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56 Wall Street
Madison, CT 06443

203-245-5921

Welcome to Madison Wool!  We are a fiber lover’s paradise, with fine yarns for hand knitting plus one of a kind, handspun art yarns that you cannot find anywhere else! 

Dyeing Classes

Dyeing Classes

To view more information on our dyeing classes, please visit our Events Calendar. Register for classes by calling the shop at 203-245-5921 or email. 

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NATURAL DYE RAINBOW.  With Jackie Ottino Graf of www.foragecolor.com.  Saturday, May 19, 2018, 10 AM-5 PM.  $120.00.  $50.00 deposit holds your space.  Price includes all materials.   

It’s natural dyeing season! Have you been curious about working with natural dyes, or have you experimented some and want to learn more?  This class is for you!  Using 8-10 natural dyes and all natural wool yarns, we will make a full rainbow of 15 or so colors on cute little mini skeins that you can then take home and knit, crochet or weave.

We will go over fiber selection and prep, plus mordanting and proper dye techniques. We will learn how to make our own dyes from plants, roots, bark and even an insect or two. We will cover a few natural dye extracts, and discover how to blend, extend and modify our dyes to create an even deeper range.

All materials are provided, but please bring a plastic bag or container to bring home wet yarns.

Dyeing has an element of waiting, so feel free to bring along your knitting!

About Jackie:  Jackie is a dyer from Maine who specializes in natural dyes.  She spent 6 years developing colors and dyeing for a well known yarn brand, and now consults and does custom color ways for yarn brands around the world.  She spends much of the year traveling and teaching workshops on dyeing and other fiber arts.  Her current favorite natural dye is Cochineal, and her favorite breed of wool is Cormo.  

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SHIBORI TECHNIQUES FOR THE INDIGO DYEPOT.  With Jackie Ottino Graf.  www.foragecolor.com Sunday, May 20, 2018.  10 AM- 5 PM.  $120.00.  $50.00 deposit holds your space.  Price includes all materials.  Please bring: a package of spring clothespins, a set of dishwashing gloves, plastic bags or containers to transport wet items. 

An all day indigo adventure! We will explore a variety of techniques to create beautiful indigo dyed textiles: stitching, folding, clamping and tying, and spend the morning getting our fabrics and yarns ready to dye in indigo. After a lunch break, we will return to learn how to create a traditional indigo vat, and dye our fabrics. Your fee covers all dyes and equipment, as well as a set of 4 cotton napkins a silk scarf, and a skein of washable fingering weight merino yarn.

Also consider bringing any interesting items that would create a resist on fabric: washers, cds, stones, shells, marbles…. Please also feel free to bring up to a 1 pound of your own clean items to dip in the dye pot and/or practice our techniques on. This can be yarn, fiber, fabric, clothing etc. (We may or may not get to dyeing our personal items in class, but there is often leftover dye...I hate to see it go to waste!).

About Jackie:  Jackie is a dyer from Maine who specializes in natural dyes.  She spent 6 years developing colors and dyeing for a well known yarn brand, and now consults and does custom color ways for yarn brands around the world.  She spends much of the year traveling and teaching workshops on dyeing and other fiber arts.  Her current favorite natural dye is Cochineal, and her favorite breed of wool is Cormo.  

 

 

Learn to Dye your own Sprinkle Yarn!.  With Ginny Tullock of Fat Cat Knits.  Sunday, August 28, 2016, 12-4 PM.  $65.00 ($25.00 holds your space).  Max=12 Students.   

Sprinkle dyed sock yarn is all the rage right now- the random dye placement and high contrast make each skein unique and quite eye-catching. In this class you will learn how to dye yarn with this fun, intuitive method. You will leave with a skein or knitted blank (or more!) of yarn with colors you love, made by you :)

Class cost includes your choice of either one skein of superwash sock yarn, one skein of non-superwash chunky weight wool single ply yarn, or one knitted blank (superwash sock yarn). Additional yarns and blanks will be available for purchase.

Also included is access to a large variety of dye colors, and all equipment, materials and chemicals used in the process. Aprons, masks and gloves will be provided, but make sure to wear clothes you don't mind possibly staining.

 Ginny Tullock of Fat Cat Knits

Ginny Tullock of Fat Cat Knits

Ginny Tullock has been dyeing spinning fiber and yarn professionally for 10 years now. It all started when she was diagnosed with acute spinning in September 2004. Prior to that, she had a serious knitting infection, which is still active, but considered to be chronic and no longer life-threatening. Ginny's yarn and fiber brand, FatCatKnits, is named in honor of Ginny's constant companion, the previously very fat cat, Slushie.  Even in her old age, Slushie is always at Ginny's side, enabling (or hampering) all fiber expression. You will find loads of spinning fiber and yarn at FatCatKnits.com. The FatCatKnits Ravelry group is very welcoming and a lot of fun, come and join us. Ginny is fatcatknitsdyer on Instagram, where you can follow her spinning, dyeing, and cat-related antics.


All class materials are to be purchased from Madison Wool. Unless specified, class fee does not include pattern or materials. To register for classes, call the shop at 203-245-5921 with your information and deposit (credit card).  We will accept mailed checks as well. Many classes from visiting teachers require you to register directly with them.  Please call or email us with any questions. If we cancel class for any reason (usually only due to weather or teacher illness), you get store credit or you may take rescheduled class. Class deposit/fee non refundable five days prior to class; cancellations prior to this get store credit less deposit. We take extenuating circumstances into consideration, so please let us know as soon as possible if you cannot attend a class.