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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

Learn to Crochet: Churchmouse Sampler Mitts or Scarf
Feb
20
7:00 PM19:00

Learn to Crochet: Churchmouse Sampler Mitts or Scarf

Beginning Crochet: Churchmouse Sampler Scarf or Handwarmers.  With Dayna Mankowski.  Wednesday, February 20, 2018.  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 handwarmers!  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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Thursday Night Knitters:  Knit a Lopi Style Sweater.  6 Sessions
Feb
21
7:00 PM19:00

Thursday Night Knitters: Knit a Lopi Style Sweater. 6 Sessions

Thursday Night Knitters:  Knit a Lopi style Sweater.  With Mary Crosby.  6 Sessions:  January 24, February 7, February 21, March 7, March 28, April 4, 2019.  $125.00.  $50.00 deposit holds your space. 

Learn how to make a colorful Icelandic sweater, using worsted weight wool or wool blends.  Strokkur by Ysolda Teague is the pattern we will be using (or if you have a favorite pattern, you can do that instead).  Her sweater was inspired by traditional Icelandic Lopapeysas: cozy sweaters with colourful yoke patterns.

Strokkur features a more refined fit than many traditional yoked sweaters. It is worked from the bottom up with gentle waist shaping.   You will learn how to choose colors, how to do short rows, how to join body/sleeves in the round, and color dominance.

Beginners welcome; you must know how to knit and purl, and work in the round.  You will learn different ways to work in the round- double points or magic loop.   

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Needle Felted Dragons and Fairies- Monthly Felting Club (rescheduled class)
Feb
24
2:00 PM14:00

Needle Felted Dragons and Fairies- Monthly Felting Club (rescheduled class)

Needle Felting Club with Deidre of Gryphon and Unicorn Studio: Needle Felted Dragons or Fairies. RESCHEDULED FROM Sunday, January 27, 2019* February 24, 2019. 2-4 PM. $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!!

Join Deidre to make either a dragon or fairy (or idea of your choice) at our new monthly Needle Felting Club! 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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Learn to Spin Intensive- Drop Spindle and Wheel
Mar
3
12:00 PM12:00

Learn to Spin Intensive- Drop Spindle and Wheel

Beginning Handspinning Intensive.   Sunday, March 3, 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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 Thursday Night Knitters:  Knit a Lopi Style Sweater.  6 Sessions
Mar
7
7:00 PM19:00

Thursday Night Knitters: Knit a Lopi Style Sweater. 6 Sessions

Thursday Night Knitters:  Knit a Lopi style Sweater.  With Mary Crosby.  6 Sessions:  January 24, February 7, February 21, March 7, March 28, April 4, 2019.  $125.00.  $50.00 deposit holds your space. 

Learn how to make a colorful Icelandic sweater, using worsted weight wool or wool blends.  Strokkur by Ysolda Teague is the pattern we will be using (or if you have a favorite pattern, you can do that instead).  Her sweater was inspired by traditional Icelandic Lopapeysas: cozy sweaters with colourful yoke patterns.

Strokkur features a more refined fit than many traditional yoked sweaters. It is worked from the bottom up with gentle waist shaping.   You will learn how to choose colors, how to do short rows, how to join body/sleeves in the round, and color dominance.

Beginners welcome; you must know how to knit and purl, and work in the round.  You will learn different ways to work in the round- double points or magic loop.   

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Mar
10
2:00 PM14:00

Monthly Felting Club

Needle Felting Club with Deidre of Gryphon and Unicorn Studio: Project TBD. March 10, 2019. 2-4 PM. $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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 Learn to Weave on a Rigid Heddle Loom/Intermediate techniques-with Susan Snider
Mar
16
10:00 AM10:00

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

Saturday, March 16, 2019- 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). 

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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Thursday Night Knitters:  Knit a Lopi Style Sweater.  6 Sessions
Mar
28
7:00 PM19:00

Thursday Night Knitters: Knit a Lopi Style Sweater. 6 Sessions

Thursday Night Knitters:  Knit a Lopi style Sweater.  With Mary Crosby.  6 Sessions:  January 24, February 7, February 21, March 7, March 28, April 4, 2019.  $125.00.  $50.00 deposit holds your space. 

Learn how to make a colorful Icelandic sweater, using worsted weight wool or wool blends.  Strokkur by Ysolda Teague is the pattern we will be using (or if you have a favorite pattern, you can do that instead).  Her sweater was inspired by traditional Icelandic Lopapeysas: cozy sweaters with colourful yoke patterns.

Strokkur features a more refined fit than many traditional yoked sweaters. It is worked from the bottom up with gentle waist shaping.   You will learn how to choose colors, how to do short rows, how to join body/sleeves in the round, and color dominance.

Beginners welcome; you must know how to knit and purl, and work in the round.  You will learn different ways to work in the round- double points or magic loop.   

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Unwind & Knit: Knitting and Yoga!
Mar
31
2:00 PM14:00

Unwind & Knit: Knitting and Yoga!

Unwind & Knit

At MadWool!

Combine knitting and yoga for a fun and relaxing afternoon!   

Learn to knit or bring a project, then work out the kinks and knots in your body and mind with restorative yoga and guided meditation.  

$40 includes knitting guidance, yoga, tea, and chair massage  

Sunday, September 30, December 30, and March 31, 2019

Madison Wool

56 A Wall Street, Madison, CT

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Thursday Night Knitters:  Knit a Lopi Style Sweater.  6 Sessions
Apr
4
7:00 PM19:00

Thursday Night Knitters: Knit a Lopi Style Sweater. 6 Sessions

Thursday Night Knitters:  Knit a Lopi style Sweater.  With Mary Crosby.  6 Sessions:  January 24, February 7, February 21, March 7, March 28, April 4, 2019.  $125.00.  $50.00 deposit holds your space. 

Learn how to make a colorful Icelandic sweater, using worsted weight wool or wool blends.  Strokkur by Ysolda Teague is the pattern we will be using (or if you have a favorite pattern, you can do that instead).  Her sweater was inspired by traditional Icelandic Lopapeysas: cozy sweaters with colourful yoke patterns.

Strokkur features a more refined fit than many traditional yoked sweaters. It is worked from the bottom up with gentle waist shaping.   You will learn how to choose colors, how to do short rows, how to join body/sleeves in the round, and color dominance.

Beginners welcome; you must know how to knit and purl, and work in the round.  You will learn different ways to work in the round- double points or magic loop.   

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Coiled Basketry with Katie Grove
Apr
7
10:00 AM10:00

Coiled Basketry with Katie Grove

Coiled Basketry with Grasses, Cattails, and Iris. With Katie Grove (www.katiegrovestudios.com)  Sunday, April 7, 2019, 10 AM-4:30 PM.  $120.00.  $50.00 deposit holds your space.  Call to register:  203-245-5921.  Snacks and tea provided; lunch available for take out or bring your own (fridge and microwave available). 

 

Have you ever looked around outside and wondered what you could make with the abundance of natural materials growing in your yard? In this workshop you will learn how to take grasses, cattails, daylily leaves, and so many other natural materials and create coiled baskets.

 

Coiling is an ancient and versatile basketry technique used all over the world to create beautiful vessels that can be either decorative or functional. During the workshop we will discuss how to identify, harvest, and prepare a variety of local materials and then use them to create a unique basket. Cattails, grasses, ornamental foliage, daylily leaves and several other locally harvested plants will be provided for students to make their basket.

 

Everyone’s basket will turn out to be a unique work of art. If you are excited about using found natural materials to create art and learning a fun and unique new skill, then join us! Everyone will leave with a basket, the skills to create more pieces in the future, and inspiration to explore your local landscape.

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Mend and Make Do- Mending with Heather Love
Apr
14
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.  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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Fiber Party!
Apr
27
10:00 AM10:00

Fiber Party!

Fiber Party! With Ashley Martineau of How to Spin Yarn (www.howtospinyarn.com). Saturday, April 27, 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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 Crafternoon- Sunday Afternoon Monthly Kids Club
Feb
10
2:00 PM14:00

Crafternoon- Sunday Afternoon Monthly Kids Club

With Mary Crosby and friends. All levels, beginning to some experience, ages 7 and up. $10.00 per student per session, yarn and needles provided for knitting practice in class. Call to register. 

This group class is suitable for small groups of class mates or friends who would like to learn to knit, or work on a special project. Class is usually held the last Friday afternoon of the month from 4-5 PM-check calendar for dates.

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Thursday Night Knitters:  Knit a Lopi Style Sweater.  6 Sessions
Feb
7
7:00 PM19:00

Thursday Night Knitters: Knit a Lopi Style Sweater. 6 Sessions

Thursday Night Knitters:  Knit a Lopi style Sweater.  With Mary Crosby.  6 Sessions:  January 24, February 7, February 21, March 7, March 28, April 4, 2019.  $125.00.  $50.00 deposit holds your space. 

Learn how to make a colorful Icelandic sweater, using worsted weight wool or wool blends.  Strokkur by Ysolda Teague is the pattern we will be using (or if you have a favorite pattern, you can do that instead).  Her sweater was inspired by traditional Icelandic Lopapeysas: cozy sweaters with colourful yoke patterns.

Strokkur features a more refined fit than many traditional yoked sweaters. It is worked from the bottom up with gentle waist shaping.   You will learn how to choose colors, how to do short rows, how to join body/sleeves in the round, and color dominance.

Beginners welcome; you must know how to knit and purl, and work in the round.  You will learn different ways to work in the round- double points or magic loop.   

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Thursday Night Knitters:  Knit a Lopi Style Sweater.  6 Sessions
Jan
24
7:00 PM19:00

Thursday Night Knitters: Knit a Lopi Style Sweater. 6 Sessions

Thursday Night Knitters:  Knit a Lopi style Sweater.  With Mary Crosby.  6 Sessions:  January 24, February 7, February 21, March 7, March 28, April 4, 2019.  $125.00.  $50.00 deposit holds your space. 

Learn how to make a colorful Icelandic sweater, using worsted weight wool or wool blends.  Strokkur by Ysolda Teague is the pattern we will be using (or if you have a favorite pattern, you can do that instead).  Her sweater was inspired by traditional Icelandic Lopapeysas: cozy sweaters with colourful yoke patterns.

Strokkur features a more refined fit than many traditional yoked sweaters. It is worked from the bottom up with gentle waist shaping.   You will learn how to choose colors, how to do short rows, how to join body/sleeves in the round, and color dominance.

Beginners welcome; you must know how to knit and purl, and work in the round.  You will learn different ways to work in the round- double points or magic loop.   

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Fixing Mistakes and Reading Your Knitting
Jan
20
2:00 PM14:00

Fixing Mistakes and Reading Your Knitting

Fixing Mistakes, Reading Your Knitting, and Tips from The Top.  With Mary Crosby.  Sunday, January 20, 2019.  2-4 PM.  $25.00.  $10.00 deposit holds your space. *Maximum 6 students*  

Become the boss of your knitting by learning how to "read" your stitches. With this class and a little practice, you will soon be able to figure out where you are in a pattern and to recognize and correct errors. You’ll spend less time running to the yarn shop for help and more time working on your projects.   

WHAT WE WILL LEARN:  The first portion of the class will be devoted to studying the way stitches sit on the needle and what a knit stitch and purl stitch as well as common increases and decreases look like.  The second part will be devoted to practical skills. You will learn how to count rows in one color and multi-color knitting, find your place in a stitch pattern, and keep track of increases and decreases during shaping. You’ll also learn to find and correct errors. Finally, if you have a project on the needles, especially if you are in trouble, bring it and put your new skills to work !

What to bring:

Two colors of smooth, light to medium colored yarn. Should be worsted weight or heavier

Needles appropriate for the yarn – straight or circular. We will be knitting swatches back and forth

Locking stitch markers – 4 or 5 are enough

Pen or pencil

Reading glasses if you use them

If you wish, bring a project currently on the needles

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Crafternoon- Sunday Afternoon Monthly Kids Club
Jan
13
2:00 PM14:00

Crafternoon- Sunday Afternoon Monthly Kids Club

With Mary Crosby and friends. All levels, beginning to some experience, ages 7 and up. $10.00 per student per session, yarn and needles provided for knitting practice in class. Call to register. 

This group class is suitable for small groups of class mates or friends who would like to learn to knit, or work on a special project. Class is usually held the last Friday afternoon of the month from 4-5 PM-check calendar for dates.

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 Learn to Spin Intensive- Drop Spindle and Wheel-*Class Full.  Waitlist only*
Jan
6
1:00 PM13:00

Learn to Spin Intensive- Drop Spindle and Wheel-*Class Full. Waitlist only*

Beginning Handspinning Intensive.   Sunday, January 6, 2019.  1-6 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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Unwind & Knit: Knitting and Yoga!
Dec
30
2:00 PM14:00

Unwind & Knit: Knitting and Yoga!

Unwind & Knit

At MadWool!

Combine knitting and yoga for a fun and relaxing afternoon!   

Learn to knit or bring a project, then work out the kinks and knots in your body and mind with restorative yoga and guided meditation.  

$40 includes knitting guidance, yoga, tea, and chair massage  

Sunday, September 30, December 30, and March 31, 2019

Madison Wool

56 A Wall Street, Madison, CT

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Thursday Night Knitters: Five PM Bulky First Cardigan-Class 3
Dec
13
7:00 PM19:00

Thursday Night Knitters: Five PM Bulky First Cardigan-Class 3

Quick Knit First Sweater: The Five PM Bulky Cardigan.  Mary Crosby.  3 sessions:  November 29, December 6 & 13, 2018.  7-9 PM.  $75.00.  $25.00 deposit holds your space.

Knit a sweater before the holidays?  With chunky yarn and a stylish pattern, yes you can!  Using Erika Knight Maxi Wool or equivalent bulky yarn, this sweater will knit up fast on size 15 needles.  Perfect for a first sweater, this garment is knit flat and seamed.  You will learn how to correctly put together a garment, make button holes & pockets, pick up stitches, plus other techniques to make a sweater that fits.  The project is three classes ( 3 weeks) , but you are always welcome to stop in for help – we won’t leave you stranded.  Basic knitting skills required.  This is a great first garment for the adventurous beginner!

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