Black Sheep Handweavers Guild is an HGA-affiliated guild located in the San Francisco Bay Area. The purpose of the Black Sheep Handweavers Guild is to promote the exchange of ideas and knowledge in the textile arts, and to encourage efforts and activities in all fields of textiles.

Next Program

Oct. 16, 2014 – Barbara Shapiro

Our second regular meeting of fall 2014 gathers at 7 pm at Woodside Village Church on Woodside Rd., Woodside.

Those who wish may join the group dining at Buck’s Restaurant on the right after the circle entering town, starting at 5:45 pm.

We socialize at the church parish hall till the program beings at 7:30 pm.  The presenter this month is Barbara Shapiro, well known for writing, teaching, and personal artistry.

Barbara Shapiro Japan 2014

Barbara Shapiro
Japan 2014

This month she is sharing images and objects from her recent trip to Japan, including her shibori samples from an in-depth 4-day workshop she attended early this summer, which she involved hands-on and up-close activities suited to experienced textile practitioners. She learned and will teach us the story of silk in Japan from silk worm farming and modernized filature, as well as a special under-kimono technique in red safflower dye, and then on to high-fashion houses in Tokyo (where no photos were allowed)

Masanao Arai expains Beni Kyoukechi

Masanao Arai expains Beni Kyoukechi


  • Featured Textiles

    • Overshot pillow Overshot pillow by Jodi Paley

      This pillow, by Jodi Paley, is part of the Black Sheep Handweavers Guild Friendship Coverlet project. For more about the project, please visit the Friendship Coverlet page – the link is in the right-hand menu, under “Other Cool Stuff”.