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 fiber!

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.

Beautiful traditional hardwood wheel, handmade by a VT craftsman.

Majacraft:  The Aura: $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 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!

The big, bad Country Spinner…can spin any yarn you can dream up, with lots of yardage!

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!!

 

The Louet S-10. My default favorite wheel, it can do just about anything…and it’s easy to use and move around with. I put it in the back seat of my Mini Cooper and off I go!

The Louet S-17. All the great qualities of the S-10 at a lower price. Yeah, it’s unfinished, but you are crafty, right? Slap some varnish or fun paint on it and make it your own.

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: $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.

Beginning Handspinning or Spinning for Knitters, Session 10 -*CANCELLED–INSTRUCTOR CONFLICT****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 2will 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 dayna@craftyscientist.com 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
Plying techniques.
How to spin from a batt ( and how to card a textured art batt)
Add ins
Coils
And more!
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:

Second Annual Madison Wool Fiber Camp for Kids! **New Dates!* Monday-Wednesday, July 28-30, 2014, 9AM-12 PM at Wildwood Farm, 55 Sheep Pasture Rd., Madison, CT .  For ages 6 and up, $50.00 per child per day includes all instruction and supplies.  Register for all three days for $125.00!  (note:  younger children, supervised, are welcome to attend). 

Instructors:  Dayna Mankowski, owner/fiber artist, Madison Wool, Mary Crosby, teacher/fiber artist, and Madeline Pantalena, teacher/fiber artist. Plus special story teller guests!

 

 

Back by popular demand!  We all had such a great time last year, we thought we would continue!  This year, we will have a loose format, with the general theme of ‘applied fiber art’.  Children who attended last year can get more in depth instruction in what they learned last year as well.  This year, we thought it would be interesting to start at the beginning….with a dirty fleece.  Participants will learn how to wash fleece properly, dye the fiber, and make things from this starting point for small habitats, “Fiber Fairy Gardens”.  Skills utilized could be spinning, needle or wet felting, knitting, crochet, hand sewing, weaving……let your imagination run wild! Many types of materials will be available to build the habitats, and participants can make their own or collaborate on a larger piece.  Wildwood Farm is a beautiful natural setting, and we will utilize some of the interesting natural habitats to install the fairy gardens, or provide containers for take home habitats.

 

*New Dates and Format!** First Annual Madison Wool Fiber Camp for Adults! With Mary Crosby and Dayna Mankowski, held at Madison Wool.  Select Sunday afternoons in August and September, 2014.   You asked for it!  “Why don’t you have an adult fiber camp?”  Here is our answer! This will be an in depth coverage of fiber arts for adults.  Starting with a dirty fleece, you will wash, dye, spin and more!  Pick the Classes you want.  Price includes instruction and supplies.

Sunday, August 3, 2014, 2-5 PM.  $40.00  : All about Fleece.  Skirt, clean and learn!

Sunday, August 10, 2014, 2-5 PM: $40.00: Beginning Spinning-drop spindle, intro to wheel

Sunday, August 17:   12 PM- ?. $50.00.  Dye and Forage! (part of Food and Forage).  Meet at MadWool, and join us for a Natural Dye forage, lunch, and dye workshop. (lunch not included).  

September classes TBD.

 

Weaving Classes:

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!

 Felting Classes

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!

Needle Felted Penquins by Laura Lyons

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!

An ‘advanced’ needle felted sheep by Laura Lyons

SPINNING EVENTS AND CAMPS

 

                                                           Michelle Snowdon, aka ‘Wooldancer’ in her native Blue Mountains, NSW

Madison Wool and Wildwood Farm Present: Spin to Wear 2: A THREE day workshop with Michelle Snowdon (Wooldancer)!.  Friday-Sunday,October 3-5,  10-5 PM each day.  $120.00 per day, all three days $310.00 We have the Beechtree Cottages secured to rent for this weekend!  Call and mention you are with Madison Wool and they will help you out.  www.beechtreecottages.com  .  Call the shop with questions at (203) 245-5921, and register directly with Michelle here:  http://www.shop.wooldancer.com/product/madison-wool-ct-usa-spin-to-wear-tour-book-now-10-11-aug

 

Our lovely Michelle Snowdon, aka Wooldancer (www.wooldancer.com) is heading back to the USA from the Blue Mountains of Australia for the second year!  AND she has an entirely new program to teach us!  From Michelle:

SPIN TO WEAR Returns!
A 2day Master class in Art Yarn spinning & creation with a focus on composing and designing ready-to-wear handspun Wearable Art accessories right on the spinning wheel!

Image of 2014 USA // Wooldancer Workshops // Madison Wool CT, OCT 3,4-5

Michelle will share her secrets to creating 3 NEW wearable designs, including:
- Supercoil &/or Multiple Nply to create your own Wooldancer Collier, as seen in Lexi Boeger’s book ‘Intertwined’
- Create an Art brooch or pendant using Wirecore-spinning & a new technique of wirecore-plying!
- Maximise Core-plied, Lock & tail-spun yarn to create a convertible shawl/vest with palm-knitting.
New art yarn spinning techniques: core-plying, Butterfly-cocoons, carding Cloud blends using a board or drum carder.

These classes held Saturday and Sunday, October 4-5, 2014

Friday, October 3, 2014: SCULPTING ART YARN – CREATE A LAMPSHADE/VESSEL
Learn how to spin over wire on a spinning wheel to create your own unique & functional lampshade, vessel, nest or display bowl. Learn Michelle’s improvised basketry technique : Random Looping!
- This is an extension class as students should have corespinning experience. A knowledge of crochet is helpful though not essential.

Image of 2014 USA // Wooldancer Workshops // Madison Wool CT, OCT 3,4-5