Black Sheep Gathering

List of All Classes &
Their Availability

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  • Class & Wait List Filled
  • Class Cancelled

Friday Classes

Morning Classes
  • Beginning Inkle Loom Weaving – Leslie Verts
  • Learn to Spin Using a Turkish Style Spindle – Amelia Garripoli
  • Ooops! Correcting Mistakes and Learning to “Read” Your Knitting – Harry Wells
  • Spinning Tweed – Jacey Boggs Faulkner
  • Woolen Watercolors – Tammy Jordan
All-Day Classes
  • Beginning Rigid Heddle – Diane McKinnon
  • Beginning Wheel Spinning – Linda Hansen
  • Dye Your Own Gradient Yarn - Terry Mattison
  • Exploring the Drum Carder – Henry and Roy Clemes
  • Spinpossible – Mission Objective: Spinning 201 – Next Steps – Michael Kelson
  • Water, Time and Patience: Creating a Wet Felt Hat – Sara Gibson
Afternoon Classes
  • Lovely Twists and Turns – Harry Wells
  • Needle Felted Sheep or Goat – Anna Anderson
  • Perfect Pairs – Blending Wool with Exotic Fibers – Jacey Boggs Faulkner
  • Pine Needle Basket – Jaqui Eicher
  • Upgrade Your Power Spinning – Amelia Garripoli

Saturday Classes

Morning Classes
  • Basic Core Spinning – Charan Sachar
  • Short Row Magic – Harry Wells
  • Spinning the Orenburg Way – Galina Khmeleva
  • Spinning Your Dream Yarn – Jacey Boggs Faulkner
  • Spinpossible – Mission Objective: Doing More with Less – Michael Kelson
  • The ABCs of Drop Spindling – Teresa Waldo
All-Day Classes
  • Advanced Pick-up Inkle Weaving – Leslie Verts
  • Adventures in Drum Carding – Henry and Roy Clemes
  • Design and Dye Your Own Warp – Terry Mattison
  • Fiber Prep 101 – Tammy Jordan
  • One Pot Dye Wonder! – Diane McKinnon
Afternoon Classes
  • Colorwork the Easy Way: Mosaic Knitting – Harry Wells
  • Fundamental Elements and Pattern Design for Orenburg Lace Knitting – Galina Khmeleva
  • Short Steps to Long Draw – Ruth Northrop
  • Spinpossible – Mission Objective: Spinning for Sweaters – Michael Kelson
  • Supported Spindle Spinning – Teresa Waldo
  • The Art of Plying – Jacey Boggs Faulkner

Sunday Classes

Morning Classes
  • 2-D Needle-Felted Sheep Faced Tote Bag or Pillow – Anna Anderson
  • Amigurumi Antics! – Teresa Waldo
  • Artsy Nuno Scarf – Lauralee DeLuca
  • Defining Sustainability in Apparel and Textiles to Harness It as a Marketing Tool for Your Fiber or Farm Business – Allen Mesick
  • Exploring Fiber from Foreign Breeds – Lois Olund
  • Intro to Blending Boards – Henry and Roy Clemes
  • Intro to Mushroom Dyeing – Sara Gibson
  • Russian Style Continental Knitting – Galina Khmeleva
  • Spinning Cabled Yarns – Jacey Boggs Faulkner
All-Day Classes
  • Advanced Inkle Weaving 2 – Leslie Verts
  • Delightful Drafting – Ruth Northrop
Afternoon Classes
  • Grafting with a Russian Twist – Galina Khmeleva
  • Kumi-What?! Kumihimo – Diane McKinnon
  • Make a Pine Needle Basket – Jaqui Eicher
  • Spinning Silk Hankies without Tears – Barbara diJeannene
  • Spinning the Long Wools – Lauralee DeLuca
  • Stranded Knitting with Portuguese Purling – Teresa Waldo
  • Turkish Spindle Productivity – Amelia Garripoli

Workshop Registration Information for 2024

Once again the Black Sheep Gathering is excited to offer an inspiring array of workshops for fiber enthusiasts, taught by some of the best fiber artist and animal husbandry instructors from the Northwest and beyond. Workshops will be held in various buildings on the grounds of the Linn County Fair and Expo Center and adjacent hotels. Workshops are held during all three days of the Gathering — Friday, June 28, Saturday, June 29, and Sunday, June 30, 2024.

Registration Closed the morning of June 14, 2024. After this date we will not give refunds for workshop cancellations unless another person fills the canceled space from the waiting list. If your space is filled, cancellation fees will apply (see section on cancellation). In-person registration will be available at the start of the Friday morning check-in on June 28, 2024.

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Check-in: Morning and all day workshops begin at 9am and afternoon workshops begin at 1:30pm. Check-in times are 8:15-9am and 12:45pm-1:30pm respectively. Students need to check in at the convention center unless otherwise advised.

Workshop Registration During the Black Sheep Gathering:

We will register people for workshops that have openings during the Black Sheep Gathering on a first-come first-served basis.

Registration Confirmation:

You will receive confirmation of your registration by e-mail. The confirmation notice will provide you with: The names and times of your workshops, as well materials required. There will also be a link to your registration record. If you do not receive your confirmation e-mail in your inbox, please check your junk/spam filters. If you do not find it there, please let us know and we will get it to you.

Waiting Lists:

We will keep a waiting list of up to 5 people for each workshop. Names will be placed on waiting lists in the order that requests are received. If someone cancels out of a workshop prior to the Black Sheep Gathering, we will contact the first person on the list and offer them the space. You will have 2 days to respond, after which we will move to the next person in line.

If you do not make it on to the waiting list, we will let you know. You cannot be enrolled in a workshop and be on the waiting list for another workshop that is occurring at the same time.


All-day classes include a 1½-hour break from 12-1:30pm to allow ample time for lunch and shopping.

Fees and Cancellation Policy

Workshop Fees and Materials Fees: The workshop fee and materials fee are listed in the workshop descriptions. When you register, the materials fee is included in the overall fee that you are charged. We collect the materials fees and give them to the instructors.

Cancellation and Refund Policy:

The following fees apply to cancellations/workshop changes:
  • Cancellation fee: An $8.00 fee will apply to each workshop that is cancelled or changed.
  • If you create more than one registration for yourself, your registration files will be consolidated into a single record. An $8.00 change fee will be assessed for each time this needs to be done.

Please note:
Unless extreme medical/life-threatening circumstances apply, we cannot waive these fees. These fees are to cover the costs that RegOnline charges us and help us to maintain the Black Sheep Gathering from year to year.


Judge: Richard Jacobsen
Le Grand, California

I am a 4th generation sheep producer, primarily as a seed-stock producer. My grandfathers and dad raised competitive sheep here in California, going back to the 1940s.Read More.


Judge: Allen Mesick
Huntington Beach, California

Allen Mesick of Eureka! Mohair Farm, has bred and showed white and natural colored Angora goats for over 20 years. His Angora goats have brought home many Champion and overall Grand Champion awards. Read More.


Wool and Alpaca Judge: Dr. Geof Ruppert
Fairfield, Pennsylvania

Geof Ruppert has been judging sheep and fleeces since he was fresh out of veterinary school. Inspired in part by his mother's love of fiber arts, Dr. Ruppert began raising Corriedales in the 1970s.  Read More.



Judge: Laura Todd
Neotsu, Oregon

Laura has judged fiber arts for county fairs, taught knitting since 2007, and has been awarded ribbons and multiple best-in-show awards for fiber arts at numerous festivals and fairs nationwide, including three Black Sheep Cups at BSG.Read More.