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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. 



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

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. 

Show and Tell May 2023

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!

Show and Tell April 2023

Ply Split Rug by Ulla de L.  

 I made another split ply rug while I was in Sweden last month. It is made of the 260
cords I had made the year before, walking back and forth on our veranda. As with my previous ones it is made out of the Maypole Nehalem wool yarns I got from Gisela Evitt many years ago, using 10400 ends of 2 ply wool. It is 24″ X 7’4″ in size.

Creative Endeavors by Betsy C

The Creative Endeavors Group learned sashiko stitching with Jodi P. This beautiful boro was made by Betsy C.

Stand Clear of the Closing Doors by Sarah A

Here is my recent piece Stand Clear of the Closing Doors. It is inspired by the New York City subway. The design was generated by artificial intelligence (image included below) and then I reproduced it with modified Theo Moorman technique using handspun mixed and upcycled fiber inlay weft, cotton warp, and bast ground weft. 


The woven piece                                                   The AI Starting Point 

Gail B – More Creative Endeavors


Completed Scarf: Four Shaft Deflected Doubleweave variation, 5/2 cotton and Bambu 7

Sashiko/Bpro Mug Rug, cotton, 6″x6″ (April Creative Endeavors Event)

Mushroom-Dyed Wool yarn (March Creative Endeavors Event)                                    

Show and Tell February 2023

Barbara Shapiro – Troubled Waters

My work Troubled Waters 2019, 14 x 14 x 14″, has been chosen for The Color of Water at
the Sebastopol Center for the Arts, February 11 to March 26, 2023.

The Reception is on February 11, 2 to 4 PM. The hexagonally plaited sedori cane globe supports a swirl of soiled papers and cloth with a pool of debris inside the globe as well.

Show and Tell January 2023

Barbara Shapiro – Featured Friday Artist for the National Basketry Organization

Jan 6, 2023

 As I explored Japanese Flower Knot plaiting on a jellyfish for Bay Area Basket Makers‘ participation in the CNCH Tableau event, it occurred to me that the surface resembled that of a pineapple. And off I went seeking to capture the shape of that once exotic fruit.   By the time I finish the fourth and fifth ones, I had figured out that I could use spacers between knots to create a nice plump form. The crown is made with two rows of twining on some extra elements and rolling them up to insert into the top. 


Stefanie S – Tencel Scarf

I wanted to feature both colors on this scarf, so I chose Blue as warp and Green as weft and wove in a cross-twill. I added a few rows of herringbone twill every few inches to mix it up a little. The scarf is very soft and has great drape and I really like the color combination. 


Barbara O. –  Samples from Rep Workshop with Kelly Marshall

Show and Tell December 2022

Gudrun  P – Christmas Trees

Christmas Trees

These trees came to be in my early days of weaving. I had taken a 6 week weaving class at the studio of “The Handweavers of Los Altos” with my teachers Jane Koldorff, Yvonne Kortum and Margaret Gaynes. I had learned about rose path and this is what I used to create patterns in a plain weave background. It was fun play to weave, creating patterns using colors and the floats that rose path gives you.

Ulla d L – Hatband

I bought a hat at the second-hand shop in Burlingame and decided to do a hatband for it.

It is in split ply twining. 8 strands of 10/2 cotton per cord, in the SCOT ( single-course oblique twining) technique.

Linda Hendrickson calls it the “Waves” band. I haven’t had the guts to wear the hat.


Ply-Split Hatband, wave pattern – Ulla d  L


Ange M – Baby Blanket

Baby blankets for my grandnephews, made from 8/4 Brassard cotton in a rosepath threading.



Laura B – Rigid Heddle Project in process


Sarah A – My recently finished wrap

this is my recently finished wrap. Cottolin warp and weft, with supplemental handspun weft of Malabriho nube merino and handdyed locks from Namaste farms. Spiral plied with metallic thread. Finnish bird’s eye draft.  One armhole to keep it in place.



Barbara S – One Object for 2022

Barbara Shapiro, Never again is Now, 2022. Japanese handwoven hemp, plaited strips of Kozo fiber, clumps of Kozo fiber, Red silk thread stitching, and Sumi ink. Stitched and assembled. 

My most recent Horn Bag was completed in April 2022 with the constant specter of war in Europe on my mind. Damaged and soiled, its contents have singed edges. It is not pretty. As I did with Tikuun Olam, I gave this one a title that reflects my Jewish heritage. Never Again was what we said after WWII with the founding of the state of Israel. Never again would the Jews have nowhere to go when the world turned against them. And now again we see people fleeing their homes with just a bag of their possessions in their arms, not knowing what the future holds for them. It’s heartbreaking.  If these past years have taught me anything, it is that I should feel empowered to speak in my own true voice at this point of my life. If I see the world as fragile, all of us fragile, it’s OK to express that in my work. And If I feel like repairing that fragility with stitches and woven patches, because each of us can bring about change, stitch by stitch, then I can say that with my work too