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56 Wall Street
Madison, CT 06443

203-245-5921

Welcome to Madison Wool!  We are a fiber lover’s paradise, with fine yarns for hand knitting plus one of a kind, handspun art yarns that you cannot find anywhere else! 

Crochet Classes

WEEKEND WORKSHOP

Freeform Crochet Hat Construction Workshop.  With Heather Lightbody (Girl with a Hook-www.girlwithahook.com).  September 16-17, 2017.  10 AM-4 PM each day.  $200.00 ($50.00 deposit holds your space)

Heather returns for another fun weekend of crochet!  For the past 14 years, she has been creating one of a kind, freeform crochet headpieces.  In this class, she will share her process to make your own!  We will have two full days to crochet and construct your own hat using no pattern.  She will show you how to shape your hat to fit perfectly! We will also incorporate handspun art yarn to turn your hat into a unique work of art. Crochet experience preferred, but if you can make a chain and feel adventurous, you will love to let loose and create! 

Supplies to bring:  Tapestry needle, scissors, crochet hook assortment (H or I good to work with to start), art yarn to embellish your hat.  All available for purchase at MadWool. Money for lunch -lunch will be ordered in, or we have a refrigerator and microwave if you’d like to bring your own. 

Supplies included in tuition fee: yarn for hat body, Styrofoam head, T-pins, beverages and snacks

About Heather:  Heather Lightbody lives in Salem, OR.  She has been crocheting hats since 2002. She uses cruelty free, squishy, curly, silky, wools and fibers in her freeform crochet. Her favorite wool breeds are Corriedale, Merino, Rambouillet, Cormo, Teeswater, Mohair, Gotland, BFL, Finn, and Icelandic. Many of her fibers she buys locally to support local farms. She is also a dyer and weaver and lives at home with a menagerie of cats and backyard chickens.

Heather’s creative process, in her own words:  I create wearable pieces with handspun yarns from the softest fibers.  If I am creating a drapey, slouchy hat, I spin finer yarn with minimal texture. If I am creating a sculptural hat, I spin a thicker yarn. The art yarns I spin I use as embellishments for the outside of a piece. I also use crochet stitches to create textures and folds. 

During my creative process, I often try different stitches, undo my piece, and try more stitches until my work becomes appealing to me. I do not decide the front, back, or top until I'm nearly finished. I may make a hat in one piece, or combine multiple pieces, or sew pieces together - which creates more freedom for sculpting.

I love crocheting on top of pieces I've stitched together. I deeply enjoy the process building and taking apart each piece until it's complete. Finally, when I put a hat on and it feels "finished" - I know I'm done. My process is a balance of thoughts with freedom to change.

 WEDNESDAY NIGHT CROCHET CROWD CLASSES

BEGINNER CLASSES

Learn to Crochet (with an emphasis on Left Handed Crafters!):  Churchmouse Sampler Scarf or Mitts. With Madeline Pantalena.  Wednesday, January 18, 2017, 7-9 PM.  $25.00.  $10.00 deposit holds your space. 

Have you always wanted to learn to crochet?  Join us!  You will learn three basic stitches, used in interesting ways.  We will be using the Churchmouse Pattern "Sampler Scarf or Mitts", and learn how to single crochet, double crochet, and half double crochet.  You will love how fast and fun crochet is (and how modern it looks!).  Madeline is fluent in teaching lefties how to crochet, so this is your chance to learn from a pro! 

INTERMEDIATE CROCHET CLASSES

The Riveret Top by Merrian Holland is the perfect first crochet garment!

The Riveret Top by Merrian Holland is the perfect first crochet garment!

Intermediate Crochet: Learn to Crochet a Sweater:  The Riveret.  With Dayna Mankowski . 5 Sessions:  June 14, July  5, 19, and August 2, 16, 2017.  7-9 PM.  $85.00.  $20.00 deposit holds your space.   

This adorable top by Merrion Holland from the Summer 2016 issue of Pom Pom Magazine is a perfect first crochet sweater, with interesting construction!  Made from DK weight yarn, it is perfect for cool nights in Summer or as a layer in the colder months.  Join us for 5 session class to make this sweater from start to finish!  Basic crochet skills required (single, double crochet), and pattern made in pieces then joined.