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. (Scroll down for a list of workshops and links to register.)
  • 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.

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.

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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 hello@fibershed.org for more information.

Fibershed Learning Center In-Person Workshops & Events

Botanical Printing with Mayumi Fujio
1-day workshop: Sunday, October 1
Enroll here: eventbrite.com/e/657189420247

Invasive Inks: Autumnal Bay Area Invasive Plants with Elissa Callen
1-day workshop: Saturday, October 7
Enroll here: eventbrite.com/e/697171477657

Spinning Like a Pro with Mimi Luebberman and Marlie de Swart at Windrush Farm
1-day workshop: Saturday, October 7
Enroll here: eventbrite.com/e/694425454227

The Carder, a Tool to Expand Your Spinning with Color and Texture at Windrush Farm
1-day workshop: Saturday, October 28
Enroll here: eventbrite.com/e/694436818217

How to Create Patterns to Replicate Your Comfiest Clothes with Gynna Clemes
1-day workshop: Sunday, November 5
Enroll here: eventbrite.com/e/697223964647

The Art and Surprise of Plying with Mimi Luebbermann and Marlie de Swart at Windrush Farm
1-day workshop: Saturday November 11
Enroll here: eventbrite.com/e/694441070937

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: