All posts by Stefanie Selck

Show and Tell September 2023

Show & Tell: Sashiko & Indigo by Gail B.

Indigo dyed cotton shibori weave:

Beautiful purses / phone pouches incorporating previously unfinished samples from sashiko and indigo dye workshops:


Swedish Snowflake Towels by Stefanie S.

After completing the Swedish Snowflake draft at a recent class with Madeline van der Hoogt, I liked the pattern so much that I wove a few dish towels. To make it more interesting, I changed the 8-shaft pattern to 16 shafts, to display both front and back side in alternating squares. 22/2 Cottolin. 



In-person Program for 7:00 p.m. Thursday, September 21: Share- Outs of our Summer Studies

In-person Program for 7:00 p.m. Thursday, September 21: Share-
Outs of our Summer Studies

Please join us as we kick off a new year of guild programs! September’s guild meeting will be an in-person event featuring the show-and-tell of members who attended CNCH 2023 and other Black Sheep Handweavers Guild September 2 2023 Newsletter
summer workshops. We will start officially at 7:00 p.m. at the Goldstar room inside the Veteran Memorial Senior Center. (Hospitality will be there by 6:30 p.m.) The address is 1455 Madison Avenue, Redwood City, CA 94061. We will have drinks available. Feel free to bring a snack to share or for yourself, depending on your comfort level. The weather should be pleasant enough to keep the side door open for ventilation.

Show and Tell August 2023

CNCH 2023 – San Luis Obispo, CA

Many Black Sheep Guild members were able to participate in the recent Conference of Northern California Handweavers in San Luis Obispo from Aug 3-6, 2023.

Below you will find some impressions and images our members brought back as well as samples of the amazing work that was done in 16+ classes during the conference. 

Thank you to members for sharing their work with us!

Barbara S – Deb Curtis’ Class on “Birch Bark Explorations”

Here are two stitched vessels I did in Deb Curtis class. Stitched birch bark with 4 strand and 3 strand braided and flat cedar bark rims.
Deb is an excellent teacher, the students were so much fun to be with, and I learned a lot about materials I have never before worked with. What looks like black stitching on the cylinder is actually natural to the bark as are the short brown lines.


Ange M – Inge Dam’s class on “Tablet Band Incorporated into Fabric”

I took Inge Dam’s class on “Tablet Band Incorporated into Fabric”. My
sample is still in progress but here’s a photo of it! All 10/2 cotton,
and there are 28 cards in the threaded-in cardwoven accent.

Stefanie S – Jennifer Moore’s class on Double Rainbow

Here are some images of the finished sampler we started in Jennifer Moore’s class. Lot’s of opportunity to play with color and shapes and get creative with different yarns.

Show and Tell July 2023

Show & Tell: Table Mats by Lschickli

Table mats in 6 shaft irregular satin on the Drawloom


Show & Tell: Handcrafted paper by Gail B

Lovely handcrafted paper from a recent Creative Endeavors workshop

Show & Tell: Sewing with Handwovens Study Group

Beautiful projects shared by the Black Sheep Sewing with Handwovens Study Group. Check out more details here

Show & Tell: Star of Bethlehem Baby Blankets by John H.

Comparing the same pattern in 24 epi vs 20 epi demonstrates how the 24 epi is more elongated and the 20 epi is more balanced. 


Show & Tell: Handspun Merino wool by Monique H

Show & Tell: Woven shibori cotton and indigo scarf by Gail B

July 20 – Summer Program

Guild Program Thursday, July 20th, 2023 @ 7:00 p.m.

In Person Craft Night      

July’s program for the guild meeting will be a casual in-person crafting night! We
will start officially at 7:00 pm at the Veteran Memorial Senior Center but Hospitality
will be there by 6:30 pm.

Bring your handwork of tapestry weaving, hand-stitching, basket weaving, spinning wheels, drop spindles, and/or braiding! We will have some snacks and drinks available. The weather should be pleasant enough to keep the side door open to maintain ventilation and more room for people to craft!

Show and Tell June 2023

Show & Tell: Catikat by Ally Krause
One of my ikat weavings, Catikat, has been selected for the Pets & Animals show at the Pacific Art League in Palo Alto. Catikat is a warp ikat piece based on the silhouette of my cat, Mo, and is naturally dyed with cutch. The opening reception is this Friday 6/2 from 5:30-8pm, and it will be up through 6/27.
— Ally Krause

Catikat ikat, photo courtesy of the artist

Show & Tell: Cotton Baby Blanket By Stefanie S.

I love this Leave pattern for a super-soft baby blanket for my new grandson! The pattern is from,  it is an 8-Shaft pattern made with 3/2 white and brown organic cotton (American Maid) in warp and weft. 

Let’s Get Together and Share the Weaving Love, or the Love of Weaving!

Let’s Get Together and Share the Weaving Love, or
the Love of Weaving!

7:00 p.m. Thursday, June 15 Guild Meeting in person 

Bring your recent creations! Even if you’ve shared them on zoom. We want to see them in
person and give them the “weaver’s handshake.”
Clear out your stash to give or sell or trade with other guild members.
Bring your questions! Meetings like this are where a lot of information and experience gets
shared around. If you want a helpful critique of a new technique you’re trying, chances are there will be someone at the meeting who can share their insights. Let’s get some conversations going!
Trim your stash (and prepare to add more)! Bring your stash items that you want to clear
out. We’ll have a give-away table. If you want to put a price tag on something you’re clearing out, we’ll have a table for that, too.
Bring something to nibble on if you want. We don’t have the momentum of a snack signup
sheet, so we’re going to let this rely on serendipity. The doors will be open and there will be outside space to give everyone choices.
This meeting we will also have our annual Board election, so come celebrate all the folks
who keep things running.

The meeting will be at the Veterans Memorial Senior Center, 1455 Madison Ave., Redwood
City, in the Goldstar Room.

Slate of Board Officers

Here is the slate of nominated Board Members we will be voting on at the June 15 meeting:
President: Gail Blackmarr
Secretary John Horrigan
Programs: Joanna Gelb
Newsletter: Leela Goel
CNCH Rep: Ally Kraus

Staying On
VP: Diana Kirby Herr
Treasurer Lyn Chambers
Membership Dail Koehler
Library Ange Mirer
Hospitality Marjorie Pomeroy
Exhibits Jodi Paley – Kitty Thoresen
Web Curator Stefanie Selck
Publicity/Social Media: Sarah Arron
Programs Barbara O’Connor – Barbie Paulsen

Please join the board in welcoming new members and thanking all those departing.


ART on the Square 2023 – Friday, July 28, 5:00 – 8:30pm

ART on the Square 2023 – Friday, July 28, 5:00 – 8:30pm

It is confirmed. We have a 10’x10′ booth at ART on the Square in Redwood City, on Friday,
July 28th from 5:00-8:30 pm! This is a community booth and a fantastic opportunity to share ideas and knowledge about textile arts, and to showcase the variety of work our members do.

We need you!
Photos – We can upload 5 photos that represent the work members of the guild do. These
will be used by ART on the Square for promotional purposes. (No photo collages or text other than copyright info at the bottom of the image)
Do you have images of your work or of you working on a project that you would like to
Would you like help out in the booth to talk to people who stop by to learn more?

Have ideas that you would like to share?
Please contact Monique Hodgkinson at screencaffeen at for
information and for photo sizing requirements.