A trip to Black Sheep Gathering

I had a great time at Black Sheep Gathering in my old hometown of Eugene, Oregon.  This is the largest fiber festival on the west coast.  I hadn’t attended in many years and it was great to be back!

BSG 6 2015 vendor hall

Vendor hall and spinning circle

I taught two dyeing workshops outside, in the wonderful warm weather.

BSG 5 2015 Indigo dyeing

Indigo For Blues and Greens workshop at BSG

BSG 2015 Indigo blues and greens class

A great group of new indigo dyers!

BSG 3 2015 Silk painting

Silk Painting and Stamping with Natural Dye Extracts workshop, stamping on cloth.

BSG  2 2015 silk painting

Silks handpainted with natural dyes. They will be rinsed out after curing and the colors will brighten.

My friend Janet Heppler of Nebo Rock Ranch won the Black Sheep Cup for her wonderful fleeces…second year in a row!

Janet Heppler Black Sheep cup

Janet Heppler of Nebo-Rock Ranch and her prize winning fleeces

I’m already planning to be back at Black Sheep again in 2016. Good times!

On another note, after two hours (!) on the phone and internet on Monday, I was able to register for the Maiwa Textile Symposium next September.  I’ll be in Michel Garcia’s organic indigo class…I’m so excited!