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Barbara Shapiro Oct. 17, 2013

barbara-shapiro-300x195Black Sheep Handweaver’s Guild’s very own Barbara Shapiro will be joining us to share her current work.

Her interesting and creative work in textiles is always an inspiration. Whether it’s her basketry, mantles, card weaving, scrolls or indigo landscapes the breadth of her work is amazing.

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.

Ealish Wilson Oct. 17, 2013

kimonoThe sculptural textiles of Ealish Wilson have developed through her travel,  fascination with a variety materials, architecture, photography and traditional sewing techniques. Ealish combines her inspirations into constructed and deconstructed pieces creating one off textile works.

The work represents a collection of experiences & observations from her daily life and travels.  Although the places are different the natural process of development is always the same, inspiration captured by photographs, sketches and collecting ephemera. Architecture plays a pivotal role within the work.  The juxtaposition of old and new provides intriguing contrasts of texture, ideas for form, shape and colour combinations. Through the computer her collected inspiration is developed and manipulated to create prints which subsequently influence the pleating and shaping of her textiles.

An intriguing aspect of the work is how the eye is deceived through her influencing the fabric texture both physically and creating surface images.  The observer is challenged and captivated.  The viewer initially sees the colours and the surface texture.  Closer observation slowly  reveals an apparent three dimensional image emerging from the two dimensions present.  This creates a depth which suddenly assaults the senses.  All these aspects are combined through smocking and pleating which gives a physical surface texture,then the printing which provides the decoration to render complex and unusual sculpted textiles.

For additional information, visit her website at

Ginger Summit Sept. 19th, 2013

gp8015Ginger will be sharing with us the marvelous textiles she has collected from her extensive travels in Africa. Exotic prints and designs convey stories from peoples on the other side of the world. Come join us for an evening of immersion into another culture through their textiles.

Share Your Craft August 15, 2013

Our August meeting is yet another opportunity share your love of craft. Gudrun Pollak is sharing card weaving, Kathleen Dickey is sharing backstrap weaving, Dorothy Thursby is sharing tapestry weaving and Paula Dennis is sharing spinning. Last minute sharing is always welcome.

Come learn a new technique and get inspired to try out a new craft.

July Meeting

Thursday July 18th will be an evening to share your inspiration. Bring examples of your favorite weave structures, hand knits, quilts, hand spun yarn, hand dyes, what ever you’ve been working on that has inspired you to create. Come share your creative process and what you find inspiring.

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.

March 21, 2013 Mollie Freeman Surface Design

Mollie Freeman:

Creating Texture On The Surface Of Handwoven Fabric,

The Use Of Textile Paints And Discharge Paste For Added Design 

100_0559Holly1My work focuses on creating garments using many different surface design techniques.  Piecing, couching, twin needle stitching and bobbin work are just a few of the techniques that use the sewing machine.   Hand work is also used in many garments.

Stamping, stenciling and silk screening are all part of my design process.  I work on painted warp fabric so the added color and design of a stamp or stencil can be very subtle or quite dramatic.

I find each garment and adventure and a surprise.  A plan is only a beginning!


Our March program is being moved from the Woodside Village Church to the Sequoia Yacht Club’s meeting room. The address is 441 Seaport Ct. Redwood City, Ca.

Directions to get there are here:

Check your emails, we will be sending additional information as we get closer to our next meeting.

February 2013 Workshops & Study Groups Show and Tell

As one of our speaker free meetings, our February meeting will be an opportunity to share what we learned in recent workshops and in our various study groups. By the time our meeting comes around, we will have had two Black Sheep sponsored workshops.

Tien Chiu’s Exploring the Design Process workshop in January and Daryl Lancaster’s Jumpstart Vest and Finishing Techniques workshops the beginning of February.

The Friendship Coverlet group will have finished their weaving and maybe even a finished project will be shown.

I’m sure the Creative Endeavors group will have plenty to report on, as will the Spinning and Weaving study groups.

We are not keeping this to only study groups and workshops within Black Sheep. If you’ve taken a class or workshop outside of Black Sheep, please share with us what you’ve made and learned, we like to hear about other events too.

Join us for an evening of inspiration and see what your fellow weavers are creating.

January 2013 Holly Brachmann Devore

Surface-Designer-CoverOne of Holly’s textile themes has been multiple layered art pieces and quilts.  Some work uses multi-fibered handwoven fabric and the dévoré technique to chemically eat away part of the textile. Because of her understanding of dyeing techniques, she combines a variety of dyes, pleating, digital imagery and the transparency of dévoré to create her textiles.

Holly Brackmann is Professor Emerita of Textiles and Art History at Mendocino College, Ukiah, CA, and author of The Surface Designer’s Handbook:  Dyeing, Printing, Painting and Creating Resists on Fabric, which won a prize for the best how-to textile book. She has had an interest in weaving since childhood. She has woven architectural scale wall hangings, as well as miniature pieces.

To learn more about Holly, visit her website at