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Show and Tell, March 2022


These are two card woven mask lanyards. I used 20 cards of 10/2 cotton in black, charcoal, natural, and white, then sewed the bands to lobster clips to attach to mask. The patterns are in John Mullarkey’s monograph  Tablet Weaving: Egyptian Diagonals.



My project is an experiment with collapse weave. In this structure, two different fibers in the warp react differently to wet finishing. The black warp threads shrank and the brightly colored cotton threads did not. This gave me wonderful bumps. The degree of agitation and the water temperature affect the degree of shrinkage of the wool parts. The bumpy texture of the cotton areas emphasizes any iridescence that might come into play between the complementary colors of the warp and weft threads.



My project is a set of placemats from a kit I purchased from Halcyon Yarns several years ago called Peaceful Harbor Placemats. They are plain weave with a warp set of 10 EPI, and a warp length of 3 1/2 yards to make 4 placemats. There are three different variegated and solid color yarn’s, a heavy weight, medium weight and light weight alternating throughout both the weft and warp. It’s woven on a Schact Flip rigid heddle loom.



I made some valentines Kuhimino bracelets for a couple in my apartment complex. One is made of hemp, and the other is made of assorted yarn from my stash.



Huck lace runners.


Show and Tell, February 2022


6th and final towel on the warp on the loom.


Barbara S:

Fantom Boats, inspired by our view of ships in the fog that we see on the SF Bay. I wove the
stiff silk kibisu yarn into a long panel in 2020, and later cut it up to create these sculptures. The fabric is almost stiff enough to stand on its own. Each boat has a speckled Japanese paper-covered cardboard deck. Each one is about 16”L X 14”H x 4 to 6”D. Lots of fun to make these.



Peach-colored, huck placemat made from a draft by Madelyn van der Hoogt. The green/yellow tea towel is made with 3/2 mercerized cotton using a draft from Handwoven. The yarn was dyed at Creative Endeavors.



These are Sashiiko pillows that I completed recently. The three larger pillows, 18” square, I stitched from preprinted fabric with wash-out guide lines. The two small pillows, 12” square, were hand drawn the traditional way. The  one on the lower left in Pine Bark motif (mastsukawa bishi) I started during a sashiko workshop with local artist Marico Chigyo.



These are towels woven in a modified Huck Lace with a natural 8/2 cotton warp and woven in 8/2 cotton in colors. Towel with natural weft was woven with hemp.



This is a collection of scarves woven in Deflected Double Weave. The pleasure of this  structure is that the weaving has two very different sides, possibly different colors, or circles on side, squares on the other, horizontal stripes vs vertical stripes. Any kind of  yarn can be combined, wool, silk, tencel, cotton. Check your stash.



My latest art installation titled “In Deep Water” is featured now in a new publication Arte Morbida published in Italian and English.  It is a magazine focused on contemporary textile arts, and it has many interesting articles for weavers and other textile artists and should be of interest to Black Sheep Handweavers Guild Members. The news about my exhibition in Sonoma through Feb. 23, is at this link, and from this people can also look at the whole website for Artemorbida.



This is my first chenille project and my first try at a log cabin draft. I didn’t realize that the red yarn was twice as thick as the black yarn until after I had wound the warp. Dottie Calabrese helped me recover from this mistake and I made two decent scarves.



Knitted sweater. This is a sweater that Brenda of Pans Garden dyed for me from 1 handspun strand of alpaca and one from a soft wool. I spun the yarn for it at about a dk to fingering weight yarn. The pattern is Sarah Swett’s Magic Medium Sweater. The color inspiration was from the color of a sky at sunset. I think she interpreted that very well.  A big shout out to Brenda, a fantastic local master dyer.



These are dish towels for my daughter, I wanted to make it an American theme.

This is a 4 harness pattern called broken diamond twill. The yarn in 8/2 cotton in both warp and weft.

Show and Tell, January 2022

Ange: Ikat Scarves

I dyed 20/2 natural colored cotton with black procion dye for a random
ikat pattern. I’m not sure what went wrong with the dye process but I
got dark navy instead of black. I wove both scarves in a birds eye
twill; one is woven with yarn dyed with the weft, and the other is
commercially dyed cotton. It’s hard to tell from the photos, but the
one with the black weft shows the blue delightfully leaking into the
white areas.


Show and Tell, December 2021

Ange: Spun Paper

TIssue paper sewing patterns spun then plied with red silk singles; the knitted sample held up to hand washing. I learned how to do this in a 2021 SOAR class with Judith MacKenzie.




Ulla: Margit’s Flower Yarns, 23×30″, Linen, Cotton, 2021

This is the second piece I have woven on this warp.  The first one was finished in 2018  which shows that the warp has been on the loom for at least four years.  The piece is part of my theme of Old Yarns, New Work.  The old warp and base weft yarn here is a singles linen that a friend found in her father’s attic as she cleaned out his house. Big hanks that filled a pillowcase.  The warp having been on the loom for such a long time and in our sunroom where the temperature reaches 120 degrees when we are not here, meant that I had more than a few broken ends.
I got the colored weft after a cousin of my mother, called Margit, died.  She loved to embroider, buying kits from Denmark and these are her leftovers. The yarn is a 24/2 cotton and is called flower yarn since most of the kits depict plants of different kinds. As with the DMC yarn I had used in the first piece, this yarn came boxed in small boxes that had contained a French soap.  The smell is still quite strong. To weave the piece was extremely time consuming, each colored shot took 12 minutes, but that is all forgotten since I love the piece and how it flips three-dimensionally.


Show and Tell, November 2021

Ann: “Google” Towels

Cottolin in Google colors. 1 “Circle and Diamond Towels” from Handwoven Nov/Dec 2019, p34-35.  Five towels and three napkins made for Google work mates. Matching woven tape for towel hanging loops.




Gail: Deflected Double Weave Scarf

I’ve been playing with deflected doubleweave for the first time, as the Weaving Study Group recently chose this structure for extended study. Found a 4-shaft scarf draft on Gist Yarns. I altered the block proportions a bit and threw in some color blends in both warp and weft. I had wound a short warp just for casual sampling, but I liked the developing color effects enough to keep weaving for 34 inches. So I have a short neck scarf that I can clasp with a pin, or possibly seam into a cowl.

As a bonus, I might be able to apply the same threading to some woven shibori techniques as described by Catharine Ellis. (It’s identical to a basic Monk’s Belt.) I hope eventually to tie on to the bit of warp that is still on the loom with natural pearl cotton in order to explore some dyeing techniques.




Gudrun: Woven Pouch

This is a pouch woven in basket weave made of a single thread. It is definitely handwoven, but without a loom. I laid out the warp on a flat surface, then wove in the weft by hand to form a 10×5″ rectangle. Or was it the other way round? The last step was to fold the rectangle, close the sides, and tie the ends together.

Now I am passing the leftover yarn onto Barbie Paulsen, who is willing to accept the challenge. I am curious to see how that ball of yarn will inspire her.




Johanna: Daryl Lancaster Workshop Garments

It was long days and lots of work (until 11:00pm). But so nice to walk away with these pieces and a re-worked shadow weave top.




Jodi: Felted Pumpkin

We were invited to a pumpkin carving party & when I asked if there were any guidelines, I was told I could bring one already made & use anything I wanted, so I needle felted one. I used a 6 or 7 inch foam core to make it go more quickly, the covered with some scrap white fleece. I layered fleece for the ribs – brown first, then a mixture of dark orange & green & finally covered with a blend from New England Felting company of red & orange. I went back to the brown I had to make the stem.
Oh yeah, I won a prize for it ;o)

Show and Tell, October 2021

Cathy D:  Needle felted Crazy Cat.
Stands about 8 inches. He is created with grey and white wool. Whiskers are done with a heavy beading thread. They seem to curl up on their own, hence the “Crazy Cat” title. The cat has pink hearts on its paws so naturally, it needed a heart in a secret place, Thank you to Ginger’s Felters group for inspiration!
Ange M: Hand Towels
Just off the loom. Hand towels for the powder room in 10/2 cotton, twill with basketweave. Pattern from Weaver’s Craft #17 (available from the Guild library).
Gail B:  Crackle Scarf

7” x 72” plus 4” fringe

Warp and ground weft: black 8/2 bamboo
Pattern weft: scarlet fingering wool
The pattern as I wove it is on the left; the “wrong” side is on the right. I found a draft for the diamond motif among the online weaving archives of the University of Arizona. The border element I created myself. A link to the crackle draft (as well as others) is:
Jane Ingram Allen: Living Quilts
I wanted to send this link to an article in ART NEWS about my recent series of “Living Quilts” art installations. Here is the link:  I was the founder and first president of Black Sheep Handweavers back in the mid-seventies, when I was teaching fiber arts and weaving at Foothill College and Canada College.  I am now living in Santa Rosa, CA, and I am an honorary life member of Black Sheep Handweavers. I continue to offer workshops and do art projects around the world, now mostly with hand papermaking but still with some of my weaving and fiber arts processes mixed in. Some images show the same work when installed and some several months later when it is blooming.

Show and Tell, August 2021

Charlotte C: Turned Crackle Placemats

The warp for the Turned Crackle placemats that I wove is cotton chenille that is 1425 YPP.  It was sett at 16 EPI.  Weft is 8/2 cotton in navy.  4 colors in the warp.  4 blocks.  Each of the 4 blocks in the warp uses 4 colors – red, green, blue and tan.  Color sequence is different in each block.

Block A – green, blue, tan, red.

Block B – blue, tan, red, green.

Block C – tan, red, green, blue.

Block D – red, green, blue, tan.

After getting the color sequences in the warp all threaded, the weaving is a breeze with one color (one shuttle, instead of 4 in regular crackle).

Lots of shrinkage – 20%.


Gudrun: Double-faced Card Weaving

I had been weaving dogs and cats recently hoping for rain. The rain came – unfortunately in massive amounts and not in the desired places.
The technique is double-faced card weaving, the yarn is 10/2 pearl cotton.
Several patterns  were derived from Andean knitting patterns.

Show and Tell, July 2021

Barbara O:

I have been playing around with some natural dyeing. First some white wool yarn.

From Right to left:  madder, madder overdid with marigold, marigold, marigold over dyed with madder, weld, weld with iron, walnut, walnut with iron, logwood, logwood with iron.

I love the effect of adding iron to the dyes.

An eco printed smock following India Flint’s methodology.  It turned out beautifully, IMHO.




A chenille scarf in shades of teal and turquoise with supplementary warp of nylon ribbon.



Pin loom coverlet.



Show and Tell, June 2021


Sugar and Spice, shawl woven with Alpaca Silk/ Cashmere, Bird Eye Twill on a 4 harness Dorset


10/2 cotton, 24 epi towels for the Towel Exchange. Monks belt design on 4 shafts of a 22” Gilmore Gem II 8 shaft loom. Enjoyed weaving the set of towels for my first guild towel exchange. Looking forward to participating in other guild projects!



8 - shaft scarves

8 – Shaft Scarves


Study Group Towels


Supplemental Warp


Twill Towels



Urns for COVID to honor those who have died from COVID-19



Kelp Forest, overshot scarf–variant of wandering vine

Currently on the loom, crackle weave



Canvas weave scarves with 20/2 silk, inspired by Pistache Tree berries




Tapestry for Social Justice

Rigid Heddle Scarf



Knitted Gossamer Lace, knit with handspun white cashmere, approximately 5′ long