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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.

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“Still Smitten” – Thursday, March 19, 2015

“An Overview of Overshot: What it is and Why it’s Worth a Visit”

Our program this month features our own and present President Barbie Paulsen. Her topic, complete with hands-on experience, is Overshot. She says the structure caught her eye when she was eight years old and first exposed to floor looms. “After decades of revisiting this versatile weave, it still hasn’t lost its charm”

In this program she will speak both to beginners and to more experienced weavers. She will touch on what overshot is, and how the weave structure is accomplished through the threading and the treading. She also shows how varied overshot can be, depending on the colors, fibers and density of the weave. Samples of overshot, from traditional coverlet to more intricate modern applications, will be available to see and touch.

As a bonus, she will bring a loom to the meeting, warped with an overshot pattern so that anyone who wants to can give it a whirl. It could be a surprise to see how easily complex patterns can be accomplished with just four shafts.

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