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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

 Thursday Night Knitters:  The Weekender Sweater-*added class*
Apr
26
7:00 PM19:00

Thursday Night Knitters: The Weekender Sweater-*added class*

Thursday Night Knitters:  The Weekender Sweater. With Mary Crosby.  5 Sessions- February 8, 22, March 8, 29, and April 12, 2018.  7-9 PM.  $100.00.  $25.00 deposit holds your space. 

Have you always wanted to learn to knit a sweater?  Come learn to make this comfy, live in sweater by Andrea Mowry of Drea Renee Knits!  Knit in worsted weight yarn, this sweater is knit in the round from the bottom up with interesting details-short rows, tubular cast on and bind off, and three needle bind off.  Option to make this sleeveless as well. 

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  Crafternoon- Friday Monthly Kids Club
Apr
27
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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Thursday Night Knitters: Beginner's Two Color Brioche Cowl
May
17
7:00 PM19:00

Thursday Night Knitters: Beginner's Two Color Brioche Cowl

Thursday Night Knitters:  Beginners Two Color Brioche Cowl.  With Mary Crosby.  2 Sessions-Thursday, May 17 & 24, 2018.  7-9 pm.  $45.00.  $20.00 deposit holds your space.   

Brioche stitch, in particular two color brioche, is all the rage lately!  Come learn to knit two color brioche on Lavanya Patricella’s fun Beginner’s Brioche Cowl, made with chunky yarn for a fast knit (or substitute worsted weight for a less chunky version).  Two classes, so that you can learn to fix mistakes and feel comfortable with the technique. 

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Natural Dye Rainbow.  With Jackie O. Graf of Forage Color
May
19
10:00 AM10:00

Natural Dye Rainbow. With Jackie O. Graf of Forage Color

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 youbexperimented some and want to learn more?  This class is for you!  Using 8-10 natural dyes and allbnatural wool yarns, we will make a full rainbow of 15 or so colors on cute little mini skeins that youbcan 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 howbto make our own dyes from plants, roots, bark and even an insect or two. We will cover a fewnatural dye extracts, and discover how to blend, extend and modify our dyes to create an evenbdeeper range.

All materials are provided, but please bring a plastic bag or container to bring home wet yarns.bDyeing has an element of waiting, so feel free to bring along your knitting!

Snacks, water, and tea provided; refrigerator and microwave available, and local restaurants for lunch.  

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Shibori Techniques for the Indigo Dyepot
May
20
10:00 AM10:00

Shibori Techniques for the Indigo Dyepot

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!).

Water, tea, and snacks provided.  We have a refrigerator and microwave, and local restaurants for lunch.  

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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 Thursday Night Knitters: Beginner's Two Color Brioche Cowl-Class 2
May
24
7:00 PM19:00

Thursday Night Knitters: Beginner's Two Color Brioche Cowl-Class 2

Thursday Night Knitters:  Beginners Two Color Brioche Cowl.  With Mary Crosby.  2 Sessions-Thursday, May 17 & 24, 2018.  7-9 pm.  $45.00.  $20.00 deposit holds your space.   

Brioche stitch, in particular two color brioche, is all the rage lately!  Come learn to knit two color brioche on Lavanya Patricella’s fun Beginner’s Brioche Cowl, made with chunky yarn for a fast knit (or substitute worsted weight for a less chunky version).  Two classes, so that you can learn to fix mistakes and feel comfortable with the technique. 

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Thursday Night Knitters-Traditonal Gansey
Jun
7
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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 Learn to Spin Intensive- Drop Spindle and Wheel-*Class Full*
Jun
24
1:00 PM13:00

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

Beginning Handspinning Intensive.   Sunday, June 24,  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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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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Unwind & Knit: Knitting and Yoga!
Apr
22
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, November 26th & December 17th, 2017  2 - 5 PM

and 4th Sunday of the month January through March 2018

Madison Wool

56 A Wall Street, Madison, CT

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 Intermediate Weaving: Using a second heddle, exploring double weave-*Class Full*
Apr
15
9:00 AM09:00

Intermediate Weaving: Using a second heddle, exploring double weave-*Class Full*

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
Apr
14
10:00 AM10:00

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

Saturday, April 14, 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 4 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!.  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. 

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 Thursday Night Knitters:  The Weekender Sweater
Apr
12
7:00 PM19:00

Thursday Night Knitters: The Weekender Sweater

Thursday Night Knitters:  The Weekender Sweater. With Mary Crosby.  5 Sessions- February 8, 22, March 8, 29, and April 12, 2018.  7-9 PM.  $100.00.  $25.00 deposit holds your space. 

Have you always wanted to learn to knit a sweater?  Come learn to make this comfy, live in sweater by Andrea Mowry of Drea Renee Knits!  Knit in worsted weight yarn, this sweater is knit in the round from the bottom up with interesting details-short rows, tubular cast on and bind off, and three needle bind off.  Option to make this sleeveless as well. 

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Needle Felted Sculptures with String Joints
Apr
8
12:00 PM12:00

Needle Felted Sculptures with String Joints

Learn to Make A Needle Felted Sculpture with String Joints.  With Deidre of Gryphon & Unicorn Studio.  Sunday, April 8, 2018, 12-4 PM.  $60.00 (includes fiber –felting pad and needles extra).  $25.00 deposit holds your space.  Beginners and older children welcome!   

Deidre is back to continue your needle felted creature journey! In this class we will look at how, when and why string joints can be useful in needle felted sculpture. We will learn how to make joints that move in your needle felted sculptures.  Make a bunny, bear or animal of your choice.  No need to make joints if you'd just like to take the class to learn needle felting!

 

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  Gentle Yoga-Every Thursday at Skippin' Stones Studio
Apr
5
10:00 AM10:00

Gentle Yoga-Every Thursday at Skippin' Stones Studio

Traditional and unique therapeutic movements, restorative poses, breathwork and guided meditations for a well-rounded, all levels practice.

Improve and maintain mobility, balance, and peace of mind.

Props provided.  Please bring a mat if you have one.  A few loaner mats will be available.

$15 drop-in or $50 for four-week commitment.

Call to register at 203-245-5921 or www.yogawithsybil.com 

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Thursday Night Knitters:  The Weekender Sweater
Mar
29
7:00 PM19:00

Thursday Night Knitters: The Weekender Sweater

Thursday Night Knitters:  The Weekender Sweater. With Mary Crosby.  5 Sessions- February 8, 22, March 8, 29, and April 12, 2018.  7-9 PM.  $100.00.  $25.00 deposit holds your space. 

Have you always wanted to learn to knit a sweater?  Come learn to make this comfy, live in sweater by Andrea Mowry of Drea Renee Knits!  Knit in worsted weight yarn, this sweater is knit in the round from the bottom up with interesting details-short rows, tubular cast on and bind off, and three needle bind off.  Option to make this sleeveless as well. 

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  Learn to Spin Intensive- Drop Spindle and Wheel-*Class Full*
Mar
18
1:00 PM13:00

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

Beginning Handspinning Intensive.   Sunday, March 18, 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
Mar
16
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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Learn to Crochet:  Tunisian Crochet
Mar
14
7:00 PM19:00

Learn to Crochet: Tunisian Crochet

Learn to Crochet:  Introduction to Tunisian Crochet.  With Dayna Mankowski.  Wednesday, March 14, 2018, 7-9 PM.  $20.00.  $10.00 deposit holds your space.

Tunisian Crochet is like knitting for crocheters! Using a long hook, you will learn the basic 'afghan stitch', plus goeblin stitch, and ribbing.  The texture of the Tunisian stitches is perfect for washcloths.  Students can make a sampler washcloth, scarf, or fingerless mitts.  Very basic crochet experience required (comfortable making a chain, or adventurous beginner). 

 

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Fabric, Fiber and Vine Basket Making at MadWool!
Mar
11
10:00 AM10:00

Fabric, Fiber and Vine Basket Making at MadWool!

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Madison Wool Presents:

Weave a Basket with Fabric, Vines, and Wool.  with Katie Groves (http://katiegrovestudios.com/)

 Sunday, March 11, 2018.  10 AM-4:30 PM.  $120.00.  $60.00 deposit holds your space, remainder of workshop payment due 1 week before.  Maximum 12 participants.   Open to all experience levels.  Lunch break factored in-fridge and microwave available, plus take out available.  Tea and snacks provided.  Register by email or call the shop-203-245-5921. 

This basket is a fiber lover’s dream! You will make a traditional Appalachian style frame basket with a twist– fabric and yarn will be incorporated alongside vines to create a fun and colorful look. We will start with a grapevine frame with god’s eye vines lashing and then use fabric, roving, and yarn to weave the body of the basket, giving it a soft but sturdy construction. There is a lot of room for your individuality to shine in this basket and everyone’s will turn out a different size and shape (approximately 11” x 8” x 10”).

 Participants will bring their own fabrics, old clothes, roving, and yarn to use in the basket (a selection of material to supplement this will be provided by the instructor and is also available at Madison Wool).  Details on what to bring will be included upon sign-up. You will go home with a finished basket, instructions to create many more, and inspiration to co

About Katie

Going out into the forests and fields, harvesting materials from nature, and sitting down in the sun to weave a basket is my idea of a perfect day! As an artist my passion is create art with all natural materials that I harvest and prepare from the beautiful landscape around my home. As an educator I guide adults and children alike in connecting to their creative self through the combination of art and nature. I have a background in Fibers Art from Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia and a BFA in Printmaking from SUNY New Paltz and I currently exhibit work regionally in galleries and teach nature and art workshops throughout the Hudson Valley.

 

ntinue weaving!

 

 

 

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Thursday Night Knitters:  The Weekender Sweater
Mar
8
7:00 PM19:00

Thursday Night Knitters: The Weekender Sweater

Thursday Night Knitters:  The Weekender Sweater. With Mary Crosby.  5 Sessions- February 8, 22, March 8, 29, and April 12, 2018.  7-9 PM.  $100.00.  $25.00 deposit holds your space. 

Have you always wanted to learn to knit a sweater?  Come learn to make this comfy, live in sweater by Andrea Mowry of Drea Renee Knits!  Knit in worsted weight yarn, this sweater is knit in the round from the bottom up with interesting details-short rows, tubular cast on and bind off, and three needle bind off.  Option to make this sleeveless as well. 

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Needle Felted Sculptures with Armatures
Mar
4
12:00 PM12:00

Needle Felted Sculptures with Armatures

Learn to Make A Needle Felted Sculpture with an Armature.  With Deidre of Gryphon & Unicorn Studio.  Sunday, March 4, 2018, 12-4 PM.  $60.00 (includes fiber –felting pad and needles extra).  $25.00 deposit holds your space.  Beginners and older children welcome!   

Deidre is back to continue your needle felted creature journey! In this class we will look at how, when and why armatures can be useful in supporting needle felted sculpture. We will learn different ways of making armatures, and trouble shoot common problems , as well as go over wrapping wool effectively to enhance your sculptures.

 

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