WINDRUSH FIBER SCHOOL

Fall 2017 Dye & Spinning Classes

The instructors are Marlie deSwart, fiber artist and owner of Black Mountain Weavers in Pt. Reyes Station, and Mimi Luebbermann, owner of Windrush Farm.  Marlie and Mimi have been co-teaching spinning and fiber arts for 15 years. The classes include a walk through the pastures to meet the sheep and alpacas, and afternoon tea and cookies. 


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Learning How to Spin  | Saturday, September 30th | 10 to 4pm

Introduction to the spinning wheel, starting with the basic techniques:  Get the feel of the spinning wheel. It takes a while to get the hang of spinning, to coordinate the feet and hands to create a thread.  As your skill grows, try out different wools to feel the difference they make in your spinning. During the afternoon students will enlarge their spinning skills by learning to use the woolen or worsted techniques to produce yarns for different uses.

$175 (materials included). Spinning wheels will be provided. If you have a wheel please feel free to bring it. Wheels can also be rented after the class for $10 a week. Bring a lunch and warm layers to wear.

Registration/Payment: BrownPaper Tickets

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


Refining Your Skills | Sunday, October 1st | 2 to 5pm

In this class students will bring their spun singles for show and tell, and spin on to enlarge their spinning skills by learning to use woolen or wortsed techniques to produce yarns for different uses. You will learn about wool in fleeces, washing, carding wool, and how to ply your singles into a two ply yarn.

$125 (materials included)

Registration/Payment: BrownPaper Ticket

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


Dyeing Wool with Vegetal and Synthetic Dyes | Sunday, October 15th | 11am to 4pm

This is a wonderful hands-on class to learn to use both vegetable dyes and acid-based dyes. In the morning we will mordant yarns and start dyeing wool and yarn with onion skins, walnut, cochineal. As time allows, we will explore over-dyeing and afterbaths. After lunch, Marlie takes over to explain the use of acid dyes, and how to space, vat, steam, and hand paint with commercial dyes. Students will leave with lots of their own hand-dyed wool, roving, and yarns. Bring something to share for a pot luck lunch. Wear cloths you can get stained.

$125 (materials included)

Registration/Payment: BrownPaper Tickets

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


Spinning with Alpaca | Saturday, October 28th | 10 to 4pm

This hands-on class will focus on alpaca fiber. It will be taught Ann Brezina, an alpaca rancher and professional spinner.  You will learn about the different alpacas—huacaya and suri, how to process an alpaca fleece, examining fleeces to learn about blankets and seconds. You will learn the nuances of spinning alpaca both alone and blending alpaca with wool.

$150 (includes material) – You will need to be an intermediate spinner to take this class. Bring something for a potluck lunch.

Registration/Payment: BrownPaper ticket

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


Focus on Plying | Sunday, October 29th | 2 to 5pm

Plying allows the spinner to create strong yarns, and with varied materials create wildly exciting yarns for accents in projects, jewelry, or weaving materials. You will learn to make boucles, eyelash, and frosted yarns, as well as three, four, and five ply yarns. Everyone leaves with the challenge and tools to create yarns never before seen in a yarn shop.

$125 (includes materials)

Registration/Payment: BrownPaper Tickets

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


Carding for Color | Sunday, November 12th | 2 to 5pm

This class is great for both spinners and felters. We will introduce the basics of color theory with wool and students can practice with a rainbow of colored roving to create their own batts for use in spinning or felting. We will provide drum carders and a wide range of colors and textures the choosing, from metallic threads to Wensleydale curls, students can push the boundaries of their color and texture use in their fiber work. Bring your own spinning wheel or use one of ours to see immediate results.

$125 (includes materials)

Registration/Payment: BrownPaper Ticket

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


Spring 2018 Classes

Fleece to Garment Series | January – May |

*Students must be 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).

The 5 classes are an in-depth and focused experience were students will have the opportunity to watch a shearing and choose the fleece that will work best for the project they wish to create. Throughout the classes students will work with their fleece from the beginning and will end with a finished garment. There will be one open studio work day and an open spin day with project reveals.

January 27th, Saturday – Shearing and Fleece selection – Students will see the sheep being sheared and pick their fleece. You will learn about the different parts of the fleece, skirting, and how to pick parts of the fleece for a garment.

February 4th, Sunday – Scouring Fleeces & Beginning Design Discussion – Students will learn to scour (wash) their fleece. They will begin to design their projects based on the type of fleece they have. There will be 4 simple knit designs presented for projects, a simple sweater, lace shawl, baby blanket, and vest.

February 18th, Sunday – Prepping Fleeces – This class will focus on the various ways to prep a fleece; combing, teasing, and carding. There will be samples of finished work that uses the different preparations.

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

March 18th, Sunday – Designing Your Yarn – Start learning different techniques for plying and experimenting to create novelty yarn.

April 8th, Sunday – Project In Process – Bring your project and get help from instructors, and encouragement. See how everyone in progressing and have a fun time spinning and knitting.

May 6th, Sunday – 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. This is open to all spinners, knitters, and friends.

$550 (includes fleece)

Registration/Payment: BrownPaper Tickets

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 windrushfrm@gmail.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) 868-2495

Mimi: windrushfrm@gmail.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.

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