FIBER ARTS

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234_Windrush_07092019_paigegreen SmallWindrush 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.


2020 Fall Fiber Art Classes

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Color Carding Class | Sunday, September 13th – 1:00 – 4:00pm

In the carding class students will learn different methods for creating variations of color and effects. Students will learn the difference when you card various colors once versus multiple times. They will learn to card their dyed roving for a gradient effect by adding white or black to the original color and how to card in layers (sandwiched) versus stripes. The class will explore blending other elements (silk, glitz balls, ect.) into colored batts and how to prepare these for spinning, as in Z or lengthwise stripping, roll, stack or pull. In between creating your colored batts you will have time to spin to see the immediate results of your color choices. Bring your wheel to spin your batts or you can borrow one of ours.

This class will be held outside, allowing for social distancing. We are asking that you please wear a mask. Each student will have their own table and carder. Bring sun protection, (hat, sunscreen)and water since this class is held outside.

$120 (includes materials) Windrush Farm is lowering the class price at this time since we understand the financial challenges many are having. Class is taught by Mimi Luebbermann & Marlie de Swart.

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

Registration:Closed

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


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Indigo & Shibori Class | Sunday, September 27th | 1:00 – 4:00pm

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 and to use different shibori resist techniques to create wonderful results. You will be surprised at the amazing success of this unusual process. Scarves and other fabric will be supplied but feel free to bring something from home to dye. It should be cotton, silk or wool. We suggest yarn, a t-shirt, pillow cases, a tea towel, scarves, or napkins.

This class is a very fun experience for families, and if you want to come with kids, 14 years old and under will be $60 each, including materials.

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

$120 (includes all materials) Windrush Farm is lowering the class price at this time since we understand the financial challenges many are having. Class taught by Mimi Luebbermann & Marlie de Swart

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

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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Spinning Lab | Sunday, October 11th | 1:00 – 4:00pm

This is an afternoon to work on your spinning technique in the company of other spinners surrounded by the hills of Chileno Valley and all the wonderful animals on the farm. This is a great lab for beginning or intermediate spinners who want to pick up a couple of pointers to improve their spinning, practice spinning woolen, or get some help spinning with a fiber like angora or alpaca. Or maybe you just need to get out of the house and be with other fiber enthusiasts. Marlie and Mimi will be there to help with any problems you are having and give insight into working with fiber from their lifetime of knowledge. They can also help with wheel adjustment and other technical issues. Bring roving to spin or you can purchase roving here. We have a wonderful selection of natural Corriedale roving, Shetland roving and some fun dyed roving.

This lab will be held outside, allowing for social distancing. We are asking that you please wear a mask. Bring sun protection, (hat, sunscreen)and water since this class is held outside.

*This is not a class for someone who has never spun before.

Class taught by Mimi Luebbermann & Marlie de Swart

Registration: $50 – 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


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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