plying – Judie Overbeek
  • Rigid Heddle Loom: Using Two Heddles for Twice the Fun – Diane McKinnon
  • Stained Glass Shawl – Patti Barker
Afternoon Classes
  • Anything But Batts – Henry and Roy Clemes
  • Colorwork the Easy Way: Mosaic Knitting and Garter Slip Stitch – Harry Wells
  • Cancelled - Felted Buttons of Many Colors – Loyce Ericson
  • Frac That!: Fractal Spinning Fun – Linda Hansen
  • Let’s Do the Twist – Ruth Northrop
  • Viking Knit 4 Petal Bracelet – Teresa Waldo

Sunday Classes

Morning Classes
  • Bountiful Beasts: Spinning Yak – Judith MacKenzie
  • Captivating Cotton on a Turkish Spindle – Wanda Jenkins
  • Entrelac Basics – JC Briar
  • Felted Sheep: Basic 3D Needle Felting – Miranda Rommel
  • Floating Cables – M K Nance
  • Intro to Blending Boards – Henry and Roy Clemes
  • Spinning a Beehive Coil – Allison Harding
  • Cancelled - Spinning the Orenburg Way – Galina Khmeleva
  • The Americans – Linda Hansen
Afternoon Classes
  • Advanced Pick-up Inkle Weaving – Leslie Verts
  • Beginning Pin Loom Weaving – Hazel Spencer
  • Beginning Rug Hooking – Judy Taylor
  • Bountiful Sheep: Spinning Blue Faced Leicester – Judith MacKenzie
  • Design Your Own Shawl – M K Nance
  • Loving Your Lace Edgings– JC Briar
  • Cancelled - Russian Style Continental Knitting – Galina Khmeleva
  • Short Steps to Long Draw – Ruth Northrop

Workshop Descriptions

SUNDAY, JUNE 26, MORNING CLASSES

Bountiful Beasts: Spinning Yak
Judith MacKenzie 16 students
Sunday, June 26, 9am-noon
COST: $55 Plus Materials Fee: $15 – includes yak, dyed yak, yak wool blend, yak silk blend
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Yaks have a mysterious past and a very long history. Of all the animals we have domesticated, yaks are one of the oldest, their partnership with us going back to the Stone Age some 10,000 years ago. Yaks have beautiful fiber, and luckily for us, it has recently become available for handspinners. In this class, we'll spin pure yak down fibers, prepared top, and some beautiful blends, dyed and undyed.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: Must be able to spin a continuous thread.
STUDENTS BRING: Students should bring their wheel and all its parts – even the ones you don't use. Bring enough bobbins that you can three ply and a lazy-kate.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: Judith MacKenzie has been spinning, and weaving most of her life. Her traditional training expanded with world travel, deep research and industry consultation. Judith writes and teaches extensively and is the author of three bestselling books and many videos.
Captivating Cotton with a Turkish Spindle
Wanda Jenkins 12 students
Sunday, June 26, 9am-noon
COST: $55 Plus Materials Fee: $5 – includes Organic USA grown cotton sliver, Organic punis, and ginned Louisiana brown cotton
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Yes, you can spin cotton on a suspended cross-arm spindle! Do you dream of knitting or weaving a summer shirt with your handspun cotton? This class is for you! We will cover twist, drafting, and drawing out the short fibers of sliver to success-fully spin cotton without the need for a supported spindle. Rounding out your experience spinning with cotton, we'll explore, we'll explore playing with Wanda's method of "Stranded Spinning".
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: Must be able to easily spin fine lace-weight wool yarn with a spindle.
STUDENTS BRING: Bring a Turkish spindle if you have one or borrow from the ones that will be available for using in class. Hand cards if you have them
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: Wanda has played with yarn and threads since childhood. Starting with embroidery, then learning crochet and weaving when she was fourteen. Spinning took her by storm in 2005 when her husband Ed began making Turkish spindles. Reluctant to pursue other fiber arts, she unexpectedly fell in love with spinning. Wanda enjoys helping spinners discover those "ah-ha" moments with various fibers and techniques.
Entrelac Basics
JC Briar 20 students
Sunday, June 26, 9am-noon
COST: $55 Materials Fee: none – handouts are provided
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Entrelac fabric looks like strips of knitting woven over and under each other, but it's really formed of individu-ally-knit diamonds. No sewing is required: you join the diamonds together as you knit them. In this class you will learn to form the basic units of Entrelac: base triangles, side triangles, left-and-right leaning diamonds, and top triangles. You'll also pick up tricks like knitting backwards, and methods for sizing and shaping Entrelac fabric.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: Basic knitting experience.
STUDENTS BRING: Smooth, light colored worsted-weight yarn in two or more colors, needles of a size appropriate for your yarn. Homework: None.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: See Patterned Brioche in Friday's morning listing for bio.
Felted Sheep – Basic 3D Needle Felting
Miranda Rommel 14 students
Sunday, June 26, 9am-noon
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 about different felting tools/materials and will learn hands on 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: an adorable tiny sheep. This is a very fun class!
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: No experience necessary. This class is suitable for students with zero to beginning needle-felting experi-ence.
STUDENTS BRING: Students may wish to bring their favorite felting tools or to bring a small amount of CLEAN wool/fiber from their own animals or stash.
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.
Floating Cables
M.K. Nance 15 students
Sunday, June 26, 9am-noon
COST: $55 Plus Materials Fee: $6 – includes handouts and pattern for a cup cozy and a coaster
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Take your cables up a notch by integrating them with slip stitches (related to mosaic knitting). You'll leave this class with a start of a cup cozy, a coaster, two colored long tail cast on, and floating cables over garter stitch.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: beginner
STUDENTS BRING: Fingering weight yarn in contrasting colors (about 15 grams of each, needles for small diameter knitting and flat knitting (US 2-4), and a cable needle.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: Nance has been knitting for over 25 years and designing the last seven years. She has published over 90 patterns and has been included in "Twist Collective," "Knitty," and "Sweet Georgia." In 2019 she taught at the New York Sheep and Wool show in Rhinebeck, New York.
Intro to Blending Boards
Henry and Roy Clemes 16 students
Sunday, June 26, 9am-noon
COST: $55 Plus Materials Fee: $20 – includes all fiber carded during class and use of blending boards and other equipment
CLASS DESCRIPTION: In 2011 Gwen Powell approached Henry and Roy to create a new tool that eventually became the wildly popular Blending Board. In this class you will learn basic techniques and use of a blending board from one of its designers. The class will not only demonstrate the versatility of the blending board – blending fibers of various types, lengths, and colors – but also the strength of the blending board – quickly preparing fibers in rolags for woolen spinning. All carding and blending will be done on Clemes and Clemes Blending Boards with each student getting to use their own boards. All materials, boards, and tools will be provided by instruc-tors.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: Beginner – no blending board experience necessary.
STUDENTS BRING: None – but should bring an attitude for learning. All tools and materials will be provided by instructors
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: See Breed Sampler: Shave 'Em to Save 'Em in Friday's all-day listing for bio.
Spinning A Beehive Coil
Allison Harding 10 students
Sunday, June 26, 9am-noon
COST: $55 Plus Materials Fee: $20 – includes beautiful hand dyed wool and handouts
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Learn the technique that won Best in Show 2016! Allison will teach you the hows and whys of spinning the components and how to ply a stable coiled beehive yarn. You will also learn about fiber choices, finishing technique, and ideas for usage.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: Ability to spin a single and 2-ply yarn.
STUDENTS BRING: A spinning wheel with a large orifice (you do not need a bulky spinner but your beehive size needs to fit through the orifice of your wheel), 3 bobbins, lazy-kate, niddy-noddy, and any tools needed for your wheel (oil, orifice hook, drive band material, and etc).
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: See Dye Your Own Fiber in Friday's all-day listing for bio.
Cancelled - Spinning the Orenburg Way
Galina Khmeleva 15 students
Sunday, June 26, 9am-noon
COST: $55 Plus Materials Fee: $5 – includes fiber; Russian spindles and bowls will be provided for use during class
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Come join renowned ace knitting and hand spinning instructor Galina Khneleva as she introduces you to the magical hand spinning techniques of Russian spinners that ulti-mately result in the creation of the most luxurious shawls and scarves found in the knitting universe. In this workshop, the emphasis will be on the spinning of luxury fibers, i.e. cashmere, qiviut, pygoras, buffalo down, etc. … and the significance of gauging the proper thickness and length of these fibers, while learning the more eco-nomical use of these fibers, helping you conserve precious yardage.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: Should be able to spin a consistent yarn.
STUDENTS BRING: note taking materials and a small kitchen towel
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: See Fundamentals of Orenburg Lace in Saturday's listing for bio.
The Americans
Linda Hansen 10 students
Sunday, June 26, 9am-noon
COST: $55 Plus Materials Fee: $30 – includes all fiber used in class and handouts.
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Of the thousands of sheep breeds throughout the world, there are less than a dozen that have been developed in the United States since colonial times. We'll learn about these amazing sheep breeds, their fascinating history, and you will spin their wool.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: All levels welcome.
STUDENTS BRING: A well functioning spinning wheel you are familiar with.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: Besides managing her small sheep farm and being a partner with The Bellwether Wool Co., Linda brings her teaching skills and experience as a livestock and wool judge to sharing her passion for the fiber arts. Linda has taught spinning and music privately and in workshops.

SUNDAY, JUNE 26, ALL-DAY CLASSES

Felted Hat with 3D Elements - CANCELLED
Baya Batomunkueva

SUNDAY, JUNE 26, AFTERNOON CLASSES

Advanced Pick-up Inkle Weaving
Leslie Verts Sunday, June 26, 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $55 Plus Materials Fee: $10 – handouts
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Students will learn the pick-up technique of pattern design in inkle weaving.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: advanced
STUDENTS BRING: Need functioning inkle loom and shuttle; need 3 colors (white with a dark color {black, and dark brown, blue, red, or purple} and a bright contrast color) of 5/2 cotton thread; need 15 heddles.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: Leslie has been inkle weaving since 2003 and is the leader of the Eugene Weaving Guild Inkle Group.
Beginning Pin Loom Weaving
Hazel Spencer 10 students
Sunday, June 26, 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $55 Materials Fee: $20 – All yarn used for class. 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: 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. Skills Level Required: none
STUDENTS BRING: You can bring a 4" pin loom or use a class loom. Also bring scissors, needle threader, notebook and pen/pencil. Yarn can be sport 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 Rose 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.
Beginning Rug Hooking
Judy Taylor 22 students
Sunday, June 26, 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $55 Plus Materials Fee: $35 – Includes kit (T-shirt strips and yarn, pattern on burlap, instructions), and a hook.
CLASS DESCRIPTION: In this class students will be introduced to the age-old craft of rug hooking. Everything from how to hook, how to create your own designs, how to use up leftovers in a new way, how to clean and care for hooked rugs and much more, will be covered.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: No experience required.
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 onto 30 years. Her five books on the subject have won the eLit Book Awards, Chantacleer book awards, and Forward Indies book awards. Judy's articles have been featured in Rug Hooking Magazine, Spin-Off, and others. Her website is www.littlehouserugs.com.
Bountiful Sheep: Bluefaced Leicester - Full as of 04/04/2022
Judith MacKenzie 18 students
Sunday, June 26, 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $55 Plus Materials Fee: $15 – includes all fibers used in class
CLASS DESCRIPTION: These sheep are a relatively new sheep to North America but have rapidly become popular with handspinners. Fondly called BFL's, these sheep have lovely fleeces, primarily white but often shades of grey, brown and black. BFL's are classed as a long wool, their fleeces are both silky and buoyant, an unusual fleece combination. Their fleeces are a joy to spin and they accept dye beautifully. In this class we'll look at the wide range of yarns that can be spun from these fleeces. We'll work with both fleeces and prepared fiber. We'll also use samples of dyed BFL.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: must be able to spin a continuous yarn
STUDENTS BRING: Students should bring their wheel and all its parts – even the ones you don't use, extra bobbins, a ball winder and a swift if you have them, niddy-noddy, lazy-kate, hand cards and combs (mini and regular if you have them), flicker, or dog brush.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: see Bountiful Sheep: Spinning Yak in Sunday's morning listing for bio.
Design Your Own Shawl
M K Nance 20 students
Sunday, June 26, 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $55 Plus Materials Fee: $6 – includes template on various sized of paper, and a handout with how to design information
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Learn how to design your own wedge shawl from both the bottom up and the top down. Play with cable and lace on paper. You'll have a new pattern which you could cast on that day.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: Beginner – must be able to read charts.
STUDENTS BRING: Pencils, colored pencils, and/or markers. Stitch dictionary optional.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: See Floating Cables in Sunday's morning listing for bio.
Loving Your Lace Edgings
JC Briar 20 students
Sunday, June 26, 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $55 Plus Materials Fee: none – handouts are provided
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Adding a lace edging is a sweet way of topping off shawls, scarves, socks, or any other kind of project! In this class you will learn where to find edging patterns, how you can use them, and how you can customize them. You will pick up tips for working tricky stitches – such as yarn overs at the beginning of a row – and for blocking. We'll go over multiple options for attaching edgings, and you'll have the chance to practice on a sampler piece.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: Experience knitting lace is required; experi-ence reading charts is helpful but not required.
STUDENTS BRING: Fingering, DK weight, or laceweight yarn (do not select laceweight if you have never used it before!); needles of a size appropriate for your yarn. Homework: None.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: See Patterned Brioche in Friday's morning listing for bio.
Cancelled - Russian Style Continental Knitting
Galina Khmeleva 15 students
Sunday, June 26, 1:30-4:30pm
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, lace knitter extraordinaire, teach you this subtle Russian variation of the classic continental knitting methods. It is fast, it is easy and oh so forgiving on your wrists! You will wonder why you waited so long to switch!
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: See Fundamentals of Orenburg Lace in Saturday's all-day listing for bio.
Short Steps to Long Draw
Ruth Northrop 14 students
Sunday, June 26, 1:30-4:30pm
COST: $55 Plus Materials Fee: $10 – includes all fiber to be used in class
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Does your wool run away with you when you try to spin soft and fluffy yarn? While the long draw method of drafting is traditionally used to spin these types of yarn, it can be tricky. In this class we will break down the skill of long draw into simple steps that really are easy to learn. We'll progress from one step to the next, until you can spin an airy yarn that won't fall apart.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: Must be able to spin singles.
STUDENTS BRING: A wheel in good working order that you are comfortable with, 3 empty bobbins, ball winder if you have one.
INSTRUCTOR'S BIO: See Let's do the Twist in Sunday's morning listing for bio.

SHEEP SHOW

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.

ANGORA GOAT SHOW

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.

FLEECE SHOW

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.

FIBER ARTS AND YARN SHOW

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.