Category Archives: Past Workshops

Reading Weaving Drafts Saturday, April 27th

Are you ever puzzled by – or a little shaky on – reading weaving drafts? Then set aside some time on Saturday, April 27, to focus on drafts.

Our own Kathleen Dickey will be giving a workshop to help you out.  It will be at Amazing Yarns, 2559 Woodland Pl, Emerald Hills, CA 94062, from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM.

Please bring along a draft or two that puzzle you. You may also want to bring your copy of Marguerite Davison’s A Handweaver’s Pattern Book, or Mary Black’s New Key to Weaving if you have one.

To get an idea of how many of you will take advantage of this workshop, please let Betsy Blosser (bblosser [at] sfsu [dot] edu) know by email if you plan to be there.

This workshop is the first of some within-guild workshops we’re doing to focus on the interests and needs of our members. Stay tuned for more offerings!

April 23, 2016 – Michael Rohde, Tapestry

Michael Rohde, renowned tapestry weaver, has plied and taught his art for more than 40 years (see his website He will teach “Four Selvedge” and “Wedge Weaving” techniques.


The location will be the studio of Barbara Shapiro, 510 Darrell Road, Hillsborough, CA 94010. (Please park ON the sidewalk, and DO NOT block the mailbox!)

The workshop is full. Please bring a small (tapestry or rigid heddle or bead type) loom – unwarped. If you ordered a loom from Micael, he will bring it.

Bring also:  scissors, tapestry or Navaho beater or an old kitchen fork, note taking materials.

Optional equipment: tapestry or blunt needles, small shuttles or tapestry bobbins, small bits of colorful tapestry weight yarn, 900-1200 yds/lb.

Barbara will have tea and hot water. Bring bottled water if you like, instant coffee if you like, snacks if you want something other than trail-mixes. And bring a lunch since there is nothing close by. It will be Passover.

Design Your Own Felted Purse

Design Your Own Felted Purse


Class Description

Make your own template and design your very own purse while learning to wet felt.

We will use the “make the handle and purse as one piece” method. Inside and outside pockets, embedding stones, beading, lumpy yarn embellishment and closures will be covered.

6 hour class

Maximum # of students-15

Room requirements-2 students per 6’ table. We need to be close to water. A big sink for rinsing is very helpful.

Beginners welcome but some experience is nice.


Materials provided by instructor

Approx. 7 ounces of Corriedale wool, depending on individual design.

Template material and all tools needed to complete project.

Material fee-approx. $25.00


Students need to bring

2 old towels

sharp pointed scissors

bar soap-Kiss My Face olive works well

Lumpy or fuzzy wool yarn for embellishment-optional


Note: Because this is a design class and everyone will be making different purses and using different amounts of wool can they pay the material fee directly to me after the class?

Introduction to Nuno Felting

Introduction to Nuno Felting

Explore the magical technique of Nuno felting. This will introduce you to the tools, materials and methods used to make this amazing process happen. It’s like painting with fibers. During the process the fibers actually migrate through the fabric. If you don’t cover the entire fabric with fiber a secondary pattern happens because the wool fibers shrink but the fabric doesn’t, creating lots of pucker.


Class length-4 hours

Material provided:

Silk scarf

Extra fine Merino Top

Bombyx Silk Roving

Detailed instruction sheet

Material fee-$30.00


Students need to bring;

2 old towels

plastic dish pan


scraps of yarn if they wish


Classroom requirements;

Each student needs a table at least 6’ long.

We need to be close to hot water.

I need 2 tables for supplies and demos.


Three Felting Workshops – Carin Engen – March 6, 7, 8, 2015

Carin Engen is an award-winning fiber artist and workshop instructor who has been using her experimental, playful nature to explore felting and color since 1992. She maintains a studio in Garberville, California, where she produces a line of hand-dyed wool fabric and fiber as well as her felt art.

Prior felting experience is required for both Saturday and Sunday workshops, so sign up for Friday’s workshop if you need the experience.

The workshops may be taken separately or in any combination. All costs are tentative and may be reduced depending upon participation. Reserve your spot with a 50% deposit paid to our Treasurer, Gloria Miller, 383 Green Ridge Drive, #3, Daly City, CA 94014.

For more information click on each Workshop Title live link below. For more example pictures, see Carin’s blog at

Friday, March 6, 5:30 – 9:30 pm: Introduction to Nuno Felting. Cost is $50 for each student, plus a materials fee to instructor, approximately $30. Maximum number of students 15.



Saturday, March 7, 10:00 am – 4 pm: Felted Ruffles. Cost is $100 per student plus materials fee to instructor, approximately $25. Maximum number of students 12.




Sunday, March 8, 10 am – 4 pm: Design Your Own Felted Purse. Cost is $100 per student plus materials fee to instructor, approximately $25. Maximum number of students 12.

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Teresa Ruch Workshop – Creating Drape in Handwoven Fabric


Drape Class with Teresa Ruch
Drape Class with Teresa Ruch

August 2-3
The purpose of this workshop is to understand how drape can be created in a handwoven fabric. It is a combination of fiber characteristics, yarn twist, the sett (ends per inch), the weave structure or the number of intersections of yarn per inch and the finish of the fabric. All of the factors contribute to the drape of the fabric.
This workshop would be held the first weekend in August at Amazing Yarns in Redwood City.  Total cost would be about $200-$250 (includes $95 material fee) depending on the number of participants.  Please contact Barbara O’Connor (mailto:barbara_oconnor [at] earthlink [dot] net) if you are interested or need more information.

See Teresa website at for some examples of her work.

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.