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Mar 19, 2020 – Wedge Weave and Me : Postponed

This presentation  is postponed.

Due to public health concerns, we have canceled our March meeting and will postpone Janette’s presentation on wedge weave to a future date. As the folk dancers say, now is the time to do what we do best, and take care of one another.

What is wedge weave and why is it so much fun? Janette Gross will talk about her growing love for the technique and share some of the many ways it can be played with. Open slits, closed slits, traditional zig zag design, little scalloped edges, big scalloped edges, in combination with other techniques and more. She will also talk about how she develops a design from the initial idea or theme to sketches, color choices, sampling, final project calculations and then what happens on the loom. Pieces of Janette’s and others will be available for touching and discussion. If you have a piece you’ve done, bring it to share.


                                                         Ice Break 34 X 27″    – Photo: R. R. Jones
Ice Break and Vanishing Glaciers are currently in the IMPACT show at the Mills Building in San Francisco until mid-March.

Janette began weaving in 2003 after retiring from 30 years of full-time employment in the business world. She fell in love with weaving on a trip to New Mexico with a workshop at the 2002 Taos Wool Festival. She followed up with weaving classes and workshops in the San Francisco Bay Area. In 2005, she moved to Santa Cruz, California. She sought out and met the well known rug weaver Martha Stanley, who became a dear friend and mentor. For over ten years, she has been weaving at least once a week in Martha’s studio under the redwoods in Watsonville, California. There are now five other weavers who dye yarns in an outdoor dye area and weave together in the studio. The group supports one another through encouragement, critique and friendship.

Janette’s passion for the Navajo (Diné) style of weaving called wedge weave has kept her engaged for many years. She enjoys exploring the many ways she can push wedge weave and yet stay true to the technique. Two of her pieces are currently included in the IMPACT tapestry show at the Mills Building in San Francisco and another has been accepted to the American Tapestry Alliance’s ATB13 to be shown in Massachusetts this summer and at the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles in the fall.

When she is not traveling or weaving, Janette also derives a lot of pleasure out of working with weavers who are blind or visually impaired. She has been involved in the Santa Cruz guild’s program for the weavers for many years. She is a member of the Santa Cruz Textile Arts Guild, Tapestry Weavers West, the American Tapestry Alliance and the Textile Society of America.

CNCH 2020 Burlingame Grant Available!

The Black Sheep Handweavers Guild is pleased to announce that we will be providing a $250 grant to one of our members for the Conference of Northern California 2020 Burlingame Conference.

All members of Black Sheep Handweavers Guild are encouraged to apply for the grant.

  • Grant applications are due on September 30, 2019.
  • Grant recipient must be a member of good standing as of September 30, 2019 for the 2019-2020 guild year.
  • Grant recipient will be announced at the October Guild Meeting.

For more details, please review the Grant Application.

Please send your completed grant application to grant [at] blacksheepguild [dot] org by September 30, 2019.

If you have any questions about the grant, please do not hesitate to ask any of the board members or email grant [at] blacksheepguild [dot] org.

Rep Weave with Rosalie Nielson May 18 – 19, 2018



This is your chance to explore block weaving through rep weaving, a warp-faced technique also known as ripsmatta, which is characterized by an alternation of a thick and thin weft.  Join renowned craftsperson Rosalie Nielson to make a 4 or 8 harness rep weave runner.  Class is limited to 15, and will be held at Mercy Center in Burlingame.

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.


We are planning a doubleweave workshop with Jennifer Moore. This workshop is appropriate for anyone who knows how to warp a loom and read a draft, but should have enough to interest a more advanced weaver as well. Check out her website:






The final cost will be determined by the number of attendees, but we will try to keep it under $250/person. Please contact Barbara (barbara_oconnor [at] earthlink [dot] net) or Kathleen (k8dickey [at] gmail [dot] com) with your interest and send or bring a check (made out to Black Sheep Handweavers Guild) for $100 to hold you place.

DATE: Oct 31st – Nov 1st -9am-5pm

LOCATION: Veteran’s Memorial Senior Center, Redwood City

PLEASE SIGN UP by Sept 20th, so we can open this to non Black Sheep participants. Also, if you want to take this class, but need to borrow a workshop loom, please let me know. 

Show and Tell, April 16, 2015



This rug sampler by Kathleen was begun in the Beginning Rug Weaving class with Jason Collingwood in August 2014. Kathleen is showing how she turned up one end and sewed along the edges to create a pocket in this wall hanging application.

Kathy L. and Ruth display their adventures in Nuno Felting, from the class led by Carin Engen in March.













Photos of felted purses did not turn out well.  But Cookie brought an experimental length of weaving she fashioned from tidbits of fiber leftover from the  …




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

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.