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 tea and cookie break and a walk through the pastures to meet the fiber animals and greet the guard llamas. Ever feed 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.
Fall 2019 Fiber Classes
Knitting Retreat with Kira Designs
Saturday, December 7th 10:00am – 3:30pm
Meet a variety of fiber-bearing animals at a beautiful farm, only an hour away from San Francisco! We’ll start the day with coffee, juice, and baked goods while knitting, crocheting, and spinning. Seated in the courtyard of Windrush Farm in Petaluma, we’ll ease into the day. You can also say hello to the animals, shop in the farm store, and browse through a trunk show of Kira K Designs knitting and crochet kits. Rancher Mimi Luebbermann will take us on a farm tour, with a meet-and-greet of Corriedale X sheep, snuggles with angora rabbits, a visit with a friendly Pygora goat, and sightings of alpacas and llamas.
After a lunch break, we’ll have a mini class where you can start knitting a Bicoastal Cowl, a fun intermediate project using Fisherman’s Rib. The pattern is included in the retreat registration and you can bring your own yarn, or plan to buy naturally colored or hand-dyed yarn. Lots of farm-fresh yarn will be available to purchase, as well as locks and roving for spinning and felting.
After class, we’ll learn about how fiber is prepared for spinning, including getting to handle raw wool and alpaca fleece. There will also be a bit more time to shop and knit before we head home for the day.
For more information & Registration : Kira Designs
2020 Fiber Art Classes
Fleece to Garment Series | February 1st – May 3rd
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.
February 1st, 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 16th, Sunday, 1pm to 4pm – Scouring Fleeces & Designing Your Project – 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 4 different designs to choose for your garment.
March 1st, Sunday, 1pm to 4pm – Prepping Your Fleeces to Spin –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.
March 15th, Saturday, 10am to 3pm – Carding & Designing Your Yarn – This class will work on carding your washed and prepped fleeces. You will begin spinning and work on creating your yarn for your specific project.
April 5th, 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 3th, 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 (includes fleece)
Registration by 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
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 email@example.com
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: firstname.lastname@example.org (415) 868-2459
Mimi: email@example.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