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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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).

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 27th, Saturday, 10am to 4pm- 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 4th, Sunday, 1pm-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 4 different designs to choose for your garment.

February 18th, Sunday, 1pm-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.

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

March 18th, 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. 

April 8th, 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. See how everyone is progressing and have a fun time spinning and knitting.

May 6th, 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), Class limited to 12 students.

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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