Spinning & Fiber Arts
We are passionate here at MadWool about fiber, and it shows! From the bits of sparkle and fluff on our clothes, to the many projects being worked on, we have a love of the fiber arts. Spinning is our true love, with knitting a close second. Spinning is unlike any other fiber art; the feel of fiber in your hands, making yarn to use or just ‘be’…it’s relaxing and exhilarating all at once! We want you to be obsessed, too. As they say “A fiber addiction is cheaper than therapy” and it’s true…plus you get something useful out of it in the end! We are always here and ready to talk
Used Wheel:Circa 1980s, made in Vermont by L.P. Reace. Hard wood, traditional style wheel with lazy kate and 3 bobbins. Spins beautifully. Price negotiable.
Majacraft: The Aura (pictured above): $1250.00, comes with 3 large bobbins. A wheel that will take you from beginner to expert. You won’t outgrow this wheel! It is a double drive, which basically means it can be adjusted to have a good strength of pull, yet go slow..perfect for working on tail spun or add in yarns. Two wheels in stock!
Ashford: The Country Spinner! ($595.00). and The Country Spinner 2! ($695.00) -can be ordered, not currently in stock. Comes with one bobbin, which holds over 2 lbs of fiber. This wheel was built by me, and waxed with Ashford wax. Can leave natural, or paint or stain it. It is the next step in Irish Tension wheels, after the Louet S-10 or S-17. This has a huge orifice, and large bobbin to make rug yarn or any type of textured yarn you can dream up. It has a decent strength of pull, which can be tweaked with some tricks (which we are happy to show you!). Ashford is very easy to order from; wheels are always in stock, and it takes exactly 7 days to get here from when I place the order, so happy to get any model that you would like in!
Louet: The S-10 ($595.00) and S-17 ($350.00)., and handcarders ($75.00/pr) Each comes with 3 bobbins. What is the difference between these two wheels? They are popular with our beginner spinners, as they seem to like to go only the ‘right’ way. I love mine, and use it as my default to spin just about anything! The S-10 is a bit, well, ‘fancier’…lacquered wood, open hole in the wheel, slight difference where built in lazy kate is….but NO difference in yarn spinning quality! I built and waxed the unfinished S-17, and have used it in the shop with no noticeable difference with the S-10. It is a great wheel at a great price, and one that you can begin and get expert on. You can paint or stain this wheel any color, and have great creative fun with its’ exterior.
Louet Art Yarn Flyer: $150.00. You can spin anything on this flyer!!
When you purchase a wheel from Madison Wool, you can be sure we have your back! I build and wax all wheels (that need waxing), and have tested them to make sure they are working properly. We are here to help, repair, order parts, fiber…whatever you need! Each happy wheel customer is entitled to either a 4 oz braid of roving of their choice, or let me card a 4 oz art batt for you! We also help sell wheels for customers, so if you have one you want to get off your hands, contact us, we can help! I am happy to order parts and ship as well, so always feel free to get in contact. I have been known to repair an Ashford or Louet Wheel or two, so it’s worth checking in if you need a repair. We want to keep you spinning!
Spinning, Weaving, and Felting Classes
Spinning Classes and Workshops:
Private Spinning Lessons: $30.00 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.
Beginning Handspinning or Spinning for Knitters, Session 10 -Saturday, May 10 and Sunday, May 11, 2014 1-4 PM each day. $95.00 (includes all fiber, use of drop spindle and wheel-not necessary to own your own wheel). $25.00 deposit holds your space. Instructor: Susan Snider.
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. Part 1: will teach the basics of fiber preparation, drafting and spinning on a drop spindle. 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. (Studio time=time to spin on wheels at Madison Wool; wheels can only be used at the shop).
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.
Please call /email to reserve your space (203-245-5921)! Maximum of 5 students.
About Susan: A self taught spinner, Susan has been spinning for over 30 years and is currently working towards her Excellence in Handspinning from the Handweaver’s Guild of America. Susan learned to weave while an exchange student in Sweden. Her love of all things fiber has been a constant in her life. She has taught at the Rowayton Arts Center and in her home studio in Norwalk, CT. She is very active in the Handweavers’ Guild of Connecticut and Nutmeg Spinners Guild. She has exhibited at the Biennial Show hosted by the Handweavers’ Guild of Connecticut, the Rowayton Arts Center and was a member of the Connecticut Sheep Sisters, a sheep to shawl team which competed at the Connecticut Sheep & Wool and New York Sheep & Wool Festivals. Susan currently resides in Waitsfield, VT, and is an active spinning and weaving teacher there too.
To register: Call the shop at 203-245-5921 or email Dayna at firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your spot.
Spinning 2: Beginning Art Yarn Spinning *New dates to be added** 2-5 PM. $80.00 (includes all instruction and fiber). Max=5 students. $20.00 deposit holds your space.
This class is meant to fill the gap between Beginning Spinning and Camp Pluckyfluff! Many students want to learn how to make ‘ art yarn’ ( textured, funky style yarns) right out of the gate. A solid foundation in learning how to spin a basic single and two ply yarn is important. As Pluckyfluff ( Lexi Boeger) says ” you have to learn the rules before you can break them”. These funky yarns are not “bad spinning” as some traditional spinners might think and tell you. They require a technical skill that can be learned and takes practice to execute.
In this 3 hour intensive, you will learn:
How to spin a thick and thin yarn
How to spin from a batt ( and how to card a textured art batt)
All fiber provided; bring anything you would like of your own fiber / add ins. Wheels available for use or bring your own. You will come away from this class with new techniques to try at home and some fun yarns!
Fiber Arts Classes and Camps:
Summer 2014: Adult Fiber Camp and Second Annual Kids Fiber Camp! More information to follow……
Learning to Weave on the Ashford Knitter’s Loom (Rigid Heddle Loom)–Instructor: Susan Snider. **Sunday, February 16, 2014, 10 am-4 pm $100.00. $25.00 holds your space. Max of 3 students without looms. *Includes the use of loom and all materials; if you have your own loom, please bring it* .****NEW LOCATION: Wildwood Farm, 55 Sheep Pasture Rd., Madison, CT **** 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. Looms and materials provided.
Advanced techniques in Rigid Heddle Weaving-Using a Second Heddle, exploring Double Weave–Instructor: Susan Snider. *April 27, 2014* 10 AM-4 PM. $100.00. $25.00 holds your space. Max of 5 students. Includes the use of loom and all materials. At Wildwood Farm Studio, 55 Sheep Pasture Rd, Madison, CT.
Advanced techniques in rigid heddle weaving will explore weaving with two rigid heddles. Double heddles expand weaving possbilities by allowing for a wider range of setts and offers the ability to weave double weave. We will also explore the use weft and warp floats in the same piece with the use of multiple pick up sticks. No previous weaving experience needed- join us for this creative class! A great way to use your handspun and yarn stash!
Needle Felting Classes with Laura Lyons
Beginning Needle Felting- **Winter 2014 dates to be added** $50.00 (fiber provided) Maximum=6 students. Felting kits: needles, mat and extra fiber additional cost. Class is intended for adults or older children due to the use of sharp needles. *$10.00 deposit holds your space.
Needle felting is a fun way to make shapes such as flowers and animals. Come and learn how to make a penguin or a flat felted piece with Laura Lyons of Wildwood Farm. You will learn how to manipulate wool roving and loose fibers with sharp, barbed needles that cause the fiber to felt without water. You will find this craft addictive!
Advanced Needle Felting- . Sunday, February 23, 2014 2-6 PM, $60.00 ( fiber provided). Maximum=6 students. Prerequisites: Beginning Needle Felting or equivalent experience. *$10.00 deposit holds your space.
Come and learn how to make felted animals with Laura Lyons! If you love her large standing animals, she will teach you techniques to make your own using a sheep as a model. You will also learn how to incorporate other materials (wool garments, etc.) into your creation. Let your imagination run wild!
SPINNING EVENTS AND CAMPS
The Second Annual Snowball with The Spun Monkey and Friends! Spinning to the 1980s. ***New Date: Sunday, March 23, 2014 10 AM- 5 PM, $80.00 ($25.00 deposit holds your space). Price includes 4 oz 1980s inspired fiber, lunch (let us know your dietary restrictions!), and instruction. Feel free to bring your own fiber and supplies, too.
We had so much fun last year, we had to do it again! Join us at the Second Annual Snowball hosted by Madison Wool and Wildwood Farm. This year, get out of the disco, and think Madonna and Michael! The 1980s will be our inspiration in color, texture, music, film, and food, and we have just the guide—Shannon Herrick, aka our Spun Monkey! She is a true child of this decade, and has some great tricks up her sleeve for some guided teaching- using ‘Pretty in Pink’ as one of our inspirations, we will do some clever recycling of clothing into yarn, spin some shoelaces, and make an MJ glove! There will be challenges, special guests, costumes, prizes, dancing, and lots of laughs! Not intended for absolute beginners, must have some spinning knowledge. Call the shop with questions or to reserve your space. 203-245-5921. More details from Shannon:
“We’ll start the day out with something easy…spinning top into thin singles, to be made into six-ply neon shoelace yarn! We’ll spin two colors on a bobbin and then wind it off into a center-pull ball. Then, we’ll take each end of the three center-pull balls we end up with and thread them through the holes of a spice jar cap for ease of plying with multiple strands. I’ll be bringing music and maybe after the 1st project, we’ll have a costume contest. Before breaking for lunch, we will card up our two batts each to core spin later in the day. While folks are waiting their turn at the carder(s), we can also start preparing fabric strips for our second project of the day. After lunch, there will be a fabric-spinning demo, and then we can all work with our fabric while watching Pretty in Pink! We’ll play a little 80s trivia after the movie, and then get ready for the final project. For the last project, we’ll core spin the batts we carded before lunch. Folks will each receive a copy of the Monkey Mitt pattern, and as our final act of the day, we’ll each draw the name/address of another student out of a hat. Within a couple weeks, we should make our pair of Monkey Mitts, and then mail just one to our secret Mitt pal. That way, we end up with a mis-matched pair. We can wear them at the same time, Punky Brewster style, or just one at a time, for the MJ look. ”
The suggested materials list for the day is as follows: Fiber for the six-ply project will be provided. Students should bring fabric to use for the second project. Clothing, bed sheets, lace, etc…something you’ll have fun ripping up. Keep it lightweight (we don’t want to use upholstery!), like cotton, linen blends, or some funky old vintage fabrics. For the batts, I’d like to have a fiber pool we can all work from. If everyone contributes at least 4 oz. of fiber, we’ll be all set! Anything goes, but especially hoping for some bright eighties colors, and some black base fibers.
Third Annual MadWool Camp Pluckyfluff , June 7-8, 2014*** go to www.pluckyfluff.com for more info, and to register* at Wildwood Farm, 55 Sheep Pasture Rd, Madison, CT 06443. 10-4 PM each day, $220.00 Lunch provided for $10.00 per day. Please let us know your dietary restrictions!!!
We are lucky to have Lexi Boeger, aka “Pluckyfluff’, come for a third year to teach at MadWool, for one of her ‘Camp Pluckyfluff’ art yarn spinning events! Lexi has announced that she will be doing only one-two select events per year, and she has chosen this as her one event of 2014! This will be at MadWool /Wildwood Farm (Laura Lyons’ farm in Madison) June 7-8, 2014. Read all about it on her website, www.pluckyfluff.com/camp.html . This always fills up fast, so don’t wait! Please call or email the shop with any questions. This is going to be a fun event! Lexi is planning on techniques that YOU want to learn, to individualize the camp for those who have participated before. Beginners are more than welcome, Lexi is happy to show you the basics as well as more advanced techniques!
Lodging: We will be reserving a block of rooms at the funky Beechtree Cottages near Hammonasset Beach here in Madison. Call Dayna at the shop for more information; 203-245-5921. http://www.beechtreecottages.com/. If you call Beechtree Cottages, mention you are with the Madison Wool group, as they have a block of cottages saved for us: 203-245-2676.