FIBER ARTS

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Windrush Farm Fiber School holds classes on a working fiber farm with sheep, goats, cows, alpacas, llamas, pigs, angora rabbits, and chickens. In fact the classroom is in a part of the barn close enough to hear Rudy the Rooster talking to his hens or the happy cackling when one of them lays an egg. The 25 acre farm is in the beautiful Chileno Valley just outside Petaluma, California about 1 hour north of San Francisco and just west of Napa and Sonoma Valleys. Each class includes a break to meet the fiber animals and greet the guard llamas. Ever fed a sheep? A class on Windrush Farm is a truly unique experience to explore the world of fiber surrounded by the land, animals and the fiber they grow.


2021 Fall Fiber Classes

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Beginning Spinning Class

Saturday, September 11th & Sunday, September 12th 1:00 – 4:00pm

If you have ever wanted to create a continuous thread from a fluff of fleece, then this is the class for you. You will learn how to spin on a spinning wheel which you can take home after the Saturday class to practice on. Sunday, you will continue to try out different types of roving and at the end of the class, you will have your first skein of plied yarn to take home.

Wheels will be available for continued rental.

$225 – Spinning materials are included

Online Registration: Eventbrite

Mail in Registration: Please send a check made out to Windrush Farm. Include your name, email address, phone number and class you want to attend. Mail to: Windrush Farm 2263 Chileno Valley Rd, Petaluma, Ca 94952

 


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Spinning Lab

Sunday, September 19th 1:00 – 4:00pm

Come for a congenial afternoon of practicing your spinning with Mimi and Marlie, available for tips and techniques or simply tuning up your wheel. Bring your questions on spinning woolen or worsted, how to spin with a long draw, or even how to chain ply a single strand to get a three ply yarn. Bring roving from your stash to spin and we will also contribute some unusual fibers to try out. There will also be Windrush Farm’s line of roving to buy. You can see the sheep and spin their wool.

$50 lab fee

Online Registration: Eventbrite

Mail in Registration: Please send a check made out to Windrush Farm. Include your name, email address, phone number and class you want to attend. Mail to: Windrush Farm 2263 Chileno Valley Rd, Petaluma, Ca 94952

 


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Perfecting Your Spinning Skills

Sunday, September 26th 1:00 – 4:00pm

We will work on spinning techniques to make sure everyone feels comfortable with their spinning level. The students will work on carding machines to learn about carding for worsted prep and woolen prep and carding for color and texture. Then we will practice plying techniques to create yarns that boast color or texture. You will leave with three different skeins, one with bold color, one with sandwiched fibers, and a novelty yarn.

$150 (materials included)

Online Registration: Eventbrite

Mail in Registration: Please send a check made out to Windrush Farm. Include your name, email address, phone number and class you want to attend. Mail to: Windrush Farm 2263 Chileno Valley Rd, Petaluma, Ca 94952


 

Trying Out Challenging Fibers:

Alpaca, Angora, Top, Silk

Sunday, October 17 1:00 – 4:00pm

Lots of spinners stay in their groove because they are nervous about trying unusual fibers, or they have sacks of fibers they have boldly bought and then, not knowing how to spin them, just leave them in their stash. Try out alpaca, angora, top, and silk. Spin them and ply them to create fabulous yarns.

$175 (Materials included) 

Online Registration: Eventbrite

Mail in Registration: Please send a check made out to Windrush Farm. Include your name, email address, phone number and class you want to attend. Mail to: Windrush Farm 2263 Chileno Valley Rd, Petaluma, Ca 94952


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Learning Natural Dyes and Acid Dyes

Sunday, October 24th 10:30am – 3:30pm

Although natural dyes are now available as instant powders, this class starts from scratch to make the dyes, with onion skins, osage orange flakes, and cochineal, the red dye from bugs. After a brown bag lunch and a meet and greet with the sheep, try out dyes set with citric acid or vinegar for a different dyeing experience. Paint roving or yarns, dye balls of yarn, and learn the ins and outs of the quick powder dyes

The class will provide all the fiber and materials needed for the class. Please wear 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.

$175 includes all materials

Registration: Eventbrite

Mail in Registration: Please send a check made out to Windrush Farm. Include your name, email address, phone number and class you want to attend. Mail to: Windrush Farm 2263 Chileno Valley Rd, Petaluma, Ca 94952


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Indigo & Shibori Dye Class

Sunday, November 7th 1:00 – 4:00pm

Indigo dye is the basis for the dye color in this class, but Japanese folding techniques, clamping and tying with string creates individual patterns which are quickly revealed after only moments in the dye pot. You will have lots of practice materials ending the day with napkins and a silk scarf. Participants may bring some materials they wish to dye.

Wear clothes that can get stained.  Bring sun protection, (hat, sunscreen) since this class is held outside. Feel free to bring some other things to dye like pillow cases or t-shirt in natural materials (cotton, wool, linen).

$175 (includes all materials)

Registration: Eventbrite


Photos by Paige Green


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 check or online registration on a first-come, first-serve basis. Please email or register online for classes:

Marlie: bma@sonic.net (415) 868-2459

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 seven days before the class. Class fees will not be returned after this time. 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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