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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

Visible Mending with Karen Stevens-**CLASS FULL**
Aug
19
12:00 PM12:00

Visible Mending with Karen Stevens-**CLASS FULL**

Visible Mending.  With Karen Stevens.  Sunday, August 19, 2018.  12-3 PM.  $45.00.  $20.00 deposit holds your space.   *CLASS FULL*

Once upon a time, mending our clothes was a necessity, using pieces of well worn garments to extend the life of others. In today’s world of fast fashion, we are more likely to toss away our old objects than repurpose them. But it is often our most loved clothing we don’t want to give up, perhaps in the comfort we feel when wearing it, or the memories it may hold. 

In this class we are going to explore ways to bring slow stitching into our day — not only because it might help us give second life to something we are not ready to part with, but also because the very act of stitching is meditative, pleasurable and infinitely creative. Just like handwriting, no two people are going to stitch quite the same way. There are no special sewing skills needed: using a basic running stitch and some thread, you can turn the most threadbare garments into pieces that are not only functional, but beautiful.

Materials to bring: A favorite woven piece of clothing: a shirt, pair of jeans, lightweight jacket (No knits please). Jeans with no or minimal stretch is optimal. Scraps of woven fabric in various sizes, preferably cotton, linen or lightweight canvas. If you have your favorite sewing needle/embroidery thread you can bring it along, but all other materials will be provided. 

About Karen:  Her love of visible mending, natural fibers, hand dyed fabrics and slow stitching has recently turned into a small side business, creating one of a kind stitched curiosities for her friends and Etsy shop.

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Yoga at Skippin' Stones
Aug
23
6:00 PM18:00

Yoga at Skippin' Stones

Weekly Yoga!  YOGA AT SKIPPIN’ STONES (56 Wall Street, Madison) with Brigitta Zimmer, RYT.  Thursdays, 6-7 PM.  $16.00 drop in, 8/2-8/30 5 classes $66.00.  Check calendar for schedule and cancellations.   

Gentle yoga with emphasis on alignment, breath, and mindful movement.   To register- call Madison Wool at 203-245-5921, or drop in 10 min prior to class. 

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Thursday Night Knitters-Traditonal Gansey
Aug
23
7:00 PM19:00

Thursday Night Knitters-Traditonal Gansey

Thursday Night Knitters:  Traditional Fishermen's Gansey. With Mary Crosby.  6 Sessions- June 7, 21, July 12, 26, August 9, 23, 2018.  7-9 PM.  $125.00.  $50.00 deposit holds your space.  

Come learn how to make a traditional Gansey!  Ganseys are seamless in construction, knitted in the round from the bottom up, with the shoulders knitted together and the arms knitted on from the shoulder down.  There is a diamond-shaped gusset in the underarm, creating freedom of movement and eliminating the wear and tear that often results in the seams of garments that are knitted in pieces and sewn together. Each village or region had its signature gansey pattern, and individual families would often have their own variations.  Traveling fishermen would often know each other's home region by their ganseys.  In some accounts, a woman might only knit one pattern in her life, passing it down orally to the next generation.

You can make any size you'd like- child to adult, and make it sleeveless for a vest as an option.   You will learn many fun techniques too- Channel Island cast on, garter-stitch split welt, underarm gussets, knit-purl patterning on upper body. Knit completely in the round, and you'll be using worsted-aran weight yarn!  Join us for this fun sweater this summer to get a jump on winter! 

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BTS- Back to Stitching Sale!
Aug
24
to Aug 26

BTS- Back to Stitching Sale!

A three day sale to jump start your Fall!  Save 20% off most items (including the sale baskets!).  Exclusions are wheels, looms, special orders, classes and gift certificates.  Grab the supplies you need for your next project and save.  

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Stitch and Beach- ON THE BEACH
Aug
28
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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Yoga at Skippin' Stones
Aug
30
6:00 PM18:00

Yoga at Skippin' Stones

Weekly Yoga!  YOGA AT SKIPPIN’ STONES (56 Wall Street, Madison) with Brigitta Zimmer, RYT.  Thursdays, 6-7 PM.  $16.00 drop in, 8/2-8/30 5 classes $66.00.  Check calendar for schedule and cancellations.   

Gentle yoga with emphasis on alignment, breath, and mindful movement.   To register- call Madison Wool at 203-245-5921, or drop in 10 min prior to class. 

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Eco Printing with Amy Lou Stein
Sep
9
10:00 AM10:00

Eco Printing with Amy Lou Stein

Backyard Bundles:  Eco printing with Amy Lou Stein.  Sunday, September 9, 2018.  10 AM-5:00 PM.  $120.00.  $50.00 deposit holds your space.  Class includes all materials (dyes, fabric, etc).  Snacks, water and tea provided.  Microwave and refrigerator available, plus take out from local restaurants.  All levels welcome (ages 13+ to adult). 

Eco-printing is a technique developed by Australian dyer India Flint, which involves bundling leaves in cloth or felt and then steaming or dyeing the bundles in a plant based dye vat.  Natural dyeing in this way inspires us to care for where our clothes came from and where they will travel to, and how we, as people, can lessen our footprint with textiles.

Students will make beautiful printed fabric from foraged and discarded flowers and leaves.  We will press, wrap, tie, steam and cook--petals, leaves, metals, fabric & bark. Bring a special rock, twig, metal object, button or other small item to add to your bundle. We will talk about "no-impact" dyeing methods and how to re-use, re-purpose and alter existing garments. We will have a class discussion about fibers, mordanting, foraging and safety.

 

About Amy Lou:   Amy Lou is the owner of Craftwork Somerville, www.craftwork.rocks and is a dyer, spinner, knitter, crocheter and all around lover of crafts.   

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Thursday Night Knitters:  The Carbeth Pullover or Cardigan
Sep
13
7:00 PM19:00

Thursday Night Knitters: The Carbeth Pullover or Cardigan

The Carbeth Pullover or Cardigan by Kate Davies.  With Mary Crosby.  5 sessions:  September 13, 27, October 11, 25, and November 15, 2018.  7-9 PM.  $100.00.  $25.00 deposit holds your space.

The Carbeth Pullover or Cardigan by Kate Davies.  With Mary Crosby.  5 sessions:  September 13, 27, October 11, 25, and November 15, 2018.  7-9 PM.  $100.00.  $25.00 deposit holds your space. Pattern to be purchased in store on Ravelry or purchase here:  Carbeth Cardigan: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/carbeth-cardigan.   Carbeth Pullover: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/carbeth.

Join us as we knit the popular Carbeth by Kate Davies!  A fairly quick and interesting knit, and perfect as a first sweater.  It uses DK weight yarn held double, or we have several chunky weight yarns available that can be used as a single strand.  Choose either pullover or cardigan; both are very wearable and easily customizable (longer length, etc). 

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Learn to Spin Intensive- Drop Spindle and Wheel
Sep
16
1:00 PM13:00

Learn to Spin Intensive- Drop Spindle and Wheel

Beginning Handspinning Intensive.   Sunday, Septmber 16, 2018.  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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 Crafternoon- Friday Monthly Kids Club
Sep
21
4:00 PM16:00

Crafternoon- Friday 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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Fearless Spinning with Laura Spinner
Sep
23
10:00 AM10:00

Fearless Spinning with Laura Spinner

Fearless Spinning! With Laura Senator of Rainbow Twist Shop.  Sunday, September 23, 2018.  10 AM-5 PM.  $100.00.  $25.00 deposit holds your space.  Lunch break- refrigerator and microwave available, snacks, water and tea and local take out. 

 Fearless Spinning is a comprehensive workshop developed by Laura “Spinner” Senator to help spinners organize and manage a variety of new and potentially intimidating fibers and add-ins; to spin with innovation, confidence, and delight! 

Techniques such as my own “Magic Thumb” and “Throwing Chunks” methods of lock spinning, as well as tail spinning, coil and multiple plying are all incorporated in this workshop.   Fleece, long locks, sparkle, and add-ins are the perfect venue for these techniques.  This approach begins with thoughtful organization and preparation of the fiber and other elements (which will include some carding and prepping locks), guided by the unique aspects of color and texture.  

 The workshop is designed to be intensely hands-on and fun, appropriate for any level of expertise, including the beginning spinner.  This method is intuitive and creative, guided by a mix of artistic spirit grounded in solid technique.  Spinners will leave with a myriad of new techniques but more importantly, the confidence to use them in their own creative style!

Materials students will need to bring:  Spinning wheel which can accommodate bulky yarns/jumbo flyers.  Bobbins and Lazy Kate for plying. Students are encouraged to bring their own fleece, batts, add-ins, and fun plying yarn as well, for sharing and/or personal use.  Niddy Noddy to wind off yarns.  Laura and Madison Wool will have supplies for sale as well. 

 

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 Thursday Night Knitters:  The Carbeth Pullover or Cardigan
Sep
27
7:00 PM19:00

Thursday Night Knitters: The Carbeth Pullover or Cardigan

The Carbeth Pullover or Cardigan by Kate Davies.  With Mary Crosby.  5 sessions:  September 13, 27, October 11, 25, and November 15, 2018.  7-9 PM.  $100.00.  $25.00 deposit holds your space.

The Carbeth Pullover or Cardigan by Kate Davies.  With Mary Crosby.  5 sessions:  September 13, 27, October 11, 25, and November 15, 2018.  7-9 PM.  $100.00.  $25.00 deposit holds your space. Pattern to be purchased in store on Ravelry or purchase here:  Carbeth Cardigan: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/carbeth-cardigan.   Carbeth Pullover: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/carbeth.

Join us as we knit the popular Carbeth by Kate Davies!  A fairly quick and interesting knit, and perfect as a first sweater.  It uses DK weight yarn held double, or we have several chunky weight yarns available that can be used as a single strand.  Choose either pullover or cardigan; both are very wearable and easily customizable (longer length, etc). 

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Unwind & Knit: Knitting and Yoga!
Sep
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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Basket Making Retreat with Katie Groves in Vermont!
Oct
6
to Oct 7

Basket Making Retreat with Katie Groves in Vermont!

MADISON WOOL AND MAD RIVER FIBER ARTS & MILL PRESENT: A WEEKEND BASKET MAKING RETREAT WITH KATIE GROVE  (www.katiegrovestudios.com)

Join Katie Grove in Waitsfield, VT for a weekend basket making retreat hosted by Mad River Fiber Arts & Mill and Madison Wool.  Enjoy a weekend retreat with overnight accommodations or weekend rate (both days).   

An Introduction to Three Basketry Techniques in a Weekend

Saturday and Sunday, October  6-7, 2018.  10 AM- 5 PM.   Meet and Greet -Friday, October 5, 2018 at 6 PM at Mad River Fiber Arts & Mill, 6163 Main Street, Waitsfield, VT 05673, (802) 496-7746, susan@madriverfibermill.com

What is better than leaving a basketry workshop with a finished basket? Going home with a whole collection of baskets! In this multi-day workshop you will get a sampling of several key basketry techniques while making miniature or small baskets. Coiling, twining, and folded bark techniques will all be covered in detail and by making multiple small baskets you have a chance to really get to know each technique. This weekend intensive is perfect for those who are traveling further to attend and want to get a great taste of the world of basketry in a weekend.  There will be an optional forage for fresh materials each morning from 9 – 10 AM on the local property. 

LOCATION:  Lodging- Ioanna House, Warren, VT.  (Google for details).  Maximum 5 guests.Workshop will be held in a “hobbit” house walking distance from lodging in the Village of Warren. 

COST:  $385 for the weekend including accommodations.  Includes breakfast both days, water, tea, and snacks.  $275.00 for the weekend, no overnight accommodations, includes water, tea, and snacks.   With an hour break for lunch, which will be available for purchase.    

PAYMENT:  $100.00 deposit, non refundable 30 days before the event.  Remainder of payment due 10 days prior to event. 

ALSO INCLUDES:  All locally harvested and hand prepared plant materials to make 3-6 baskets, Handouts on all the techniques covered.

WHERE TO STAY

If you are traveling to the workshop there are many lovely places to spend the night locally, if Ioanna House is full.

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 Thursday Night Knitters:  The Carbeth Pullover or Cardigan
Oct
11
7:00 PM19:00

Thursday Night Knitters: The Carbeth Pullover or Cardigan

The Carbeth Pullover or Cardigan by Kate Davies.  With Mary Crosby.  5 sessions:  September 13, 27, October 11, 25, and November 15, 2018.  7-9 PM.  $100.00.  $25.00 deposit holds your space.

The Carbeth Pullover or Cardigan by Kate Davies.  With Mary Crosby.  5 sessions:  September 13, 27, October 11, 25, and November 15, 2018.  7-9 PM.  $100.00.  $25.00 deposit holds your space. Pattern to be purchased in store on Ravelry or purchase here:  Carbeth Cardigan: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/carbeth-cardigan.   Carbeth Pullover: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/carbeth.

Join us as we knit the popular Carbeth by Kate Davies!  A fairly quick and interesting knit, and perfect as a first sweater.  It uses DK weight yarn held double, or we have several chunky weight yarns available that can be used as a single strand.  Choose either pullover or cardigan; both are very wearable and easily customizable (longer length, etc). 

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Cotton Spinning Weekend with Joan Ruane- Day 2: Bast Fibers
Oct
14
10:00 AM10:00

Cotton Spinning Weekend with Joan Ruane- Day 2: Bast Fibers

SPINNING BAST FIBERS WITH JOAN RUANE AT MADISON WOOL.  56A WALL STREET, MADISON, CT 06443.  $200.00 FOR WEEKEND, $100.00 FOR EACH DAY.  $50.00 DEPOSIT HOLDS YOUR SPACE

October 14, 2018  10 AM-4 PM

For intermediate spinners      Sunday

Bast fibers come from the stem of plants.  There are many plants through- out history that have played a very important role in making yarns.  With just one day, we will concentrate on hemp, flax and ramie.  We will learn what different preparations are available and how each is spun.  As a special treat we will get to dress a distaff and try spinning from it as well.  This should prove to be a fun day exploring the world of bast fiber.  

 

Students should bring:

    Spinning wheel..(no bulk spinners..prefer flyer driven wheel)

    Lazy kate and 3 clean bobbins

Small bath towel

    Bowl or cup for water

`    Labeling tags & pencil

    Niddy noddy

First a professional teacher and then a spinner, Joan Ruane has been teaching spinning classes throughout the U.S., Canada, UK , Australia and New Zealand since 1980.  Active in local and regional Guilds, she has also owned and operated fiber shops in both Florida and Arizona.  Joan has published cotton newsletters, written articles for fiber magazines and has published two DVD: Cotton Spinning Made Easy and Cotton Spinning With A Takli. She has republished Hand Spinning Cotton  by Harry and Olive Linder, bringing it up to date with modern techniques. In 2015 Joan published the much needed “Beginning Cotton Spinning on the Wheel” workbook. Her DVD’s can be streamed through Taprootvideo.com.   

Joan’s web site is:   www.cottonspinning.com.  

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 Thursday Night Knitters:  The Carbeth Pullover or Cardigan
Oct
25
7:00 PM19:00

Thursday Night Knitters: The Carbeth Pullover or Cardigan

The Carbeth Pullover or Cardigan by Kate Davies.  With Mary Crosby.  5 sessions:  September 13, 27, October 11, 25, and November 15, 2018.  7-9 PM.  $100.00.  $25.00 deposit holds your space.

The Carbeth Pullover or Cardigan by Kate Davies.  With Mary Crosby.  5 sessions:  September 13, 27, October 11, 25, and November 15, 2018.  7-9 PM.  $100.00.  $25.00 deposit holds your space. Pattern to be purchased in store on Ravelry or purchase here:  Carbeth Cardigan: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/carbeth-cardigan.   Carbeth Pullover: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/carbeth.

Join us as we knit the popular Carbeth by Kate Davies!  A fairly quick and interesting knit, and perfect as a first sweater.  It uses DK weight yarn held double, or we have several chunky weight yarns available that can be used as a single strand.  Choose either pullover or cardigan; both are very wearable and easily customizable (longer length, etc). 

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Thursday Night Knitters:  The Carbeth Pullover or Cardigan
Nov
15
7:00 PM19:00

Thursday Night Knitters: The Carbeth Pullover or Cardigan

The Carbeth Pullover or Cardigan by Kate Davies.  With Mary Crosby.  5 sessions:  September 13, 27, October 11, 25, and November 15, 2018.  7-9 PM.  $100.00.  $25.00 deposit holds your space.

The Carbeth Pullover or Cardigan by Kate Davies.  With Mary Crosby.  5 sessions:  September 13, 27, October 11, 25, and November 15, 2018.  7-9 PM.  $100.00.  $25.00 deposit holds your space. Pattern to be purchased in store on Ravelry or purchase here:  Carbeth Cardigan: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/carbeth-cardigan.   Carbeth Pullover: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/carbeth.

Join us as we knit the popular Carbeth by Kate Davies!  A fairly quick and interesting knit, and perfect as a first sweater.  It uses DK weight yarn held double, or we have several chunky weight yarns available that can be used as a single strand.  Choose either pullover or cardigan; both are very wearable and easily customizable (longer length, etc). 

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 Yoga at Skippin' Stones
Aug
16
6:00 PM18:00

Yoga at Skippin' Stones

Weekly Yoga!  YOGA AT SKIPPIN’ STONES (56 Wall Street, Madison) with Brigitta Zimmer, RYT.  Thursdays, 6-7 PM.  $16.00 drop in, 8/2-8/30 5 classes $66.00.  Check calendar for schedule and cancellations.   

Gentle yoga with emphasis on alignment, breath, and mindful movement.   To register- call Madison Wool at 203-245-5921, or drop in 10 min prior to class. 

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Thursday Night Knitters-Traditonal Gansey
Aug
9
7:00 PM19:00

Thursday Night Knitters-Traditonal Gansey

Thursday Night Knitters:  Traditional Fishermen's Gansey. With Mary Crosby.  6 Sessions- June 7, 21, July 12, 26, August 9, 23, 2018.  7-9 PM.  $125.00.  $50.00 deposit holds your space.  

Come learn how to make a traditional Gansey!  Ganseys are seamless in construction, knitted in the round from the bottom up, with the shoulders knitted together and the arms knitted on from the shoulder down.  There is a diamond-shaped gusset in the underarm, creating freedom of movement and eliminating the wear and tear that often results in the seams of garments that are knitted in pieces and sewn together. Each village or region had its signature gansey pattern, and individual families would often have their own variations.  Traveling fishermen would often know each other's home region by their ganseys.  In some accounts, a woman might only knit one pattern in her life, passing it down orally to the next generation.

You can make any size you'd like- child to adult, and make it sleeveless for a vest as an option.   You will learn many fun techniques too- Channel Island cast on, garter-stitch split welt, underarm gussets, knit-purl patterning on upper body. Knit completely in the round, and you'll be using worsted-aran weight yarn!  Join us for this fun sweater this summer to get a jump on winter! 

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Yoga at Skippin' Stones
Aug
9
6:00 PM18:00

Yoga at Skippin' Stones

Weekly Yoga!  YOGA AT SKIPPIN’ STONES (56 Wall Street, Madison) with Brigitta Zimmer, RYT.  Thursdays, 6-7 PM.  $16.00 drop in, 8/2-8/30 5 classes $66.00.  Check calendar for schedule and cancellations.   

Gentle yoga with emphasis on alignment, breath, and mindful movement.   To register- call Madison Wool at 203-245-5921, or drop in 10 min prior to class. 

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Stitch and Beach- ON THE BEACH
Aug
7
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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Intermediate Spinning- Focus on Drafting and Plying
Aug
5
1:00 PM13:00

Intermediate Spinning- Focus on Drafting and Plying

Intermediate Spinning: Focus on Plying, Drafting, and Learning to Create The Yarn You Want.  With Mary Crosby.  Sunday August 5, 2018, 1-4 PM.  $75.00 ($25.00 holds your space).  Some Fiber included, bring anything you would like to work with. *Some wheels available for use if you don’t have one*

In this class, Mary will show you how to work with different fibers (alpaca, short stapled wools, etc), drafting methods (long draw, over the fold, and more), and techniques for plying your yarn.  Must have basic spinning skills-this is a continuation of Beginning Spinning Intensive. 

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Yoga at Skippin' Stones
Aug
2
6:00 PM18:00

Yoga at Skippin' Stones

Weekly Yoga!  YOGA AT SKIPPIN’ STONES (56 Wall Street, Madison) with Brigitta Zimmer, RYT.  Thursdays, 6-7 PM.  $16.00 drop in, 8/2-8/30 5 classes $66.00.  Check calendar for schedule and cancellations.   

Gentle yoga with emphasis on alignment, breath, and mindful movement.   To register- call Madison Wool at 203-245-5921, or drop in 10 min prior to class. 

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 Thursday Night Knitters-Traditonal Gansey
Jul
26
7:00 PM19:00

Thursday Night Knitters-Traditonal Gansey

Thursday Night Knitters:  Traditional Fishermen's Gansey. With Mary Crosby.  6 Sessions- June 7, 21, July 12, 26, August 9, 23, 2018.  7-9 PM.  $125.00.  $50.00 deposit holds your space.  

Come learn how to make a traditional Gansey!  Ganseys are seamless in construction, knitted in the round from the bottom up, with the shoulders knitted together and the arms knitted on from the shoulder down.  There is a diamond-shaped gusset in the underarm, creating freedom of movement and eliminating the wear and tear that often results in the seams of garments that are knitted in pieces and sewn together. Each village or region had its signature gansey pattern, and individual families would often have their own variations.  Traveling fishermen would often know each other's home region by their ganseys.  In some accounts, a woman might only knit one pattern in her life, passing it down orally to the next generation.

You can make any size you'd like- child to adult, and make it sleeveless for a vest as an option.   You will learn many fun techniques too- Channel Island cast on, garter-stitch split welt, underarm gussets, knit-purl patterning on upper body. Knit completely in the round, and you'll be using worsted-aran weight yarn!  Join us for this fun sweater this summer to get a jump on winter! 

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Stitch and Beach- ON THE BEACH
Jul
24
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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Intermediate Rigid Heddle Weaving Techniques
Jul
22
9:00 AM09:00

Intermediate Rigid Heddle Weaving Techniques

Intermediate Weaving: Using Two Heddles, Exploring Double Weave .  With Susan Snider.  Sunday, September 11,  2016.   9 AM-3PM.  **Limit 4 students, $25.00 deposit holds your space.

 

Adding a second heddle to a rigid heddle loom will open up new possibilities with your weaving!  It can make it possible for new weave structures, a tighter weave with more than 12 ends per inch, and make wider fabrics too!  Join Susan as she shows you what is possible with the humble rigid heddle loom.  All yarn provided, must have loom with a second heddle adaptor/extra heddle.  One loom available for use if you do not have one. 

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Learn to Weave on a Rigid Heddle Loom-with Susan Snider
Jul
21
10:00 AM10:00

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

Saturday, July 21, 2018- 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 3 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!

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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Summer Crochet Along- The Boxet Bag
Jul
18
6:30 PM18:30

Summer Crochet Along- The Boxet Bag

Summer Crochet Along :  The Boxet Bag by Cal Patch.  With Dayna Mankowski.  Wednesdays, July  18, August 1 & 15, 2018, 6:30-8:30 PM.  $10.00 per session. 

Join us for a fun crochet along!  If you can do basic crochet stitches , you can make this fun tote bag!  A fun design from Cal Patch that was featured in the Making 5: Color issue..    This informal class will help you make this bag from worsted weight yarns (bring your stash or buy new).  Drop in to any or all of these class sessions for help while you make this bag.  Please call the shop to reserve a space: 203-245-5921.

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Stitch and Beach- ON THE BEACH
Jul
17
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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Fixing Mistakes and Reading Your Knitting
Jul
15
1:00 PM13:00

Fixing Mistakes and Reading Your Knitting

Fixing Mistakes and Reading Your Knitting.  With Mary Crosby.  Sunday, July 15, 2018. 1-3 PM.  $25.00 ($10.00 deposit holds your space).   

Back by popular demand! 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.  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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 Thursday Night Knitters-Traditonal Gansey
Jul
12
7:00 PM19:00

Thursday Night Knitters-Traditonal Gansey

Thursday Night Knitters:  Traditional Fishermen's Gansey. With Mary Crosby.  6 Sessions- June 7, 21, July 12, 26, August 9, 23, 2018.  7-9 PM.  $125.00.  $50.00 deposit holds your space.  

Come learn how to make a traditional Gansey!  Ganseys are seamless in construction, knitted in the round from the bottom up, with the shoulders knitted together and the arms knitted on from the shoulder down.  There is a diamond-shaped gusset in the underarm, creating freedom of movement and eliminating the wear and tear that often results in the seams of garments that are knitted in pieces and sewn together. Each village or region had its signature gansey pattern, and individual families would often have their own variations.  Traveling fishermen would often know each other's home region by their ganseys.  In some accounts, a woman might only knit one pattern in her life, passing it down orally to the next generation.

You can make any size you'd like- child to adult, and make it sleeveless for a vest as an option.   You will learn many fun techniques too- Channel Island cast on, garter-stitch split welt, underarm gussets, knit-purl patterning on upper body. Knit completely in the round, and you'll be using worsted-aran weight yarn!  Join us for this fun sweater this summer to get a jump on winter! 

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Wet Felting- Learn to Nuno Felt a Scarf with The Spun Monkey
Jul
8
12:00 PM12:00

Wet Felting- Learn to Nuno Felt a Scarf with The Spun Monkey

Learn to Wet Felt!  Nuno Felted Scarf .  With Shannon Herrick. Sunday, July 8, 2018, 12 PM-3 PM.  $95.00 ($25.00 deposit holds your space)  

Nuno felt is a technique that combines wool fibers with an open weave fabric to create wearable pieces with beautiful drape and textural interest. If you have never seen a nuno felted scarf, there are several on display and for sale at MadWool. In this class, we will learn about the properties of wool and how it becomes felt, combining fine merino with silk or cotton fabrics to create a thin, wearable piece that also has structural integrity. This is a wet-felting class, AND VERY PHYSICAL, so come prepared with work/play clothes and a towel or two (Sham-wow towels work great!). Other materials required:
*6-foot length of bubble wrap, bamboo blind or pool cover material (at least 1-foot wide)
*equal size length of tulle or other nylon net type fabric
*dowel or rolling pin as wide or wider than your bubble wrap (Note: MadWool can provide you with all of these for use in class/for sale as a felting kit for $15.00).


Wool and silk materials are included in the class fee. Feel free to bring additional materials of your own if you would like to experiment-Merino wool, silk or cotton gauze, chiffon fabrics, lace, any natural, open weave material. Vintage Lace can be especially nice!

 

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