The Madrona 2018 Program Overview
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We are thrilled to welcome Kate Larson to Madrona! Kate loves using fiber arts as a bridge between her passions for art and agriculture. Kate is the sixth generation of her family to live and work on their Indiana farm. She now grazes her flock of beloved Border Leicester sheep in pastures cleared by her ancestors. She teaches spinning and knitting throughout the US and is the author of The Practical Spinner’s Guide: Wool (Interweave 2015) and many articles for Spin-Off Magazine. At Madrona, Kate will be teaching among other classes Spinning for Bandweaving and Gradient Yarns: A Spinner’s Study in Shifting Shades.
Kate will be our speaker on Friday evening before the Teacher’s Gallery. She will share her adventures as a shepherd to an ever-growing flock of Border Leicester sheep, a bit about her family’s history and the path that led her home after knitting abroad and farming in rural Vermont for a year without running water!
We are welcoming Nancy Bush back to Madrona and she has some new classes from Estonia to share with you. The Estonian Minister of Foreign Affairs presented a letter of gratitude to Nancy last year at the Estonian Consulate in New York City, thanking her for many years of introducing the culture and history of Estonia to Americans. Join Nancy, our Saturday night banquet speaker, as she takes you on a journey of her discovery of Estonia, falling in love, and how this changed and embellished, not only her knitting but her life!
We are so happy to have Beth Brown Reinsel back at Madrona this year. Beth is challenging you with the Scottish Sanquhar Gloves in a 2-day class. These intricately patterned gloves from the Sanquhar district of 19th century Scotland are a joy and a challenge to knit. They are colorful and have many distinctive small patterns and tiny gussets around the fingers and thumb. Beth will expertly guide you through designing your glove to fit your hand and you will come out of the workshop with most of a full-sized glove completed!
Stephanie Pearl-McPhee is beloved by us and all of you at Madrona. When she walks through the door, Madrona lights up and we never know what to expect! Besides teaching her ever-popular classes, Stephanie and our fabulous teachers will create a not-to-be-missed Teachers Talent Show for Charity on Thursday evening — shush, it’s a secret! After a number of years, we are pleased to have Candace Eisner Strick return to Madrona. Candace has written many books and her newest one is all about skirts – Knit My Skirt (XRX, 2016). Candace will be teaching Basically Yours: Custom Skirts. With just a smidgeon of math and some beautiful yarn, you can enter the zone of skirt knitting with some charming hemline special effects. Candace will show you how to design and knit a skirt that is uniquely your own! She will also challenge you with a magic trick that is better than pulling a rabbit out of a hat and so cool you won’t believe that it can be done – Making the Impossible Possible – a double knit mobius in two colors. Think about it!
For those of you who have taken John Mullarkey’s tablet weaving classes, it’s time to take the next step and design your own pattern. John will lead you from start to finish as you weave your own original one-of-a-kind band. We are delighted to welcome Myrna Stahman to Madrona. She will teach us how to incorporate shoulder shaping for a shawl that stays on without the need for a shawl pin. Knitting a Fair Isle shawl in the round with a steek? Janine Bajus has all the answers and guides you through all the steps. Janine will also be in the Rotunda for a clinic to answer all your Fair Isle questions. Her book, The Joy of Color: Fair Isle Knitting Your Way, is a must have!
Franklin Habit has a new technique to beautifully embellish your knitting! Using waste canvas, as the stitches are finished what is left behind is your embellished knitting. Never embroidered your knitting before? No problem, Franklin shows you how with easy steps! You loved Hilary Grant’s cobweb lace felted scarves last year. She has a new challenge for you this year — Botanical Eco Printing in Color — beautiful clear and crisp leaf prints on silk scarves. You will leave the workshop with 5 lovely silk scarves in many combinations of colors. Want to knit one of the most comfortable and simple garments — it’s a Raglan Sweater! Amy Herzog solves all the problems of fit in Raglan Sweaters to produce a sweater you can’t wait to wear! Amy goes through Raglans in detail and also discusses ways to make it your own. You will come away from class with a basic Raglan pattern custom fitted just for you!
Judith MacKenzie will have her dye pots humming away and she will be spinning paper — it is an old and honorable art and makes a beautiful, washable and oh-so-wearable yarn! Learn to make classic Argyle socks with Harry Wells. But Wait! Harry has something else in store for you — very cool retro and contemporary variations on Argyle and other intarsia retro argyle designs in garments and accessories! Susanna Hansson is back to teach her famous Swedish Bohus Stickning class — full of history and a unique knitting style. Sarah Hauschka, the inventor of the Magic Loop is back with a new quicker way of knitting ‘Brioche’. By the end of her class you will have learned how to adapt patterns to this new way of knitting ‘Brioche’ — the stitch path doesn’t change, just the way of producing it!
Karen Aho has been with us at Madrona for all our 19 retreats, first as the owner of Acorn Street Shop and now as a teacher and mentor in the Rotunda helping new knitters and those with a problem to solve. For those of you who have an unfinished needlepoint kit tucked away or want to learn, Karen will be teaching again this year, The Fine Art of Needlepoint — An Introduction. For those of you who love Catherine Lowe’s couture knitting will have another chance to learn the fundamental techniques that take your hand knits to “Wow”. Debbi Stone is back! This year again she unravels the secrets of using Ravelry to your best advantage and takes on Cables from the simple to the complex. You’ll find Galina Khmelva with husband George in their booth with the luscious fiber but she will step out long enough to teach Spinning the Orenburg Way with emphasis on spinning those luscious luxury fibers. Jean Wong, a Nihon Vogue Certified instructor, will help you delve into the world of Japanese knitting pattern drafting and finishing techniques.
It’s back to fiber basics for Amelia Garripoli, designing colorful yarns in Blending Boards A to Z. You’ll play with color placement and design rolags for yarns that stripe, that heather, and surprise. You’ll experiment and spin as you go from fiber to yarn! Evelyn Clark has been at the forefront of lace knitting design for many years. With Evelyn to guide you, delve into original lace design techniques and explore Icelandic lace traditions based on an historic Reykjavik shawl. Ilisha Helfman invented Jazzknitting and wrote the book which uses the placement of color in hand-painted skeins to make unusual and fascinating shapes. We take Jazzknitting to the next step in Knitting Tiffany. Join Ilisha in transforming the luminous color and stunning designs of Tiffany glass lampshades into knitted petals and leaves and combining them into the beginning of a fabric sample. Michele Lee Bernstein has a treat for you — learning to knit entrelac in the round in her beautiful Athena Cowl pattern. You will also learn to purl back without even turning your work!
Ahh, Mary Scott Huff returns with a challenge for all of you that have let her guide you with her Eeek Steeks classes these past few years. This time she will show you how to plan and use steeked openings in your knitting to make shaped and fitted stranded garments — Shapely, Sexy Steeks! Mary also has a fun and creative approach to designing your own hat — Mad Hatters! Join Anne Berk as she teaches you another Intarsia class — Intarsia in the Round — with no visible seam! And she will also be teaching several mini-classes including a new one — Intarsia Garter Stitch — that breaks all the rules! Sivia Harding loves to combine beads with lace knitting. In her class Sideways Shawl Construction: Heart to Heart — Sivia will guide you in designing your own shawl with lace edgings, lace patterns to pair with the edgings and even symmetrical or asymmetrical shaping. You will have lots of choices and one of Sivia’s newly designed shawls to contemplate. Marilyn Romatka brings a new twist on Kumihimo Braiding — with beads. She travels to many parts of the world, bringing back the culture of the many folk arts that she teaches. Marilyn will again be teaching the Viking Chain Netting jewelry that dates back in Scandinavia to the 8th Century AD.
Deborah Jarchow, who creates magic on the rigid heddle loom returns with a couple of exciting projects on these little looms, Weaving with Mohair and Color Blending on the loom. Sarah Anderson’s new class this year concentrates on getting the yarn you want for that special project — from fluffy to lace weight. Sarah will share the secrets of diameter and density control. She will also be repeating Forensics for Handspun which will help you know what you could have done differently to make your skein just a little bit better. If you miss Sarah in class, you can find her on Saturday and Sunday in the Rotunda as the Spinning Mentor. She will be happy to answer any questions and get you started on spinning. Finally but certainly not the least, we could not keep on knitting, spinning, and weaving without Carson Demers whose new book, Knitting Comfortably: The Ergonomics of Handknitting will show you all the secrets to sitting and knitting so that we banish all those kinks from our fingers, wrists, and back! This well illustrated and easy to use book is a MUST HAVE! Besides his popular small Knitting Analysis classes, Carson will be teaching Ergonomics at your Spinning Wheel.
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