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Madison, CT 06443


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! 

Learn to Spin Cotton Weekend with Joan Ruane June 4-5, $150.00

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Learn to Spin Cotton Weekend with Joan Ruane June 4-5, $150.00


Designed for All Levels of Spinners** Spinner must be able to able to keep their wheel spinning clockwise consistently.

Day 1:  INTRODUCTION TO COTTON SPINNING This class is a basic introduction to cotton spinning and is designed to give the spinner an understanding of both cotton and how and why to adjust their wheel for this fine, short staple fiber. Students will learn how to card and make punis from ginned cotton.  They will not only learn to spin from a puni but also proper techniques for spinning all kinds of cotton fiber. Spinning off the cottonseed to all forms of prepared cotton sliver will be covered the first day.

            Introduction to cotton; kinds and properties. 

            Carding cotton and making punis.

            Adjusting and understanding your wheel. 

            Techniques of spinning cotton from a puni, off the seed,  sliver and lint. 

            Introduce the takli spindle to those who want to learn.  


Day 2: EXPLORING MORE COTTON SPINNING  This class reviews day 1 and reinforces proper spinning techniques for cotton.  A quick review of carding and blending dyed cotton lint will reinforce the carding technique.  In the morning we will be plying our cotton singles and learning how to prepare the cotton yarn for use to knit, weave and for other needlecrafts.  

            Review carding and spinning cotton      

            Basic plying techniques

            Finishing techniques and spinning

            Discuss how to dye/paint on cotton fiber

            Discuss designing cotton yarn for projects and how to use them.