Artists & Vendors 2018


Alisa McRonald  Natalie Ranae (workshop too!) Dani Ortman
Patricia Boutin
TJ Indigo Martina Lesar (workshop too!) Patricia Boutin
Circle R Livestock Loom Studio
Circle R Livestock Johana Cordero (workshop too!) Christine Donovan
Wendy Cross
Ruth Houtby Tammy Ratcliff Wendy Cross
guelph fiber artist Dianne Cruttenden Gunda Gamble
Sarah Mousseau Dianne Kennedy Cruttenden Gunda Gamble
Iris Craft House
Iris Craft House Dana Pasila Amanda Rataj
Ruth Thoem Fisheye Sisters Maggie Vanderweit
Ruth Thoem Fish Eye Sisters (workshop too!) Maggie Vanderweit (workshop too!)
Sun & Stars Co. Jacquelyn Van Kampen
Sun & Stars Co. Jacquelyn Van Kampen Carmen Caldwell
Christianna Ferguson Juliet Orazietti - Linc Farms Doris Waschinski
Christianna Ferguson Juliet Orazietti - Linc Farms Doris Waschinski
Katherine Schumacher Vintage Textile Pop-Up Sonia Jacyk Bukata
Katherine Schumacher Vintage Textile Pop-Up  Sonia Jacyk-Bukata
Megan Cleland Poppysmicks Donna Hancock
Megan Cleland Nadine Simec - Poppysmicks
Donna Hancock - Wellington Fibres
Mandy Forbes Sharon La Rose
Mandy Forbes ChakRamé by Sharon Nicole Varney - Spontaneous Atelier
Gail Franklin-Hawes Anne Pichette Tutu In You
Gail Franklin-Hawes Anne Pichette

”TUTU” Youth Textile Arts Group


Guilds for 2018  

Royal City Quilters' Guild will be at the Black Sheep Festival this year demonstrating hand quilting, art quilt embellishing, and other hand sewing, embroidery and crayon quilting techniques. The Royal City Quilters’ Guild was established in March 1991. Their goal is to promote the appreciation of quilting, to provide educational opportunities related to quilt making, to encourage the exchange of ideas, the sharing of interests and information and preserve the tradition of quilting.

Yarnbird has been an Elora institution for over 45 years. Established by “Mrs. White”, the store has been a fixture on Mill St. since 1973. A cozy place to drop by for knitting advice or to take classes, and to purchase yarn or children’s clothing handmade by local artisans. Black Sheep Festival is a proud supporter of Yarnbird as an important part of our textile community. This year they will be at Black Sheep Festival providing knitting demonstrations. Stop by their booth anytime to say hello and try a little knitting for yourself.  

Riverside Ruggers is a community-based rug hooking group that meets weekly in the gallery at the Elora Centre for the Arts to exchange ideas and connect with other rug hookers in a casual setting. Their goal is to encourage new members in this traditional craft and promote the artform to a broader audience through exhibitions and special workshops in partnership with the ECFTA. The Riverside Ruggers will be offering demonstrations and opportunities for members of the public to learn some of the basics of rug hooking in their guild tent at the Black Sheep Festival.

The Canadian Embroiderers' Guild Guelph is a teaching guild, open to anyone interested in traditional and contemporary forms of embroidery. We wish to build on the heritage of embroidery by refining needlework skills, to promote creativity while encouraging the interplay of ideas among members and to extend awareness of embroidery to the community. Come by and visit our guild tent at the Black Sheep Festival and watch our members demonstrate embroidery techniques on their current projects.



Members of the Kitchener-Waterloo Rug Hooking Guild will be at the Black Sheep Festival this year. Drop by their tent to see a demonstration and try your hand at traditional rug hooking using the same simple technique used over 100 years ago. With a hook, frame, and strips of wool material or yarn, loops of fabric are pulled up through a burlap backing to create the desired design. Once used to warm cold floors, these rugs are now beautiful art pieces.

The KW Rug Hooking Guild was started in the 1970’s under the leadership of three talented, accredited teachers, Ellen Hunter, Carolyn Clemens and Jean Armstrong. Membership draws from areas within and outside the Waterloo Region with links to the provincial Ontario Hooking Craft Guild.  The KW Rug Hooking Guild provides a venue for rug hookers to meet and learn from one another and to enjoy camaraderie with people that share a love for this artistic fibre art.  They organize exhibitions, demonstrations and introductory workshops at local museums, galleries, libraries, fairs, schools and clubs.  Their regional Hook-In is held the first Saturday of November and we invite all rug hookers to participate.  have a lending library of rug hooking books and magazine for loan to membership and own wool cutters for members to use during our meeting.  Go to our website for further information and/or follow us on Instagram