Mini-Class Schedule & Registration

Online Registration for Mini Classes is now closed

You may still register for a mini class that has openings with Mary at the Madrona Retreat Registration table up to 24 hours before the start of the class.

Check below to see which classes have openings

We are thrilled with our line up of 26 Mini Classes this year. You’ll find classes with Amy Herzog, Margaret Radcliffe, Evelyn Clark, Mary Scott Huff, Sivia Harding, Faina Goberstein, Betty Salpekar, Anne Berk, Janine Bajus, Ilisha Helfman, special guest teachers Nancy Bush and Gayle Roehm and many more! Check them all out on the schedule below.

Mini Class registration is totally separate from regular class registration so please READ all the information and instructions below.

  • Mini Class registration is totally separate from the regular class registration. If you have registered for regular classes, be sure not to double book yourself. Each person must register separately.
  • Registration is NOW OPEN. Click on the big red button at the bottom of this page, following the class schedule. You will be linked to the Mini Class registration pages.
  • If you are registering for another person be sure you have all of their contact information. You must register the person using their own email address. Every person taking classes must be registered separately. One registration per person. You may use your credit card to pay for the person you are registering for as long as you enter your own billing address and card number at check out.
  • Mini Classes are about 1 hour and 20 minutes of instructional time. Be on time for your session so you don’t miss anything or disrupt these short classes after they begin! Be sure to check in at the retreat registration table when you arrive at the hotel and get your name tag and registration packet. Locations for the mini classes are in your registration packet and on posters at the hotel.
  • For teacher information click on each teacher’s name in the schedule.
  • Supply lists and homework, if any, are listed in the class description.  You will not receive separate information about supplies or homework.
  • Each Mini class (90 minutes in length) costs $55. A few also have materials fees which will be included with the class fee that you pay. Payment is by credit card only. We take Visa, Master Card, and Discover Card.
  • No Refunds or wait lists. There are 10 spaces in each class. If you find you cannot attend after you register, you may give or sell your space to another.  But you MUST let us know who will be taking your place at least 24 hours before class.  Call Lisa Kobeck at 425-984-4302 or email her at lkobeck@yahoo.com.
  • Online registration for all the classes on this class schedule will close Tuesday February 10th before the retreat begins but we will accept registrations for available classes listed in this class schedule only (no regular classes) at the retreat registration table in the Hotel Murano.

REMEMBER: There are concurrent mini classes during most time periods. Be careful not to register for more than one class in each time period or double book yourself with any regular classes you have already registered for. TO REGISTER: Click on the red button on the bottom of this page following the Mini Class Schedule.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 12

TEACHER/CLASS

Thursday Morning
Session 1
9:00 - 10:30
Teacher: Anne Berk

Annetarsia: Managing your Yarn in Color Work
Dealing with yarn supplies does not have to discourage you from color work! Learn tips and tricks to contain your yarn, keep track of what you are doing, and manage ends efficiently. There is no one right way to handle different yarn supplies. Go "out of the box" with Annetarsia, try lots of different methods, and learn what feels right for you.

Experience: All levels.

Supplies: Worsted weight yarn in at least 3 colors, 5-10 yards each. Scissors, straight and circular needles of any length, in size appropriate for yarn. Optional: If you already have any types of bobbins, bring them to class.

Location: Hospitality Suite #403
Thursday Morning
Session 2
9:00 - 10:30
Teacher: Gayle Roehm

Lace Stitches from Japan
Knitters seem to love Japanese lace patterns, many of which are adapted from traditional European sources. In this mini-class, we'll swatch a couple of lace stitches that I've selected from Japanese designs. We'll look at what might be considered typically "Japanese" about a lace stitch. We'll also cover some tips on interpreting charted lace patterns, as well as variations (and pitfalls) you might encounter.

Experience: You should have some experience with knitting lace, and you should be comfortable working from charts.

Supplies: Small amounts of yarn for swatching; I suggest fingering to sport weight (rather than fine lace weight), and needles a size or two larger than you would normally use with the yarn (suggested: US 3 to 7). At least one set of needles should be DPNs.

Location: Camaretta in the Hotel
Thursday Morning
Session 3
10:30 - 12:00
CLOSED

Teacher: Anne Berk

Zippers and Buttonholes
We will de-mystify the process of the perfect installation of zippers into hand-knits. Also create buttonholes worked into the fabric or added to an existing edge with the i-cord bind-off technique.

Experience: All levels – knit, purl, and basic skills using needle and thread.

Supplies and Homework Swatches:
1. Projects that are ready for zippers are welcome. Bring supplies suitable for those projects.
2. Bring a 4" – 7" zipper or length appropriate for your project.
3. If no project is ready, knit and bring to class 2 swatches at least 3" wide and the same length as the zipper you bring.
4. For buttonhole practice: knit another swatch 4" square. Bring extra swatch yarn, knitting needles 2-3 sizes smaller than used for swatch (DPNs or short knitting needles are recommended), sewing needle, buttonhole thread which matches the swatch yarn, sewing thread in a contrasting color for basting, sewing pins, scissors and at least one button.

Location: Hospitality Suite #403
Thursday Morning
Session 4
10:30 - 12:00
Teacher: Gayle Roehm

A Sampler of Japanese Tips and Techniques
Japanese knitting patterns often include useful techniques as well as great designs. This mini-class will introduce you to an assortment of tips and techniques from Japanese patterns and instruction books. Most are variations or refinements of techniques that you already know, but they can be useful additions to your “tool box.” Among other things, we’ll look at: Variations on three-needle bindoff; A couple of vertical buttonholes; Ribbed cast-on variations; Sewn bind-off variations; and Japanese bobbles worked with a crochet hook.

Experience: Basic knitting stitches; increases and decreases

Supplies: Small amounts of yarn for swatching and appropriately sized needles: I suggest sport to worsted weight and size US 5 - US 8 needles. Crochet hook sized appropriate for yarn.

Location: Camaretta in the Hotel
Thursday Afternoon
Session 5
1:30 - 3:00
Teacher: Mary Scott Huff

2 Strings = Not Scary (A Stranded Colorwork How-To)
Always wanted to try the beautiful technique of stranded colorwork, but scared to try it on your own? Let Mary show you the way! In this mini-class, we'll debunk some misconceptions about the technique that might make learning it seem hard. Then we'll jump right in and get stranded, together!

Experience: Strong beginner; some experience with circular knitting on DPN, Magic Loop, or 2 Circulars.

Supplies: 1 skein each, smooth, 100% wool yarn in 2 contrasting colors (no black, please) in DK or Sport weight , with DPN, long circular or 2 matching circular needles to swatch; note-taking supplies.

Location: Hospitality Suite #403
Thursday Afternoon
Session 6
1:30 - 3:00
Teacher: Christina Peters

Knitting without Borders
German, Italian, Japanese? You might not speak the language, but you can still knit the pattern. We'll start by reviewing common pattern set ups, then explore helpful tools that are within reach of most knitters. Feel free to bring a foreign language pattern to class so that we can try to solve its mysteries together. Christina will provide a step-by-step worksheet as well as a comprehensive list of online resources.

Experience: Beginners to advanced. Beginners should have a solid knowledge of standard knitting terms.

Supplies: Paper and pen for note taking, DK or worsted weight yarn with needles to try out patterns if necessary. Feel free to bring a foreign language pattern that interests you or you want help with.

Location: Camaretta in the Hotel
Thursday Afternoon
Session 7
3:00 - 4:30
CLOSED

Teacher: Nancy Bush

Introduction to Two-End Knitting
Two-End Knitting (also known as Twined Knitting) or Tvaandsstickning, is a historic Swedish and Norwegian technique which is used for creating warm and sturdy mittens, gloves and socks as well as other items. We will study a traditional cast on and how to carry the two yarns to create this special knitted fabric.

Experience: Intermediate knitting comfortable working with double pointed needles.

Supplies: A set of 5 #2 (2.75mm) double point needles -- metal are best.

Materials Fee: $2 for a small ball of Swedish yarn for each student.

Location: Camaretta in the Hotel
Thursday Afternoon
Session 8
3:00 - 4:30
CLOSED

Teacher: Debbi Stone

Social Media for Fiber Artists
Come find out how to get the most out of social media for your knitting, spinning and other crafts. We'll cover Pinterest, Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook etc. You'd be surprised how helpful these social media sites can be! Stay up-to-date on all the things going on and keep track of new projects you'd like to make in the future!

Experience: Students should know how to navigate the internet.

Supplies: Paper and pencil for note taking. Please bring an internet enabled device that you know how to use to access the internet like iPad, smartphone, laptop or notebook.

Location: Hospitality Suite #403

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 13

TEACHER/CLASS

Friday Morning
Session 1
9:00 - 10:30
Teacher: Betty Salpekar

Solefull Socks Sampler
Get familiar with a whole new direction for knitting socks -- from the ground up! After a short orientation, we will get out our homework and try the most interesting technique – the zip line. You'll see demonstrations of other techniques and be able to see and handle all the different socks built from this unique sock architecture. Some are kind of "far out" but they will give us a chance to talk about the new directions and possibilities that solefull socks can take you.

Experience: Ability to work in the round using two circulars or the magic loop method.

Supplies and Homework:
1. A couple of ounces of a smooth, light solid-colored worsted weight practice yarn suitable for a gauge of 5 sts/inch.
2. Circular needles suitable for your yarn -- one long circular for magic loop or two shorter circulars of any length.
3. One extra needle (dpn or short circular) same size or smaller than your other circulars.
4. Stitch markers -- two each of three different colors (any type) plus two "pin type" or locking markers.

Homework: For zip line practice: cast on 30 stitches (any method) with your circular needle(s), join being careful not to twist. Work 2 rows and bring to class.

Location: Hospitality Suite #403
Friday Morning
Session 2
9:00 - 10:30
Teacher: Margaret Radcliffe

Perfect Your Circular Knitting
Do double pointed needles make you feel like your wrestling with a hedgehog? Unsure how to join your knitting into a circle? Unhappy with loose stitches between your double pointed needles and how to deal with the jog? Want to know how to convert patterns from flat to circular? Learn the answers to all these questions and more.

Experience: Ability to cast on, knit, purl and bind off

Supplies:
1. Ball of smooth, solid-colored bulky weight wool yarn that will knit up at 12-15 sts per 4'/10 cm on size 10-11 needles (6.0 mm – 8.0 mm). A second ball of yarn the same weight but in a contrasting color.
2. A circular needle 16 inches/40 cm in length (important to be sure to get the right length) size 10-11 needles (6.0 mm – 8.0 mm)
3. A set of double pointed needles in the same size
4. Stitch markers

Location: Camaretta in the Hotel
Friday Morning
Session 3
10:30 - 12:00
CLOSED

Teacher: Sivia Harding

Hooked on Beads
Hooking beads is a fun and spontaneous way to add beads to your knitting without pre-stringing your working yarn. Discover some of the many embellishment possibilities that you can accomplish with this technique.

Experience: Ability to cast on, knit, and purl

Supplies: US 14 crochet hook (available at Carolina Homespun -- order ahead or buy in the marketplace. Extras will be provided in class), 30 yards stash worsted weight or finer yarn, size 8/0 or 6/0 beads (extras available in class)

Location: Hospitality Suite #403
Friday Morning
Session 4
10:30 - 12:00
CLOSED

Teacher: Margaret Radcliffe

Nine Cast Ons Every Knitter Should Know
Still using the cast on you learned when you first started knitting? It's time to branch out! Learn all the basic cast ons (half hitch, knitted cable and long tail) and what situations they're best for. Then advance to decorative variations on them to add lacy, picot or multicolor edges to your knitting.

Experience: Beginner and up -- must know at least one cast on and how to knit and purl.

Supplies: Plain, smooth, light-colored, worsted weight wool yarn in two contrasting colors. Needles sized appropriately for the yarn (US # 6-8/4-5 mm). A circular needle the same size to be used as a stitch holder.

Location: Camaretta in the Hotel
Friday Afternoon
Session 5
1:30 - 3:00
Teacher: Amelia Garripoli

Designing Colorful Blends -- Stripes to Monet
Blending on a board, with hand cards or a drum carder gives us the opportunity to design yarns that stripe, marl, or surprise. In this workshop we play with color placement and design to make unique and colorful rolags.

Experience: No experience necessary.

Supplies: If you already own it -- bring hand cards, blending board or a drum carder (just one not all three). Amelia will have hand cards and drum carders and blending boards to share.

Materials Fee: $8 for fiber to blend in class

Location: Upper Rotunda in the Pavilion
Friday Afternoon
Session 6
1:30 - 3:00

CLOSED

Teacher: Amy Herzog

Knit to Flatter: An Introduction
Creating a sweater we love to wear sometimes feels like an insurmountable challenge -- but this mini-class will teach you how! We'll cover the fundamentals of the two most important aspects of sweater knitting: selecting a pattern whose visual elements will flatter our body shapes, and how to make a perfectly-fitting sweater.

Experience: Beginner -- the knitter should have completed a project or three and should be interested in sweaters, but prior sweater-knitting experience is not necessary.

Supplies: None. However if you'd like to try on sweater samples it is helpful to wear a T-shirt or tank top layer.

Location: Hospitality Suite #403
Friday Afternoon
Session 7
3:00 - 4:30
CLOSED

Teacher: Amy Herzog

Sweater Finishing Techniques
Does the thought of seaming sweater pieces together fill you with dread and make you vow to knit socks forevermore? Overcome your reluctance ad learn how to create professional-looking garments with this mini-class focused explicitly on seaming a sweater. We'll cover the basic mattress stitch using your homework swatches and the dreaded sleeve cap will be demonstrated. By the time you leave class you'll be putting your sweaters together with confidence.

Experience: Advanced beginner and up -- the knitter should be interested in tackling a seamed sweater and ready to try new techniques, but does not need to have completed a sweater.

Supplies: Bring 2 blocked swatches (see homework) and similar yarn to that used for your swatches but in a different color. You will also need a tapestry needle and scissors.

Homework: Please make 2 identical swatches using the same instructions. Block both of your swatches and bring to class.

Instructions: With light-colored, non-fuzzy worsted or aran weight yarn and appropriately sized needles, cast on 30 stitches. Work 5 rows in garter stitch. Then, work 4'' / 10 cm in Stockinette Stitch, keeping the ?rst and last stitch in Garter. Bind off all stitches.

Location: Hospitality Suite #403

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 14

TEACHER/CLASS

Saturday Morning
Session 1
9:00 - 10:30
Teacher: Evelyn Clark

Original Lace Design
In this class, students can explore the basics of creating lace and chart a lace stitch pattern that can be knit later. A simple set of symbols will be used, and placement of decreases will be discussed, including how to re-chart a motif to knit it from the opposite direction.

Experience: Intermediate Level: must know knitting basics and be able to read charts.

Supplies: Several sheets of 4 or 5 squares-to-the-inch graph paper, pencil and eraser.

Materials Fee: $1

Location: Hospitality Suite #403
Saturday Morning
Session 2
9:00 - 10:30
Teacher: Janine Bajus

Purl When You Can Borders
Sometimes you want to start your stranded sweater without using ribbing or adding the bulk of a hem, or maybe you want to knit the motif unbroken from the cast on edge. The "Purl When You Can" technique, developed by Meg Swansen, allows you to do this – without having the edge curl. Janine will show you how to determine when to introduce the purl stitches, and you will practice on a simple swatch. This technique also works to create cardigan bands. "Purl When You Can" opens up lots of design possibilities! Janine's Sashiko Jacket uses this technique which you can see at http://www.ravelry.com/projects/Feralknitter/sashiko-jacket

Experience: Need experience in stranded knitting

Supplies: Bring 2 contrasting colors of yarn (fingering, DK or worsted) and the appropriate sized needles for swatching. Bring paper and a pencil for calculations.

Location: Camaretta in the Hotel
Saturday Morning
Session 3
9:00 - 10:30
CLOSED
Teacher: Sarah Anderson

Twist: Making the Plied Yarn You Want
Twist, that mysterious thing that holds our fiber together and makes it yarn is a great thing to understand. In this mini class, you'll learn about the many facets of twist and how much (or how little) to put into your yarn to get it "just right".

Experience: Students should be comfortable with and able to spin continuous singles with their wheel or spindle.

Supplies: Spinning wheel, spindle or e-spinner in working condition and 3 bobbins (or a spindle).

Materials Fee: $6 for fiber to be used in class

Location: Upper Rotunda in the Pavilion
Saturday Morning
Session 4
10:30 - 12:00
CLOSED

Teacher: Linda Gettmann

Kumihimo Braiding
Learn the art of making Kumihimo woven fiber braids and the endless possibilities for beautiful fiber creations. You will make an 8 strand braid on the Kumihimo disk and then use that braid to make a key ring. Students will learn how to make round and flat braids in class. A demonstration of seed beaded braids will be given. Those novelty yarns you've got in your stash and don't know what to do with – they may be perfect for Kumihimo.

Experience: No experience necessary.

Supplies: Bring scissors

Materials Fee: $15 for Kumihimo disk kit and yarns. If you already have a Kumihimo disk let Suzanne know and you will receive a refund for the kit.

Location: Hospitality Suite #403
Saturday Morning
Session 5
10:30 - 12:00
CLOSED

Teacher: Carson Demers

KnitteRx
Most of us take better care of our favorite stash fiber than the fibers that allow us to knit – our bodies! Tired muscles, sore joints and aching backs and necks plague too many knitters. This class will teach you fun ways to care for your body's "fiber". Don't let the preventable keep you from doing what you love. Knit on, safely and comfortably.

Experience: No experience necessary.

Supplies: Bring along your knitting and materials to take notes.

Location: Camaretta in the Hotel
Saturday Afternoon
Session 6
1:30 - 3:00
CLOSED
Teacher: Faina Goberstein

Introduction to Brioche
Become a fan of Brioche family of stitches. This intriguing and unique knitting technique produces irresistible, soft, 3-dimensional and reversible fabric. In this class, you will make a sampler of basic brioche and its two variations. Selvage edges, special tips on cast on and bind off, brioche abbreviations, and what yarns are best to use are among the topics covered. Samples of brioche projects such as hats, cowls, scarves, and gloves will be shown.

Experience: Advanced beginner: Basic skills including long-tail cast-on, knit, purl, yarn over bind off.

Supplies: Worsted weight, solid-colored yarn and suitable size needles, notebook and a pencil.

Location: Hospitality Suite #403
Saturday Afternoon
Session 7
1:30 - 3:00
CLOSED

Teacher: Nancy Bush

Estonian Cast Ons
The Estonians have many interesting ways to cast on -- each giving a unique effect. Students will learn several different ways to cast on, including variations of a braided cast on and an outstanding cast on for socks, when to use each technique and what makes each one special.

Experience: Advanced beginners and up with double point needle experience.

Supplies:
1. One skein light colored sport weight wool yarn and a partial skein of a contrasting color
2. Needles: #3 (3.25mm) or #4 (3.75mm) double point needles.
3. small string tags to label your samples

Location: Camaretta in the Hotel
Saturday Afternoon
Session 8
3:00 - 4:30

CLOSED

Teacher: Faina Goberstein

Introduction to Slip Stitch Patterns
Learn and fall in love with this slip-stitch technique. It is one of the easiest ways to introduce color in your knitting that results in a spectacular effect. You will make a sampler to become a confident "slip-stitcher". Warning: it is very addictive. Projects made with this technique will be available for you to admire.

Experience: Advanced beginner: Basic skills including long-tail cast-on, knit, purl, yarn over bind off.

Supplies: Two or three colors of worsted weight yarn and suitable size needles. Post-it notes and a pencil.

Location: Hospitality Suite #403
Saturday Afternoon
Session 9
3:00 - 4:30
CLOSED

Teacher: Karen Aho

Continental Knitting
To pick or throw? Knit English or European style? It all refers to methods of holding your yarn. Continental knitting is the technique of holding the yarn in your left hand and "picking" it through the stitches. Come learn this method of knitting that has less movement, more efficiency and less stress on your fingers and wrist.

Experience: Beginner and up

Supplies: Smooth worsted weight wool yarn in a solid light or medium color. US 8 or 9 needles. Note taking supplies.

Location: Camaretta in the Hotel

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 15

TEACHER/CLASS

Sunday Morning
Session 1
9:00 - 10:30
CLOSED

Teacher: Karen Aho

Kitchener Stitch
Sometimes called grafting, the Kitchener Stitch joins two open edges of knitting to create a seamless piece. This can be used on the toe of a sock, a shoulder seam, shortening sleeves, and the list goes on! It's a handy technique to always have in your back pocket! Using stockinette stitch you will learn a Kitchener Stitch sewing method in which you will no longer need to refer to step-by-step directions.

Experience: Beginner

Supplies and Homework:
1.Make 2 swatches (4" X 4") knit in stockinette stitch using smooth worsted weight wool in a solid light or medium color on US size 8 or 9 needles. Leave the stitches on the needles (do not bind off)
2. Bring 24 inches of smooth worsted weight wool in a sharply contrasting color to that used in your swatches.
3. Bring Tapestry needle, Scissors and note taking supplies

Location: Hospitality Suite #403
Sunday Morning
Session 2
9:00 - 10:30
CLOSED
Teacher: Kyle Kunnecke

Beauty on the Inside: The Key to Locked Floats
Ever looked at the "wrong side" of a stranded, hand-knit garment and see no floats? Do you wonder what was done to hide those floats and make it so beautifully finished? The answer may very well be what some refer to as "Armenian Knitting" or, what I call "Locked Floats". The technique is simple, and creates a wonderfully even fabric. In this class, we will first review how to carry floats across the back of the work (traditional), and then be introduced to this simple technique that results in a beautifully woven "wrong side". You'll learn some valuable tricks and leave inspired by the possibilities created.

Experience: Students should have basic knitting skills, including the ability to cast on, knit, purl and read color work charts.

Supplies: One skein each of two colors of worsted weight yarn (solid-color, wool yarns with medium to high contrast work best). Appropriately-sized circular knitting needles (bring a few different sizes or an interchangeable needle set) ruler, stitch markers, note taking materials, and usual knitting supplies.

Location: Camaretta in the Hotel
Sunday Morning
Session 3
10:30 - 12:00
CLOSED

Teacher: Ilisha Helfman

A Candy Jar of Glorious Buttons: Made From Your Yarns
This class will spark your creativity! It explores a vast array of buttons and types that incorporate yarn to coordinate with your projects. We'll see how multiple techniques come into play: embroidery, wrapping/winding, needle weaving, beading and crochet. We'll discover how decorative threads and fabric can be combined with yarns to create beautiful details, depth and texture. We'll also look at the rings, discs, bead styles and specially designed lasered shapes that form the bases (or molds) for these buttons. We will examine various materials and methods for making shanks out of yarn, thread, glass rings, cloth, buttons to cover, screw eyes and lasered and/or 3D printed parts. This class will have you looking at ribbons and novelty yarns and trips to the hardware store in ways you never imagined!

Experience: Everyone welcome

Supplies: Bring a small ball of sock or lace weight yarn left over from one of your projects, scissors and a small blunt tapestry needle.

Materials fee: $1

Location: Hospitality Suite #403
Sunday Morning
Session 4
10:30 - 12:00
CLOSED
Teacher: Nina Elsohn

Combination Knitting: An Easier Way to Purl
Are you a continental knitter looking for an easier way to purl? Dismayed by uneven rows in stockinette? Learn to love purling! Combination Knitting using the easy purl method will speed up your knitting, create a smoother and more even stockinette fabric by preventing "rowing out" and put less stress on your hands. You will learn to identify the leading leg of each stitch, distinguish between Western and Eastern mounted stitches, and practice how to work knit and purl stitches both flat and in the round without twisting. You'll then learn how to make left and right-leaning decreases on the Eastern mounted stitches, how to modify patterns for easy purls and work ribbing in the round quickly and easily.

Experience: Advanced Beginners and up: Must know how to knit continental or hold the yarn in your left hand when doing 2 handed stranded knitting. Ability to knit in the round on DPNs or using Magic Loop and work simple decreases.

Supplies and Homework:
1. Knit two swatches using worsted weight wool in a solid light color on appropriate sized needles.

First Swatch: Knit flat on straight or circular needles. Cast on 40 stitches using the long tail method. Work 8 rows of k1 p1 ribbing and leave on the needle.

Second Swatch: Using your preferred method for small circumference circular knitting (dpns, magic loop, or 2 circulars) cast on 40 stitches using the long tail method. Join making sure the work is not twisted. Work 8 rounds of K1 p1 ribbing and leave on needle(s).

2. Bring more of the yarn used for homework swatches and removable stitch markers (coiless safety pins preferred)

Location: Camaretta in the Hotel