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Spinning with Fiber Circle Studio + Natural Dyes with Heidi Iverson
March 25, 2023 @ 10:00 am - March 26, 2023 @ 4:00 pm
A Collaboration with Fiber Circle Studio (Day 1) + Fibershed Learning Center (Day 2)
$320 for both days / $150 for Spinning only on Saturday / $170 for Natural Dyes only on Sunday (plus Eventbrite fees)
Enroll here: eventbrite.com/e/515298390357
DAY 1: SATURDAY, MARCH 25th, 10am – 4pm at Fiber Circle Studio — Spinning Fiber Into Yarn with Fiber Circle Studio
Learn how to transform fiber into yarn!
We will be working with local, undyed wool roving from Mendocino Wool & Fiber to create either 2 skeins of yarn or 1 skein of a 2-ply yarn (students can choose). The first half of the day will be spent understanding the basics of spinning, and begin developing muscle memory of drafting while using a drop spindle (supplied for class use).
We’ll take an hour lunch break from 12:30 to 1:30. After lunch, students may either continue on the drop spindle, or those who wish may bring their own wheel and practice the skills they learned from the spindle to the wheel. We will have a few wheels available for students to use, but do not have enough for everyone. Students should wet out their yarn overnight, and bring wet to the dye class on day 2, to allow for better dye absorption.
NOTE: There are a few tickets available for Saturday’s spinning workshop only, if you just want to attend one day.
Location: Fiber Circle Studio, 113 Kentucky Street, Petaluma, CA 94952 (map)
We are located in central Petaluma. You may bring your own lunch, or are welcome to explore the delicious restaurants that surround us!
Class size: 10 students
Supplied: Drop spindles for class use (available for sale after class – $30), and local wool roving. A few wheels for students to use if they want.
Bring: Lunch (or money to eat in town). Optional: Bring your own fiber, spindle, and/or spinning wheel
DAY 2: SUNDAY, MARCH 26th, 10am to 4pm at Fibershed Learning Center — Natural Dyes with Heidi Iverson
Join us at the beautiful Fibershed Learning Center on Black Mountain Ranch near Point Reyes Station, CA, for a day of natural dyes with by Heidi Iverson of Honey Folk Clothing.
Heidi will be guiding us in preparing plant materials and creating dye pots from a number of regional dye plants, as well as showing us how to prepare our yarns with mordants when needed.
In addition to your wool yarn, we will also work with some plant fibers (samples of linen fabric and small skeins of cotton thread) to compare how different fibers take the same dye differently.
NOTE: There are a few tickets available for Sunday’s natural dye workshop only, if you just want to attend one day.
Location: Fibershed Learning Center, 14000 Point Reyes-Petaluma Road, Point Reyes Station, CA 94956 (map)
Class size: 15 students
Supplied: All dye plants/dye baths, plus samples of linen fabric and small skeins of cotton thread.
- Personal snacks, lunch and beverages (a selection of teas will be served on site). We are in a rural location, so most people bring their lunch rather than drive to town
- The skeins of yarn you spun at Saturday’s workshop (or purchased skeins)
CANCELLATION POLICY: If you cancel at least 7 days before this event, and if we are able to fill your space from the waitlist, we can offer you a refund (minus Eventbrite fees). Otherwise there will be no refunds or transfers.
Tuition Scholarships & Transportation/Childcare Stipends
Fibershed is offering two scholarships to most workshops; one scholarship if it’s a small class. 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.
BONUS: The Clothing Swap Closet is now open during workshops and events at the Fibershed Learning Center!
Visit the Clothing Swap Closet when you attend a workshop or event at the Learning Center and exchange your natural fiber garments and accessories. Your clothing contributions must be clean and in good condition. Each contribution entities you to choose one item of comparable value.
You may arrive up to 30 minutes early for the workshop you are attending, and/or depart up to an hour after the workshop ends, to allow time to browse and try on items in the closet, and make your trade!
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTORS:
SPINNING: Alisha Bright discovered knitting in her late teens during a time of hardship and in search for her identity as a young woman. The moment she embarked on her first project, she realized that this is what she was made for.
She became involved with a few of the local yarn shops and wandered off to live on a farm for a few months where she learned about fiber processing, spinning, and self-sustainability. Upon her return to Sonoma County, she began the Master’s Hand Knitting Program through TKGA, and resumed teaching knitting classes at her local yarn shop. By 2018, her dreams of having a community space where there was support, sharing of knowledge and fiber art tools and equipment, developed into the opening of Fiber Circle Studio, now located in downtown Petaluma.
She lives in Petaluma and spends her time fiber-making, teaching knitting, spinning and dyeing, and mothering her awesome sons, Leland + Dominic!
DYEING: Heidi Iverson is the founder of Honey Folk, her clothing design studio in western Sonoma County, CA, where she handcrafts clothing using high quality natural materials. Heidi also devotes time to knitting with local yarns and natural dyeing with plants and flowers that she hand gathers or cultivates. Honey Folk continues to evolve with Heidi, and refining her aesthetic, artistic process and philosophy is a continuous journey. She’s founding member of Fibershed, and its philosophy has been an influence on her aesthetic and her brand ethic. Heidi is always looking to improve her work and offer thoughtful, beautifully crafted items that will be cherished and worn for many years.
Read about Heidi on the Fibershed blog: fibershed.org/2022/12/12/slowing-down-with-heidi-iverson-of-honey-folk-clothing