MADRONA FIBER ARTS WINTER RETREAT
FEBRUARY 12-15, 2015
Hotel Murano, Tacoma, Washington
MINI CLASS SCHEDULE, SUPPLIES AND HOMEWORK CLICK HERE
ONLINE MINI CLASS REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED. yoU MAY STILL REGISTER FOR A MINI CLASS THAT HAS OPENINGS WITH mARY AT THE mADRONA RETREAT TABLE UP TO 24 HOURS PRIOR TO THE START OF THE CLASS. cHECK THE SCHEDULE ABOVE TO SEE WHAT CLASSES HAVE OPENINGS.
REGISTRATION FOR REGULAR RETREAT CLASSES IS NOW CLOSED.
No regular classes can be purchased, changed or exchanged at the retreat.
SUPPLY AND HOMEWORK LIST FOR REGULAR CLASSES CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD
ARE YOU READY FOR MADRONA?
Another Madrona is ready to take off! We’ve outlined all the highlights for you below. Click Here for the Retreat Events Schedule and Times. Join the fun even if you are not registered. There are NO ENTRY FEES. Everyone is welcome.
Parking at Madrona
We have noticed an increased number of you may be commuting than in past years and we know that the Hotel Murano Parking lot fills quickly. There are no events during Madrona at the Tacoma Convention Center just 1 block down the street from the Hotel Murano. They have plenty of public parking available at all hours. Click Here for a map and directions to print. Be sure to leave plenty of time to get to Madrona and park so you do not miss the start of your class!
The 2015 Yarn and Fiber Market is the Best Yet!
Our Fabulous Market is always FREE.
- We’ve got you favorite vendors and many new ones this year. It’s open in the Pavilion at the Hotel Murano daily during the retreat from 8:30 am to 6:00 pm and closing earlier on Sunday at 2:00 pm.
- This year Nancy Bush will be in the Market with a special booth representing the knitters from Estonia who are celebrating the opening of the Haapsalu Pitsikeskus (Haapsalu Lace Center) to promote and share the history and techniques of the lovely lace knitting traditions of this region of Estonia. The shawls and scarves being sold are all made by knitters in Haapsalu, some of whom have been knitting lace since childhood and are in their 80’s. All proceeds from the sale of shawls, scarves and other knitwear will benefit the Haapsalu Lace Center and knitters in Estonia. Nancy Bush will be in the booth and is a sponsor of this project to preserve the lace traditions of Estonia. Madrona has donated the booth space to support her efforts.
- Click Here to see all that the Madrona Market has to offer.
Demo’s and Clinics Galore in the Rotunda – all FREE!
Come join the fun the in Rotunda, Gather around with friends and meet new ones. Knit, spin, explore weaving, Kumihimo braiding, get answers to your knitting questions and try out spindling and fiber blending boards. It’s all free.
- Don’t miss Carol Milne who will show you how she knits in glass and Sally Holt, creator of KnitCompanion, who demonstrates this nifty app. John Whitley brings his Kudakai stand to demonstrate complex Kumihimo braiding, weave on big looms with Tracy Irwin and small Zoom looms with John Mullarkey, learn spinning basics with Sarah Anderson and take your knitting questions to Daniel Herrera and Karen Aho. Gather round with friends to learn spindling and fiber preparation secrets, explore Intarsia with Anne Berk and hats and slippers with Mary Scott Huff.
- Click Here for the full schedule of all that’s happening in the Rotunda.
Book Signing by our Teacher Authors
Click Here for the book signing schedule for all our teacher authors. Signings take place in the Rotunda on Friday and Saturday from 5-6 pm. Bring your own books or purchase in the market.
Evening Events at Madrona
Thursday Evening: Stephanie Pearl – McPhee hosts the Fourth Annual Teacher Talent Show for Charity!
BALLROOM DOORS OPEN AT 7:00 PM AND NOT BEFORE. sHOW BEGINS AT 7:30.
A select number of your teachers have decide to reveal their non-knitting talents as a fundraiser the MSF-Doctors Without Borders, The Global Fund for Women, and Heifer International. We promise this night will be magical and unexpected. You know it was a highlight of Madrona last year and we went from laughing till we cried to awe. This will be another unforgettable evening for charity.
- Tickets are not needed, but we would like you to pay what you can to get in and then pay what you thought it was worth at the end. Tables will be at the back of the room for donations. Anyone who donates $40 or more will get a Madrona T Shirt as long as they last.
- We will also be collecting knitted hats, scarves, sweaters for the local charity Caring for Kids.
- There is a STRICT MEDIA BLACKOUT for this event. The agenda is secret and a condition of several teachers’ performance. No cameras, no recording, no blogging, absolutely no YouTube or Twitter. What happens at Madrona, stays at Madrona and the only way to know what happens this night is to be there!
- Please give generously to Madrona’s Charity Partners. They provide health care, economic security, safety, education, and leadership opportunities for families and especially for women and children throughout the world. Doctors without Borders and grantee organizations of the Global Fund for Women have been Nobel Peace Prize winners.
Friday Teacher’s Gallery and presentation by Carol Milne – FREE
BALLROOM DOORS OPEN AT 7:00 PM AND PRESENTAITON BEGINS PROMPTLY AT 7:30.
You are invited to meet all the teachers and view their amazing fiber art work following the presentation by Carol Milne, a lifelong knitter and glass artist who knits in glass! Join us to see Carol’s knitted glass art and learn how she invented this amazing process using the techniques of knitting, lost-wax casting, mold-making and kiln-casting to create her award winning one-of-a-kind knitted glass artistry.
Saturday Evening Banquet Dinner – By Ticket Only
BALLROOM DOORS OPEN AT 6:15 PM, DINNER IS SERVED AT 6:45. CASH BAR OUTSIDE THE BALLROOM 5:30 – 7:30.
- Our speaker, Judith MacKenzie is beloved at Madrona and an internationally know fiber artist. No one has more fiber knowledge at her fingertips than Judith. Her talk, “Crossing the Barriers of Time and Culture”, reveals the intersection between the modern world of textile crafts and traditional cultures.
- The banquet is sold out and admission is by ticket only so be sure to have your ticket with you. It’s in your name badge holder.
- You may trade or sell your ticket – see the white board by the Retreat Registration Table.
- Mini Classes: You may sign up for any Mini Class with an opening right up until 24 hours before the class. At the retreat to sign up for a Mini Class see Mary at the Retreat Registration Table. If you can’t attend your Mini Class you are free to sell or give it away – but you must let us know who will be taking your place.
- Regular Class Registrations will close Saturday night, February 7th. No exchanges, additions or changes can be made at the retreat.
- Check the Supply and Homework List at the top of this page and come prepared for class.
- On arrival check in at the Retreat Registration Table (one floor up from the hotel lobby) and get your registration envelope with class locations, map of the hotel and your name badge. There are lots of posters and signs to get you where you want to go!
- Check the Hotel and Travel Information page on this website for driving directions, airport shuttle information, train travel and parking suggestions. Note that the Tacoma Convention Center just one block from the Hotel Murano has lots of public parking. Please Click Here for directions and a map to print.
And last but certainly not least, be prepared to have fun!
Suzanne and Cornie may set the stage but it is all of you who make Madrona come alive! We would not want to miss being with you all. See you at Madrona!