FEBRUARY 16-19, 2017

Hotel Murano, Tacoma, Washington



Online Mini Class Registration is NOW CLOSED

You may still register for a Mini Class that has openings with Mary at the Madrona Retreat Check-in Table up to 24 hours prior to the start of the class. Check the schedule above to see which classes have openings.



No regular classes can be purchased, changed or exchanged at the retreat


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Be part of the Madrona Community. Informal gatherings and hanging out are part of the Madrona fun and tradition. Even if you don’t sign up for a class, come and enjoy the Market, demonstrations, clinics, evening events and knit and spin with old and new friends.  Remember you only pay for classes and the Saturday banquet – the rest of Madrona is FREE! 


We have long supported three charities:  MSF/Doctors without Borders, The Global Fund for Women, and Heifer International. Why do we ask you to join us in supporting these exceptional charities?

  • They help people who need them without regard to politics.
  • They build equality and participation in society to create a more just and sustainable world.
  • Their work is life giving and will benefit the next generation that follows.

We have introduced this year an online giving opportunity that is secure and all donations go directly to the charity of your choice. Each of the Madrona Charity Partners has created an option for supporters like Madrona to have a special fundraising effort and create our own Madrona page on each charity’s website. We have created pages this year and you can access the Madrona page of the charity you choose by CLICKING HERE or by going to the bar at the top of this page and click on Charity Efforts – Donate Now!


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 in the fun even if you are not registered. Informal gatherings and hanging out are part of the Madrona community tradition. There are NO ENTRY FEES. Everyone is welcome!

Parking at Madrona

There is paid daily parking at the Hotel Murano and other pay-for-parking sites in the vicinity of the hotel. For more parking, driving directions and travel information see the Hotel and Travel Information page. Another possible option for paid parking is at the Tacoma Convention Center down the street from the Murano, although there are events scheduled there. Click here for a Map and Directions to print.

The 2017 Yarn and Fiber Market is the Best Yet!

Our Fabulous Market is always FREE!

  • We’ve got your favorite vendors and many new ones this year that will soon become favorites. The Market is open in the Pavilion at the Hotel Murano daily during the retreat from 8:30 am to 6:00 pm and closes earlier on Sunday at 2:00 pm.
  • Click here to see all that this year’s Madrona Market has to offer!

Demo’s and Clinics Galore in the Rotunda – All FREE!

  • Come join the fun in the Rotunda gather around with friends and meet new ones. Knit, spin, explore weaving, Kumihimo braiding, get answers to your knitting questions and spin along with mentors.
  • JC Briar will demonstrate “Stitch Maps”, a new way to chart your pattern. Janine Bajus presents the “Joy of Color” and shares secrets of color in Fair Isle. Jillian Moreno celebrates her new book “Yarnitecture” and she will show you how to create exactly the yarn you want. John Whitley brings his Kudakai stand to demonstrate complex Kumihimo braiding. There’s spinning with Sarah Anderson, weaving with Tracy Irwin, spindling with Ilisha Helfman and Amelia Garripoli and card weaving with John Mullarkey. You can take your knitting questions to Daniel Herrera and Karen Aho and there is so much more!
  • 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.  Please bring your own books to be signed. Books from many of our teacher authors are available for purchase from some Madrona Market vendors.

Evening Events at Madrona

Thursday Evening: Stephanie Pearl-McPhee hosts the Sixth Annual Teacher Talent Show for Charity.

BALLROOM DOORS OPEN AT 7:00 pm AND not before. show begins at 7:30 PM.

A select number of your teachers have decided to reveal their non-knitting talents as a fundraiser for MSF-Doctors without Borders, The Global Fund for Women, and Heifer International.  We promise this night will be magical and unexpected. You know it has become a tradition and a highlight of Madrona! This will be another unforgettable evening for charity.

  • Tickets are not needed, but we and our teachers ask you to give generously to Madrona’s Charity Partners.  The provide health care, economic security, safety, education and leadership opportunities for families and especially for women and children through out the world. Doctors without Borders and grantee organizations of the Global Fund for Women have been Nobel Peace Prize winners.
  • There are tables at the back of the room with people to collect your donations. This year we are offering an online option for you to securely to direct your donation to the charity of your choice. You can choose to use your own online device or get assistance from one of our volunteer helpers with your online donation.
  • We will also be collecting knitted hats, scarves, and 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!

Friday Evening Teacher’s Gallery and presentation by Susan Strawn – FREE

ballroom doors open at 7:00 pm and presentation begins promptly at 7:30 pm

You are invited to meet all the teachers and view their amazing fiber art work following the presentation by Susan Strawn, a life long knitter and Professor Emeritus of Textiles and Clothing. Susan finds joy and challenge in the search and discovery of lost knitting designers and their stories which she has brought to life in her talks and in the pages of PieceWork Magazine. This evening Susan will introduce you to Virginia Woods Bellamy (1890-1976) who invented the innovative, modular knitting technique she called “Number Knitting”, published a book on it, devised a new way to graph instructions among the earliest efforts of charting and then disappeared from America’s knitting history. Both Virginia’s original knitting and Susan’s recreations of Virginia’s patterns will be there to see on Friday evening. Come join Susan in her search for Virginia Woods Bellamy!

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 is open 5:30 – 7:30.

  • Our speaker this evening is Lucy Neatby who will take us on a light-hearted journey of her life as a seafarer and how this influenced her knitting career. We will honor and celebrate Lucy for her long support of Madrona from it’s very beginnings as this is her last year of teaching in the United States. Her adventure continues and Lucy will share where it might be leading.
  • 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 are closed. 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. Supply list for the Mini Classes are in the Mini Class schedule.
  • On arrival check in at the Retreat Registration Table (one floor up from the 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. Remember to leave plenty of time before class to park, get your registration envelope and find your class.

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 – February 16-19, 2017