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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! 

Events Calendar

Mend and Make Do- Mending with Heather Love
Sep
22
1:00 PM13:00

Mend and Make Do- Mending with Heather Love

Mend and Make Do.  With Heather Love of Hello Mello Handspun.  Sunday, April 14, 2019.- DATE CHANGED TO 9/22/19- 1-3 PM.  $40.00.  $10.00 deposit holds your space.   

Save money spent on tailoring, lengthen the life of your favorite sweater or restyle outdated wardrobe pieces. This one-day workshop will empower you to tackle simple repairs with confidence and flair. Learn proper techniques for tying a knot, sewing a button, mending split seams, shortening hems, patching holes and darning your favorite knits. You’ll learn 4 basic hand stitches (running stitch, back stitch, whip stitch and slip stitch) and discuss how to apply them functionally and decoratively to suit the purposes of any project.

Please bring a basic sewing kit that includes thread, hand sewing needles, scissors, a seam ripper, a thimble and a simple repair project.

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Eco Printing on Paper Workshop
Sep
28
10:00 AM10:00

Eco Printing on Paper Workshop

Experience the Magic of Eco Printing with Kathy Johnson

Saturday, September 28, 2019 10 AM- 4:30 PM.  $115.00, includes all supplies.  $50.00 deposit holds your space.  Madison Wool,  56A Wall St., Madison, CT.   06443  Call 203-245-5921. to register. www.madisonwool.com

Come experience the magic of eco‐printing on paper, a process of making direct contact botanical prints from the natural pigment found in plants. Combining contemporary print techniques with historic methods of natural dying can result in stunning one of a kind plant portraits captured on paper. 

●       Experiment with a variety of papers including – printmaking & watercolor paper, deli paper, and book pages  

●       Try two techniques for making paper bundles: layering cut and folded sheets and rolling long strips.  

●       Explore the use of iron water and copper water as mordants and incorporate natural dyes. 

●       Work with two methods of heating: steaming and simmering in water. This is where the magic of pigment to paper transfer happens!  

●       Discuss safety procedures and the sustainable practice of foraging and gathering plant material.  

The unpredictable and often surprising result is what makes the process of eco printing so exciting. Prepare to be wowed by Mother Nature’s magic! 

Your finished eco prints can be used for making books, journals, cards, tags, scrolls, collages, as a foundation for stitching and drawing, and can be embellished with items such as small twigs, shells, stones, or small pieces of metal.

 

No experience necessary. All tools, supplies and most plant material will be provided. If you can, please bring a few shrub or tree leaves, and flowers you might like to try using.

Nothing too fleshy (succulents) and nothing toxic.

 

Teaching artist Kathy Johnson loves all things paper and plants. She works in the mediums of collage and eco printing and likes to find and repurpose natural and manmade items in her art, everything from coffee filters and junk mail to candy wrappers and leaf skeletons. Her passion for plants and gardening blends well with the eco printing process by supplying her with an abundant source of fresh plant material. She became interested in and started eco printing on paper in 2013 and has been teaching the process for the past 2 years. 

KathyJohnsonArt.com                                                                                                KJohnsonCollage@gmail.com

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Eco Print 2:  Now What?
Sep
29
10:00 AM10:00

Eco Print 2: Now What?

Eco-Print II: Now what?  With Kathy Johnson.  Sunday, September 29, 2019.  10 AM- 3 PM.  $85.00 ($25.00 deposit holds your space).   Bring a lunch or order out; snacks, water and tea included. 

Wondering what to do with all those eco-prints you made?

Bring them and any other prints or papers you have and transform them into unique and meaningful works. Learn simple bookbinding techniques so you can try a variety of fun book styles. Take those less than perfect prints and enhance with watercolor, pencil or ink. Combine with other papers to make a one of a kind collage. Use basic stitches (running stitch, French knot, etc.) to embellish or to attach natural elements (feathers, bark, sticks, dried leaves, etc.) to your work. Bring your favorite quote or short poem to incorporate into your pages. Focus on just one project or try as many techniques as you’d like.

Supplies & tools that will be available for you to use: Cards and envelopes (enough to make 3 cards per person), watercolor paints and pencils, brushes, walnut ink, micron pens, scissors, embroidery thread and needles, glue sticks, acrylic medium, an awl and paper piercing tools, bone folder, rulers, cutting matts, paper cutter and paper punches, papers and backing board for collage. I’ll bring my favorite bookbinding and paper folding books to supply plenty of ideas and examples to inspire. Feel free to bring any of your own favorite tools or supplies that you would like to use. 

This class is open to anyone who has papers or prints of any kind that you would like to create with. 

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Learn to Crochet: Churchmouse Sampler Mitts or Scarf
Oct
2
7:00 PM19:00

Learn to Crochet: Churchmouse Sampler Mitts or Scarf

Beginning Crochet: Churchmouse Sampler Scarf or Handwarmers.  With Dayna Mankowski.  * New Date* Wednesday, October 2, 2019.  7-9 PM.  $20.00.  $10.00 deposit holds your space.

Learn how to crochet three different stitches and make a lovely scarf and/or hand warmers!  You will learn three stitches; single crochet, half double crochet, and double crochet.  Perfect for adventurous beginners, or those who have completed the basic single crochet mitts class or have some crochet experience. 

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Saturday Socks! Three sessions
Oct
5
2:00 PM14:00

Saturday Socks! Three sessions

Saturday Socks:  Learn to Knit Socks with Mary.  Three sessions:  Saturdays, October 5, 12 and 26, 2019.  2-4 PM.  $75.00.  $25.00 holds your space.  Learn to knit socks!  Working in the round with either double pointed needles or the Magic Loop method. Mary will guide you through the new Churchmouse Yarns pattern Oxford Socks, which can be done short or long.  With fun techniques like German Short Rows, you will learn how to work in the round and understand sock anatomy.  Perfect for advanced beginners!

 

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Thursday Night Knitters:  The Ursa Sweater.  5 Sessions
Oct
10
7:00 PM19:00

Thursday Night Knitters: The Ursa Sweater. 5 Sessions

Thursday Night Knitters:  The Ursa Sweater.  With Mary Crosby.  5 sessions: October 10, October 24, November 7, November 21, December 5, 2019.  $125.00.  $50.00 deposit holds your space.  Learn to make the size inclusive Ursa sweater by Jacqueline Cieslak!  A great first sweater, it can be knit from chunky wool or in something lighter like Tencel, cotton or linen.  You will learn how to work a top down V neck, work bust darts, and learn some fun half brioche stitch.  Advanced beginners welcome. 

 

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 Saturday Socks! Three sessions
Oct
12
2:00 PM14:00

Saturday Socks! Three sessions

Saturday Socks:  Learn to Knit Socks with Mary.  Three sessions:  Saturdays, October 5, 12 and 26, 2019.  2-4 PM.  $75.00.  $25.00 holds your space.  Learn to knit socks!  Working in the round with either double pointed needles or the Magic Loop method. Mary will guide you through the new Churchmouse Yarns pattern Oxford Socks, which can be done short or long.  With fun techniques like German Short Rows, you will learn how to work in the round and understand sock anatomy.  Perfect for advanced beginners!

 

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 Learn to Spin Intensive- Drop Spindle and Wheel
Oct
13
12:00 PM12:00

Learn to Spin Intensive- Drop Spindle and Wheel

Beginning Handspinning Intensive.   Sunday, October 13, 2019.  12-5 PM.  $100.00 includes fiber and drop spindle. With Dayna Mankowski and Mary Crosby .  $25.00 deposit holds your space.  Maximum- 5 students.   

If you would like to learn how to create unique yarn for your knitting or fiber projects, this class is for you. This workshop will teach: why wool spins into yarn, how to prepare wool for spinning, how to spin on a drop spindle and a spinning wheel.  Many types of wheels are available to try, and you will learn which type is right for you

Part 1: Will teach the basics of fiber preparation, drafting and spinning on a drop spindle

Part 2: will teach basic spinning on a spinning wheel, the types of spinning wheel (Scotch tension vs Irish tension, Single vs Double treadle, etc).   If you have your own wheel, please bring it. 

 

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 Monthly Felting Club- Beginners to advanced, choose your project!
Oct
20
2:00 PM14:00

Monthly Felting Club- Beginners to advanced, choose your project!

Needle Felting Club with Deidre of Gryphon and Unicorn Studio: Choose your own project! - Halloween! October 20, 2019. 2-4:30PM. $40.00 ($10.00 deposit holds your space). Includes fiber and Felting needles and pad- Bring them if you have them already. Beginners welcome!!

You may bring projects in progress for help, or other ideas you would like to pursue. Open to children with parental help/supervision.

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Thursday Night Knitters:  The Ursa Sweater.  5 Sessions
Oct
24
7:00 PM19:00

Thursday Night Knitters: The Ursa Sweater. 5 Sessions

Thursday Night Knitters:  The Ursa Sweater.  With Mary Crosby.  5 sessions: October 10, October 24, November 7, November 21, December 5, 2019.  $125.00.  $50.00 deposit holds your space.  Learn to make the size inclusive Ursa sweater by Jacqueline Cieslak!  A great first sweater, it can be knit from chunky wool or in something lighter like Tencel, cotton or linen.  You will learn how to work a top down V neck, work bust darts, and learn some fun half brioche stitch.  Advanced beginners welcome. 

 

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Saturday Socks! Three sessions
Oct
26
2:00 PM14:00

Saturday Socks! Three sessions

Saturday Socks:  Learn to Knit Socks with Mary.  Three sessions:  Saturdays, October 5, 12 and 26, 2019.  2-4 PM.  $75.00.  $25.00 holds your space.  Learn to knit socks!  Working in the round with either double pointed needles or the Magic Loop method. Mary will guide you through the new Churchmouse Yarns pattern Oxford Socks, which can be done short or long.  With fun techniques like German Short Rows, you will learn how to work in the round and understand sock anatomy.  Perfect for advanced beginners!

 

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 Thursday Night Knitters:  The Ursa Sweater.  5 Sessions
Nov
7
7:00 PM19:00

Thursday Night Knitters: The Ursa Sweater. 5 Sessions

Thursday Night Knitters:  The Ursa Sweater.  With Mary Crosby.  5 sessions: October 10, October 24, November 7, November 21, December 5, 2019.  $125.00.  $50.00 deposit holds your space.  Learn to make the size inclusive Ursa sweater by Jacqueline Cieslak!  A great first sweater, it can be knit from chunky wool or in something lighter like Tencel, cotton or linen.  You will learn how to work a top down V neck, work bust darts, and learn some fun half brioche stitch.  Advanced beginners welcome. 

 

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Thursday Night Knitters:  The Ursa Sweater.  5 Sessions
Nov
21
7:00 PM19:00

Thursday Night Knitters: The Ursa Sweater. 5 Sessions

Thursday Night Knitters:  The Ursa Sweater.  With Mary Crosby.  5 sessions: October 10, October 24, November 7, November 21, December 5, 2019.  $125.00.  $50.00 deposit holds your space.  Learn to make the size inclusive Ursa sweater by Jacqueline Cieslak!  A great first sweater, it can be knit from chunky wool or in something lighter like Tencel, cotton or linen.  You will learn how to work a top down V neck, work bust darts, and learn some fun half brioche stitch.  Advanced beginners welcome. 

 

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Thursday Night Knitters:  The Ursa Sweater.  5 Sessions
Dec
5
7:00 PM19:00

Thursday Night Knitters: The Ursa Sweater. 5 Sessions

Thursday Night Knitters:  The Ursa Sweater.  With Mary Crosby.  5 sessions: October 10, October 24, November 7, November 21, December 5, 2019.  $125.00.  $50.00 deposit holds your space.  Learn to make the size inclusive Ursa sweater by Jacqueline Cieslak!  A great first sweater, it can be knit from chunky wool or in something lighter like Tencel, cotton or linen.  You will learn how to work a top down V neck, work bust darts, and learn some fun half brioche stitch.  Advanced beginners welcome. 

 

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 Intermediate Nuno Felting:  Poncho or Vest
Sep
8
10:00 AM10:00

Intermediate Nuno Felting: Poncho or Vest

Intermediate/Advanced Nuno Felting:  Vest or Poncho.  With Becky DeVivo.  Saturday and Sunday, September 7 and 8, 2019.  Saturday:  12-4 PM, Sunday 10 AM-4 PM.  $200.00.  Includes all materials (except embellishment yarns)   $50.00 deposit holds your space

This is an advanced Nuno felting class. Basic knowledge of Nuno Felting is required. 

Learn how to create a pattern and lay out your design to create a Nuno felted vest/ poncho using a wet felting technique. You will choose colors of silk material, mulberry silk laps, and merino roving plus any hand spun yarns or embellishments.   You will create a light weight yet highly textured piece you’ll wear for years to come!

Make sure to come early before the class starts if you wish to purchase any yarns or embellishments for your design.  Instructor will consult with students on color choices prior to class (custom dyed for you!) 

Day 1:  choosing materials and laying out design.  Day 2: Wet felting. 

Lunch:  take out available, plus refrigerator and microwave.  Light snacks, water and tea provided. 

This is a wet-felting class, AND VERY PHYSICAL, so come prepared with work/play shoes and clothes and an old towel or two.

 

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Intermediate Nuno Felting:  Poncho or Vest
Sep
7
12:00 PM12:00

Intermediate Nuno Felting: Poncho or Vest

Intermediate/Advanced Nuno Felting:  Vest or Poncho.  With Becky DeVivo.  Saturday and Sunday, September 7 and 8, 2019.  Saturday:  12-4 PM, Sunday 10 AM-4 PM.  $200.00.  Includes all materials (except embellishment yarns)  $50.00 deposit holds your space.

This is an advanced Nuno felting class. Basic knowledge of Nuno Felting is required. 

Learn how to create a pattern and lay out your design to create a Nuno felted vest/ poncho using a wet felting technique. You will choose colors of silk material, mulberry silk laps, and merino roving plus any hand spun yarns or embellishments.   You will create a light weight yet highly textured piece you’ll wear for years to come!

Make sure to come early before the class starts if you wish to purchase any yarns or embellishments for your design.  Instructor will consult with students on color choices prior to class (custom dyed for you!) 

Day 1:  choosing materials and laying out design.  Day 2: Wet felting. 

Lunch:  take out available, plus refrigerator and microwave.  Light snacks, water and tea provided. 

This is a wet-felting class, AND VERY PHYSICAL, so come prepared with work/play shoes and clothes and an old towel or two.

 

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Thursday Night Knitters:  The Rievaulx Tee
Aug
29
7:00 PM19:00

Thursday Night Knitters: The Rievaulx Tee

Thursday Night Knitters:  The Rievaulx Tee.  With Mary Crosby.  $100.00.  5 Sessions:  July 18, 25, August 8, 22, 29.  7-9 PM.  $25.00 deposit holds your space.

Join Mary to make a beautiful T shirt with lots of fun techniques! The Rievaulx Tee by Josee Paquin is lightweight- fingering weight yarn used- with some Intarsia for colorwork, plus German short rows and more! Advanced beginners welcome, this tee will be a fun summer project.

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Stitch and Beach- ON THE BEACH
Aug
27
6:00 PM18:00

Stitch and Beach- ON THE BEACH

Back to the beach!  We will be at The Mercy Center Beach, 167 Neck Rd, Madison, in front of Seascape House twice a month, weather permitting, from June-August.  Bring a chair or towel, bug spray, and your project and enjoy crafting in a beautiful spot.  $5.00 donation. 

 

 

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Monthly Felting Club- Beginners to advanced, choose your project!
Aug
25
2:00 PM14:00

Monthly Felting Club- Beginners to advanced, choose your project!

Needle Felting Club with Deidre of Gryphon and Unicorn Studio: Choose your own project! August 25, 2019. 2-4:30PM. $35.00 ($10.00 deposit holds your space). Includes fiber. Felting needles and pad are extra-$13.00 and are reusable. Bring them if you have them already. Beginners welcome!!

You may bring projects in progress for help, or other ideas you would like to pursue. Open to children with parental help/supervision.

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 Thursday Night Knitters:  The Rievaulx Tee
Aug
22
7:00 PM19:00

Thursday Night Knitters: The Rievaulx Tee

Thursday Night Knitters:  The Rievaulx Tee.  With Mary Crosby.  $100.00.  5 Sessions:  July 18, 25, August 8, 22, 29.  7-9 PM.  $25.00 deposit holds your space.

Join Mary to make a beautiful T shirt with lots of fun techniques! The Rievaulx Tee by Josee Paquin is lightweight- fingering weight yarn used- with some Intarsia for colorwork, plus German short rows and more! Advanced beginners welcome, this tee will be a fun summer project.

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Learn to Weave on a Rigid Heddle Loom/Intermediate techniques-with Susan Snider
Aug
17
10:00 AM10:00

Learn to Weave on a Rigid Heddle Loom/Intermediate techniques-with Susan Snider

Learn to Weave on The Rigid Heddle Loom.  10 AM-4PM.  $100.00 ($25.00 deposit holds your space).  Bring your own loom or use one of ours (limit 5 students). Saturday, August 17, 2019 Session 1

Max of 4 students without looms. *Includes the use of loom and all materials; if you have your own loom, please bring it*. Learn how to weave on the Ashford Knitter’s Loom (or other rigid heddle loom)!.  This portable, easy to use rigid heddle loom provides an infinite amount of design possibilities. It is called the Knitter’s Loom because it is a great way to use your left over yarns from knitting projects. If you have your own rigid heddle loom, feel free to bring it! Class is also open to intermediate weavers who would like to explore other projects.

Have you ever looked at a beautifully woven item and thought, “I wish I could create something like that?” then this class is for you. Rigid heddle loom weaving is simple to learn and offers an extraordinary range of creativity. In this workshop students will learn basic weaving terminology and techniques and be weaving in no time. You will weave a sample which will teach different weaving patterns and allow for exploration with color and texture. If you’re a knitter or spinner this is a great way to use up your stash! You will be surprised by how a small loom can inspire the fiber artist in you. 

Lunch break - feel free to bring your own lunch, we have a refrigerator and microwave, plus water, snacks and tea.  Local restaurants available too.  

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Fiber Party with Ashley Martineau
Aug
10
10:00 AM10:00

Fiber Party with Ashley Martineau

Fiber Party! With Ashley Martineau of How to Spin Yarn (www.howtospinyarn.com). Saturday, August 10, 2019. 10 AM-4 PM. $100.00. $25.00 deposit holds your space. Price includes lots of fiber!

 

Join us at MadWool as Ashley as throws a fun fiber and spinning party! Included: Giant Fiber Table (mostly natural colors) for carding as many batts as you desire during the class period. Drum carders available for student use. Other fiber prep tools available include hand cards and hackle.

 

Book Signing Copies of Spinning & Dyeing Yarn by Ashley Martineau will be available for sale - if you already have a copy of this book please bring it to be signed. Copies available at Madison Wool.   

 

Lesson Plan We will begin with a mindful carding & spinning lesson, then spend the rest of the day freely carding and spinning whatever students are inspired to create. All batts you card you may spin or take home.

 

Tools to Bring - Spinning wheel & extra empty bobbins - Scissors & Niddy Noddy - Drum carder (optional: to be shared with the class) - Carding goodies: We will be doing a lot of carding, so here's your chance to break out the sari-silk, sparkle, noils or any other little textured fibers in your stash. - 1 lb. dyed wools to blend with the natural-colored fibers included on the fiber table. - Any fiber you want to de-stash from your collection and add to the fiber table pile for students to use. Whatever is left on the fiber table will be taken to the next Fiber Party on Ashley’s tour. - Plying thread. A thread that is difficult to break in a color that you would like to include in your yarn. Crochet thread, sewing thread, or fine novelty yarn works! MadWool will have some plying thread for general use, plus lots of fun add ins for purchase.

 

During the second half of class time Ashley will be available to instruct students on techniques they want to learn or need help with.

Lunch Break We will take a 1-hour lunch break (when we’re ready) -there are local spots to pick up lunch or you can bring your own. Refrigerator and microwave available.

Show & Tell Bring things you've made or spun to share w/the class and inspire creative ideas.

 

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 Thursday Night Knitters:  The Rievaulx Tee
Aug
8
7:00 PM19:00

Thursday Night Knitters: The Rievaulx Tee

Thursday Night Knitters:  The Rievaulx Tee.  With Mary Crosby.  $100.00.  5 Sessions:  July 18, 25, August 8, 22, 29.  7-9 PM.  $25.00 deposit holds your space.

Join Mary to make a beautiful T shirt with lots of fun techniques! The Rievaulx Tee by Josee Paquin is lightweight- fingering weight yarn used- with some Intarsia for colorwork, plus German short rows and more! Advanced beginners welcome, this tee will be a fun summer project.

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Stitch and Beach- ON THE BEACH
Aug
6
6:00 PM18:00

Stitch and Beach- ON THE BEACH

Back to the beach!  We will be at The Mercy Center Beach, 167 Neck Rd, Madison, in front of Seascape House twice a month, weather permitting, from June-August.  Bring a chair or towel, bug spray, and your project and enjoy crafting in a beautiful spot.  $5.00 donation. 

 

 

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 Summer Spin Study:  Alpaca!
Aug
4
2:00 PM14:00

Summer Spin Study: Alpaca!

Summer Spin Study:  Alpaca.  With Mary Crosby.  Sunday, August 21, 2016, 2-4 PM.  $45.00 (includes fiber).   

Back again!  Our popular Spin Study class featuring Alpaca!  Mary will show you how best to prepare and spin this exquisite fiber.  Using the spinning wheel, we’ll explore the fiber’s spinning characteristics and what spinning techniques are best suited to it. We will discuss plying and finishing. Advanced beginner spinning skills required. 

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