FEBRUARY 12-15, 2015

Hotel Murano, Tacoma, Washington

Another fabulous Madrona where the best teaching, learning and sharing come together is in the works! Having you say that you wait all year for Madrona keeps us going and brings more joy to our hearts than you can imagine.   


We are thrilled to have Lucy Neatby return to Madrona and to welcome Amy Herzog for the first time.  Lucy brings a new focus on double knitting from pockets to textured knits and Madrona knitters at all levels will love Amy’s Sweater Bootcamp and all her Fit to Flatter classes.

What a pleasure it is to introduce more new teachers to our Madrona community!  Stephenie Gaustad is one of the luminaries in the spinning world and she will immerse you into the art and technique of spinning cotton, flax and hemp which is the focus of her new book just released this spring from Interweave.  Faina Goberstein grew up in Russia learning to knit with nary a pattern and she will take you into the world of seamless knitting from construction to shaping. She has combined her careers as a math professor and knitting designer in her recent book The Art of Seamless KnittingBetty Salpekar’s Solefull Socks has upended the design of socks which allows for amazing colorful designs that build from the sole up and all around. See the Summer issue of Interweave Knits for a preview of Betty’s designs.

You loved John Mullarkey’s classes in Card Weaving and he is back with a new adventure in Egyptian Diagonals. Galina Khmeleva is returning as promised with more Orenburg lace knitting, Russian spindle spinning and knitting techniques with all her colorful stories.  Catherine Lowe always has something special for Madrona and this time it is a real mystery she has unraveled from a picture in an obscure European publication! It’s a technique which gives your knitted fabric a subtle yet elegant surface texture with a single color and becomes bold and arresting the more colors you use.

Stephanie Pearl-McPhee has another Teacher’s Talent Show for Charity in store for you and a few more surprises up her sleeve, Judith MacKenzie will take the dye pot and spinning wheel for a transformational colorful whirl, and Franklin Habit will have you knitting color like never before with his Knitted Plaid!  What would be a Madrona without another special and exclusive design from Mary Scott Huff whose fertile mind is hard to keep up with.  Did you see her Great Horned Owl and Horned Rim Glasses cardigan on the cover of the newest Knitty.com mag? Sivia Harding has been studying Japanese decorative mending and invites you to explore with her the joy in the creative use of color and texture of this ancient art.

We are excited to have Karen Alfke return after several years with a special class that has been percolating and is ready for you all to taste. Anne Berk brings you more Intarsia, Evelyn Clark will guide you in lace design and Janine Bajus has more Fair Isle to share with you. Jean Wong will help you delve into the world of Japanese knitting pattern drafting and finishing techniques and Linda Gettmann returns to get more of you into the joys of weaving.

Wait there is more…….. To put those special touches on your knitted garments, Margaret Radcliffe has a new book The Knowledgeable Knitter and new classes that will show you how to make the perfect collar from round to shawl and a new technique to make a reversible border that’s perfect for the fronts of cardigans.  Debbi Stone’s Knitting with your iPad was so popular last year we have extended it and added more from her creative genius. E-spinning is ever more popular and Amelia Garripoli is offering her Power Spinning class again and will also be spindling away, this time, with exotic fibers. Sarah Anderson will help you tame that luxurious and slippery silk so that it spins into a lovely yarn and you will also find her in the Rotunda helping solve spinning problems and mentoring new spinners.

The joys of Turkish spindling will be yours after a class with Ilisha Helfman in which you’ll get your own Aegean spindle by Ed Jenkins!  So many of you wanted to discover a very magical way to knit gloves with the “helicopter technique” from the tips down that we asked Y’vonne Cutright to return and repeat her class.  Finally, but certainly not least, we could not keep on knitting, spinning and weaving without Carson Demers who will show you the secrets to sitting and knitting so that we banish all those kinks from our fingers, wrists and backs.


  • 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!
  • 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.

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!


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.