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Beginning Spinning Weekend with Mimi Luebbermann and Marlie de Swart

September 16, 2023 @ 1:00 pm - September 17, 2023 @ 4:00 pm


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Join us, at beautiful Windrush Farm, for a two-afternoon, beginning wheel-spinning workshop and learn about the fascinating art of yarn-making!

This is an introductory two-afternoon class on how to spin on a Louet wheel with Mimi Luebbermann and Marlie de Swart. This first class begins on Saturday afternoon at Windrush Farm where you will learn to guide the wheel and twist roving into a continuous thread. The second class is on Sunday afternoon as you learn to develop control of the wheel, produce yarn confidently and, by the end of the afternoon, make your own skein of two-ply yarn to take home. All materials are included. A Louet wheel is included for use during the weekend.

Class schedule:

  • Saturday, September 16, 1:00pm to 4:00pm
  • Sunday, September 17, 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Location: Windrush Farm, 2263 Chileno Valley Road, Petaluma, CA 94952.

Please bring: Personal snacks and beverages. Windrush Farm is in a rural location outside Petaluma. The farm is located on flat but uneven terrain (please bring sturdy shoes).

Registration and Information: eventbrite.com/e/694395665127

About the Instructors:

Marlie de Swart learned to spin as a young child at her mother’s knee in Holland, and she has been doing it ever since. For the last twenty-two years, she has been teaching spinning at Windrush Farm Fiber School in the Chileno Valley. Her book “Knitting Woolscapes, Designs Inspired by Coastal Marin Wool” has many sweater patterns developed to be made with hand-spun yarn. She is one of the first board members of Fibershed and, until recently, owned and operated the Black Mountain Weavers Store (an artist cooperative) in Point Reyes Station. Marlie’s passion is everything fiber, especially local fiber.

Mimi Luebbermann moved to Chileno Valley in 1995 with the dream of living quietly on a farm. Instead, she ended up crazy about fiber and determined to create a fiber farm. Now, sheep, alpacas, llamas, goats, and rabbits all contribute to the Windrush Farm yarns. As a dedicated spinner, she works to educate people about the connection between fiber animals and yarn, through school field trips, her farmers market booth, private tours, and spinning classes to meet the animals and learn the process of transforming fleece to yarn. It is an endlessly fascinating life.

Instagram: @windrushfarmpetaluma

Web: windrushfarm.wordpress.com

Tuition Scholarships & Transportation/Childcare Stipends:
Fibershed is offering one to two scholarships to most workshops. In addition to scholarships for tuition, we are offering a limited number of stipends for transportation and/or childcare. If you would not otherwise be able to attend, and would like to be considered as a scholarship and/or stipend recipient, please answer a few brief questions on this Google Form. Responses will be reviewed by Learning Center staff and kept strictly confidential.

Cancellation Policy: Refunds (minus Eventbrite fees) are available up to 7 days before the event. If you cancel after 7 days before the event we can only offer a refund (minus Eventbrite fees) if we are able to fill your space from the waitlist. Otherwise, there will be no refunds or transfers.


September 16, 2023 @ 1:00 pm
September 17, 2023 @ 4:00 pm
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Windrush Farm
2263 Chileno Valley Road
Petaluma, CA 94952 United States
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