Category Archives: Workshops

Beginning Rug Weaving with Jason Collingwood

jason collingwood _1_ 300It’s not too soon to put it on your calendar, we are having a Beginning Rug Weaving workshop with Jason Collingwood on October 10, 11-12, 2014. Learn the basics and when he returns for CNCH in 2015, you’ll be ready to take his more advanced class.

The workshop will be held at the home of Paula Dennis in La Honda, Ca. We will be accepting a deposit of $100 starting at the Guild meeting in April, with the final cost determined by the number of attendees.

To see more about Jason, please see his website:

Anita Luvera Mayer Workshops Jan. 18 & 19, 2014

A Luvera in pink vestVested Interest (One Day Workshop – January 18, 2014)

This workshop will present an overview of a variety of vests and the things to consider in selecting one that works best for your body and your life style including length, garment shape, and fabric weight.

This lecture/demonstration will cover a range of topics including weaving with sewing thread, recycling shoelaces, lining methods, making vests reversible, modular knitting and more.

Everyone will receive a basic vest pattern, learn how to size it and will have the opportunity to try on various vests that accommodate a range of body sizes along with patterns to copy.  Inspiration will be provided through books, ethnic examples and the instructor’s collection of unique vests.

Location to be determined

$100 deposit requested

Cost for both days:  approx.. $150, not including $35 lab fee (assuming 15 students per day minimum)

Student Supply List:


Enough paper to copy several short vests and one long vest

(plain brown wrapping paper works well or anything similar)

Marking pen

Please wear clothing in one color ( i.e. jeans/turtle neck, skirt/ top, slacks/top) which is very helpful when trying on the vests

Lab fee:  $5.00

A Luvera back turkey brown vestEmbellishing the Surface (One Day Workshop – January 19, 2014)

A one day hands-on exploration of simple, yet dramatic, ways to individualize clothing and accessories using mirrors, creative stitchery, innovative beading, braids and wrapped rings.  Each participant will complete a reference notebook of samples.  The instructor’s wardrobe and textiles featuring these embellishments will be available for examination.

Maximum number of participants:  20

Skill level:                       All levels

Lab fee:                          $30.00 U.S.

Student supply list:


Additional lamp for lighting if desired

Sewing needles

Large eyed tapestry needle

Crochet hook….fine and medium if you crochet

One set of double pointed knitting needles…mid-size if you knit

2” wide three ring binder with thirty clear protector sheets

Thimble optional

More Information:  Programs [at] Blacksheep [dot] org

$100 deposit check to: Black Sheep Handweaver’s Guild, ℅ Gloria Miller 383 Green Ridge Dr. #3, Daly City, Ca. 94014 (please notify by email when sending check)  Also, please put your contact information (including email) in the envelope at which we will be able to send you workshop updates in a timely fashion.

Teresa Ruch Dyeing Workshop Nov. 9-10, 2013

Blue-bamsmTeresa Ruch Dyeing the New Fibers Nov. 9 & 10, 2013, 10 am – 4 pm.

Location: Redwood City Veteran’s Senior Center

Indie dyer Teresa Ruch will be teaching a two day workshop on Dyeing the New Fibers on Saturday Nov. 9 and Sunday Nov. 9 from 10 am to 4 pm. She will have you dyeing bamboo and tencel yarns with acid dyes in nothing flat. We will be focusing on color interplay and dyeing to get the maximum results with color. We will also be playing with a pseudo ikat and feather shift patterns.

Both days of the workshop will be held at the Redwood City Veteran’s Senior Center at 1455 Madison Ave. in Redwood City.

Signups are being taken and a deposit of $100 is requested. Final cost will be determined by the number of participants.

Laverne Waddington Backstrap Weaving


Workshop and presentation at Black Sheep Handweaver’s Guild Meeting

Guild Meeting Presentation: April 18th 7:30 pm

Workshop: April 19th – 21st, 2013 Menlo Park, California

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOne of the more miraculous benefits of crafts such as backstrap weaving is that it soothes our neurons.  Not only are we making something unique, beautiful and long-lasting, but as we sink into letting our fingers learn the rhythm of counting threads and twisting our minds around an ancient pattern, there is something profoundly restorative. Join us in a three-day backstrap weaving workshop with Laverne Waddington.

When: Friday, April 19th – Sunday, April 21st, 2013

Where: Menlo Park, California

Cost:  $180, plus $10 materials fee ($210 for non-guild members)

Please send deposit check of $100, made out to BlackSheep Handweavers’ Guild, to Gloria Miller, 383 Green Ridge Dr. #3, Daly City CA 94014

Sign ups are full, but if you would like to be put on a wait list,  please contact Kathleen Dickey, k8dickey [at] gmail [dot] com

Please visit Laverne’s website: for more information.

Daryl Lancaster Jumpstart Vest Workshop

Dust off your sewing machine and jumpstart your skills.  Make this simple lined vest, custom fit, guaranteed to look great, and teach you the basics of garment construction.  Great for handweavers, felters and surface designers, this vest looks good in all fabrics.

Sat. & Sun. February 2 & 3, 2013 9 am to 5 pm

Creekside Inn, 3400 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, Ca.

$200 Guild Member, $230 non-member

Signup with Paula Dennis at the Guild Meeting or send your deposit of $100 to Paula Dennis, P.O. Box A-51, La Honda, Ca. 94020. Email your questions to Paula at lahondaknitter [at] gmail [dot] com.

Daryl Lancaster Finishing Techniques Workshop

This three technique workshop will have your hand woven garments looking like it was made by a professional.

First we’ll explore all the different ways to make seams. Don’t have a serger?  Not to worry!  There are lots of alternatives.  Learn how to finish the inside as well as the outside of your hand-woven garments.  This class will cover French, Hong Kong, bound, felled, welts, and serged seams; piping, cording, binding, and more. Lots of terrific ideas!  Learn professional and couture finishing techniques appropriate for use with hand-woven fabrics!

Then we’ll move on to Closures.

Give your jackets and vests knock out closures.   Triangular bound buttonholes, machine and hand-worked buttonholes, buttonhole facings, fabric cords for loop and button closures,  and other suggestions for closing up those jackets and vests will be shown, step by step through digital slides. 

And lastly we’ll be working on fit.

Do you know the difference between design ease and wearing ease or semi- fitted and very loose fitting garments? Did you know that commercial pattern companies and ready-to-wear designers don’t use the same industry standard measurements? The mystery behind fitting and altering patterns is unfolded right before your eyes! Taking proper measurements, grading techniques, and a tutorial on draping are all part of the agenda. 

Monday, February 4, 2013

$100 Member, $130 non-member

Workshop is going to be held at the Creekside Inn, 3400 El Camino Real, Palo Alto

Signup with Paula Dennis at the Guild Meeting or send your deposit of $100 to Paula Dennis, P.O. Box A-51, La Honda, Ca. 94020. Email your questions to Paula at lahondaknitter [at] gmail [dot] com.

Exploring the Design Process

NEW DATE – JANUARY 19-20, 2013
Location – Amazing Yarns

Summary: This two-day workshop will cover a design process for exploring ideas and translating them to practical designs.  Topics covered include:

  • Exploring techniques and materials to inspire ideas
  • Creating a mood board/idea board to collect your thoughts
  • Translating ideas into design
  • Designing samples to test your design ideas/questions
  • Creating and evaluating samples

Because this workshop is about the design process, you should not expect to leave with a completed project; instead, you should expect to leave with a completed design for a new project, and an expanded understanding of design tools and process.

What to bring:

  • Loom (preferably two shafts or more, but rigid heddle looms can be used too), pre-warped  in white or some other neutral color.  Needs to be at least 6″ wide but can be as wide as you like.  Suggested yarn is 10/2 cotton, but can be another weight if you prefer. Sett for twill or plain weave, your choice.
  • Two or more shuttles, including a stick shuttle if you have one
  • Colored pens or pencils
  • Sketchbook or notebook to record your designs
  • 1-2 fiber-related magazines or fiber arts catalogs with lots of photos, that you would be willing to cut up OR fifteen photos of fiber arts related stuff that you like (must be willing to cut up the photos, so print on something cheap).
  • Double-sided or regular Scotch tape


  • Black Sheep Members: $50 plus $10 materials fee.
  • Non-Members: $80 plus $10 materials fee.

Sign-up:  Teddie Guenzer (teddie [at] guenzer [dot] com)

Introduction to Katazome Workshop

We are pleased to announce a workshop with Karen Miller on the art of Japanese Stencil Dyeing.

Dates: July 14-15, 2012
Time: 9AM – 5PM both days
Cost: approx. $175 + 35 materials fee / student (depends on number of students)
Location: Amazing Yarns, 2559 Woodland Place, Redwood City, CA

Japanese fabrics have been made for centuries using intricate paper stencils and a resist paste made of rice flour.  Authentic Japanese fabrics using this technique are very expensive and almost unobtainable in this country. You will learn how to make these lovely fabrics yourselves, dyeing them with indigo and/or colored dyes. On the first day we will carve two stencils from Japanese paper, and apply silk mesh to strengthen them.  While the stencil is drying we will make the resist paste.  We will use some of my stencils to apply paste to fabric so it will have time to dry overnight. The second day we will learn how to use a variety of traditional pigments, to produce multicolored images on silk or linen. Students will use their own stencils to paste silk scarves to dye and take home.

Please contact Ann McDonough for more information or to sign up for the workshop.

A $100 deposit is required to hold your place in the workshop.

2011 Jacket Workshop

Part 1: Sharon Alderman’s Fabric Design Workshop – March 2011
Part 2: Daryl Lancaster Jumpstart Jacket Workshop – September 2011

photos by Judy Dauberman

What began as an idea, ended with five well-constructed jackets from handwoven fabric.

What happened in between was a lot of learning, experimenting, deep thinking, friendship, and fun.

The students who participated in Sharon Alderman’s fabric design workshop last spring were given the gift of Sharon’s extensive knowledge of how to create quality fabric on the loom and how to successfully finish fabric off the loom. Most of workshop participants were exhausted at the end of Sharon’s intensive three days of teaching (Sharon gave her all to the group) and many students put their lessons learned into practice by designing and creating jacket-worthy yardage.