Johanna G – Fabulous Soji Jackets
Johanna G – New Tunic
Gudrun P – Explorations of Diversified Plain Weave
DPW was the BSHG structure study group’s recent topic. DPW is in the family of two-tie “Thick-and-Thin” structures. On an 8H loom, shaft 1 and 2 are used for thin ties, shaft 3 – 8 are pattern shafts and are threaded with heavier threads. Traditionally a single color is used for all heavy warp threads and a different color is use for all heavy weft threads.
In an alternate project I wanted to experiment using more colors in the warp. I set up a threading that combined two colors in every block.
Using the tie-up this arrangement lets me choose colors for every pick. I can lift one of the colors in a block, or both or none of them. This gives you great possibilies to create patterns. Carpet warp is the thick yarn in this project, 20/2 or 10/2 cotton is used for the ties.
John H – Geometric ikat scarf
I made another of my geometric ikat scarves. I wanted to check out whether an AVL warping wheel could be used for ikat wrapping. It sort of worked, but I was unable to get accurate placement of the wraps. The pattern starts out OK but falls apart by the end of the scarf. Warp is 400 ends of 20/2 silk sett at 40 epi.
Show and Tell November 2023
John H – My silk warp IKAT scarf
Ange M – Sample from Mary Zikafoose’s class
The warp is 8/2 tencel dyed with Procion mx dyes, and the weft is a commercially dyed 16/2 cotton. I wove a straight twill.
I shifted the color by slipping the threads; one side came out looking like I wanted and the other did not!
Teacatweaver’s Ikat scarf from Mary Zikafoose’s class
Result from the IKAT workshop with Mary Zikafoose. Madder/Cutch natural dye, 100% linen
Michael B. – Inkle Band Suspenders
Very nice inkle band suspenders crafted by Black Sheep member Michael B.
Note the custom 3D printed clips on the left, perfect for blue jean belt loops.
Lynn C. – Navajo-style tapestry
Beautiful tapestry by Black Sheep member Lynn C.
It is approximately 30 inches square and was warped Navajo-style on two dowels, then tied to a frame loom.
Show and Tell October 2023
Alexandra G. and her Double Rainbow Scarf (Doubleweave/Cotton):
Laura B. and her Overshot Blanket:
7 yard warp, which alternates Brown Sheep Lambspun (I was given 10 skeins at a Black Sheep meeting last year) with a finer grist of my handspun singles from a natural dark brown crossbred fleece.
293 ends, sett at 8 dpi. Draft is a simple 4-shaft overshot from Malin Selander, woven with 3 tabby picks between the pattern wefts. This was my first big project on my vintage Ullman countermarch loom.
Tabby weft is my fine dark brown handspun. Pattern weft is partly a commercial 2-ply I redyed to red and rust, and partly a 2-ply handspun I carded and spun to match the grist, in many colors.
After sampling my wet finishes, I plan to full the cloth, cut it into three panels and crochet them together with more of the Brown Sheep Lambspun to make a twin-sized blanket for my older son. He approved the color scheme.
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.
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 & 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
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
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 handweaving.net, it is an 8-Shaft pattern made with 3/2 white and brown organic cotton (American Maid) in warp and weft.
Show and Tell May 2023
Making the Most of It – Barbara Shapiro
I wanted to make a three row flower knot Möbius strip, but didn’t take into account how
thick the band would be. When it was close to being done, but before I worked all the ends in, I realized it was too short to twist and fashion into a closed twisted loop. So I stepped back from it and, lo and behold, this is what I saw crawling across my table.
I added the eyes and he took off to attack a group of ceramic kimono clad zombies.
— Barbara Shapiro
Beautiful Beiderwand pillows – Ange M.
Beautiful Beiderwand Pillows woven by Ange M. 8/2 cotton in beige and grey with garage sale mystery wool in black.
Black Sheep interested in weave structures like Beiderwand can join the Weave Structure Study Group!