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Sept. 19, 2019 – Big Show and Tell

When we were younger, going back to school often included a time for sharing “what you did on your sumer vacation” as a way ot getting to know one another better, and what better way to start off our Guild Season?  Please join us for our first meeting of the year! Bring your recent work, or in-progress study, that thing you started at CNCH or made at another conference and have now finished; and let us share with one another what we have been up to, whether in study groups, or away at workshops and fiber arts gatherings, or on our own in our homes and studios.  What’s new? What favorite old thing have you been studying on?  What would you like to be working on?  Bring it all, and let’s set up a big long table in the middle of the room, and gather around it to see and hear what our fellow guild members are up to. If you’d like, wear something handmade.

natural dye samples

 

 

 

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August 15th, 2019 Textile Magicians of Japan

Please join us for a viewing of the 1997 prize winning film, “Textile Magicians of Japan”, featuring the creations of five Japanese contemporary fiber artists in the cedar forests near Kyoto, Japan.

 

With: Masakazu Kobayashi, Chiyoko Tanaka, Jun Tomita, Naomi Kobayashi, Hiroyuki Shindo

 

 

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June 13th, 2019 – Annual Raffle, Auction and Sale

Mark the date!  The Black Sheep Handweavers Guild is meeting the second Thursday of June for the annual raffle, auction and sale. Your yesterday’s yarn might someone’s dream-come-true!

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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!

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Supriya Pradhan of Sofold May 16th, 2019

Local entrepeneur Supriya Pradhan recently started Sofold, a clothing company with friends and family in India. Their first products are organic cotton dresses, hand spun and woven, naturally dyed and sewn in India. They are made of khadi cotton, made famous by Gandhi and currently promoted by the Indian government. https://www.sofold.com/

Surpriya will talk about starting this business and bring samples of the dresses, as well as shawls Sofold has added to its emerging product line.

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Barbara Shapiro Two rich and diversified experiences of Japan April 18th, 2019


Black Sheep member Barbara Shapiro will share images and objects from two recent trips to Japan highlighting textiles and baskets she encountered. On a Longhouse Reserve tour to the
Beppu area in Oita Prefecture in the south of Japan, known for thermal baths and hot springs, she visited museum collections, saw artisans working in bamboo and stayed in a tiny mountain village where young people live simple lives working in sustainable textile practices far from the bustle of Tokyo.

On the 11th International Shibori Symposium tour to Yamagata Prefecture in Northern Japan she had amazing experiences exploring bast fibers, sashiko stitching and natural safflower harvesting, processing and the dyeing of four colors from a single plant, which the area is known for.

Workshop and museums completed the experience in this mountainous area with long snowy winters. One highlight was a prehistoric weaving device for a twined bast fiber fabric that predates loom woven cloth. 

 

These two very different tours, led by Yoshiko Wada, explored Japan’s rich cultural textile heritage.

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The Pageantry of Japanese Textiles with John Marshall March 21st, 2019

We are delighted to welcome John Marshall to Black Sheep. He will be talking about Japanese textiles and will be bringing some of his own samples to share with us.

http://www.johnmarshall.to/

John is an internationally known textile artist working with techniques of paste resist dyeing. He produces a wide range of sophisticated and colorful designs, many of which show the influence of his years of study in the Orient.

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Round Robin February 21st, 2019

Come join us in a hands-on Round Robin: practice rug finishes, a Nigerian braid, twining, backstrap pebble weave and card-woven selvages.

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Drawlooms with Linda Heiple Jan 17th, 2019 – 1st meeting of the New Year

Join us for our first Blacksheep Guild meeting of the year and welcome Linda Heiple, long-time Blacksheep weaver. Linda will share the history of the drawloom, along with techniques and examples of the beautiful textiles that she has produced using it.

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Holiday Potluck Party and Gift Exchange December 13th, 2018

We will meet at our usual location (Redwood City’s Veterans Senior Center). We’ll begin setting up at 5:30 PM, with dinner at 6:30 PM.

PLEASE NOTE: we will be in a different room than usual. Please look for signs.

After dinner, we will proceed with our gift exchange. Gifts should be items that another “fiber person” would enjoy, priced at no more than $15. We will use a poem to guide the gift exchange.

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