Learning Center Purpose & Vision

Fibershed has felt the need for some time to create a grounding force that serves in our effort to enliven our community’s connection to regional and regenerative fiber and dyes. We are grateful to have an opportunity to hold space for activities and community resources. The Learning Center:

  • Serves key hands-on textile education opportunities for the public
  • Supports a demonstration farm for growing materials and showcasing how earth pigments can be grown and processed, along with food and medicine
  • Hosts public presentations and intentionally designed gatherings that focus on bringing people together to learn and discuss the greatest and most concerning issues of our time
  • Offers direct opportunities to engage in climate and cultural solutions that we can work together to activate at the local level
  • Houses a living library of our bioregional textile culture that exists as a feature for students, designers, and makers, and will house a natural dye and fiber seed library
  • Provides a multi-use space for core organizational functions, including our staff and board meetings and strategic planning

(Photos: Charlie Kennard with students at one of his basketry classes, photo by Paige Green; Judi Pettite of BioHue teaching paint making with natural pigments in the Learning Center studio/classroom; Master weaver and dyer, Porfirio Gutiérrez, with some of his naturally dyed yarn, photo by Joe Coca)

2022 Workshops
In-person workshops for 2022 are ongoing. See the list below for links to register as they become available. Proceeds from each event support the class instructor and contribute to Fibershed for educational programming.

Scholarships
Fibershed is offering two scholarships to most workshops; one scholarship if it’s a small class. If you would not otherwise be able to attend, and would like to be considered as a scholarship recipient, please answer a few brief questions on this Google Form. Responses will be reviewed by Learning Center staff and kept strictly confidential.

Mailing List
If you would like to join the Learning Center mailing list to be notified of upcoming events—or any of the other Fibershed mailing lists—scroll down to the form at the bottom of the page.

Volunteering
Volunteers are welcome into our beautiful natural dye and pigment garden to help with various gardening tasks like mulching, weeding, maintaining our hedgerows, watering, harvesting dye flowers to dry, and more! Email maria@fibershed.org for more information.

2022 Fibershed Learning Center In-Person Workshops

ENROLLMENT OPEN:

Ongoing: Mending Bar Happy Hours with Heidi Iverson (Honeyfolk Clothing) and Allison Reilly
Fourth Thursday of every month, 4-7 p (rolling arrival times)
Enroll here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/265319125647

Online Event: Visible Mending with Katrina Rodabaugh
September 29, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm PDT
Enroll here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/376878251997

Weave a Tule Mat with Charlie Kennard
1-day workshop: October 15
Enroll here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/396884872337

Online Event: Visible Mending on Knitwear and Denim with Arounna Khounnoraj
October 15, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm PDT
Enroll here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/334905550517

Designs from Nature, printmaking on fabric with natural dyes with Karen Hampton
2-day workshop: October 29-30
Enroll here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/400373145857

English Willow Basket Weaving Demonstration with Charlie Kennard
1-day workshop: November 5
Enroll here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/360099757067

Papermaking from Scratch using local plant fibers with Jane Ingram Allen
2-day workshop: November 19-20
Enroll here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/399100218497

Making an English Willow Basket with Charlie Kennard
2-day workshop: December 3-4
prerequisite: Attend Charlie’s demonstration on November 5th, or have previous experience weaving with willow. Enrollment is first come, first served.
Get notified when enrollment opens on Nov 5th: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/360119917367


ENROLLMENT COMING SOON:

Learn Sewing Basics & Sew a Tote Bag with Pia Andersson
1-day workshop: February 4, 2023

Mushroom Dyes of the Northern California Fungal Fibershed with Alissa Allen
An immersive 3-day course: January 20-23, 2023

Spinning & Naturally Dyeing Local Yarns — a collaboration between Fiber Circle Studio & Fibershed
2-day workshop: March 25 (at Fiber Circle Studio) & March 26 (at Fibershed Learning Center)

Botanical Printing on Textiles with Cory Gunter Brown
2-day workshop: April 15-16, 2023

Weaving with Linen and other Bast Fibers with Sandy Fisher
1-day workshop: Date to be announced

More workshops to be scheduled. The list will be updated with links to register as they become available.

Past Workshops & Demonstrations – Videos on Demand

During 2020, when it was not feasible to offer in-person events, we began offering a series of online demonstrations and classes via Zoom, taught by Northern California Fibershed Producer Network members. Videos of these events are available on Fibershed’s Vimeo On Demand channel, and links to each video can be found below.

Farming & Processing Pigment & Fiber:

Knitting & Weaving:

Sewing:

Pigments & Dyes:

Shoe Making:

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