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Hidden Villa Sheep Shearing & Fiber Arts Festival 2024

On April 27th I had the opportunity to participate as a volunteer weaver at this fun event at Hidden Villa.

It was a day full of activities and the turn-out was great! We had a small group of weavers presenting their work on a rigid heddle loom, a tapestry loom and a table loom. There was also a big loom for participants to weave in pieces of cloth for a community art piece.


Hidden Villa had organized different stations where visitors could see the full process from sheep shearing, through skirting, carding, and spinning to weaving. There was also a great Fiber Arts exhibit with many interesting pieces by local fiber artists.


A Jazz band played during lunch and a few food trucks served delicious food.

There were several activities for visiting children, like block printing, wool spinning and quilting. Visits with the animals on the farm and a few amazing sheep herding demos rounded off the event.

The event was so much fun, and I will definitely be back next year to represent Black Sheep and the weaving community!

Black Sheep Exhibition at the Redwood City Main Library in April

April Black Sheep exhibit at the Redwood City Library

Once again, we are having an exhibition at the Redwood City Library for the month of April. Many of our members have items in the display cases on either side of the Children’s Library entrance on the 1st floor. Information about location, hours, parking, etc. can be found here: 
Thank you to everyone who loaned us items to display!

Jodi Paley & Andrea Niehaus, exhibits



Black Sheep Guild Field Trip to Meridian Jacobs Ranch

Black Sheep Guild Field Trip to Meridian Jacobs Ranch – June 8th

Our member Johanna Gelb is organizing a “field trip” to visit Robin Lynde’s ranch near Dixon, CA ( 

Robin spoke at the January guild meeting about her ranch, her work and her life as a sheep rancher, weaver, spinner, dyer, activist and business woman. 

Robin offers visits to her ranch and the suggestion is to go for a visit and see her ranch, pet some sheep, view and even buy some of her products and learn more about her work with Fibershed, a group of people who work to improve the carbon footprint of the ag businesses into net-positive systems to mitigate and lessen climate change ( 

Suggested date is June 8th. 

We would leave about 9:00 am from a central meeting place and be gone most of the day, returning in the later afternoon, (Exact time to be set by the group later)

We would carpool together, it is about a 1.5 hour drive to her location.  We could either bring a sack lunch or go to nearby Dixon for lunch.

Please let Johanna know if you are interested in joining her in going.  The guild is not paying for the event and the cost of the visit is not yet clear at this time, but it should be reasonable. 

Johanna Gelb-johannagelb  @ * 650    465   2423

For more info please see what Robin wrote:

It is possible that there could be a sheepdog demo but that depends on the status of groups of sheep at that point. We can certainly spend time in the barn looking at sheep up close. There are always pet sheep who want to be handled and plenty others to look at and I have a lot to show and talk about in the barn. My goal would be to have all of my fleeces skirted and sold by then, but that never happens. So there would probably be some fleeces available.

The shop: We can talk about the different yarns, my woven pieces, etc. I have a variety of local products, including Gardeners Gold Wool Pellets. We can talk about that product, Fibershed projects, etc. There is always something of interest to discuss. Looking at the dye garden, some of which should be blooming by then

Sounds like fun????  Please join us!

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.

Events & Exhibitions

Handweavers Guild of America (HGA) Textiles & Tea

Textiles & Tea takes place online every Tuesday, 4:00 p.m. ET / 1:00 p.m. Pacific Time. Full
information and registration are at All episodes of Textiles & Tea are recorded and are available to be watched on HGA’s Facebook page and YouTube channel. Speakers for April, 2024:

April 2nd, 2024: Christine K. Miller is a lifelong fiber artist with experience in weaving, sewing, basketry, embroidery, felting, dyeing, knitting, crochet, and fiber sculpture. She has been weaving for 50 years, and for the last 30 years she has been weaving with wire to create sculptural expressions. She teaches how to weave with wire as warp and weft in face-to-face workshops, through her online fiber studio, and in her newly published book Weaving with Wire: Creating Woven Metal Fabric. Christine continues bringing fiber arts into the educational world with Visiting Artist programs and workshops. She is a retired visual arts educator with local, state, and national arts education recognition. She continues teaching in K-12 programs through her Visiting Artist program and leads professional development workshops for art educators in school districts across the state of Texas.

April 9th, 2024: Patsy Zawistoski is an innovative, international handspinning teacher and lecturer throughout the U.S., New Zealand, Canada, and Sydney, Australia. For more than 40 years, Patsy has created multiple spinning workshops and presented them at large and small conferences. Loving all fibers, she maintains a wide focus while spinning multi-ply yarns for variety and exciting results. She began sewing at age ten with a button shirt for her dad, then went on to making all her clothes and doing alterations in high school. In 1973, after college and marrying, Patsy learned that she could make cloth by weaving on a rigid heddle loom. A spinning wheel followed eight years later. By 1987, she had spun and secured HGA’s Certificate of Excellence in Handspinning, Parts I and II.

April 16th, 2024: Liz Gipson is a writer, weaver, teacher, and rigid-heddle weaving enthusiast who hosts Yarnworker, a popular site for rigid-heddle weavers, and the associated Yarnworker School, an online, community-funded classroom. Liz has published four books on rigid-heddle weaving and previously worked for Interweave, Schacht Spindle Company, and Craftsy in various editorial, marketing, and video production capacities. Liz embraces the idea that through weaving, we see all things—history, culture, science, technology, personal expression, economics, medicine, and so much more. It is the perfect medium for exploring mind, body, and spirit.

April 23rd, 2024: Demetrio Bautista Lazo is considered by Mexican and international textile experts to be one of the best rug weavers and natural dyers of his generation. He began weaving at age seven at his grandfather’s side. Now aged 50, he has held solo exhibits and workshops in both Mexico and the US and has been featured in Zapotec Weavers (Museum of New Mexico Press)
and Spin-Knit: Colorways (Interweave Press). Demetrio dyes his wool/mohair blend with locally grown plants plus cochineal, a small insect. Through experimentation, he has learned to combine dyes and use a variety of acid and base modifiers to achieve a rich and varied natural palette of over 300 colors for his innovative designs based on Mexican culture.

April 30th, 2024: Kathy Monaghan is a dedicated fiber artist and popular instructor. The author of You Can Weave! Projects for Young Weavers, she has taught weaving at every level for over 35 years.
She loves sharing techniques and inspiration with all students, but particularly with beginners. Kathy excels at breaking complex tasks into easy-to-understand steps to ensure beginners’ success and never tires of seeing the joy in students when they master new skills. Her day job: she’s Director of Marketing for Pendleton Woolen Mills, designing experiences for the public to learn about the complete fabric production process, including fiber sourcing, dyeing, carding, spinning, warping, weaving, and the finishing of goods.

December 15, 2022 Holiday Party via Zoom, 7:00 p.m.

We will be holding our holiday party on December 15th on Zoom this year,
Meeting time 7 pm (usual time since we aren’t having a meal)
Our holiday party brings us together for social time, good cheer and reminders of our
common love of textiles.
We will be meeting on zoom for the health and safety of all. So put on something festive,
wear a holiday hat if you’d like, and join for a special session of Show and Tell.
Weaving and textiles are handmade and heartfelt. We welcome one and all to share a textile item that has a special meaning for them. Show us the piece and tell us about it. It could be Black Sheep Handweavers Guild December 2 2022 Newsletter
something you made, or something that a friend made, or something you acquired in a special place or at a special time.
When we share our textiles, we share of ourselves. We’re looking forward to getting to
know our weavings and the weavers through this holiday meeting.
There will also be some time after show and tell to do some catching up and sharing news.
Look for the link on the member calendar on our website: Set
yourself a festive place-setting and raise a cup of cheer.



Invitation for (Extra) Holiday Cheer!
Betsy Blosser and Diana Herr will be meeting in person on Monday evening, December 19th, for some holiday cheer at BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse, 2206 Bridgepoint Parkway, San Mateo.
We would love to have you join us. We will show up around 6:30 PM and depart around 9:00 PM. If you would like to share a drink or some food, or just some good company, please stop by.
The restaurant has a selection of main dishes and sandwiches, as well as alcoholic and nonalcoholic drinks. The main attraction, however, is a chance to be together. Hope to see you there!
(Let one of us know in advance of your plan to join us, and we will reserve a table.)

Past Events

Textile Arts Council Lecture, Fashioning an Exhibition: How Textile Conservators
Prepare Christian Dior’s “Junon” for Display
10 a.m. June 17 – Saturday Lecture with Beth Szuhay,
Anne Getts and Laura Garcia-Vedrenne

The Textile Conservators for the Fine Arts Museums are responsible for the care of over
22,000 textiles which includes costumes, flat weaves, contemporary fiber art, pile carpets and tapestries. From the moment a textile enters the collection, conservators research and document major events in its life to create a narrative that informs the object’s treatment and preservation. Using Christian Dior’s evening gown Junon as a case study, this presentation will reveal what conservators do on a daily basis to preserve such treasures in the collection.
Presented In-Person *and* via Zoom
Koret Auditorium, de Young museum, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco
In-Person Tickets: $5, sold at the door only \ free for TAC members
Virtual Tickets (Zoom): $5 Members of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and
Students. $10 General Admission \ free for TAC members.
Information about the presenters and the event is available at A recording will be available for two weeks following the

FiberShed : Ongoing East Bay Mending Bar June 17, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Hosted by Elaine of KOSA Arts at “The Werkshack” in Oakland (25th street close to
Broadway. Buses and 5 block walk to Bart), each session will have a mending teacher with an area of mending expertise, but all mending welcome! RSVP to Elaine – ejhamblin [at] gmail [dot] com


Textile Arts Council May Lecture 20
Embellished Art History, Julia Bryan-Wilson

Examining Filipina artist Pacita Abad, Brazilian embroiderer Madalena Santos Reinbolt,
and African American quilter Rosie Lee Tompkins, Julia Bryan-Wilson considers how
embellishment, particularly needlework, has served as a strategy for mother-taught artists
whose work frequently blurs the lines between function and décor. Though located in distinct geographies and rooted in different identifications, these three artists have much in common, and this talk takes seriously their decision to adorn the objects of domestic life. In doing so, Bryan-Wilson speculates about how their handcrafted practices open onto more expansive art histories.
Presented In-Person *and* Virtually via Zoom on Saturday, 5/20/23 10:00 am
Koret Auditorium, de Young museum, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco. In-Person Tickets:
$5, sold at the door only \ free for TAC members

Virtual Tickets (Zoom): $5 Members of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and
Students. $10 General Admission \ free for TAC members.
Purchase Zoom Tickets :
Julia Bryan-Wilson is Professor of Art History and LGBTQ+ Studies at Columbia University
and Curator-at-Large at the Museu de Arte de São Paulo. She is an influential queer feminist art historian, critic, and curator who has organized exhibitions on women’s making before 1900, histories of dance, and monographic shows on Liz Collins, Louise Nevelson, and Cecilia Vicuña.
Her award-winning books include Art Workers: Radical Practice in the Vietnam War Era
(2009), Fray: Art and Textile Politics (2017), and Louise Nevelson’s Sculpture: Drag, Color, Join, Face (2023). Some of Bryan-Wilson’s numerous accolades are a Guggenheim fellowship, grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Center for Advanced Study in Visual Arts, CAA’s Frank Jewett Mather Award, the Art Journal article award, the ASAP Book Prize, and the Robert Motherwell Award. She has also won multiple awards for her teaching and her mentorship.


Fibershed Webinar : Designing for Resilient & Healthy Ecosystems in Our Region’
May 11 @ 6:00 pm – 7:15 pm

The following webinar is part of the Fibershed Speaker Series for our “Borrowed from the
Soil” Design Challenge. The event is free and open to all designers and the general public and registration is here at in-our-region-webinar-tickets-616001124947
Are you a designer or textile producer who wants to better understand how you can
connect with regional fiber and dye producers to improve the ecosystem impact of your textile operations?
Do you want to learn more about how regional, nature fiber and dye farming systems can
benefit ecosystem health in measurable and tangible ways?
This webinar will cover an introduction to Climate Beneficial™ farming systems for wool
and cotton in California, including visions for a more resilient future for these fibers, and a
discussion about sourcing natural dyes for textile and garment production to improve ecosystem health.
Three industry experts will share their work and perspectives: Lani Estill (rancher and
artisan of Lani’s Lana), Lauren Tucker, and Kathy Hattori (of Botanical Colors).
Moderated by Heather Podoll of Fibershed.


Treadles to Threads Spinning Guild invites you to our new Fiber Frolic

(formerly known as Spinning at the Winery)

Saturday, May 27, 2023

10 am – 4 pm

at Soul Food Farm

6046 Pleasants Valley Rd., Vacaville, CA 95688.

Spend the day spinning, shopping, and visiting with your fiber friends.

Featuring  California vendors with goodies from raw fiber to finished yarn, fiber related items, and a dynamite raffle that will be utterly enticing.

Want someone else to process your newly purchased fleece or have unprocessed fleece at home?  Morro Fleece Works will be at the event.

Bring your wheel, drop spindle or fiber related project, along with a chair, lunch, and beverage for a truly enjoyable day.

We will have awesome raffle items!  

Here is the list of Vendors for the event. Updated list will be posted on Instagram.

Peggy Agnew    Red Creek Farm           
Jackie Post                             Sheep to Shop
Colleen Simons Fiber Confections
Mike & Donna Dachuk Black Diamond alpacas 
Benda Collins Pan’s Garden Yarn and Fibers                 
Erin Macean  Bungalow Farm Angoras                 
Shari McKelvy Morro Fleece Works   
Bev Fleming Ewe and Me 2 Ranch 
Elissavet Livitsanos Wonderland Dyeworks 
Anna Harvey Harvey Farms
Lisa Carver Sew Long Marianne
Anna Yurutucu Great Buttons
Marcail McWilliams *tentative Valley Oak Wool Mill
Roger and Mary *tentative Dream Goat Design Studio 
Brooke Sinnes *tentative Sincere sheep

Admission: $10 per person.  

Contact: T2TFiberFrolic at  

Follow us  @ fiberfrolicfestival for all event updates.


Conversations with Cloth, Series 4: Stories of Wool, Felt
First Thursdays, Feb. – May, 2023
On the first Thursdays of February through May 2023, at 15:00 PST, and from Japan on
Friday at 8:00 JST.
This series will feature Jorie Johnson–wool and felt specialist, artist, and researcher–from
Kyoto, Japan. Jorie has been on the research team for the ancient Japanese Imperial felt rugs that are colorful and intricately patterned and are housed in the Shosoin Repository in Nara, Japan.

World Shibori Network Foundation brings you the research, stories, knowledge, and tools
from artisans and artists around the globe and, specifically, the makers themselves to inform and inspire your creative practices. So that the art, material knowledge, tools, and methods of people who came before us are not lost. So we may reimagine and build a sustainable future in a continuum for today.
For more information and to register, please visit:

Jorie Johnson work: Stories of Wool, Felt


San Mateo County Fabric, Thread, & Woven Group
Textile Art Exhibition: Call for Entries

Fabric, Thread & Woven showcases and celebrates the strong community of local artists
working in the textile and fiber art mediums.
This is a juried exhibition in the San Mateo County Government Center Caldwell Gallery
presenting a distinct approach to innovative and traditional fiber and textile techniques, and a contemporary concept for the use of traditional and unusual materials.

The chosen work invites the viewer to experience the many facets of fiber and textile art. Accepting both two and three-dimensional wall hung pieces, including wearable art.

In 2022 the San Mateo County Office of Arts and Culture is giving special consideration to
environmental and social issues. Works that address this theme are encouraged but not required to enter or for selection into the exhibit.
A first place $100 award, a second place $50 award, and a third place $50 award will be
determined by jury.

Fabric, Thread & Woven is co-curated by Laura McHugh and Shawna Vesco Ahern
Show Dates: March 1, 2023-April 28, 2023

Exhibit Location: Caldwell Gallery, Main Floor, 400 County Center, Redwood City; Free
and Open to the public Monday – Friday 8:00am-5:00pm
Submissions are due no later than January 20, 2023.

Eligibility (living in or employed by the County of San Mateo), applications, and all detailed information is at the event website:



Holiday Shows: Dotty Calabrese, Just for Fun

Handweaving & Polymer Clay by Dotty Calabrese
December 3-4 – KPFA Holiday Fair – Sat/Sun 10:00 – 5:00
Alameda County Fairgrounds, Building A, 4501 Pleasanton Ave. Pleasanton – Booth #705
$12 adult admission – $10 seniors, disabled – under 18 free
Email dottycala [at] aol [dot] com for free admission to this Fair.

December 9-11 – The Artifactory Holiday Fair
1190 Hopkins Ave. Palo Alto, CA – F/Sat/Sun 10:00 – 5:00

December 16-17 – Dotty’s Holiday Open Studio,
2465 Richard Ct., Mountain View 94043 – F/Sat 11:00 – 4:00



Textile Arts Council

The next Textile Arts Council talk will be in February; meanwhile, you can explore the
exhibitions, Lectures, events, and resources of the Textile Arts Council of the Fine Arts
Museums of San Francisco at

Events nearby

February: Black Sheep exhibit at the Redwood City Library!

There’s a small show of items made by guild members at the Redwood City Library during the month of February. A big thank you to Carto for sharing his photos!

RWC Library, #BSHG, 2020

February 20-23: Stitches West in Santa Clara

Primarily a knitting conference, also includes classes on other fiber related crafts and plenty of opportunities to grow your stash.

March 21 and April 18: Farm Days at Deer Hollow Farm in Cupertino

Come tour the Deer Hollow Farm and meet the new lambs and kids! Admission benefits Deer Hollow Farm.  There’s often a local guild spinner or weaver there showing off our craft.

April 3-8 2020:  CNCH 2020 in Burlingame

Yearly conference for Northern California Weaving Guilds: tons of classes, vendors, and a whole convention center full of people who speak your language!

April 25 2020: Homestead Days at Hidden Villa

Sheep Shearing, Sheep to Shawl demos, and so much more!

October 1-4 2020: in Dixon

Lambtown is a yearly sheep and wool show; activities include a  sheep to shawl competition, fleece judging, and two fabulous vendor halls.