WINDRUSH FIBER SCHOOL

Fall 2018 Classes

 

Learning How to Spin: A Two-Part Introduction  | Saturday, September 15th & Sunday, September 16th, 2018 | 1 to 4pm

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 but by the end of the day you will have a bobbin full of beautiful yarn.

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.

$175 for both days (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. Taught by Mimi Luebbermann and Marlie de Swart.

Registration/Payment: Closed

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, September 30th | 1 to 4pm

In this class students will bring their spun singles for show and tell, and will learn how to ply the singles to create a two ply yarn. Students will also learn to ply 3 or more yarns together creating fun art yarns. The class will further delve into the spinning methods of woolen and worsted spinning techniques and play with different fibers, such as alpaca and silk.

$125 (materials included)

Registration/Payment: Closed

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 Lab | Sunday, October 14th | 1-4pm

This is an afternoon to practice your spinning in the company of other spinners on the farm.  Bring roving to spin or you can purchase roving here.  This is a great lab for beginning or intermediate spinners who want to pick up a couple of pointers to improve their spinning. Marlie and Mimi will be happy to give you tips if you are having some problems.  We can also help with wheel adjustment and other technical issues.

*This is not a class for someone who has never spun before. We will have a beginning spinning class in the fall.

$50 fee. Bring your own wheel or borrow one of ours.

Lab guided by Mimi Luebbermann & Marlie de Swart

Registration/Payment: CLOSED

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


 

Community Spin In  | Sunday, October 21st | 2-5pm

Join us for an afternoon of spinning with other fiber enthusiasts. Not a spinner, bring your knitting or crochet.

Open and free to the public.

 


 

Spinning with Alpaca | Saturday, October 27th  | 10 to 4pm

This hands-on class will focus on alpaca fiber. It will be taught by Ann Brezina, a commercial shearer and addicted 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: 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


 

Playing with Fiber and Color Series

This series of classes offers an in-depth look at color possibilities with wool through dyeing, carding, plying, and knitting / crochet. This series will cover some color theory, but mostly students will have hands-on experience experimenting with colors, how colors affect each other, and which methods of processing deliver which results. Materials for the class will be proved. Can be taken as a complete series for $335 or individual classes at $125 per class. Registration/Payment for complete series $335 : Eventbrite

Dye Class | Sunday, October 28th | 12pm-4pm

In the dye class we will work with acid dyes and learn how the yarn differs when dyed directly (physical dyeing) versus when carded into the color (optical dyeing). Students will dye several batches of roving in different methods;  “hand painting” roving in stripes,  gradient for the steam bath, and vat dyeing. These are all prep work for the color carding and plying classes. At the end of this class we will practice spinning across the top of your roving, so please bring your wheel.

Registration $125: Eventbrite

Color Carding Class | Sunday, November 4th | 2pm – 5pm

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, how to card in layers (sandwiched) versus stripes, and how to diz from carders. 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. We will also learn specific techniques unique for the blending board.

Registration/Payment $125: Eventbrite

Color Plying Class| Sunday, November 18th | 2pm – 5pm

In the color plying class students will learn about various results from different plying techniques and various ways of preparing roving to get different results. Students will see the difference of using Navajo or chain plying to retain color separation, fractal plying to achieve different looks, plying against itself or plying with another color, and barber pole plying. We will also explore spinning burly singles versus thin 2ply with the same color roving.

At the end of the class we will briefly talk about knitting/crochet with background colors, accent colors, small and large color patterns and Fibonachi and Kaffee Fasset’s use of color.

Registration/Payment $125: Eventbrite

Registration/Payment for complete series $335 : 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


Spring 2019 Classes

Fleece to Garment Series | January to May | times vary –

*Students must be beg/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).

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. 

January 26th, 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 3rd, Sunday, 1pm to 4pm – Scouring Fleeces & Beginning Design Discussion – 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 3 different designs to choose for your garment.

February 17th, Sunday, 1pm to 4pm – Prepping Fleeces –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. You will learn to card.

March 3rd, Saturday, 10am to 2pm – Open Studio – This is an unsupervised open studio day for students to use Windrush Farm’s carding equipment.

March 17th, Sunday, 1pm to 4pm – Designing Your Yarn – Start spinning your roving or washed fleece into yarn.  Try curls, fleece carded for woolen spun or worsten spun, combed fleece, flick carded lock spinning, or look to novelty spinning for special accents. If you have a chance, bring in a gauge swatch.

April 7th, 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 5th, 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 for the whole series (includes fleece) Taught by Mimi Luebbermann and Marlie de Swart.

Registration/Payment: 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

 


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) 868-2495

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.

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