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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! 

Other Classes

non-fiber arts classes

MADWOOL IS HAPPY TO HOST CLASSES OF GENERAL INTEREST TO THE COMMUNITY.  CHECK HERE FOR OUR OFFERINGS, OR ON THE CALENDAR. 

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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.  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Save money spent on tailoring, lengthen the life of your favorite sweater or restyle outdated wardrobe pieces.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.

About Heather: Heather M. Love is a mixed-media artist that lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. She has been a devoted knitter and seamstress since learning from her mother and grandmother at an early age. In 1997, she graduated with a BFA from Tufts University and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts. She has been teaching fine art and crafting workshops since that time. Her label hellomello handspun features handmade knitwear, knitting patterns, hand dyed and hand spun luxury yarns. 

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Stitch a Modern Japanese Rice Pouch.  With Karen Stevens.  Sunday, November 18, 12-4 PM.  $75.00.  $25.00 deposit holds your space.  Limit 8 students.  

Karen Stevens returns!  Picking up where visible mending left off, now it is time to sew a tote!  Once a small patched bag that was used to carry rice offerings to the temple, the Japanese Komebukuro is the perfect bag to carry around your latest knitting project (or anything really!).  We will use a mix of simple hand stitching and appliqués to create a one of a kind patchwork style drawstring tote. It is even reversible! A perfect project to use up all of your fabric scraps and remnants, and makes a great gift for the holidays as well.

 Materials needed:

Please have the main pieces cut and ready to be sewn before class. Alternatively, a kit will can be provided for an additional $20. (kindly request at registration if you would like the kit) 

For the bag Exterior:

(1) 25" x 8” piece of fabric

(1) 7” x 7” piece of fabric 

For the bag interior:

(1) 25" x 8” piece of fabric

(1) 7” x 7” piece of fabric 

Various pieces of scrap fabric for the drawstring tabs and appliqué pieces. 

Fabric suggestions: Medium weight linen or linen blend (Robert Kaufman Essex linen blend works great!), quilting cotton, lightweight canvas. 

I will provide all additional materials. (drawstrings, fabric scraps, embroidery thread and needles) If you have any of these and would like to bring your own, you are welcome! We will have a few machines, but if you have a portable sewing machine you may bring it along also. The bag pattern will be provided. This class is open to beginners, but students who already have a working knowledge of a machine. 

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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Weave a Basket with Fabric, Vines, and Wool.  with Katie Grove (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. 

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 continue weaving!

 

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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.


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Self Care for the Fiber Artist.  With Jackie Gargano, LMT.  Sunday, January 7, 2018.  2:00-3:30 PM.  $25.00.  $10.00 deposit holds your space.  *Limit=6 students. 
During knitting, crochet and spinning projects our hands, arms, necks and even legs can become numb, cramped and fatigued. In this self care class we will go over different stretches, tips, and massage techniques to help relieve some of these issues. A hand out will be given, as well as complimentary hand and neck massage for each person.

Jackie Gargano, Licensed Massage Therapist, is the owner of Generations Massage Therapy (www.generationsmassagetherapy.com) in Madison, CT.  Jackie has been an LMT since 2006, and is trained in various methods and techniques.  She has worked in both clinical settings and at spas & resorts.   In her free time she also knits, crochets and spins.  She understands the body mechanics involved in various fiber arts and is happy to help your hands stay healthy and productive!

A BEGINNER ZENTANGLE TILE BY BERNADETTE GONZALEZ

A BEGINNER ZENTANGLE TILE BY BERNADETTE GONZALEZ

Introduction to Zentangle.  With Bernadette and Pilar Gonzalez.  Sunday, June 26, 2016.  4-6 PM.  $40.00 includes all instruction and materials.  $10.00 deposit holds your space. 

This two-hour workshop is an introduction to the Zentangle method.  Zentangle is an easy to learn, meditative art form that helps calm the mind, body and spirit as well as helping you discover the artist in you.  This class will cover the history, applications and steps to create an original Zentangle tile.  You will be provided with all the  materials you will need to create your own paper  tile using the patterns we will teach you.   The class requires no artistic experience, when you follow the steps we teach you  this intuitive art form will come alive.  So, If you can hold a pen, want to learn to do something fun, stimulate your creativity, make something beautiful, improve your focus, relax and let go of stress then Zentangle is for you!!