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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.


Fall 2019 Fiber Classes

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Community Spin In 

Sunday, September 29th | 10:00 am -4:00 pm

Come one, come all and bring your fiber projects, your spinning wheels, and a potluck dish to share. Sock knitters, bring your machines and knit away. Lets kick off the fall season together and get excited about all our different projects. We will have a “Meet the Sheep” time at 11am and 2pm, with a walk in the pasture and “Hold the Bunny” time with the two German Giant Angora rabbits for kids and adults alike throughout the day. Make a bookmark on a cricket loom if you need a break from spinning or knitting. Goodie bags for the first 10 spinners and first ten knitters, so come early and stay late.

Event free, plenty of parking.


 

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Learning How to Spin: A Two-Day Introduction

Saturday, October 5th & Sunday, October 6th | 1:00 – 4:00pm                                           Instructors: Mimi Luebbermann & Marlie deSwart

Part 1: Introduction to Creating Yarn on a Spinning Wheel.

Each student starts to practice on the school’s Louet spinning wheels or their own wheel. It takes a while to get the hang of spinning, to coordinate the feet and hands to create a continuous thread. Our beginning classes are small so students have lots of help in learning the process. By the end of the day students will have a bobbin of their own yarn and a wheel to take home for more practice.

Part 2: During this second afternoon, students bring in their yarn homework for show and tell, and continue to practice their spinning while learning new techniques. By the end of the afternoon, they know how to spin thick and thin, how to ply, and how to wash and set the twist on their yarn. This second afternoon of intensive spinning helps a person develop confidence in spinning and to acquire the basic skills for their spinning career.

$175 for both days (materials included). Spinning wheels will be provided. If you have a wheel please feel free to bring it. We can also help with wheel adjustments. Wheels can be rented after the class for $10 a week.

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

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


 

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Refining Your Skills, Tips and Techniques for Expanding Your Spinning

Sunday, October 20th | 1:00 – 4:00 pm                                                                             

Instructors: Mimi Luebbermann & Marlie deSwart

This class is for spinners wanting to improve their spinning skills and to learn how to expand the range of yarns they are able to create. Everyone brings their spun singles for show and tell, and we start by introducing the spinning methods used to create woolen or worsted yarns and explain the different uses for these yarns. The class will try out different fibers and the best methods to spin them. We will also talk about breeds of sheep and their fleeces, how to process wool from the fleece by washing and carding wool. Finally, we practice plying two, three, and four different threads for finished plied yarns.

$125 (materials included)

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

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


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Introduction to Nuno Felting

Saturday, October 26th 10:00am – 4:00pm

Instructor: Patricia Briceno

If you want to learn how to make nuno felt, then this is the class for you. You don’t need to have any experience to take this class. All you need is a desire to learn to make a beautiful one of a kind piece of wearable art. This technique is great for making lightweight garments, especially scarves and wraps using silk and soft Merino wool. Patricia will have silk hankies, merino wool, silk fabric, novelty yarn and more for you to experiment and play with. She will walk you through each step of the process and be there to answer any questions. This will be a fun class. Mistakes are a plus!

Please bring comfortable shoes and clothing, as you will be on your feet most of the day. Bring something for the potluck lunch. All the supplies and materials will be provided.

This class will be taught by the wonderful Patricia Briceno who is a professional nuno felter, spinner, knitter, and dyer. She has a roving dye company Beesybee Fiber on FB and her work is sold at Black Mountain Artisans in Pt. Reyes. We are excited to have her teaching at Windrush Farm.

 $125 (includes materials). Class limited to 12 students.

Registration: Eventbrite


 

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Vegetal & Synthetic Dye Class

Sunday, November 3rd |10:00 am – 4:00 pm                                                                   

Instructors: Mimi Luebbermann & Marlie deSwart

Attention all felters, spinners, or knitters! This is a hands-on class that will open your world to the exciting skill of dyeing wool with vegetal or synthetic dyes. Students will leave with the knowledge and confidence to do their own dyeing at home. The results from dyeing yarns or roving are endless and with the knowledge and support of Mimi Luebbermann and Marlie deSwart, this class will demystify the techniques and teach the methods and tools needed to use both natural and synthetic dyes.

The first half of the class focuses on mordents for dye permanence and prepping fiber for the natural or vegetal dye bath. You will see how to make dye soups and receive recipes to make beautiful colors from leaves, flowers, and roots as well as after baths to further enhance dye colors.

After lunch, delve into the world of packaged acid dyes, those that use vinegar to set color. Through hands-on exploration and the guidance of Marlie, you will learn how to space, vat, steam, and hand paint roving or yarns. Whether using roving, hand spun yarns, or purchased yarns, these dyes open a dazzling world of opportunities to explore for all creative fiber projects.

Bring something to share for a potluck lunch.

$150 (materials included)

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


Mark Your Calendar

Upcoming Classes

 

Fleece to Garment Series | February 2020

Ever want to work from scratch, to take a fleece from raw wool to a finished garment? Well this is the class for you!

Choose your fleece off the sheep’s back at the Windrush shearing day and learn how to process it to scoured wool, picked and carded wool, and then choose the best method to spin to yarn for your knitted, crocheted or woven project. Marlie and Mimi will walk you through the process in 5 classes including a carding lab and design day. There are three different designs to choose from to assure your success, or you can decide your own design.

You must be able to spin a continuous thread to take the class. If you cannot or your skills are rusty, make sure to take the October beginning spinning class, the Refining Your Skills class, or check in with Mimi or Marlie for individual tutoring.


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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, 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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