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October 19, 2017: Ulla de Larios: Changes

One of Ulla’s Crossings pieces is  included in a show called Migration in Art Works Downtown in San Rafael.

To see Ulla’s work go to her website:

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September 21, 2017: Rigid Heddle Hustle! Round Robin Hands-On Meeting

Welcome the new year by learning and trading crafts techniques! We will have a Round Robin with stations set up for a variety of fiber techniques.

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Spinning Wheel Show and Tell August 16, 2012

Deborah Bennett is coordinating the August guild meeting. We will be having a spinning wheel show and tell. If you have an antique, unusual or notable spinning wheel, please consider bringing it to the Woodside church fellowship hall on Aug 16 for our monthly guild meeting.
Spinning wheels do not have to be in spinnable working condition, although it is more fun if they are!

If you are bringing a wheel in August, would you please send Deborah an email (  with some information about your wheel. Information could include its age, general type, how it came to you (bought it, inherited it), whether it is in working condition, what you like to spin on it, what it spins well, etc. If it is an antique whether you know the maker or where it was made, any initials or engraving on it, etc. I would like to present a summary of the wheels at the beginning of the meeting, and perhaps group them by type in the hall.


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September 2012 Martha Stanley on “Passion in Weaving”

Martha Stanley, rugweaver extraordinaire, will talk about “passion in weaving.”  One of her favorite sayings is that she weaves because she has to. It’s not a choice for her.  Do whatever, you can’t NOT do is her favorite saying.  I expect it will be very inspirational.

Martha Stanley's Weavings

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October 2012 Rodrick Owen

How braids are made is never a mystery to those who make them, but to many of us they are mysterious and I for one  would love to know the answers. Braids to me are the most fascinating of all textile structures and they been an  absorbing interest for the past 40 years. It is this never ending journey I wish share with you as we look at braids from Europe, Asia, Japan and South America.

For an interview of Rodrick with Weavezine:


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Hands On Learning November 2012

Paula’s first card weaving

Our November program is going to be dedicated to fun, hands-on activities. In one corner we will have card weaving with Ruth Temple, in another, spinning with Barbie Paulsen. In the third corner, saori weaving with Cookie Shuman and in the fourth, surface designing with Ulla de Larios. Donna Jeffrey will be doing bobbin lace, Gudrun Polak will be doing braiding, and Dorthy Tursby will be doing back strap weaving. There will be something for everyone.

If you haven’t tried any of these fiber related techniques, it will be a fun, informative, and maybe even challenging night. Try out one or two activities, or maybe all seven!

Come prepared to learn something new, get your fingers working, and have fun with your fellow guild members.

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December 2012 Potluck!

Our December program will be our annual potluck get together. It’s a wonderful way to connect with fellow weavers, purchase hand crafted scarves and jewelry made by guild members.

Always fun and often funny is the gift exchange with the swapping poem. So bring your wrapped white elephant gift to be part of this Black Sheep tradition.

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May 2013 Lucy Arai

exhibitimg.ashxLucy Arai’s sashiko pieces are a wonder to the eye. Learning the technique from her uncle, her innovative approaches combine her Japanese heritage and western art backgrounds.

Her mixed media compositions combine the Sashiko embroidery technique with paper and cotton indigo to create one of a kind works of art.

Don’t miss this evening with Lucy to hear about her process and see these amazing pieces up close and personal.

This video clip from KQED highlights Lucy’s techniques.

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July program field trip to Stanford July 19th


Blacksheep Weavers’ Guild will be meeting on Stanford campus on Thursday, July 19th,  to see several works of art.  For those who would like to meet for supper, we will meet at 6 pm at Coupa Cafe by the Green Library:

You can see the menu and even order ahead of time here:

At 7 pm we will meet at the Green Library, 557 Escondido Mall, at the entrance by the Red Fountain, just off of Galvez, to see a tapestry called “Wordscapes” at the Green Library woven by famed Swedish weaver, Helena Hernmarck.  PLEASE BRING A PHOTO ID!

After we visit the Green Library, we will go to the new Knight Business School to look at  two outdoor exhibits by artist Peter Wegner, which have been put up recently at the (grand) new School of Business, by a man named Peter Wegner, one of which could also be called a wordscape.

It is called “Ways to Change” and is a wall of adverbs which seemingly randomly appear:
His other exhibit is a remarkable wall of color:
PARKING: Parking is free on campus after 4 pm.  There is a parking lot under the Knight School of Business, as well as off-street parking.
You can also take the Marguerite shuttle (free!) The Y bus has stops at Galvez and Serra, and also in front of the business school:
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April 19th program: Polly Barton, Silk Weaver

We welcome acclaimed silk weaver Polly Barton to our April 19th guild meeting. Her website is

Her talk will be about the evolution of her work, the artists who have inspired her, and techniques she uses in her work.

Her  work is in the Sourcing the Museum show which opens this coming March 23rd at the Textile Museum.

She is also featured on the virtual tour of the National Museum of Women in the Arts. at the Textile Museum in Washington, DC.

Watch the video of Arab Spring

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