WINDRUSH FIBER ART SCHOOL

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Windrush 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 Classes

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Fleece to Garment Series | February 8th – May 3rd

Instructors: Mimi Luebbermann & Marlie de Swart

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.

February 8th, 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 16th, Sunday, 1pm to 4pm – Scouring Fleeces & Designing Your Project – 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 4 different designs to choose for your garment.

March 1st, Sunday, 1pm to 4pm – Prepping Your Fleeces to Spin –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.

March 15th, Saturday, 10am to 3pm – Carding & Designing Your Yarn – This class will work on carding your washed and prepped fleeces. You will begin spinning and work on creating your yarn for your specific project.

April 5th, 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 3rd, Sunday, 10am to 3pm – 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 (includes fleece)

Registration: Eventbrite

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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Dye Class | May 31st – 10:00am – 3:00pm

This is a hands-on class that will open your world to the exciting skill of dyeing wool with Vegetal and Synthetic Dyes.  Students will leave with the understanding, knowledge, and confidence to do their own dying at home. The results from creating your own dyes are endless and with the knowledge and support of Mimi Luebbermann and Marlie deStewart, this class will demystify the techniques and teach you the methods and tools needed to create your own dyes at home or your studio.

In the first half of the class we will focus on understanding mordents and prep work of your fiber for dying and how to use natural ingredients, such as leaves, flowers, and roots to create beautiful colors.  We will also learn about over-dying and after baths to further explore possible color creations.

After lunch we will delve into the world of acid dyes. Through hands-on exploration and the guidance of Marlie, you will learn how to space, vat, steam, and hand paint with commercial acid dyes.

The class will provide all the fiber and materials needed for the class. Please bring something to share for the potluck lunch, cloths you can get stained, rubber gloves to protect hands from commercial dyes, a few plastic bags to bring your wet fiber samples home in, and wear layers since the class is outdoors.You can also purchase more yarn or roving through Windrush Farm.

$150 includes all materials

Registration: Eventbrite

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

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


 

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Indigo & Shibori Class | June 14th – details to come

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 using different shibori resist techniques to create wonderful results and come away with two dyed silk scarves. You will be surprised at the amazing success of this unusual process.

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

$150 (includes all materials)

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


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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. 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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