Category Archives: Past Programs

Summer Solstice Raffle and Sale June 21st

Come one, come all to the annual Black Sheep Weavers’ Sale and Raffle.  This is your chance to stock up on things you might not even know you needed, as well as find homes for that beautiful warp thread that you bought 10 years ago and just may never use.

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Kathrin Weber Weaving Workshop – April 17-19, 2018

Members had a wonderful time at Kathrin Weber’s weaving workshop this week. They learned how to warp a loom with multiple warps front to back using Kathrin Weber’s tried and true method. Each day started with a little lecture where she showed examples of what can be done with her hand painted warps. She encourages people to use disparate colors because that is what makes many of the warps ‘pop’.

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The Special Loom by Master Weaver Sheng Lor – May 17, 2018

Sheng Lor, HopeCRAFT’s master weaver, has been weaving with individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities for five years. She discusses the role that weaving plays in the lives of people with special needs and how weaving can be adapted to a variety of needs, and shares some of her favorite woven works by individuals with developmental disabilities.

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Seeing Color in Everything with Kathrin Weber, April 19th, 2018

This talk is designed to help fiber artists feel more comfortable making fearless choices when using color in their work by paying attention to the colors around them. In addition to digital images, Kathrin will have samples of weaving and dye work. https://blazingshuttles.com/

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In-House Round Robin: Spinning, Felt-making & 4 Selvedge Weaving March 15th, 2018

Join us on the ides of March for a lively in-house round-robin: Spinning, Felt-making and exploring Four Selvedge Weaving.
We will have stations set up for everyone to try their hand at new techniques, and to see demonstrations of these ancient crafts. Please bring your own examples and questions.

 

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February 15, 2018: Dancing Threads: Indonesian Textiles with Margaret & Curtis Clarkson

While schoolteachers in Indonesia, Margaret and Curtis Clemson fell in love with Indonesian textiles.  They began learning about, and collecting, the textiles, traveling to different islands to acquire pieces employing specific textile techniques. Now they are prominent collectors and vendors of Indonesian textiles, with their own company called, “Dancing Threads.“ Each year, they travel from their New Mexico home to San Francisco for the Tribal and Textile Arts Show, where they exhibit and sell pieces from their collection.  The Clemsons have agreed to stay on for a few days after the show to bring a part of their collection to Black Sheep and to tell us about it. You will be amazed!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y4Ge5V3JP90

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January 18, 2018: Stephenie Gaustad: Sett


Please join us in welcoming spinner and author, Stephenie Gaustad of Dragonfly Farms for a talk on sett – a much overlooked but critical part of weaving.

For more than 40 years Stephenie  has taught classes in textile arts: spinning, weaving, dyeing. Her articles have appeared in the pages of Handwoven, Shuttle, Spindle and Dyepot, Spin.Off, Jane Austen Knits, Knitwear and Ply magazines. Her replicate textiles hang in Pueblo Grande Museum, in Phoenix, Arizona. She illustrated “The Alden Amos Big Book of Hand Spinning”. Her most recent book, ”The Practical Spinners Guide to Cotton, Flax and Hemp” was released in the spring of 2014.
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December 21, 2017: Winter Solstice Holiday Party

Christmas Presents Stock PhotoCome one, Come ALL! to our annual potluck Holiday Dinner on December 21st. Please bring a favorite potluck dish (with an ingredients label for those with food allergies) and/or beverage to share, and join us early as we will begin setting up our potluck dinner at 6:00 p.m.

We’ll dig into the bounty beginning about 6:30 p.m. Plates, eating utensils, napkins, and glasses will be provided, but members are encouraged to provide their own mugs.

Expect a charming evening filled with joyous fun, delicious food and delightful entertainment – the suspenseful and hilarious gift exchange during which we’ve gotten many giggles and squeals! Please bring a wrapped, untagged gift (fiber-related gifts are always nice) with a suggested value in the $15 – $20 range.

If you have any holiday tablecloths or table-top decorations you might be able to loan for this even please contact Melanie.

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Nov 16, 2017 – “Sustainability in Textiles: The Case of San Francisco”

As Bay Area residents, we are all aware of the environment, and we work hard as individuals to do our part to walk gently on the earth. But we are all textile creators and users. What do we do with textile waste?

Dr. Connie Ulasewicz, the Chair of the Department of Family Interiors Nutrition and Appparel at San Francisco State University, pursued that question in a uniquely San Francisco way. She sought to find out what happens to the many textiles – sheets, towels, tablecloths and other items – used by the tourist and conference industry in the Bay Area, when they have worn out and must be discarded.

She and her colleague, Dr. Hamid Khani, Professor in the Broadcast & Electronic Communication Arts Department, produced a video that explores this issue.

At our November 16th meeting, Dr. Ulasewicz will be with us for the screening of the video and to discuss with us the issue of sustainability in textiles.

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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.  http://www.artworksdowntown.org/exhibits/current/1337-current

To see Ulla’s work go to her website: http://www.ulladelarios.com/

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