2022 Learning Center classes

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

Hands-on Workshops
In-person workshops 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.

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

Learn Sewing Basics & Sew a Tote Bag with Pia Andersson
1-day workshop: Sunday, February 5, 2023
Enroll here: eventbrite.com/e/467063277837

Papermaking from Scratch using local plant fibers with Jane Ingram Allen 
2-day workshop: Saturday and Sunday, March 11-12
Enroll here: eventbrite.com/e/473025982447

ENROLLMENT COMING SOON:

Willow Tatza Weave Baskets with Charlie Kennard
1-day workshop: Sunday, February 19

Mushroom Dyes of the Northern California Fungal Fibershed with Alissa Allen
An immersive 3-day course: Friday-Sunday, March 3-5

Spinning & Naturally Dyeing Local Yarns — a collaboration between Fiber Circle Studio & Fibershed
2-day workshop: Saturday, March 25 (taught by Alisha Bright at Fiber Circle Studio) & Sunday, March 26 (taught by Heidi Iverson at Fibershed Learning Center)

Making a Tule Basket with Rimiko Berreman
1-day workshop: Sunday, April 2

Botanical Printing with Cory Gunter Brown
2-day workshop: Saturday and Sunday, April 15-16

Sewing a Japanese Happi Coat with Rimiko Berreman
2-day workshop: Saturday and Sunday, April 29-30

Flax Processing with Chico Flax
1-day workshop: Saturday, May 6

Twill Samples using Bamboo and Cattail with Charlie Kennard
1-day workshop: Sunday, May 21

Sewing T-shirts with Gynna Clemes (using Colorganic Cotton from Sally Fox and the new Cotton/Wool Collaborative Cloth from CA Cloth Foundry and Lani’s Lana)
1-day workshop: Sunday, May 21

Fine Twining with Threesquare with Charlie Kennard
1-day workshop: Sunday, July 16

Sewing sweatpants/joggers with Gynna Clemes (using the new Cotton/Wool Collaborative Cloth from CA Cloth Foundry and Lani’s Lana)
1-day workshop: Sunday, August 6

Indigo Extraction Process with Judi Pettite
1-day workshop: Saturday, September 9

Paint Making from Lakes and Mineral Pigments with Judi Pettite
1-day workshop: Sunday, September 10

Botanical Printing with Mayumi Fujio
1-day workshop: September 24

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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