2017 Retreat Schedule and Information

THE FULL SCHEDULE OF MADRONA CLASSES
IS AVAILABLE BELOW ON THIS PAGE

We will update the class schedule regularly marking classes that are closed after registration opens.

REGULAR CLASS REGISTRATION IS CLOSED

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

 

Go to the Registration Instructions Page for information on how to register

  • Class Schedule. Classes are listed in alphabetical order by teacher for each day along with class descriptions and level of experience required.
  • Sort and Search the Class Schedule. Sort by teacher first name alphabetically, date, morning or afternoon class using the up and down arrows in the schedule header. Refresh your browser to return to the unsorted class listing. Use the small Search Box at the upper right of the schedule to do a search by teacher, date, or class name.
  • Teacher Information. For more information about each teacher and links to their websites, click on the teacher’s name on the Class Schedule or go to the Meet the Teachers page.
  • Be prepared with second choices. Many classes fill quickly so it is best to choose another class if you want to be sure to have a class in that time slot.
  • Don’t over-schedule yourself. Leave time to play, practice new skills and finish projects, watch demos, or drop in on a clinic. There are lots of gathering spots in the Hotel Lobby and the Pavilion Rotunda and a great Marketplace to visit.
  • Classes that have openings. Check the class schedule. We will update it continually after registration opens and mark classes that are closed.
  • Supply and Homework lists will be posted on the website in mid-December
  • For lots more information visit the Winter Retreat FAQ page.

Repeated Classes: Here is a list of the repeated classes. We have also identified them in the schedule. As you look through the schedule, you will also find some classes on similar topics but taught by different teachers. So if one class is filled that you wanted you may be able to find another similar class to take.

  • Stephanie Pearl-McPhee: Knitting for Speed and Efficiency (Friday PM and Sunday PM)
  • Stephanie Pearl-McPhee: The Fix is In: Handling mistakes and repairing your knitting (Friday AM and Sunday AM)
  • Carson Demers: Knit Analysis (Thursday PM and Friday PM)
  • Note –  For Amy Herzog‘s classes there is an overlap:  Sweaters: Deconstructed, Amy’s all day class on Sunday, covers much of the same material as her other classes: Knit to Flatter, You Can Knit That and Mindful Modifications. Please do not take Sweaters: Deconstructed AND these other classes unless you want to hear things twice!

Class Schedule for Madrona Winter Retreat 2017

TEACHER
DAYMORNING
9-12NOON
AFTERNOON
1:30-4:30PM
Sarah AndersonFebruary 16: THURSDAYCLOSED

Creative Combinations: Using Painted Top with Solids
(3 hours)

We are grateful to HansenCrafts, maker of the electric MiniSpinner, for helping to underwrite this 3-hour class.

Color is irresistible to many of us and that means our stashes usually contain any number of beautiful painted tops. There are so many ways to spin these tops that deciding can be overwhelming. In this class we'll look at ways to use painted top/roving with solid colors. Using one or more solid with your painted fiber is not only a great way to maintain the colors but also serves to increase your finished yardage allowing more options when planning your project.

Experience: Students should be comfortable with their wheel or e-Spinner and able to spin a continuous singles (successfully get a thread onto the bobbin).

This class costs a total of $65 – materials fee is included.
CLOSED

Forensics for Handspun: Troubleshooting your Skeins
(3 hours)

Even though every handspun skein of yarn is beautiful and usable you may have wondered just what could have been done differently to make your skein just a little bit better.

This class is about "reading" your handspun skeins. Just how do you know if your skein is under-plied, over-plied, could have used less twist in the singles, or more twist? How can you know after the fact which direction your singles were spun? Have you ever looked at a skein and asked, "What did I do?" and "Why does it look like this?"

Bring your handspun skeins to this class and we'll cover common problems and practice a little bit on our wheels or spindles to cement in the lessons learned. This is a great class not only for spinners who want to increase their skill but also for budding yarn judges.

Experience: Students should be comfortable with their wheel, spindle or e-Spinner and able to spin a continuous singles (successfully get a thread onto the bobbin).

Materials fee: $6
Janine BajusFebruary 16: THURSDAYYour Very Own Fair Isle Tam
(6 hours)

Would you like to design a Fair Isle garment but are afraid that it is too hard? Although Fair Isle color use seems complex, it is actually based on a few general design principles. Janine has taken the guesswork out of the process: you will start with 8 colors in a predefined, fail-proof colorway of your choice and a charted traditional Fair Isle tam pattern. She will explain the basic principles involved and will take you step by step through the decisions you need to make for each part of the tam.

Every tam will be unique! You can expect to complete some swatches in class; the process isn’t difficult, but it does take time. Janine will also discuss how the skills you’ve learned translate into designing a traditional Fair Isle sweater or vest.

Experience: Some experience in stranded knitting and knitting in the round.

Materials Fee: $46 for yarn (7 balls and 1 mini skein which is enough to knit 3 or 4 tams) and handout. Seven colorways are available to choose from.
CLASS CONTINUES
Anne BerkFebruary 16: THURSDAYFun with Finishing
(3 hours)

Knitting is fun, but finishing is where magic happens and a project comes together.  Learn the fundamentals while putting together a sweater that will fit a teddy bear!  You will knit the back, fronts and one sleeve, to prepare.  In class, we will learn 2 ways to do shoulder seams, knit one sleeve from the top down, pick up stitches for button bands, make buttonholes, and create invisible seams to assemble an adorable sweater

Experience: Advanced beginners and up. Cast-on and bind-off, knit and purl.

Materials Fee: None

Homework
NO CLASS SESSION
Evelyn ClarkFebruary 16: THURSDAYNO CLASS SESSIONCLOSED

Original Lace Design
(3 hours)

Explore the basics of creating your own lace design with Evelyn Clark. Decreases are as important in a lace design as yarn-overs.  We will knit a sampler to show you how making small changes in the decreases can have a large impact on the lace pattern you want to design.  Placement of decreases in lace design 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.

Materials Fee: $1
Carson DemersFebruary 16: THURSDAYNO CLASS SESSIONKnit Analysis – Back in your Comfort Zone

This class is repeated on Friday PM.

These are small intensive 90 minute sessions of 7 persons in each class. Sign up for one of two sessions where your individual knitting technique will be analyzed.


Session A: 1:30 – 3:00 pmCLOSED

Session B: 3:00 – 4:30 pm
CLOSED


It’s no fun to knit when you're outside your physical comfort zone. Did you ever wonder if the cause of this discomfort could be found in your knitting technique and habits? This small class will highlight common contributors to knitter’s discomfort. Using that information we’ll then examine each individual's knitting technique to discover possible contributors to their discomfort. 

The group is engaged in observing each knitter's individual analysis and participates in identifying faulty movement patterns and postures. You will be encouraged to try new strategies to help improve long-term comfort and knitting longevity so come with an open mind and a willingness to experiment. Get back inside your comfort zone!

During registration, you will be able to sign up for one of the sessions listed above. The total cost of the class session is $70 and includes handouts.
Hilary GrantFebruary 16: THURSDAYCLOSED

Wet Felting a Cobweb Scarf
(6 hours)

Wet felting is a process where we take a feltable protein fiber like wool, add soap and water and use friction to cause the fibers to intermingle and mat together forming a fabric. When felting a cobweb scarf the process is the same only we will use just one layer of fiber that, when wet felted, will produce a fine, lacy and delicate fabric. You will go home with a finished cobweb scarf and a small felting kit to make more scarves.

During this class, you will learn the types of fibers that are feltable and how we can incorporate non-feltable fiber into our projects. Hilary will bring some of her felted pieces and examples of surface designs that are possible with felt. You will leave filled with ideas and inspiration to felt more scarves.

Experience: This class is suitable for adventurous beginners as well as experienced wet felters. Wet felting is a vigorous activity and requires some strength, endurance and patience.

Materials fee: $37 covers all supplies and equipment including fiber and embellishments for your scarf and a felting kit to take home with instructions for 3 different styles of scarves.
CLASS CONTINUES
Franklin HabitFebruary 16: THURSDAYCLOSED
Carved in Wool: An Introduction to Bavarian Twisted Stitch
(3 hours)

The intriguing twisted stitch patterns (strickmuster) of Southern Germany and Austria are known in their native German as a signature of "Bauerliches Stricken" -- "Peasant Knitting"-- but their effect in knitted fabric is of unsurpassed richness. We will study and practice the twist maneuvers required of the technique, and also learn how to read the special charts in which the patterns have most often been recorded.

Experience: Fluency in the basic techniques of knitting, including knitting in the round. Comfort working from charts will be helpful.

Materials Fee: None
CLOSED

A Sense of Proportion: A Glorious Compendium of Methods for Knitting without Tapes and Rulers
(3 hours)

A tape measure is wonderful thing. So is a knitting pattern. But have you dreamt of being freed from both, and working your way from cast on to finished garment with neither one nor the other? You can. The history of knitting is full of time-tested methods for using the proportions of the human body -- and of the knitting itself -- to determine stitch counts, shapings, and measurements to yield garments with a custom fit.

In this class -- part lecture, part practice -- students will learn about useful relative proportions of the human body, as well as formulae and folklore for hats, mittens, socks, shawls, and fitted upper garments. And yes, you’ll need a tape measure...but not for long.

Experience: Fluency in basic techniques of knitting, including increasing, decreasing, and knitting in the round.

No materials fee
Daniel HerreraFebruary 16: THURSDAYNO CLASS SESSIONCLOSED
A Survey of Modern Knitting Techniques: Or Why Would I Ever Knit THAT Way!
(3 hours)

Many of us favor one knitting style due to it being the first method learned, found it faster, or it produces the type of fabric we are used to. In this class we will explore multiple knitting methods and where they can be appropriate and effective for different knitting styles and designs.

We will aim to understand the mechanics of each method, how they are similar and different, and can be incorporated to work in harmony with one another to make your knitting more enjoyable.

Experience: The ability to knit and purl with any one of the numerous modern methods

Materials Fee: None

HOMEWORK
Amy HerzogFebruary 16: THURSDAYCLOSED
Knit to Flatter Workshop
(3 hours)

Ever wonder why some sweaters make you look like a supermodel and others make you look more like a hobbit? Have you ever knit a sweater that looked stunning on the page only to be disappointed when you wore it for the first time? In this class, I’ll teach you the tools you need to produce sweaters perfect for your figure every time you pick up the needles.

Topics covered in class include:
  • Standard body shapes, modifying figure factors, and why your shape matters way more than your size
  • How clothing changes the appearance of the body’s shape and the many ways we can manipulate this for our benefit
  • Types of sweater patterns that look best on each figure type, driven into reality by lots and lots of trying on samples
  • Body shape analysis and measurements
  • How to choose what size to knit, demystifying ease, and modifying existing patterns
Experience: For adventurous knitters of all skill levels who want great sweaters.

Materials fee: $4

HOMEWORK
CLOSED

You Can Knit That: A "First" Sweater Class
(3 hours)

Are you ready to take the sweater plunge, but a little nervous? Have no fear! Sweater expert Amy Herzog helps you end up with a sweater that you can’t wait to wear.

Amy covers different sweater construction options; schematics and how they can help you; elements of knitting a successful sweater fabric; choosing the right size; identifying key pattern elements; and finally, the "fun stuff" -- shaping, edging, stitch patterns and other options!

Bring your questions to class and get ready for some great sweaters!

*Please note there is some overlap between this class and Sweaters: Deconstructed scheduled on Sunday. Please don’t take both.

Experience: For beginning sweater knitters who are excited to go further!

Materials fee: $4
Deborah JarchowFebruary 16: THURSDAYWeaving a Mini Tote Bag
(6 hours)

Weaving on a rigid heddle loom, you will learn to achieve outstanding color pattern effects. If you are already familiar with the rigid heddle loom, this class will help you master more advanced techniques. If you are a new weaver, the technique is not too difficult to learn.

During class you will warp your loom, weave the fabric for the tote bag while discussing various weaving and finishing techniques, how to sew the tote bag, and several methods of making a handle for the bag.

Experience: Advanced Beginner.

Materials Fee: None
CLASS CONTINUES
Judith MacKenzieFebruary 16: THURSDAYCLOSED
Transformation: The Art of Overdyeing
(6 hours)

There is nothing as magical as a change of color! In this class we’ll look at a variety of dye techniques that will bring new life to your yarn and fibers. I’ll show you how to over dye a variety of natural greys, browns and even black fibers. We’ll look at creating harmonizing colorways on a variety of yarns by using the theory of dominant hue. We’ll make beautiful colors and learn a little helpful dye theory and some good dye tricks.

Experience: Everyone welcome.

Materials Fee: $10
CLASS CONTINUES
Sally MelvilleFebruary 16: THURSDAYEmergency Measures
(3 hours)

Sometimes the most insight comes from the struggle one faces when something goes REALLY wrong.  But there are remedies for most any kind of 'disaster' in knitting.  Using these can turn a problem into a wearable garment while teaching us to be more intuitive and more confident knitters!
This workshop will discuss the problems that confront most knitters plus what to do if the garment is too wide, too short, too long, too narrow, too out-dated in style, if a bad color choice was made, if the edgings are not holding well, if the knitter has run out of yarn or forgot to make pockets, or if the garment has suffered a laundering disaster.

Experience: Beginning intermediate knitter and beyond.

Materials Fee: $5

HOMEWORK
Borders and Buttonholes
(3 hours)

This workshop explores the best techniques for these finishings that make such a difference in our knitted garments.  It covers basic maneuvers (including how to pick up and knit around a round neck), four or more basic edging stitch patterns, and the very best buttonholes for each edging.  Participants will never again struggle with instructions to "pick up and knit 137 stitches along the Right Front edge" nor with the question of how to make virtually invisible buttonholes.

Experience: Beginning intermediate knitter and beyond.

Materials Fee: $5

HOMEWORK
Jillian MorenoFebruary 16: THURSDAYCLOSED

Yarnitecture #2: The Journey Continues: Sampling and Spinning for a Specific Project
(6 hours)

In this class we will spend our time sampling for a specific project. From our in-class stash you will choose a commercial fiber to work with to sample through draft, ply, color manipulation, finish and knitting to make the perfect yarn for one of our class-exclusive patterns, a lace scarf, a textured cowl, or a stockinette hat?

While you work we will explore how each decision in the spinning process affects your finished yarn and your finished project. A few of the things we'll discuss are:
  • Choosing fiber and fiber blends
  • Drafting for loft or density
  • Plying for stitch definition
  • What using a variegated fiber means to your stitch pattern
  • Keeping yarn consistent through a project
  • How to evaluate your yarn
  • Elements of successful sampling
  • How to sample quickly
Experience: Advanced beginner/intermediate spinners and up. Must be comfortable adjusting the yarn you are spinning through draft and ply.

Materials Fee: $30
CLASS CONTINUES
John MullarkeyFebruary 16: THURSDAYCLOSED

Tablet Weaving: Anglo-Saxon
(6 hours)

Come learn one of the oldest tablet weaving techniques. Bands found during the 5th and 6th centuries were woven using a very specific and different tablet weaving technique. Although similar to threaded-in patterns in setup, the weaving for these bands produces a thicker, stronger, reversible band that is perfect for bag straps and or belts.

Experience: No previous card weaving experience needed

Materials Fee: $15 – includes 20 cards and shuttle
CLASS CONTINUES
Lucy NeatbyFebruary 16: THURSDAYCLOSED
Ship Shape Shoulders
(3 hours)

A compendium of shoulder techniques to be worked on swatches. The importance of structure, eliminating doorsteps with short rows (regular or Japanese) and their application to shoulders. Three needle bind-off, internal, external, decorative and using intarsia. Handling cables and mismatch problems. Grafting with and without waste yarn and bound off edges as well as "afterthought" shoulder shaping.

Experience: Advanced beginners and upwards.

Materials Fee: None

HOMEWORK
CLOSED
Hello Cinderella: An Introduction to Intarsia
(3 hours)

What is intarsia knitting? How does this technique allow you to paint with yarn? Preparation for knitting: the key to serene working. Reading and improving charts. Planning a strategy to tackle your project. Establishing the first row. Dealing with tails and tangles. Which ends should be knitted in, which are better darned in. Linking yarns and coping with horizontal color jumps. Surgical removal of mistakes and rescue tactics.

Experience: Advanced beginners and upwards. No intarsia experience necessary.

Materials Fee: None
Debbi StoneFebruary 16: THURSDAYCrazy Texture Stitches and How to Use Them
(3 hours)

Texture stitches are a great way to add interest to the simplest of projects. In this class we’ll start with some familiar texture stitches and how to use them and then dive into some stitches that you might not have seen before. We’ll work these familiar and not so familiar stitches into a little sampler that you will take with you as a reference for future projects.

Experience: Basic knitting knowledge – knit, purl, yo, increase and decrease.

Materials Fee: None
NO CLASS SESSION
Jean WongFebruary 16: THURSDAYCLOSED

Tailored Knitting the Japanese Way
(2-Days)

This is a 2-Day Workshop Thursday and Friday.

Join Jean Wong, a Nihon Vogue Certified Instructor, to move to the next level to adapt a pattern or draft your own pattern for a custom fit. Using Japanese methods, Jean will teach you in class how to draft patterns by calculating stitches and rows to your measurements for a sample round necked sweater with set-in sleeves. Jean will teach you how to take your own body measurement. The draft pattern you create will be custom fit for you using your own body measurements, information from your knitted swatch, and a Japanese gauge ruler. By learning these techniques you will be able to make sweaters that fit and be proud of the finished product.

Experience: Intermediate Knitters interested in an introduction to Japanese techniques for creating custom fitted knit garments. It is helpful if you have completed one or two sweaters.

Materials fee: $26 – includes the gauge ruler you need for class and further pattern drafting.

HOMEWORK
CLASS CONTINUES
THURSDAY EVENING
7:30 pm
FREE
February 16: THURSDAYAre you ready for The 6th Annual Teacher's Talent Show for Charity on Thursday evening? Stephanie Pearl-McPhee turns on her special magic as host and will again produce an amazing show of teacher talent! We are all sworn to secrecy about each year's event but what I can tell is that we went from laughing until we cried to inspiration and awe. We are grateful to our talented teachers who give stunning performances and to all of you who responded by donating more than ever to our charity partners Doctors without Borders, Heifer International, and the Global Fund for Women. Join us for another unforgettable evening and show your appreciation by supporting our charity partners.

We continue our support for our local "Caring for Kids" charity by accepting donations of knitted items including hats, scarves, sweaters, blankets on Thursday evening and throughout the retreat at our Registration check-in table.
JC BriarFebruary 17: FRIDAYNO CLASS SESSIONCharts Made Simple
(3 hours)

The symbols of a chart take the place of written instructions, telling you what stitches to work. But a good chart does so much more, showing you what the knitted fabric should look like. In this class, you’ll learn to read charts, making sense of their symbols and using them to keep your knitting on track and to minimize mistakes.

Experience: Basic knitting skills

Materials Fee: None
Evelyn ClarkFebruary 17: FRIDAYCLOSED
Traditional Icelandic Lace Scarf
(3 hours)

Knit a mini version of the Reykjavik Shawl to explore Icelandic lace traditions. Based on a shawl in the Nordic Heritage Museum, this design begins with an easy-to-memorize lace and ends with a colorful border, lacy edging, and crocheted chain cast-off. Students can knit a small version in class to practice the techniques, and the instructions later can be used to create a full-size scarf or shawl in a variety of yarns. Several garter-stitch tab cast-ons, chart reading, color-change grafting, and crocheted chain cast-off will be demonstrated in the class.

Experience: Intermediate level knitters -- must know knitting basics

Materials Fee: $2
NO CLASS SESSION
Carson DemersFebruary 17: FRIDAYNO CLASS SESSION
Knit Analysis – Back in Your Comfort Zone

This is a repeat of the class on Thursday PM.

These are small intensive 90-minute sessions of 7 persons in each class. Sign up for one of two sessions where your individual knitting technique will be analyzed.

Session A: 1:30 – 3:00pm CLOSED

Session B: 3:00 – 4:30pmCLOSED

It's no fun to knit when you're outside your physical comfort zone. Did you ever wonder if the cause of this discomfort could be found in your knitting technique and habits? This small class will highlight common contributors to knitter's discomfort. Using that information we'll then examine each individual's knitting technique to discover possible contributors to their discomfort.

The group is engaged in observing each knitter's individual analysis and participates in identifying faulty movement patterns and postures. You will be encouraged to try new strategies to help improve long-term comfort and knitting longevity so come with an open mind and a willingness to experiment. Get back inside your comfort zone!

During registration, you will be able to sign up for one of the sessions listed above. The total cost of the class session is $70 and includes handouts.
Amelia GarripoliFebruary 17: FRIDAYCLOSED

Blending Board Techniques
(3 hours)

Blending boards have opened up a world of possibilities for designing interesting yarns. We’ll dip our toes in color theory and then explore color techniques with these fun tools. If you don't already have a blending board, you can do this with the "miniature blending boards" you likely already own, hand cards, and a straight knitting needle or dowel. We will look at stripes, marls, and art techniques to create amazing rolags. Then we will explore spinning to create stripes and heathers with our rolags.

Experience: Participants should be able to spin a single on their spinning tool if they want to sample the fiber they blend into rolags.

Materials fee: $10
Card, Comb and Flick!
(3 hours)

Fiber processing opens up a wider world of fibers. We explore hand cards, hand combs, and flickers. These hand-held tools let us try a variety of preparations and blends with our fibers. Learn the techniques and appropriate fibers for each of these hand-processing tools: flicking for spinning from the lock, handcarding for woolen spinning, and combing fibers for worsted spinning. Then take it a step further with variations and blending techniques.

Experience: Adventurous beginner/intermediate, able to spin a stable yarn. No carding or combing experience needed.

Materials fee: $10
Franklin HabitFebruary 17: FRIDAYCLOSED
Artfully Agitated Stripes: An Introduction to Mosaic Knitting
(3 hours)

At first glance, Mosaic Knitting looks like garden variety stranded color work-but it’s not. Mosaic patterns are really two-row stripes, joggled here and there with slipped stitches. The result? Beautiful designs and intriguing fabrics in stockinette, garter stitch-and hybrids thereof. And amazingly-you’ll never knit with more than one color in a row. Want to find out how it works, and how to design your own mosaic color patterns? Join us and bring your imagination.

Experience: Fluency in the basic techniques of knitting

Materials fee: None
CLOSED
Embroider Your Knitting – Level One
(3 hours)

IHand embroidery is the perfect compliment to hand knitting. With a little help from your tapestry needle, simple projects become splendid; and the beauties of complex work are enhanced and revealed in new and exciting ways. In this introductory-level class, students will learn basic (but lovely) line, fill, knot, and motif stitches, and how to vary and combine them for different effects. We will also discuss the selection of materials, planning designs, transferring patterns, and the care of finished work.  No prior embroidery experience is necessary -- if you can work with two needles, you can work with one!

Experience: Fluency in the basic techniques of knitting; completion prior to class of a simple homework assignment.

Materials fee: None

HOMEWORK
Susanna HanssonFebruary 17: FRIDAYNO CLASS SESSIONCLOSED

Lapland Hand Garments: The Mittens of Rovaniemi
(9 hours)

This class is 9 hours over two days, beginning this afternoon and all day on Saturday.

Colorful mittens have been part of the tradition of the Sámi people who live north of the Arctic circle in Norway, Sweden, Finland and parts of Arctic Russia since the early 1900s. The mittens that inspired this class (in the collection of the National Museum of Finland, located in Helsinki) were named after the city of Rovaniemi; the gateway to Finnish Lapland.

You will be knitting the unique zig-zag or saw-tooth pattern of these mittens from Rovaniemi, the most northern region. The stitch pattern is created in an unusual way using a main color and three pattern colors. It has been described as a combination of stranded knitting, true intarsia-in-the-round, and woven knitting. Each ‘path’ of the pattern has its own skein of yarn so part of the process is learning to keep track of and manipulate your 11 skeins of pattern colors! We will also discuss decorative multi-color cast-ons; how to create braids, half-braids, and learn to make a finger knitted cord.

Experience: Intermediate and advanced knitters who enjoy working with fine yarn on small needles in a complex color pattern technique.

Materials Fee: $30 for yarn from Finland in your choice of three pattern colors for making a pair of wristlets.

HOMEWORK
Ilisha HelfmanFebruary 17: FRIDAYJazzknitting: Following the Colors
(6 hours)

Ilisha has developed a new way to use the inherent qualities of hand-dyed yarn in knitting. She will show you how to follow the placement of color on hand painted skeins to form the shapes of our knitting. We will see how the same skein can produce completely different shapes when different colors are isolated and featured. We will also embrace characteristics natural to these knitted yarns (striping, pooling and curling) to make beautiful natural forms.

Ilisha will show you her forms and collages which have been shown in galleries on the East and West coast. Unlike freeform knitting this is a considered and structured approach, though a liberating one as there are no patterns, no stitches to count and no mistakes to correct! Ilisha has published a book on Jazzknitting and you can see the amazing colorful shapes and examples awaiting your needles to create by going to www.FollowTheThread.com.


Experience: All knitters who are familiar with the long tail cast-on and knit and purl stitches

Materials fee: None
CLASS CONTINUES
Amy HerzogFebruary 17: FRIDAYCLOSED

Advanced Sweater Construction
(6 hours)

Get cozy with the numbers as Amy teaches you both the “how” and “why” of sweater construction -- and learn how to confidently draft a pattern for the sweater that’s in your head. We'll cover the math for different construction styles, and how to size them for your body. In addition to the math, you'll learn about range of motion and how to preserve yours even with unusual construction shapes, as well as the demands different constructions place on materials and the stitch pattern opportunities they offer.

Experience: Intermediate to Advanced knitters who are comfortable with numbers as we’ll be talking about a lot of them! Helpful if you have knit a sweater.

Materials fee: $4
CLASS CONTINUES
Deborah JarchowFebruary 17: FRIDAYWeave a Unique Sofa Pillow Cover
(6 hours)

Weaving on your rigid heddle loom, combine yarns that felt with yarns that don’t felt to create exciting cloth. These pillow covers have lovely puffs in the texture of the fabric. The effect looks like a very complex structure, yet is really very easy. Learn the technique by making this pillow and then use the same process to make scarves, bags and more.

Experience: Beginner

Materials Fee: None
CLASS CONTINUES
Catherine LoweFebruary 17: FRIDAYCLOSED
The Wow Factor
(6 hours)

Techniques and tips that will take the look of your hand-knits from ordinary to extraordinary and change the way you think about knitting. For well over a century, dressmakers have had access to a body of techniques that allow them to create garments of uncommon refinement, detail and craftsmanship. Catherine’s couture method for hand knitting offers knitters a similar option.

This workshop introduces the fundamental techniques of couture knitting, examines them in depth, and offers hands-on practice that will take you well down the path to mastering them. This new version of Catherine’s previous workshop adds a strong focus on the method of couture knitting techniques and their adaptability to any project. These techniques will serve as a springboard for your own creative re-thinking of your knitting and put a WOW! in all of your knitting projects.

Experience: Intermediate knitters

Materials Fee: None

HOMEWORK
CLASS CONTINUES
Judith MacKenzieFebruary 17: FRIDAYCLOSED
Dyeing with Lichens
(3 hours)

Lichens are one of the most ancient life forms on our planet. Abundant in the Pacific Northwest, they have been used as a food, as medicine, as fiber and as a dye source for over ten thousand years. Come learn about this wonderful life form, learn to identify them, responsibly collect them and use them as dyes. In this class, we’ll learn how to do a hot water bath, an archil bath and how to use them in conjunction with other nature dyes to produce a wide range of colors. You’ll dye enough yarn to make a pair of warm and colorful handwarmers to keep your fingers warm and toasty as you walk through the woods with a new appreciation of these wonderful plants.

Experience: Everyone welcome.

Materials Fee: $20
CLOSED
Six Perfect Draws
(3 hours)

We spin yarn for many different reasons; perfect socks, ethereal lace, warm blankets, hardy rugs. We spin fibers from all over the globe – silk from China, camel from Tashkent, cashmere from India. And, lovely wools from our neighbors, dog hair from our pets. Fortunately, we have a wide selection of spinning methods at our finger tips to handle this endless variety. In this class, we’ll look at six basic draws that will give you the skills to make the perfect yarn for your special project.

Experience: Students should be able to spin a continuous thread and have a good relationship with their wheel or e-spinner.

Materials Fee: $10
Sally MelvilleFebruary 17: FRIDAYCLOSED
Essential Skills
(3 hours)

No matter how advanced and accomplished we are, there are habits or holes in our knitting repertoire. Perhaps we rely upon the same cast-on, the same increase, the same decrease; perhaps we are confounded by selvedge stitches; perhaps we knit without the awareness that we have choices.

This workshop explores and explains the many techniques we should all have in our repertoire from cast-on to bind-off. We'll talk about which are best suited to each situation and why, and we'll practice them all with lots of hands-on experience.

Experience: Beginning Intermediate knitters and beyond. Even experienced knitters will gain a lot from this class.

Materials Fee: $5
NO CLASS SESSION
Lucy NeatbyFebruary 17: FRIDAYCLOSED
Double Up and Around!
(3 hours)

Make an exploratory journey into other realms of Double Knitting (which produces two-layer fabrics). We will begin with tubes within tubes, worked in the round, initially with a single yarn, two yarns and then with color patterning. We will look at different ways to handle the yarns for maximum efficiency and how to incorporate shapings into double fabrics, topped off with tubular bind-off. These techniques are suited to ultra warm mittens and cozy lined socks.

Experience: Intermediate and experienced knitters. No double knitting experience necessary.

Materials Fee: None

HOMEWORK
CLOSED
Equilateral Triangle Knitting and Design
(3 hours)

Learn to knit equal sided triangles and how to modify the size of the triangles. We will take a close look at knitting –up stitches and right and left slanting decreases and the various methods of making them. From this base we’ll add further triangular units into a preplanned strip. Folding and assembly of the strip, with a revision of the necessary finishing techniques (Mattress stitch and setting stitches to rows). Designing with triangular units and thinking in three dimensions. Variations of patterns, stripes and textures. Creating hexagons and planning patchwork style projects. Triangles are ideal portable knitting.

Experience: Advanced beginners and upwards

Materials Fee: None
Stephanie Pearl-McPheeFebruary 17: FRIDAYCLOSED
The Fix is In: Handling mistakes and repairing your knitting
(3 hours)

This class is repeated on Sunday morning.

This class explores options and solutions for when bad things happen to good knitters. We’ll explore dropped stitches, missed yarn overs, mis-crossed cables, selvedge stitches (and when not to have one) and how to mostly fix damage to knits like pulls, holes and runs.

Experience: Best for intermediate knitters. Advanced beginners will do fine if they can read their knitting (identify knits and purls on the needle), execute a simple chart and understand a simple cable.

Materials Fee: None

HOMEWORK
CLOSED
Knit for Speed and Efficiency
(3 hours)

This class is repeated on Sunday afternoon

This interesting class examines the various techniques, attitudes and history of the most productive knitters, and is designed not necessarily to change how you knit (unless you want to) but to help you become the most efficient knitter you can be on your own terms. We’ll look at the various styles of knitting, and have some instruction on “lever knitting” (fixed needle knitting.) We’ll talk about techniques for knitting faster through changing what you do, and the way you think.

Experience: For all levels but beginners should have a good grip on the basics of knitting (cast on and off, purl, increase and decrease).

Materials Fee: None
Marilyn RomatkaFebruary 17: FRIDAYJapanese Temari Balls
(6 hours)

Temari balls are exquisitely wound and embroidered gems that are given in Japan as a very special gift to a loved one on an auspicious occasion. Easy to learn at a beginner’s level, the intrigued student can follow the craft up many layers of complexity, and never become bored with this craft. It has achieved the proud level of an art form. The product of this class may be viewed at www.taprootfolkarts.com.

Experience: Everyone Welcome

Materials Fee: $18 includes all materials and decorative threads and 8 page handout
CLASS CONTINUES
Debbi StoneFebruary 17: FRIDAYNO CLASS SESSIONCreating Your Own Unique Stitch Patterns
(3 hours)

Have you ever looked at the bark of a tree, the lines of a building or the ins and outs of a flower and think how unique and beautiful it would be as a knitting stitch pattern?  

Whether it is the shadows and angles on buildings, the curves of plant life, or a repeated pattern or texture that you see in nature, we’ll explore how to make the translation into a unique stitch pattern that you can design with. 

In class we’ll start with a photo and pull out the elements that you like, explore stitch dictionaries and use the pieces and parts of existing stitch patterns to create something new and unique and start swatching. We’ll discuss where and how to use your new patterns to create a whole new design.

Experience: Advanced Beginners and up who are able to read charts and understand how they work.

Materials Fee: None
Harry WellsFebruary 17: FRIDAYCLOSED
Knitting Cables: Lovely Twists and Turns
(3 hours)

Cables and Twists make some of the most stunning visual effects in knitting. Learn the basic cable and twist stitches, which will allow you to create visual effects of twisting, turning, honeycomb, braiding, and the like. We will compare different cabling effects, both twists and “running” lines, and how to achieve them, making several cable and twist stitch swatches in class.

Included will be a discussion of background stitches often used with cables, and how that changes the effect. Also covered is how to adapt certain cables into being reversible (so that both sides of fabric match), and how to correct a cable lower down in your knitted fabric that is twisted in the wrong direction.

Experience: Advanced beginner to intermediate knitters. Must be proficient at casting on, knitting, purling and basic increases and decreases.

Materials Fee: $3
NO CLASS SESSION
Jean WongFebruary 17: FRIDAY2nd Day of Tailored Knitting the Japanese WayCLASS CONTINUES
FRIDAY EVENING Teacher's Gallery & Susan Strawn Presentation

7:30 pm

FREE
February 17: FRIDAY 7:30 PM: Evening gathering to view the Teacher’s Gallery and presentation by Susan Strawn.

Behind every knitted object there is a story and history waiting to be discovered! We are delighted to welcome Susan Strawn to Madrona. Susan is a lifelong knitter, knitting scholar, textile historian and professor with a Ph.D. in Textiles and Clothing. She finds joy and challenge in the search and discovery of lost Knitting designers and their stories and patterns which she brings to life in her talks, teaching and in the pages of Interweave’s PieceWork Magazine. 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. Susan’s research as a “knitting detective” is a fascinating study in itself and 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!

Following Susan's presentation you are invited to greet and talk with our teachers as they display their incredible work.
Karen AhoFebruary 18: SATURDAYCLOSED

The Fine Art of Needlepoint: An Introduction
(3 hours)

Welcome to the world of needlepoint, an age-old art of creating embroidery stitches on mesh canvas. Satisfying and rewarding, it can be as simple or as complex as you choose. In class you will learn the background and basics of needlepoint. We will discuss supplies and techniques. Time will be spent on the important basketweave stitch, which creates a smooth surface and less distortion. We will also experiment with different textured stitches.

If you have a needlepoint kit, canvas or design tucked away and never started, bring it along to class for assistance. Needlepoint can be found in many places such as pillows and pictures, as well as belts, purses, holiday décor, and accents on clothing.

Experience: All welcome

Materials Fee: $8
NO CLASS SESSION
Michele Lee BernsteinFebruary 18: SATURDAYNO CLASS SESSIONBe Manipulative: Elongated Novelty Stitches
(3 hours)

Dress up your stockinette stitch! In this class, you’ll work a sampler of novelty stitches, including the elongated stitches used in many of Michele’s patterns. Double and triple wrapping stitches gives you long stitches so you can create lacy effects that are impressive to the eye, but not as hard as they look.

Experience: Advanced Beginner to Intermediate knitter

Materials Fee: $3
JC BriarFebruary 18: SATURDAYCLOSED

Entrelac Basics
(3 hours)

Entrelac fabric looks like strips of knitting woven over and under each other, but it’s really formed of individually-knit diamonds. No sewing is required: you join the diamonds together as you knit them. In this class, you’ll learn to form the basic units of entrelac: base triangles, side triangles, left- and right-leaning diamonds, and top triangles. You’ll also pick up tricks like knitting back backwards, and methods for sizing and shaping entrelac fabric.

Experience: Basic knitting skills

Materials fee: None
CLOSED
Slick Set-In Sleeves
(3 hours)

Set-in sleeves give a sweater a crisp, tailored look–and for easy knitting, you just can’t beat sleeves knit from the top down. Pick up stitches from the body, shape the sleeve cap with short rows, and you avoid the bulk of a seam and the fuss of easing a sleeve cap into an armhole. Learn to adapt an existing pattern to this approach, or to design according to your measurements.

Experience: Knitters who have knit sweaters


Materials fee: None

HOMEWORK
Carson DemersFebruary 18: SATURDAYNO CLASS SESSION Swatchbuckling
(3 hours)

Avast ye maties! Let's bring improved ergonomics to life in your knitting technique. We'll swatch to improve your posture, comfort, and efficiency. We'll examine yarn tensioning techniques, and all phases of stitch creation first with simple then more challenging swatches and stitches. We'll also look at ways to add movement to knitting to avoid stiffness and injuries caused by disuse.

Experience: For students who are comfortable with basic knit purl stitches. Swatches of basic cable and lace patterns are also made in class. Stitch patterns are provided in both charted and written formats.

Materials fee: $7
Franklin HabitFebruary 18: SATURDAYCLOSED
Embroider your Knitting - Level Two
(3 hours)

In this sequel to “Embroider Your Knitting,” students move beyond the basics into freestyle work, methods of pattern transfer, choosing stitches that suit your vision, and–of course–a few new fancy stitches to add to the repertoire!

Hand embroidery is the perfect compliment to hand knitting. With a little help from your tapestry needle, simple projects become splendid; and the beauties of complex work are enhanced and revealed in new and exciting ways.

Experience: Completion of Embroider your Knitting Level One or equivalent fluency in basic hand embroidery stitches (catch stitches, French and bullion knots). Fluency in the basic techniques of knitting required.

Materials Fee: None

HOMEWORK
NO CLASS SESSION
Susanna HanssonFebruary 18: SATURDAY2nd Day of Lapland Hand Garments: The Mittens of RovaniemiCLASS CONTINUES
Sivia HardingFebruary 18: SATURDAYCLOSED

Adding the Perfect Beads to Enhance your Knitted Project
(6 hours)

Beads add beauty and emphasis to knitting with their dimension and pinpointed flash of color and light. How do you choose the perfect bead and know where to place them in your knitted project? 

This class will present guidelines for choosing and placing beads in knitting, especially lace knitting. First, we look at the knitted fabric and find some structural logic that will give us cues for bead placement, while always leaving room for imagination and vision. Learn principles that will help you make consistently inspired choices. We’ll discuss which beads produce magic, color and light and the best method to use when adding beads to your knitting.
You’ll be doing sampling with beautiful Japanese seed beads and we’ll share each of our results and discoveries. Sivia will introduce her new shawl design and you will leave class with newfound bead confidence.

Experience: Intermediate knitters. Students should have successfully completed a lace project, can perform basic lace stitches and be comfortable working from charts. No bead knitting experience is necessary.

Materials Fee: $30 includes hand dyed yarns, beads, Sivia’s new shawl pattern and handout.
CLASS CONTINUES
Ilisha HelfmanFebruary 18: SATURDAYNO CLASS SESSIONMagical Turkish Spindles
(3 hours)

Nothing is lovelier than watching beautifully patterned layers pile up on your spindle and watching them reveal themselves again in reverse order as you use your yarn. Learn to make consistent singles, to wind beautiful cops, to ply from your cops and to use them for easy skein winding.

Plying in beads, silk flowers and sequins will be demonstrated as will ply on the fly (chain plying as you spin your singles). Support spindling, using your spindle as a distaff and spinning energized singles, and their uses, will also be discussed. There will be lots of Turkish spindle spun skeins made from numerous fiber mixes to examine.

Experience: Students should be able to spin a consistent single on their Turks before class. We will have a quick review of starting basics.

Materials fee: $7
Amy HerzogFebruary 18: SATURDAYCLOSED
Mastering Mindful Modifications
(3 hours)

It’s one thing to look at a YouTube video on working short rows, and quite another to identify (a) when you need shaping, (b) what you’re trying to accomplish with your shaping, and (c) figure out the mechanics of carrying out a modification. In this class, we cover how to work, and when you need, all major modifications a knitter would make to a sweater.

This includes:
  • Bust darts of all kinds
  • Frankensweatering: Front/back and top/bottom
  • Body and sleeve lengthening/shortening
  • Neckline modifications
Experience: Intermediate or advanced beginning knitters who are adventurous. Familiarity with patterns is required. Helpful to have taken Amy’s Knit to Flatter class. Should be comfortable with knitting, purling, increasing, and decreasing.


Materials fee: $4
NO CLASS SESSION
Mary Scott HuffFebruary 18: SATURDAYEeek! Steeks!
(3 hours)

Stranded colorwork knitting is lots of fun: Working in the round, easy shaping, minimal seaming; but how do you get from knitted tubes to people-shaped garments? Easy: Make Steeks!

Steeks are areas of knitting designed to be cut (gasp!) with shears and then finished with knitting. Steeks allow knitters to work in three dimensions, creating garments that fit! Scared to slice into your work?

In this 3 hour class, Mary will guide you through three techniques for marking, securing, and cutting open your steek using your homework swatches. You will also learn various ways to finish the cut steek edges.

Experience: Intermediate to advanced knitters. Should be comfortable knitting with two strands and working in the round.

Materials fee: None

HOMEWORK
CLOSED
Your Mittens, Your Way
(3 hours)

Make the mittens you've always wanted! In this class, students design their own mittens by choosing each element from Mary's menu of choices (edge/cuff treatment, thumb architecture, hand design and top shaping). You'll learn the why and how of each decision as you plan, design and execute your own personal mitten masterpiece. This class is based on "The Mitten Handbook", Mary's upcoming book, and includes an exclusive class workbook.

Experience: Intermediate knitters.

Materials fee: $5

HOMEWORK
Galina KhmelevaFebruary 18: SATURDAYIntarsia Lace Design Strategies
(6 hours)

Do you welcome a knitting challenge? Are you ready to take your lace knitting to the next level? Then join Galina Khmeleva for the unique opportunity to explore the mechanics of Intarsia Lace Design. In this master class, Galina will share with you her extensive knowledge of Orenburg-style lace knitting techniques and how these techniques can effortlessly transition into Intarsia-style lace knitting. This class will enable you to create a truly elegant and visually stunning mosaic design 2-color lace shawl.

Experience: Students need a good grasp of basic knitting skills. Chart reading helpful.

Materials Fee: $10 for yarn and all the charts
CLASS CONTINUES
Judith MacKenzieFebruary 18: SATURDAYCLOSED
Getting the Most from Painted Tops
(3 hours)

Lucky us to be surrounded by amazing Indy Dyers and their luscious array of hand dyed tops. Who can resist yet one more beautiful braid? Not me! Which does lead to quite a collection but not always (seldom ever) enough for a project. And, of course, I want my yarn to be uniquely mine, including its colorway. In this class, we’ll look at a few good tricks to create your own color signature using some of the wonderfully dyed tops readily available in the market place.

Experience: Students should be able to spin a continuous thread and have a good relationship with their wheel or e-spinner.

Materials Fee: $15
CLOSED
Spinning for the Hands that Weave
(3 hours)

Nothing is as wonderful as cloth that you have woven yourself -- except when your handwoven is made with your own precious handspun. In this class, we’ll look at how to spin a perfect warp, a perfect weft and a variety of unusual textured yarns. We’ll look at ways to support a delicate cashmere handspun yarn for warping, and learn how to calculate necessary yardage for projects. We’ll look at how to and when to full cloth. We will also look at ways to transform commercial yarns to create interesting cloth.

Experience: Must be able to spin a continuous thread and have a good relationship with their wheel or e-spinner

Materials Fee: $10
Sally MelvilleFebruary 18: SATURDAYNO CLASS SESSIONCLOSED
The Most Common Mistakes Knitters Make: It’s not what you think!
(3 hours)

Sally was once asked what was the most common mistake knitters make, and the words that flew out of her mouth surprised her. So she started asking knitters the same question. Their answers were never “dropped stitches, wrong color, bad seams”—all the things we address in technique classes. Their answers addressed more serious issues, which were various and valid.

This workshop will discuss the answers Sally's heard over the years. And students may use their own swatches, patterns, and garments to see solutions to each of these "mistakes" that students mentioned. Skills covered will include re-gauging, modifying, and improving existing patterns.

The workshop will then end with a description of her answer, her reasons for that answer, and the many ways we have to avoid this all-too-common mistake that stands between us and successful garments.

Experience: Advanced Beginner to Intermediate. Helpful if you have knit a sweater.

Materials Fee: None
Jillian MorenoFebruary 18: SATURDAYTwist and Ply #2: Texture and Color
(6 hours)

Know the basics of plying and ready to dig deeper? How about making yarns with layers of texture and color? Looking to make curls and loops, deep texture or undulating swirls?

In this class we will focus on using ply to create layered and textured yarns. We’ll learn to spin spiral, crepe, cable and bouclé yarns with enough time to practice each yarn in different fibers.

You’ll learn about:
  • Plying with uneven tension for spirals
  • The difference between a cable and crepe yarn
  • How the right twists makes a cable yarn pop
  • The secret to even and round loops for bouclé
  • What fibers make the best loops and the best textures.
First we’ll focus on the basics -- fiber, prep, draft and getting all of the twists just right, and then we’ll add color for truly unique yarns.

Finally we'll look at these unique textured yarns for knitting and see what stitches and types of patterns work best.

Experience: Advanced beginner/intermediate spinners and up. Must feel comfortable adjusting the yarn you are spinning through draft and ply.

Materials Fee: $30
CLASS CONTINUES
John MullarkeyFebruary 18: SATURDAYTablet Weaving: Explore Three Color Diagonals
(6 hours)

You’ve tried Egyptian Diagonals with 4-hole cards making beautiful two color patterns. Now learn diagonals with 6-hole hexagonal cards to produce three color patterns! We’ll explore multiple setups and two different weaving techniques which will produce strong beautifully patterned three color bands.

Experience: Intermediate, some experience with 4-hole card weaving required.

Materials Fee: $15 (includes 20 6-hole cards and small shuttle).
CLASS CONTINUES
Lucy NeatbyFebruary 18: SATURDAYCLOSED

Advanced Double Knitting Techniques
(3 hours)

You’ve mastered the concepts and mechanics of two-layer, two-color, stocking stitch, double-knitting! What else awaits you? We will look at how different knit/purl stitch combinations can be used in different areas of DK fabric for texture and function. The importance of the alternative-rotation purl, the differences between regular and threaded color changes, where to use them and their different properties. Planning shapes in your designs for adding stuffing. Using differential rows and dissimilar stitch numbers to accommodate yarn combinations. Use of a double yarn to make subtle, intermittent containment spaces. Attention will also be given to error correction in DK fabrics.

Experience: Advanced knitters. Some basic two-color, double-layer knitting experience is required.

Materials Fee: None

HOMEWORK
NO CLASS SESSION
Stephanie Pearl-McPheeFebruary 18: SATURDAYCLOSED
Knit Smart
(3 hours)

This lecture style class (that means mostly talking, like at University) deals with best practices in knitting, and talks about how to (usually) prevent knitting mistakes (mostly) and fix them. Out of the myriad techniques, ideas, yarns, patterns and tools available to knitters, how can you be sure that the ones you choose will give you the results you want? This class looks at how to predict how knitting is going to work, very clever ways to solve knitting problems, and how to streamline knitting so that you’re doing less work, and creating better stuff. This class is useful to knitters at all levels, and is my very favorite to teach.

Experience: Everyone welcome

Materials Fee: None
CLOSED
Color Theory for Knitters
(3 hours)

Color theory just for you! Learn the language of color, how color works, how to choose colors that will always go together, how to create color ways that you love, and several sneaky ways to be brilliant at it. Find inspiration everywhere you look.

Experience: For all knitters and those who want to build their color confidence.

Materials Fee: None
Marilyn RomatkaFebruary 18: SATURDAYCLOSED
Viking Chain Netting: Wire Jewelry
(3 hours)

This jewelry technique, also called “Viking Knitting” or "Viking Weaving”, is done with neither knitting needles nor a loom but instead with thin wire on a stick! Examples of these chains have been found in various archeological sites in Scandinavia dating back to the 8th century A.D. This technique can be used to make necklaces, bracelets, and earrings. The chain looks exquisite and complicated, but the process is simple and straightforward. This is a great portable handicraft. The product of this class may be viewed at www.taprootfolkarts.com.

Experience: Everyone welcome.

Materials Fee: $20 for all supplies including wire, end caps, closure findings and 8 page hand out.
NO CLASS SESSION
Debbi StoneFebruary 18: SATURDAYNO CLASS SESSIONCLOSED
Ravelry from Top to Bottom
(3 hours)

Are you new to Ravelry or have you had an account for years? With this class we we’ll explore everything there is to learn and know about Ravelry and which parts are best for you. We’ll look at your notebook and how to get the most out of it to using Ravelry Pro and everything in between. The class is designed so that no matter which device you use to go to Ravelry (computer, tablet, phone) you’ll be able to navigate the inner workings of the site and find everything you need!

Experience: Everyone welcome

Materials Fee: None
BANQUET CLOSED
Submit a wait list form. We expect there will be more tickets available near the end of January.
Saturday Evening Banquet (sit-down -- no buffet) with presentation by Lucy Neatby 6:30pm
Registration required. Please see registration page. Dinner is $55
February 18: SATURDAY6:30 PM – Sit-down Dinner
(no buffet) Baked Salmon with green salad and veggies, dessert, coffee and tea -- vegetarian alternative available on request. Registration Required $55.

Our guest speaker is Lucy Neatby. We have had many wonderful and colorful times with Lucy since Madrona’s very beginning. Come join us as we honor and celebrate Lucy during this, her last year of teaching in the United States and at Madrona. Lucy will take us on a light-hearted journey of her life as a seafarer and how this influenced her knitting career. For ships and the sea have been a constant thread in Lucy’s knitting life, in her designs and her use of color. The adventure continues and Lucy will share where it might be leading!
Janine BajusFebruary 19: SUNDAYFair Isle Color: How do they do that?
(6 hours)

Fair Isle knitting -- we know it when we see it, that exciting interplay of color and pattern. What is it that sets Fair Isle apart from other forms of stranded knitting? We’ll cover the theory of how colors and motifs are used in Fair Isle knitting and how to choose colors from an inspiration. We will then work on a series of swatches to take theory to practice. When the class is done you should have a firm grounding in how value gradations and mirroring work to create that 3-dimensional effect in Fair Isle knits that we all love so much!

Experience: Requires some experience in two-color stranded knitting.

Materials Fee: $10
CLASS CONTINUES
JC BriarFebruary 19: SUNDAYCLOSED

Beginning Brioche
(3 hours)

Brioche knitting creates cushy fabric suitable for comfy garments and all sorts of cozy accessories. Done in two colors, it creates vertical stripes, even though only one color is used at a time. Take this class to learn all the basics: working brioche rib in one or two colors; maintaining tidy selvedges; fixing mistakes; working pretty increases and decreases; and casting on and binding off effectively. You’ll practice by knitting a small sample in class, but take away the skills needed to complete a lovely patterned scarf.

Experience: Basic Knitting skills

Materials Fee: None
NO CLASS SESSION
Amelia GarripoliFebruary 19: SUNDAYPower Spinning
(3 hours)

We are grateful to HansenCrafts, maker of the electric MiniSpinner, for helping to underwrite this 3 hour e-spinning class.

Does your electric or electronic spinner run away with your yarn, get miles ahead of your fingers, or just not make the yarn you're thinking of?

Whether you come from spindle or wheel or are new to spinning, work on your e-spinning technique with hands-on tips. Take control of your e-spinner and see what it can do. Art yarn to laceweight, casual or production spinning: we'll put our e-spinners through their paces.

Experience: Adventurous beginner to experienced spinners are welcome

This class costs a total of $65 – materials fee is included.
NO CLASS SESSION
Franklin HabitFebruary 19: SUNDAYCLOSED

Shadow Knitting: Now you see it, Now you don’t
(3 hours)

Color and texture meet and mingle with startling results in the subtle, intriguing fabrics created by shadow (also called “illusion”) knitting. Stripes, garter stitch, and stockinette combine to create patterns that appear or vanish depending upon the angle of view -- perfect for hiding secret messages in your work. We will not only learn the technique (including simple chart reading), but will also investigate methods for designing shadow patterns, and play with creating our own charts for custom projects.

Experience: Fluency in the basics techniques of knitting

Materials fee: None
Garter Party: Garter Stitch Gone Wild
(3 hours)

Poor, plain garter stitch. So often confined to the edge of the party, so seldom seen in anything but the same old blocks and stripes. But not today! Today, garter stitch breaks out into fully-fledged stranded color patterns, courtesy of an intriguing but little-known technique called garter jacquard. We’ll work charted garter jacquard patterns and also explore other fun techniques that play well with this fabric: I-cord edgings, and “afterthought” openings created by cutting into the knitting.

Experience: Fluency in the basic techniques of knitting, including working from color charts.

Materials fee: None

HOMEWORK
Amy HerzogFebruary 19: SUNDAYCLOSED

Sweaters: Deconstructed
(6 hours)

There’s so much more to sweater knitting than just the knitting! This class gives you all of the tools you need to make your next sweater a smashing success.

Amy covers everything that goes into making a great sweater including what kinds of sweaters will flatter your body shape; getting the right fit and easy modifications; swatching for gauge; testing your fabric and matching fiber and fabric to design and stitch patterning.

Bring your questions to class and let’s talk sweaters!

*This class overlaps significantly with Knit to Flatter, Mindful Modifications, and You Can Knit That. Please don’t take all of the classes unless you want to hear things twice!

Experience: Adventurous knitters of all skill levels, though, you will get more out the class if you’ve knit a garment of some kind. (Baby sweaters are perfect!)

Materials fee: $4
CLASS CONTINUES
Deborah JarchowFebruary 19: SUNDAYBeyond the Fringe – Finishing Techniques for Woven Fabric
(3 hours)

Do you wonder what more there is to do with the ends of your woven cloth besides fringe? Do you wish for a different look on the ends of your scarves? In this class you will learn several techniques that can give you alternatives for the ends.

Learn how to plan for hemming and about twisting, braiding, adding beads, decorative knotting, and adding knitting or crochet to the edges. Alternatives to fringe will enhance your weaving skills and give you options to enhance your woven fabric.

Experience: Beginner

Materials Fee: $10 for beads and samples to work on.
NO CLASS SESSION
Judith MacKenzie February 19: SUNDAYCLOSED

Bountiful Sheep: Spinning Targhee
(3 hours)

Targhee are truly American sheep. Named after a famous Bannock chieftain of the Great Western Plains, this sheep is also one of the newest breeds developed in America. Created in the early 1900’s at the US research station in Dubois, Idaho from a cross between Columbia, Rambouillet, Lincoln and Corridale, Targhees are big, sturdy sheep. They produce lovely wool in abundance -- anywhere between 10 to 14 pounds. This fleece is soft, springy and long, perfect for clothing either knit or woven. In this class we’ll learn how to choose a Targhee, how to prepare it and how to spin it for a variety of projects.

Experience: Students should be able to spin a continuous thread and have a good relationship with their wheel or e-spinner.

Materials Fee: $15
CLOSED
The Art of Spinning Those Lovely Fiber Leftovers
(3 hours)

Do you have half an ounce of dyed silk, a bit of cashmere, perhaps a few handfuls of yak, several lengths of colorful dyed wool top and a sprinkling of colorful kid mohair locks all lurking in the bottom of your spinning basket? If you do (and who doesn’t?) this class was designed for you. It is all about how to make perfectly beautiful yarn out of all the bits and pieces that we fiber junkies just can’t bear to part with.

Bring whatever bits of lovelies you have and I’ll bring along a selection of fibers in a wide range of colors and fiber types to extend your collection. Don’t have a scrap stash yet? I’ll have plenty to share and we’ll spin some beautiful yarn together.


Experience: Must be able to spin a continuous thread and have a good relationship with their wheel or e-spinner.

Materials Fee: $10
Sally MelvilleFebruary 19: SUNDAYCLOSED
Making the Most of your Yarn Collection
(6 hours)

This workshop shows knitters how to use, manage, and replenish a yarn collection.  Participants will learn ways to use up bits of this and that plus those 4-6 balls of something heretofore unusable.  They will also learn that they may now buy one ball of anything that appeals to them, knowing they will use it well.  The elegance of the resulting fabrics, plus the fact that they look nothing like odd-ball knitting, comes as a very exciting discovery to participants in this workshop!

Students will explore the problems inherent in using multiple yarns and colors: which ones go together, which stitch patterns will accommodate different weights and colors best, how to arrange a yarn collection to make the most of it, plus much more. 

Experience: Beginning intermediate knitter and beyond.

Materials Fee: $5

HOMEWORK
CLASS CONTINUES
Jillian MorenoFebruary 19: SUNDAYCLOSED
All the Singles Ladies: Spin and Knit Sensational Singles
(3 hours)

Singles can be thin and gossamer or thick and lofty but any way you spin them they are quick and easy, if you know a few tricks. Learn the ins and outs of spinning a singles yarn that won’t bias when knit.

The secret to sound singles is in the twist with a little help from fiber choice, fiber preparation and finish. In this class learn about it all and you’ll be able to pick and choose to make your perfect singles yarn.

Think you’re out of luck with color manipulation and singles? Come and see what color fun we can get up to with singles.

In this class you’ll learn tips for knitting with singles yarn, including picking stitch patterns and projects that will make your yarn the star.

Experience: Advanced beginner spinner and up. Must be comfortable spinning a consistent yarn and adjusting your wheel.

Materials Fee: $20
NO CLASS SESSION
Lucy NeatbyFebruary 19: SUNDAYCLOSED

Various Variegations
(3 hours)

Puzzled as to how best to use your beautiful skein of hand-paint? Discover ways of extracting the best effects from your artisan yarns. Look at the styles of dyeing and for which purposes they are most suited. We will explore a variety of stitch patterns, knitting and finishing techniques designed to maximize the dramatic effect. How to plan your garment or project to avoid blotching and mismatching of sections.

Experience: Advanced beginners and upwards

Materials Fee: None
CLOSED
Lucy’s Hot Sock Tricks!
(3 hours)

A wide ranging selection of Lucy’s most trusted sock tips and tricks, including Modified Conventional Bind-Off (which may revolutionize your life), the toe-chimney grafting method, slipping stitches fast and easy, running yarn markers, and wonderful hole-curing sutures. Getting to know the Australian Cousins, play with new-to-you needle configurations, Alternative heel stitch, Holes and more besides.

Experience: Intermediate Knitters

Materials Fee: None

HOMEWORK
Stephanie Pearl-McPheeFebruary 19: SUNDAYThe Fix is In: Handling mistakes and repairing your knitting
(3 hours)

This is a repeat of the class on Friday morning

This class explores options and solutions for when bad things happen to good knitters. We’ll explore dropped stitches, missed yarn overs, mis-crossed cables, selvedge stitches (and when not to have one) and how to mostly fix damage to knits like pulls, holes and runs.

Experience: Best for intermediate knitters. Advanced beginners will do fine if they can read their knitting (identify knits and purls on the needle), execute a simple chart and understand a simple cable.

Materials Fee: None

HOMEWORK
CLOSED
Knitting for Speed and Efficiency
(3 hours)

This class is a repeat of the class on Friday afternoon

This interesting class examines the various techniques, attitudes and history of the most productive knitters, and is designed not necessarily to change how you knit (unless you want to) but to help you become the most efficient knitter you can be on your own terms. We’ll look at the various styles of knitting, and have some instruction on “lever knitting” (fixed needle knitting.) We’ll talk about techniques for knitting faster through changing what you do, and the way you think.

Experience: Interesting for all levels -- although beginners should have a good grip on the basics of cast on and off, knit, purl, increase and decrease.

Materials Fee: None
Marilyn RomatkaFebruary 19: SUNDAYBow Loom Weaving
(6 hours)

The Bow Loom is an ancient technique using a simple, portable loom to make narrow beaded bands. The technique is used in ethnic groups in Thailand to make bands for their exquisite headdresses, but makes a nice bracelet too! The weaving is quick and fun and so portable, you can weave on the bus. No previous weaving experience is necessary and the loom goes home with you for many more hours of weaving. This is a great introduction to ethnic weaving. The product of this class may be viewed at www.taprootfolkarts.com.

Experience: No weaving experience needed.

Materials Fee: $20 includes reusable Bow Loom, beads, all warp and weft, shuttle, endcaps, clasp findings and 8 page handout.
CLASS CONTINUES
Debbi StoneFebruary 19: SUNDAYCLOSED
Knitting with Your iPad
(3 hours)

Tired of hauling your knitting patterns and books around with you? Debbi will show you how to use your iPad (and iPad Mini) as a powerful knitting tool. We’ll cover everything from importing and storing your patterns to how to use them for ease while knitting, and much more! If you are new to your iPad or want to explore its further potential, this is the perfect class for you!

Experience: Everyone with an iPad or iPad Mini.

Materials Fee: None
NO CLASS SESSION
Jean WongFebruary 19: SUNDAYCLOSED

Fine Finishing Techniques
(6 hours)

Learn the unique Japanese finishing techniques that will give your knitted garments a truly professional look. Jean covers seaming, using short rows for proper shaping of shoulder slope, shoulder joins, appropriate use of ribbing, joining yarns invisibly and how to cast off the rib to give a garment elasticity and fluidity.

Advanced Beginner and up.

Materials Fee: $10

HOMEWORK
CLASS CONTINUES