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. 


NEW CLASS SERIES: Hands on Learning, From Fleece to Finished Garment 

Fleece to Garment

This new exciting class series at Windrush Farm offers beginner* and intermediate spinning students 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 4 part series is an in-depth and focused experience where 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 prepare their fleece from the beginning and will have the knowledge to finish the project they started.

Class 1: Shearing  | Saturday, January 21st | 10 to 4PM 

This class provides the opportunity to watch a local professional shearing of Windrush’s sheep. After, students will get to choose their fleece then learn to skirt the fleece and identify the parts that will be best suited for the project. Students will discuss their projects and begin to map out the process for future classes. Before leaving, students will scour a part of their fleece.

Class 2: Carding Your Fleece Sunday, February 26  | 2 to 5pm

This class will focus on preparing your fleece. Students will learn about the process of carding, combing, and teasing, and discuss worsted and woolen processes. Based on individual projects students will begin to process their fleeces.

Class 3: Dyeing Your Fleece | Sunday, March 12  | 2 to 5PM

In the Dyeing class students will learn about mordents and dying using natural vegetal matter. The natural vegetal dyes will be based on what plants are in season. They will have hands-on experience to create some experiments and then work with their carded roving using natural dyes to create wonderful colors for their finished garment.

Class 4: Designing Your Yarn | Sunday, March 26 | 2 to 5PM

This class will focus on designing your yarn and garment. Using your fleece that has been cleaned, carded and dyed, you will begin to spin and ply the roving. Students will create different swatches for their projects and will be ready to finish spinning and begin creating their garment.

After this series, students will have the knowledge and hands on experience of creating a garment from right off the sheep’s back to a beautiful finished garment. During our Lamb Day on April 23 from 2pm – 4pm we will have a fun reunion fashion runway show so students can show off their beautiful creations. This reunion also creates a good deadline to finish those projects.

4 class series $450  (your fleece is included). Registration for series ends January 17th and will then open to individual class purchase. Class size limit, 12 students. If room is available individual classes are $125 per class. Please email to inquire about individual classes.


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

* Beginning spinners need to take the “Learning How to Spin” classes before the series.

Learning How to Spin: A Two-Part Introduction  | Saturday, February 4th & Sunday, February 5th, 2017 | 2 to 5pm

Part 1: 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.

Part 2: During this second session, students will bring in their spun singles for show and tell, and spin on to enlarge their spinning skills by learning to use the woolen or worsted techniques to produce yarns for different uses.

$100 for both days (materials included)


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

Eco-Printing & Shibori on Silk, Wool, and Cotton Sunday, May 28th, 2017 | 2 to 5pm

Explore this old/new technique to use leaves, twigs, and ground natural dyestuffs to create astonishing patterns on both protein and cellulose fabrics.  This is a fun class with wonderful results that combines techniques from many different types of dyeing. Come and be prepared to be surprised at the amazing success of this unusual process.  You will be able to take home your own dyed silk scarf.

$100 price including materials.

Registration/Payment: Brown Paper Ticket – Eco-Printing

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


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: (415) 868-2495

Mimi: (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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