FEBRUARY 12-15, 2015

Hotel Murano, Tacoma, Washington

Each February, we are blown away by the spirit, joy and enthusiasm for learning you all bring to Madrona.  Energy ignited as you greeted friends and our 15th Anniversary Madrona took off in a flash and never slowed down!

We are so grateful for each of you and for all our talented and incredible teachers. Your generous support at the Teacher’s Talent Show for Charity hosted by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee and our special 15th Anniversary Silent Auction raised an amazing $12,387 for our charity partners – MSF/Doctors without Borders, Global Fund for Women and Heifer International. And you donated 335 knitted items – hats, scarves, socks, sweaters and shawls – that went to our Caring for Kids local charity.  You are amazing.

Seeing all your joy and laughter, having you say how happy you are and that you wait all year for Madrona keeps us going and brings more joy to our hearts than you can imagine.

Another fabulous Madrona where the best teaching, learning and sharing come together is in the works! There is always a lot to do at Madrona whether you choose to take a class or not. Our fabulous market, clinics, demonstrations and evening programs are always FREE!

We can’t wait to tell you all about our plans for Madrona 2015.  Here’s how it will all roll out:

  • We’ll have sneak previews beginning in late August and throughout September culminating in a program overview in early October.
  • The full Madrona Class Schedule and registration information will be available on our website in late October.
  • Class Registration will open in November.
  • Hotel Murano reservations will open when class registration opens in November and will not be accepted prior to then.
  • Watch our website and sign up for our MAIL LIST if you have not already. We will keep you informed.

We may set the stage but what happens at Madrona is in the minds, hearts and inspirations of all of you who walk through our doors. We can never thank you enough for your extraordinary support and making Madrona YOURS!



P.S.  Our 15th Anniversary patterns for the Madrona Lace Scarf designed by Evelyn Clark and the Madrona Tree Hats designed by Mary Scott Huff will remain on our website until October.

A Madrona Lace Scarf designed by Evelyn Clark

We are grateful to Evelyn for designing this gorgeous Madrona Lace Scarf to celebrate both the 15th anniversary and the tree for which our retreat is named. We hope lots of you will knit it in all colors and yarns and come show yours off at Madrona in February! Evelyn will also be teaching lace design at Madrona using the berry and leaf motifs of the Madrona lace scarf to show students how to vary the pattern and chart their own designs.

The pattern is available as a FREE DOWNLOAD HERE on the Madrona website until March 1, 2014.

MadronaLaceScarf_0315Evelyn says “It is an honor to be able to contribute a little lace to the 15th anniversary celebration of the Madrona Fiber Arts Retreat. Often people advise finding one’s tribe as a step toward living a more satisfying life and those at these retreats have been an important part of my tribe.

Like the Madrona trees native to the Pacific Northwest, this rectangular scarf has leaves and berries.  It is knit from end to end, and the asymmetrical patterning includes a 10 stitch repeat to customize the width. An option is given to add beads between the motifs and at the symmetrically scalloped ends.

The design looks great in a variety of handspun and commercial lace, fingering and Shetland/sport/DK weight yarns.”

Click Here to download the pattern or click on the Madrona Scarf Pattern download in the Table of Contents at the left.

Madrona Tree Hats Designed by Mary Scott Huff

Which Madrona Tree will you be?  We are thrilled with the Madrona Tree hats that Mary Scott Huff has designed in honor of the 15th Annual Madrona Winter Retreat.  There are two versions inspired by the lush foliage and berries of our namesake native Pacific Coast tree. You are invited to mix and match your own choice of colors to create a version of Madrona Tree that is yours alone!

Daniel Herrera will be leading a KAL for Madrona Tree in the Madrona Fiber Arts group on Ravelry. Join the fun, pick your colors and Knit Along.  We can’t wait to see all the fine hats in many colors and versions in February at Madrona.

Mary will also be teaching a class for those new to stranded colorwork at Madrona using the Madrona Tree pattern: “2 Strings=Not Scary”.


Madrona Tree HatsMary says “I am proud to present Madrona Tree in honor of the 15th Madrona Winter Retreat. These two stranded colorwork hats are worked in rounds, from the bottom up: the cap starts with a hem, the helmet with a provisional cast on.  After knitting the top, remove the provisional cast on and work the helmet sides from the live stitches down. Garter stitch bands add textural interest to the cap, while the helmet sports ribbed trim with a tipped edge. Whimsical tassels finish both sides with a flair. Choose your own colors and begin! Which Madrona Tree will you be?”

Click Here to download the Madrona Tree Hat patterns or click on the Madrona Tree pattern in the Table of Contents at the left.