Black Sheep Handweavers Guild is an HGA and CNCH affiliated guild located in the San Francisco Bay Area. The purpose of the Black Sheep Handweavers Guild is to promote the exchange of ideas and knowledge in the textile arts, and to encourage efforts and activities in all fields of textiles.


Our guild meets monthly on the third Thursday of each month at 7PM. Click here to get to the members’ only calendar. If you are not a member but wish to join us, please leave us a note and someone from the Membership committee will reach out to you.


Some examples of projects by our Guild Members



Of interest: 

Black Sheep 2023 Towel Exchange!                           

We are excited to announce the guidelines for  our 2023 towel exchange and look forward to seeing all your beautiful contributions in October 2023!

Guidelines for the Black Sheep towel exchange 2023:

Participation: Any member of the Black Sheep Guild can participate in the towel exchange

Due dates: we will collect all participating towels in October 2023

Submission: We will be in touch as we get closer to the deadline with details around where and when to turn in your towels and we are looking forward to seeing many more creative submission over the coming months!

Distribution: tbd

Specifications: Towels must be woven from cotton, linen, hemp, or any combination of these fibers. Finished size is to be between 18” and 22″ inches wide, and 25” to 28″ long. 

Please plan ahead to address shrinkage and pull-in. Please finish with a hem, either hand-sewn or machine-sewn. Note: Barbara O’Connor was nice enough to offer support and tips for anyone struggling with towel hemming – thanks so much Barbara!

Closer to the due date, we’ll provide you a form to fill out for each towel asking for information on you and your towels, including loom, draft, yarn info, inspiration, etc.

When you turn in your towels, we’ll be asking you to tell us your color preference: warm colors, cool colors, neutrals or potluck.  We’ll do our best to honor your preferences.

Want to get back more than 3 towels? Go ahead and turn in more! Please make them in multiples of 3.

You turn in 3 towels, you get 3 towels back. We are only accepting multiples of 3 towels

Questions? Contact 2023 Towel Exchange coordinators: 

Stefanie Selck (sselck at gmail.com)

Barbie Paulsen (weaverbarbie at gmail.com)