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 break to meet the fiber animals and greet the guard llamas. Ever fed 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.


2022 Spring Fiber Classes

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Fleece to Garment Series

January 29.  Fleece to Garment.  11 to 3pm.  Witness a sheep shearing and choose your fleece you will be processing for the class.  We will have corriedale cross fleeces and Shetland fleeces for you to choose from.  You will learn how to skirt a fleece, and how to judge the quality of the fleece, and how parts of the fleece relate to garment design.  Staple length, crimp, and hand will be discussed as well as the micron count and its relation to the design of the yarn from that fleece.
 
February 13.  Scouring Your Fleece. 1 to 4pm.  We will teach you how to wash your fleece without felting it.  Included will be the different prepping steps you will want to make in order to prepare your fleece for spinning.
 
February 27.  Carding Your Fleece. 1 to 4pm  You will learn how to card fleece on hand cards, with drum carders, or with hand combs.  This class will introduce yarn design and its relation to garment design.  We will also introduce the garment patterns and what yarns will work best with the different designs.  
 
March 6.  Open Carding Lab.  10 to 3pm.  This is the time to finish carding your yarn before getting going on spinning.
 
March 20.  Spinning Your Fleece. 1 to 4pm.  We discuss yarn design, gauge, swatches, and plans for your garment. You will be spinning different types of yarn in preparation for deciding your final yarn for your project.
 
April 3.  Progress on Your Project.  1 to 4pm.  Bring in your projects and get class reaction and support for your efforts.
 
May 1.  The Fashion Show.  11:30 to 3pm.  Bring a potluck lunch dish and dine together.  Then walk the fashion runway and show off your garment.  Family and friends are invited.  

$550 includes one fleece

Online Registration: Evenbrite

Mail in Registration: Please send a check made out to Windrush Farm. Include your name, email address, phone number and class you want to attend. Mail to: Windrush Farm 2263 Chileno Valley Rd, Petaluma, Ca 94952

 


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Beginning Spinning Class

Saturday, February 5th 10:00 – 3:00pm

You must take this class if you do not know how to spin and what to take the Fleece to Garment Class.  Spinning wheels are provided.  Also open to anyone who wants to learn how to spin.

If you have ever wanted to create a continuous thread from a fluff of fleece, then this is the class for you. You will learn how to spin on a spinning wheel which you can take home after the Saturday class to practice on. Sunday, you will continue to try out different types of roving and at the end of the class, you will have your first skein of plied yarn to take home.

Wheels will be available for continued rental.

$225 – Spinning materials are included

Online Registration: Eventbrite

Mail in Registration: Please send a check made out to Windrush Farm. Include your name, email address, phone number and class you want to attend. Mail to: Windrush Farm 2263 Chileno Valley Rd, Petaluma, Ca 94952

 


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Refining Your Skills, Tips and Techniques to improve your spinning

Saturday, February 12th 1:00pm – 4:00pm

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. Wheels will be provided and all materials are included.

$150 includes all materials

Registration: Eventbrite

Mail in Registration: Please send a check made out to Windrush Farm. Include your name, email address, phone number and class you want to attend. Mail to: Windrush Farm 2263 Chileno Valley Rd, Petaluma, Ca 94952

 


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Learning Natural Dyes and Acid Dyes

Sunday, May 15th 10:30am – 3:30pm

Although natural dyes are now available as instant powders, this class starts from scratch to make the dyes, with onion skins, osage orange flakes, and cochineal, the red dye from bugs. After a brown bag lunch and a meet and greet with the sheep, try out dyes set with citric acid or vinegar for a different dyeing experience. Paint roving or yarns, dye balls of yarn, and learn the ins and outs of the quick powder dyes

The class will provide all the fiber and materials needed for the class. Please wear 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.

$175 includes all materials

Registration: Eventbrite

Mail in Registration: Please send a check made out to Windrush Farm. Include your name, email address, phone number and class you want to attend. Mail to: Windrush Farm 2263 Chileno Valley Rd, Petaluma, Ca 94952

 


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Indigo & Shibori Dye Class

Sunday, June 5th 1:00 – 4:00pm

Indigo dye is the basis for the dye color in this class, but Japanese folding techniques, clamping and tying with string creates individual patterns which are quickly revealed after only moments in the dye pot. You will have lots of practice materials ending the day with napkins and a silk scarf. Participants may bring some materials they wish to dye.

Wear clothes that can get stained.  Bring sun protection, (hat, sunscreen) since this class is held outside. Feel free to bring some other things to dye like pillow cases or t-shirt in natural materials (cotton, wool, linen).

$175 (includes all materials)

Registration: Eventbrite



Photos by Paige Green


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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