Workshops & Local Events

 July Fiber Fun!

Summer is a great time to learn a new craft, explore fiber more in depth or improve your skills. It may be too warm to think about knitting a wool sweater but there's lots of fiber fun to be had in the heat of the summer.  Workshops are hands on. All skill levels welcome. 

Sign up for two or more classes and receive a 25% discount. Register: susan@madriverwoolery.com or call (802) 496-7746. A $25 deposit will hold your spot. 

Natural Dyeing - Sunday July 16th; 10:00am to 4:00pm

Fee: $130 includes materials

This introduction to natural dyeing will explore what plants, fungi and insects can be used to produce brilliant colors from nature. We will discuss harvesting and preparing the dye baths, mordanting and how to prepare an indigo dye vat.

Dye baths will be prepared for cochineal, osage orange, madder, goldenrod, black-eyed Susan's, jewel weed and others. Than the fun part, dyeing your fibers. Yarn will be provided. You are welcome to bring your own yarn and roving to experiment. No fabric please.

Register via email: susan@madriverwoolery.com or call (802) 496-7746.

Wet Felting - Saturday July 22nd;  10:00am to 4:00pm

Fee: $125 includes materials

Wet felting is the ancient craft of making a durable non woven fabric which can be used for many purposes including clothing. In this workshop you will learn how to make felt by hand and than we will use the felting table at the Mad River Woolery which speeds up the process.

We will also try our hand at Nuno felting a fabric felting technique developed by Polly Stirling, a fiber artist from New South Wales, Australia, around 1992. The name is derived from the Japanese word "nuno" meaning cloth. The technique bonds loose fibre, usually wool, into a sheer fabric such as silk gauze, creating a lightweight felt.

Register via email:
susan@madriverwoolery.com or call (802) 496-7746

Rigid Heddle Weaving - Sunday July 23rd; 10:00am to 4:00pm

Fee: $125 includes materials and use of loom.  Class limit: 4 students

Weaving on a rigid heddle loom is easy to learn and offers a world of creativity. If you are new to weaving this is a great first step. Rigid heddle weaving is also a great stash buster for knitters and spinners. You will learn how to dress the loom and explore numerous techniques incorporating color and texture. Everyone goes home with their sample.

Register via email:
susan@madriverwoolery.com or call (802) 496-7746