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Show and Tell February 2024

Johanna G – Fabulous Soji Jackets

I just finished sewing my second Soji Jacket and find them so comfortable to wear. 
The black and white one is color  blocking  that I created for the Canada Fashion course last year.
The blue and white and  multicolored color blocking Soji Jacket I just finished using a selection of some of my previous woven fabrics, along with some commercial fabric.  It came together pretty easy given I had done a trial run with the first jacket.  The blue jacket includes fabric from our recent Structures study on Diversified Plain weave. It is the lighter blue section in the front of the jacket.
Tyler M. – Bamboo Scarf
Tyler M. wove this 12 gauge bamboo scarf at 30 epi – “The drape is buttery”
Lynn C. – Tapestry with soumak stitch
Lynn C. wove this 10×14″ tapestry with handspun wool with a soumak stitch technique. This was inspired by an online weaving class with Kennita Tully. 

2023 Guild Programs

The Programs Committee is happy to announce our 2021-2022 programs. At this time, all guild meetings will be conducted via Zoom until it is safe to meet in person again. Meetings are on 3rd Thursdays of each month, beginning at 7PM. Zoom links are available in the Member’s Calendar.

  • January 19 – Daryl Lancaster: Doup Leno
  • February 16 – Denise Kovnat: Tactile Art: Collapse Fabrics from 4 to 32 shafts
  • March 16 – Mary Zicafoose: My work in Ikat
  • April – 20 – Weaving Wizards
  • May 18 – A Revue in Review of Guild Study Groups
  • June 15 – Let’s Get Together and Share the Weaving Love (In Person)
  • July 20 – Informal Summer Program – In Person Craft Night
  • August 17 – Informal Summer Program (tbd)

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








CNCH 2020 Burlingame Grant Available!

The Black Sheep Handweavers Guild is pleased to announce that we will be providing a $250 grant to one of our members for the Conference of Northern California 2020 Burlingame Conference.

All members of Black Sheep Handweavers Guild are encouraged to apply for the grant.

  • Grant applications are due on September 30, 2019.
  • Grant recipient must be a member of good standing as of September 30, 2019 for the 2019-2020 guild year.
  • Grant recipient will be announced at the October Guild Meeting.

For more details, please review the Grant Application.

Please send your completed grant application to grant [at] blacksheepguild [dot] org by September 30, 2019.

If you have any questions about the grant, please do not hesitate to ask any of the board members or email grant [at] blacksheepguild [dot] org.

Rep Weave with Rosalie Nielson May 18 – 19, 2018



This is your chance to explore block weaving through rep weaving, a warp-faced technique also known as ripsmatta, which is characterized by an alternation of a thick and thin weft.  Join renowned craftsperson Rosalie Nielson to make a 4 or 8 harness rep weave runner.  Class is limited to 15, and will be held at Mercy Center in Burlingame.

December 21, 2017: Winter Solstice Holiday Party

Christmas Presents Stock PhotoCome one, Come ALL! to our annual potluck Holiday Dinner on December 21st. Please bring a favorite potluck dish (with an ingredients label for those with food allergies) and/or beverage to share, and join us early as we will begin setting up our potluck dinner at 6:00 p.m.

We’ll dig into the bounty beginning about 6:30 p.m. Plates, eating utensils, napkins, and glasses will be provided, but members are encouraged to provide their own mugs.

Expect a charming evening filled with joyous fun, delicious food and delightful entertainment – the suspenseful and hilarious gift exchange during which we’ve gotten many giggles and squeals! Please bring a wrapped, untagged gift (fiber-related gifts are always nice) with a suggested value in the $15 – $20 range.

If you have any holiday tablecloths or table-top decorations you might be able to loan for this even please contact Melanie.


We are planning a doubleweave workshop with Jennifer Moore. This workshop is appropriate for anyone who knows how to warp a loom and read a draft, but should have enough to interest a more advanced weaver as well. Check out her website:






The final cost will be determined by the number of attendees, but we will try to keep it under $250/person. Please contact Barbara (barbara_oconnor [at] earthlink [dot] net) or Kathleen (k8dickey [at] gmail [dot] com) with your interest and send or bring a check (made out to Black Sheep Handweavers Guild) for $100 to hold you place.

DATE: Oct 31st – Nov 1st -9am-5pm

LOCATION: Veteran’s Memorial Senior Center, Redwood City

PLEASE SIGN UP by Sept 20th, so we can open this to non Black Sheep participants. Also, if you want to take this class, but need to borrow a workshop loom, please let me know. 

Show and Tell, April 16, 2015



This rug sampler by Kathleen was begun in the Beginning Rug Weaving class with Jason Collingwood in August 2014. Kathleen is showing how she turned up one end and sewed along the edges to create a pocket in this wall hanging application.

Kathy L. and Ruth display their adventures in Nuno Felting, from the class led by Carin Engen in March.













Photos of felted purses did not turn out well.  But Cookie brought an experimental length of weaving she fashioned from tidbits of fiber leftover from the  …




Ealish Wilson Oct. 17, 2013

kimonoThe sculptural textiles of Ealish Wilson have developed through her travel,  fascination with a variety materials, architecture, photography and traditional sewing techniques. Ealish combines her inspirations into constructed and deconstructed pieces creating one off textile works.

The work represents a collection of experiences & observations from her daily life and travels.  Although the places are different the natural process of development is always the same, inspiration captured by photographs, sketches and collecting ephemera. Architecture plays a pivotal role within the work.  The juxtaposition of old and new provides intriguing contrasts of texture, ideas for form, shape and colour combinations. Through the computer her collected inspiration is developed and manipulated to create prints which subsequently influence the pleating and shaping of her textiles.

An intriguing aspect of the work is how the eye is deceived through her influencing the fabric texture both physically and creating surface images.  The observer is challenged and captivated.  The viewer initially sees the colours and the surface texture.  Closer observation slowly  reveals an apparent three dimensional image emerging from the two dimensions present.  This creates a depth which suddenly assaults the senses.  All these aspects are combined through smocking and pleating which gives a physical surface texture,then the printing which provides the decoration to render complex and unusual sculpted textiles.

For additional information, visit her website at