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Spring 2019 Classes

 

Fleece to Garment Series | January to May | times vary –

*Students must be beg/intermediate spinners or have taken the fall classes to be admitted into the series.

This exciting class series offers the unique opportunity to go from fleece to finished garment. The series provides a wonderful way to learn the process hands-on, have personal instructions, a community of other fiber enthusiasts to be around, and set deadlines to help complete your project (we all have a few unfinished projects in the closet).

This class is designed to challenge intermediate and  advanced spinners with the adventure of choosing a fleece, preparing it for spinning, discovering the merits of that fleece, and finally matching it to a garment design.  Students in this class must be able to spin a continuous thread and know how to knit or crochet.  We offer beginning and intermediate spinning classes in the fall for those needing to learn or improve their spinning skills in order to take this class. 

January 26th, Saturday, 10am to 3pm – Shearing and Fleece selection – Students will see the shearing, pick their fleece, and then learn about parts of the fleece, how to skirt, and how to match the qualities of that fleece to a garment. 

February 3rd, Sunday, 1pm to 4pm – Scouring Fleeces & Beginning Design Discussion – We begin the process by learning how to scour (wash) the fleece in the class.  We will examine a variety of knitted samples in different needle sizes and look at different prepping to begin to plan the design of the garment.  We will have 3 different designs to choose for your garment.

February 17th, Sunday, 1pm to 4pm – Prepping Fleeces –Spinning with curls, spinning woolen, or spinning semi-worsted are techniques that have different effects in the finished garment.  What works best for the fleece?  Will you card or spin from the lock?  We look at how the prepping of the fleece influences the design of the garment. You will learn to card.

March 3rd, Saturday, 10am to 2pm – Open Studio – This is an unsupervised open studio day for students to use Windrush Farm’s carding equipment.

March 17th, Sunday, 1pm to 4pm – Designing Your Yarn – Start spinning your roving or washed fleece into yarn.  Try curls, fleece carded for woolen spun or worsten spun, combed fleece, flick carded lock spinning, or look to novelty spinning for special accents. If you have a chance, bring in a gauge swatch.

April 7th, Sunday, 1pm to 4pm – Project In Process – Bring in your in-progress project.  Are you stuck? Need encouragement and feedback?  This class will share all the projects and offers specialized help for completion of the garment.

May 5th, Sunday, 10am to 4pm – Spin In & Fashion Show – This is a great way to end the class. Hang out for the day spinning and knitting in the morning. After a yummy pot luck lunch everyone will show off their projects, no matter how far along. This is open to all spinners, knitters, and friends.

$550 for the whole series (includes fleece) Taught by Mimi Luebbermann and Marlie de Swart. If you would like to do a payment plan for the class email Mimi@windrushfarmwool.com

Registration/Payment: Eventbrite

To register with a check: Check should be made out to Windrush Farm with a note stating your name, email, phone number, and the class you are registering for. Mail to Windrush Farm 2263 Chileno Valley Road, Petaluma, CA 94952


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Scouring Fleeces & Beginning Design Discussion | Sunday February 3rd | 1:30-4:30pm

Once you buy a fleece what’s next? In this class you will learn the process of scouring (washing) your fleece. Bring 1-1.5 ponds of your fleece to scour in class. This will give you the hands-on experience and confidence in washing your fleece. If you’re not sure which part of the fleece to wash bring the whole fleece to class and we can go over the different parts of the fleece. While the fleeces are soaking we will examine a variety of knitted samples in different needle sizes and look at different prepping to begin to plan the design of the garment.  We will have 3 different designs to choose for your garment. You can also purchase fleeces in class.

$125 – bring your own fleece or purchase one from us.

Registration: Eventbrite

To register with a check: Check should be made out to Windrush Farm with a note stating your name, email, phone number, and the class you are registering for. Mail to Windrush Farm 2263 Chileno Valley Road, Petaluma, CA 94952



 

Prepping Fleeces & Your Wool for Spinning  | Sunday, February 17th | 1:30 – 4:30pm

Spinning woolen or spinning semi-worsted are techniques that have different effects in the finished garment.  What works best for the fleece?  Will you card or spin from the lock?  In this class we go through how the prepping of the fleece influences the design of the garment. You will learn about and use hand carders, drum carder, flicking, and spinning from the cloud.

$125 – bring the fleece you have been working on or you can buy one from us.

Registration: Eventbrite

To register with a check: Check should be made out to Windrush Farm with a note stating your name, email, phone number, and the class you are registering for. Mail to Windrush Farm 2263 Chileno Valley Road, Petaluma, CA 94952


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Specialized Spinning Class: Locks, Core, & Bouclé | Sunday, April 14th | 1-4pm

In this class we will focus on three spinning techniques that create beautiful and unique yarns. With demonstrations and hands-on learning Mimi Luebbermann and Marlie DeSwart will demystify and have you spinning yarns from the lock, core spinning, and fun bouclé. We will provide the beautiful locks from our Corriedale ewes on the farm that you spin together creating amazing yarn that works great for accents in your knitting. With roving you will learn how to core spin, a two handed technique that creates a yarn with a wonderful bloom. And the ever fun Boucle yarn with its whimsical loops.

$150 All Materials provided. Feel free to bring your own wheel or borrow one of ours.

Register: Eventbrite

To register with a check: Check should be made out to Windrush Farm with a note stating your name, email, phone number, and the class you are registering for. Mail to Windrush Farm 2263 Chileno Valley Road, Petaluma, CA 94952

There must be at least 4 students for the class to be held.


Fleece Classification for Hand spinners | Saturday, April 27th | 9:30-12:30

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Spinning with Exotic Fibers | Sunday, May 19th |1-4pm

In this class you will have the opportunity to work with exotic fibers from our farm and beyond. With demonstrations and hands-on learning Mimi Luebbermann and Marlie DeSwart will show you the techniques and nuances to spinning: Angora (from our rabbits Dandelion & Dumbledore), Pygora (from our cutie Kells), Silk, Cashmere, and a few other special treats.

$150 All materials included. Feel free to bring your own wheel or borrow one of ours.

Register: Eventbrite 

To register with a check: Check should be made out to Windrush Farm with a note stating your name, email, phone number, and the class you are registering for. Mail to Windrush Farm 2263 Chileno Valley Road, Petaluma, CA 94952

There must be at least 4 students for the class to be held.



 

Vegetal & Synthetic Dye Class | Sunday, June 2nd | 10am – 4pmpaigegreen-dye08_MG_0055

This is a hands-on class that will open your world to the exciting skill of dyeing wool with Vegetal and Synthetic Dyes.  Students will leave with the understanding, knowledge, and confidence to do their own dying at home. The results from creating your own dyes are endless and with the knowledge and support of Mimi Luebbermann and Marlie deStewart, this class will demystify the techniques and teach you the methods and tools needed to create your own dyes at home or your studio.

In the first half of the class we will focus on understanding mordents and prep work of your fiber for dying and how to use natural ingredients, such as leaves, flowers, and roots to create beautiful colors.  We will also learn about over-dying and after baths to further explore possible color creations.

After lunch we will delve into the world of acid dyes. Through hands-on exploration and the guidance of Marlie, you will learn how to space, vat, steam, and hand paint with commercial acid dyes.

The class will provide all the fiber and materials needed for the class. Please bring something to share for the potluck lunch, cloths you can get stained, rubber gloves to protect hands from commercial dyes, a few plastic bags to bring your wet fiber samples home in, and wear layers since the class is outdoors.

You can also purchase more yarn or roving through Windrush Farm.

$150 includes all materials

Registration: Eventbrite

There must be at least 4 students for the class to be held.

To register with a check: Check should be made out to Windrush Farm with a note stating your name, email, phone number, and the class you are registering for. Mail to Windrush Farm 2263 Chileno Valley Road, Petaluma, CA 94952


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Indigo & Shibori Dye Class | Sunday, June 23rd | 1-4pm

Explore this old/new technique that uses indigo to create astonishing patterns on both protein and cellulose fabrics. In this hands-on class you will learn to make an indigo dye bath using different shibori resist techniques to create wonderful results and come away with two dyed silk scarves. You will be surprised at the amazing success of this unusual process.

Wear clothes that can get stained.  Bring sun protection, (hat, sunscreen) since this class is held outside.

$150 (includes all materials)

Registration: Eventbrite

There must be at least 4 students for the class to be held.

To register with a check: Check should be made out to Windrush Farm with a note stating your name, email, phone number, and the class you are registering for. Mail to Windrush Farm 2263 Chileno Valley Road, Petaluma, CA 94952



Windrush Farm has a variety of spinning wheels for rental, as well as beautiful roving from the sheep on the farm for sale. Contact Mimi at mimi@windrushfarmwool.com

registration

Class space will be held by a deposit on a first-come, first-serve basis. Please email or register online for classes:

Marlie: bma@sonic.net (415) 868-2495

Mimi: mimi@windrushfarmwool.com (707) 775-3390

Checks may be mailed to:

Windrush Farm 2263 Chileno Valley Rd., Petaluma, CA 94952.

Cancellations must be made three days before the class. Class fees will not be returned after this time, but can be credited towards another class. We have set a minimum numbers of students for each class, and we reserve the right to cancel a class within 24 hours if the minimums have not been made. In this case, we will fully refund the class fee.



Windrush Farm is a working farm with many types of animals. We kindly ask that you leave your pets at home when visiting us at the farm. This is in considerations to the well being of our animals on the farm and yours. -Thank you


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