2014 MADRONA FIBER ARTS WINTER RETREAT FEBRUARY 13-16, 2014 Hotel Murano, Tacoma, Washington


Online mini class registration is now closed. You may still register for a mini class that has openings at the Madrona retreat registration table up to 24 hours prior to the class.


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



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.

The Madrona Charity Silent Auction

Yep, we are trying something new in honor of our 15 years of Madrona Retreats. We are going to have a silent auction on Saturday evening from 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm outside the Venice Ballroom to benefit our Madrona Charity Partners – MSF/Doctors without Borders, The Global Fund for Women and Heifer International. 

We are excited about the special items that will be available for you to bid for – some one-of-a-kind items in honor of the Madrona 15th year Anniversary. There will be information at the Madrona Registration check in table. If you would like more information or have an item you would like to donate for auction, please contact Lisa Kobeck at lkobeck@yahoo.com or call 425-984-4302.  Thanks so much for being part of our Madrona Community for all these 15 years!

The 2014 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. It’s open in the Pavilion at the Hotel Murano daily during the retreat from 8:30 am to 6:00 pm and closing early on Sunday at 2:00 pm.
  • This year there are fabulous Official Madrona T shirts, yarn and fiber colorways, and buttons — all designed to celebrate the Madrona 15th year Anniversary and offered by several vendors. See pictures and descriptions of all of these on the Yarn and Fiber Market page by clicking on the link below.
  • Click Here to see all the 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 try out spindling and fiber blending boards. It’s all free.

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 Third Annual Teach Talent Show for Charity!


A select number of your teachers have decided to reveal their non-knitting talents as a fundraiser for 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.
  • 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 Galina Khmelva – FREE


You are invited to meet all the teachers and view their amazing fiber art work following the presentation by Galina Khmeleva who brought the wonders of Orenburg style spinning and lace knitting to America.  Galina will take us along on a journey with Orenburg Lace through history and her own involvement with Russian hand spinners and knitters who create the luxurious shawls and scarves that feel and look like gossamer webs.

Saturday Evening Banquet Dinner – By Ticket Only

ballroom doors open at 6:15, dinner is served at 6:45. cash bar outside the ballroom 5:30 – 7:30.

  • Our speaker is Stephanie Pearl-McPhee. We know you think of Madrona as your community and Stephanie will share her insights about why “community” is important with humor and honesty as only she can.
  • 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 Registration will close Sunday night February 9th: 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 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 page on this website for driving directions, airport shuttle information, train travel and parking suggestions.

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!

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.