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56 Wall Street
Madison, CT 06443


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! 


Spinning Classes

Spinning Classes

To view more information on our spinning classes, please visit our Events Calendar. Call the shop at 203-245-5921 for information or to register. 


  • Private Spinning Lessons: $35.00 per hour, includes fiber and use of wheel/drop spindle. Please call or email to arrange.
  • Spinning Wheel Repair: $50.00 per hour, plus cost of materials (negotiable).        

Fleece 101: Learn to Choose a Great Fleece, and How to Skirt and Wash.  With Mary Crosby.  Sunday, April 23, 2017.  2-4 PM.  $30.00 ($10.00 deposit holds your space).  

It’s fiber festival time!  The season kicks off with CT Sheep and Woolon Saturday, April 29:  Have you always wanted to buy a raw fleece to spin or send off to be processed into yarn/roving at the mill, but didn’t know what to look for?  Join Mary as she shows you how to choose a good fleece (sheep and alpaca), and also how to skirt (remove the unusable parts) and wash like a pro.  You will leave with the confidence to pick out a good fleece on your own!

CLASSIC COTTON and hemp SPINNING & dyeing WORKSHOP with joan ruane.   june 24-25, 2017.  10 am-4 pm each day.  $200.00 ($20.00 materials fee).  Saturday or sunday only option:  $125.00.  $50.00 deposit holds your space.  email or call the shop to register. 

Designed for All Levels- of Spinners* * Spinner must be able to able to keep their wheel spinning clockwise consistently.

Snacks, water and coffee provided (and refrigerator available).  Lunch will be ordered in from a variety of fine local restaurants (which have gluten free and other options). 

We are excited to host Joan Ruane at MadWool for the second year in a row!  She had so much fun here, she couldn't wait to plan a new workshop.  This year, we will learn about dyeing cotton and how to spin hemp!   Joan is an amazing and gifted teacher, and can make any spinner learn to love to spin cotton. 

Workshop goalTo show students how to dye cellulose fibers with Cushing Dyes and then the spinning techniques for both fibers.   


 The first morning will be dedicated to dyeing cotton & hemp fiber.  Using Cushing dyes students will learn how to scour and dye lint and also paint their own cotton sliver. The hemp fiber will be painted. Cotton carding techniques and blending colored lint to design heathered punis to spin will fill the morning session.  In the afternoon students will then learn how and why to adjust their wheel for this fine, short staple fiber and will begin learning how to spin their punis.

                                              Dyeing your own cotton & hemp

                                             Carding cotton and making punis.

                                            Adjusting and understanding your wheel for cotton spinning. 

                                            Learn the basic techniques of spinning cotton by using the prepared punis.  

Day 2.   COTTON & HEMP SPINNING  In the morning we will review spinning techniques for cotton. Students will have an opportunity of learning to spin cotton off the seed as well as prepared “Easy to Spin” cotton sliver   Students will ply their cotton singles and understand balanced ply.    In the afternoon techniques for spinning hemp will be taught.        

STUDENTS SHOULD BRING: (Available at MadWool too!)

Spinning Wheel (no bulk spinners please & prefer a flyer driven wheel -Louet wheels work with the high speed lace flyer)

                Lazy kate and 4 bobbins

                Carders (prefer cotton carders but wool will do)

                Small niddy noddy

                Apron/ lap cloth..dark preferred

                Wheel Maintenance kit(oil etc)

                Tags/ pencil

                Small plastic baggies

                One small wide mouth jar

                Rubber gloves & face mask

                Special Spinning Chair or Cushion.  


                   Cotton sliver and lint for dyeing and spinning

                    Variety of hemp fibers

                   Cushing Dyes & small dye equipment like spoons, netting

                    Fibers to spin in the workshop

                     Puni sticks                                                                    






Joan Ruane, the queen of cotton

Joan Ruane, the queen of cotton

 About JoanFirst a professional teacher and then a spinner, Joan Ruane has been teaching spinning classes throughout the U.S., Canada, UK and New Zealand since 1980.  Active in local and regional Guilds, she has also owned and operated fiber shops in both Florida and Arizona.  Joan has published cotton newsletters, written articles for fiber magazines and has published two DVDs: Cotton Spinning Made Easy and Cotton Spinning With A Tahkli. She has republished Hand Spinning Cotton  by Harry and Olive Linder, bringing it up to date with modern techniques. In 2015she published the much needed “Beginning Cotton Spinning on the Wheel” workbook.  




Beginning Hand SPINNING: One Day intensive

Sunday, June 18, 2017. 1-6 PM.  $95.00 includes fiber and drop spindle. With Dayna Mankowski and Mary Crosby

If you would like to learn how to create unique yarn for your knitting or fiber projects, this class is for you. This workshop will teach: why wool spins into yarn, how to prepare wool for spinning, how to spin on a drop spindle and a spinning wheel.  

  1. Part 1: will teach the basics of fiber preparation, drafting and spinning on a drop spindle. 
  2. Part 2: will teach spinning on a spinning wheel, plying and finishing your skein. Equipment will be provided and studio time is included in the fee.
  3. If you have your own wheel, please bring it. 
  4. Studio time=time to spin on wheels at Madison Wool; some wheels available for home rental

This class has been very popular, with many of our students confidently taking classes afterwards with our national/international visiting spinning teachers, and even winning prizes at local fiber festivals for their handspun yarns!  We are proud and happy to be able to teach them a solid foundation in the basics of spinning.

Maximum of 5 students.

To register:  Call the shop at 203-245-5921 or email Dayna at to reserve your spot.

Some of Shannon's lovely corespun yarn!   

Some of Shannon's lovely corespun yarn! 


Another stunning Spun Monkey yarn, with Crescents. 

Another stunning Spun Monkey yarn, with Crescents. 

A beautiful, balanced three ply yarn (Navajo Ply).   

A beautiful, balanced three ply yarn (Navajo Ply). 


**New Date!***More Fun with Art Yarn Spinning- Creative Plying Workshop.  With Shannon Herrick (The Spun Monkey).  Sunday, April 9, 2017  1-4 PM.  $75.00 (some fiber included).  $20.00 deposit holds your space.  Limit 5 Students. 

Let's see what happens when we spin yarn around yarn in this exploration of plying techniques. We'll start with Navajo-ply (three-ply chain) and then play with using plying for texture building (stacks, coils, crescents, fringe).

Come with one full bobbin of a single-ply, so we can warm up our fingers with chain-plying right away. You'll need extra bobbins, a plying head if you have it, and a lazy kate. Our third hour is student's choice, so think about techniques you want to know more about, or bring materials you are wondering how to use.

What to bring: niddy noddy, extra bobbins, lazy kate, yarn for plying and corespinning, add ins, and any fiber you would like to use.  Some fiber and fun add ins included for you to card your own batts for spinning in class.   

Spinning CLasses Gallery

All class materials are to be purchased from Madison Wool. Unless specified, class fee does not include pattern or materials. To register for classes, call the shop at 203-245-5921 with your information and deposit (credit card).  We will accept mailed checks as well. Many classes from visiting teachers require you to register directly with them.  Please call or email us with any questions. If we cancel class for any reason (usually only due to weather or teacher illness), you get store credit or you may take rescheduled class. Class deposit/fee non refundable five days prior to class; cancellations prior to this get store credit less deposit. We take extenuating circumstances into consideration, so please let us know as soon as possible if you cannot attend a class.