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56 Wall Street
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! 


Spinning Classes

Spinning Classes

To view more information on our spinning classes, please visit our Events Calendar. Call the shop at 203-245-5921 for information or to register. 


  • Private Spinning Lessons: $35.00 per hour, includes fiber and use of wheel/drop spindle. Please call or email to arrange.
  • Spinning Wheel Repair: $50.00 per hour, plus cost of materials (negotiable).        

Beginning Hand SPINNING: One Day intensive

Sunday, June 24, 2018. 1-6 PM.  $100.00 includes fiber and drop spindle. With Dayna Mankowski and Mary Crosby

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.  

  1. Part 1: will teach the basics of fiber preparation, drafting and spinning on a drop spindle. 
  2. Part 2: will teach spinning on a spinning wheel, plying and finishing your skein. Equipment will be provided and studio time is included in the fee.
  3. If you have your own wheel, please bring it. 
  4. Studio time=time to spin on wheels at Madison Wool; some wheels available for home rental

This class has been very popular, with many of our students confidently taking classes afterwards with our national/international visiting spinning teachers, and even winning prizes at local fiber festivals for their handspun yarns!  We are proud and happy to be able to teach them a solid foundation in the basics of spinning.

Maximum of 5 students.

To register:  Call the shop at 203-245-5921 or email Dayna at to reserve your spot.


Winter Spin in!  Sunday, January 14, 2018, 2-4 PM,  Free!  

Come warm up and get your wheels spinning!  Refreshments and fun for a cold afternoon.  

 Some of Shannon's lovely corespun yarn!    

Some of Shannon's lovely corespun yarn! 


 Another stunning Spun Monkey yarn, with Crescents. 

Another stunning Spun Monkey yarn, with Crescents. 

 A beautiful, balanced three ply yarn (Navajo Ply).    

A beautiful, balanced three ply yarn (Navajo Ply). 


**New Date!***More Fun with Art Yarn Spinning- Creative Plying Workshop.  With Shannon Herrick (The Spun Monkey).  Sunday, April 9, 2017  1-4 PM.  $75.00 (some fiber included).  $20.00 deposit holds your space.  Limit 5 Students. 

Let's see what happens when we spin yarn around yarn in this exploration of plying techniques. We'll start with Navajo-ply (three-ply chain) and then play with using plying for texture building (stacks, coils, crescents, fringe).

Come with one full bobbin of a single-ply, so we can warm up our fingers with chain-plying right away. You'll need extra bobbins, a plying head if you have it, and a lazy kate. Our third hour is student's choice, so think about techniques you want to know more about, or bring materials you are wondering how to use.

What to bring: niddy noddy, extra bobbins, lazy kate, yarn for plying and corespinning, add ins, and any fiber you would like to use.  Some fiber and fun add ins included for you to card your own batts for spinning in class.   


Spinning off the Point and Spinning Bast Fibers with Joan Ruane.  October 13 &14, 2018.  Madison Wool, 56 A Wall St., Madison, CT  06443.  $200.00 for the weekend; $100.00 if taking separate days.  $50.00 deposit holds your space. 

If you are traveling and need lodging, check out 'where to stay' under Events tab.  Please call the shop-happy to help with arrangements, etc.  203-245-5921

Joan Ruane is coming back for a third year!  She is such a talented and giving teacher, and we learn so much from her.  This year, she will teach Spinning Off The Point and Spinning Bast Fibers.

SPINNING OFF THE POINT WORKSHOP.   October 13, 2018  10 am to 5 pm.        Designed for All Levels of Spinners

Workshop goal:  To reinforce long draw spinning and to familiarize students with a variety of equipment that allows spinners to spin off the point.                                                                                          Saturday

Students are encouraged to bring any and all spinning tools that allow them to spin off the quill or point.  Using a variety of support spindles, students will have an opportunity to try several spindles using cotton and/ or down fibers.  A demonstration of setting up and using an Indian charkha will make way for students to try out several types of charkha wheels.  With this behind them we will move onto the wheel quills where heavier and longer staple fibers can be spun.  

Students should bring:   

    Charkha wheels

    Support Spindles

    Wheels that have Quill attachments


    Labeling tags

SPINNING BAST FIBERS WORKSHOP.  SUNDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2018 10 AM-4 PM.  For intermediate spinners


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   

Joan’s web site is:  



Spinning CLasses Gallery

All class materials are to be purchased from Madison Wool. Unless specified, class fee does not include pattern or materials. To register for classes, call the shop at 203-245-5921 with your information and deposit (credit card).  We will accept mailed checks as well. Many classes from visiting teachers require you to register directly with them.  Please call or email us with any questions. If we cancel class for any reason (usually only due to weather or teacher illness), you get store credit or you may take rescheduled class. Class deposit/fee non refundable five days prior to class; cancellations prior to this get store credit less deposit. We take extenuating circumstances into consideration, so please let us know as soon as possible if you cannot attend a class.