Workshops & Local Events

Fiber Riot!

Mad Mill's weekly spin and knit night. Join fellow fiber friends in sharing ideas and getting the creative juices flowing. Bring whatever project you are working on--knitting, crocheting, spinning, rug hooking, you name it! There will also be featured projects or programs periodically to keep you inspired. You don't want to miss this!

DATES: Every Wednesday evening    TIME: 5:00 - 7:30pm    FEE: Free

Vermont Sheep & Wool Festival

We will be packing up our shop and heading to the Vermont Sheep & Wool Festival at the beautiful Tunbridge Fairgrounds in Tunbridge, VT for a weekend full of all things fiber! We will be featuring a handful of our custom processing clients' yarns, bumps and roving as well as our own hand dyed yarns spun right in Waitsfield, Vermont from Vermont fleeces! We will have spinning and weaving supplies from Ashford and Schacht. Come test drive a wheel, check out a rigid heddle loom, or stock up on hand carders, shuttles and needle felting supplies. We will be selling Making, Taproot and Laine magazines if you are looking for some fiber related reading and inspiration. Come chat with us about custom processing. We hope to see you!

DATES: Saturday, Sept. 29th and Sunday, Sept. 30th  TIME: 10 am - 5 pm on Sat., 10 am - 4 pm on Sun. FEE: $6 Adults

Note: Our shop will be closed on the afternoon of Friday, Sept. 28th and Saturday, Sept. 29th as we will be at the Festival.

Vermont Basket Making Retreat with Katie Grove of Katie Grove Studios

An Introduction to Three Basketry Techniques in a Weekend

What is better than leaving a basketry workshop with a finished basket? Going home with a whole collection of baskets! In this multi-day workshop participants will get a sampling of several key basketry techniques while making miniature or small baskets. Coiling, twining, and folded bark techniques will all be covered in detail and by making multiple small baskets each technique will be explored. This weekend intensive is perfect for those who are traveling further to attend and want to get a great taste of the world of basketry in a weekend. There will be an optional forage for fresh materials each morning from 9 – 10 AM on the local property.

DATES:  Meet and Greet - Friday, October 5th at 6 PM at Mad River Fiber Arts & Mill, 6163 Main Street, Waitsfield, VT. Workshop - Saturday and Sunday, October  6th-7th from 10 AM to 5 PM

WORKSHOP COST:   $275.00 for the weekend, no overnight accommodations, includes water, tea, and snacks.   There will be an hour break for lunch, which will be available for purchase. If you are traveling to the workshop there are many lovely places to spend the night locally, if Ioanna House is full. Please contact the Mill at 802-496-7746 or email susan@madriverfibermill.com for information on additional lodging suggestions. Workshop fee also includes all locally harvested and hand prepared plant materials to make 3-6 baskets and handouts on all the techniques covered. Workshop hosted by Mad River Fiber Arts & Mill and Madison Wool(edited to add that the B&B is now full - $385 for the weekend including accommodations at Ionna House in Warren Village (Fee Includes breakfast both days, water, tea, and snacks). 

Creating Wild and Crazy Yarns!

Art yarn, novelty yarn or just crazy yarn is all the rage! Art in of itself, it's fun to spin. You will learn the rules of making a yarn with structure and integrity and than how to break the rules and let your imagine run wild. This full day class will start with making art batts and explore various techniques such as auto wrapping, core spinning and incorporating found objects. This is an intermediate class. Students must know how to spin on a spinning wheel. Workshop includes fiber. Bring your own wheel. 

One day session held on two different dates. Instructor: Susan Snider

DATE:  Sunday, October 14th    TIME:  10:00 - 4:00pm    FEE: $125

Drop Spindle Spinning

 A drop spindle is a great way to learn how to spin. You will learn why wool spins, drafting and fiber control. This class is excellent for those who have never spun and would like to learn the fundamentals before graduating to a spinning wheel or for those who can use a wheel but never mastered the drop spindle. Fee includes use of drop spindle and materials. Instructor: Susan Snider

DATE:   Saturday, October 20th    TIME:  10:00 - 12:00 pm  FEE: $30

Spinning Wheel Spinning

Have you mastered the drop spindle and feel comfortable handling fiber and drafting? If so, this work shop will take your spinning to the next level. This workshop will explore different drafting techniques, how to spin the yarn you want and plying. Must have a basic knowledge of spinning and know how to draft and control fiber. Fee includes use of spinning wheels and materials. You are welcome to bring your own wheel. Instructor: Susan Snider

DATE:  Saturday, October 20th    TIME:  1:00 - 4:00 pm       FEE: $50

NOTE: If you are a beginner, we recommend taking Drop Spindle and Spinning Wheel Spinning on different dates. It can be overwhelming!      

Rigid Heddle Weaving

Always wanted to learn how to weave but don't have room or the budget for a floor loom? Rigid heddle weaving is an affordable and easy way to explore the world of weaving. In this workshop you will you will learn how to warp the loom and explore techniques incorporating color and texture. Rigid heddle weaving is a great stash buster for knitters and spinners. Everyone goes home with a sample. Fee includes use of a loom and all materials. This is a recurring series; available dates listed below. Instructor:  Susan Snider

DATE:  Sunday, October 21st   TIME:  10:00 - 4:00pm   FEE:  $125 

Wet Felting 

Wet felting is a process used to make wool and other animal fibers into the dense fabric known as felt. The process involves the application of warm, soapy water, which causes layers of fleece placed at 90 degree angles to one another to hook together into a single piece of fabric. We will explore three felting techniques; felting by hand and forming a bowl, nuno felting and a felted landscape piece on the felting table. Class includes fiber and supplies. Prepare to get a bit wet! Instructor: Susan Snider

DATES:  coming soon!    TIME:  10:00 - 4:00 pm   FEE:  $125

Needle Felting

Needle felting is a delightful craft which is relaxing, inexpensive and potentially addictive. Needle felting is the art of sculpting wool with special barbed needles. The needle barbs catch scales on the wool fibers causing them to bind together, eventually turning a handful of fluffy wool into the shape you want. The cost of the workshop includes instruction on the basics of needle felting and all supplies needed to make a felted butterfly. Instructor: Susan Snider

DATES: coming soon!   TIME:  10:00 - 12:00 pm    FEE:  $30

 

We offer private lessons for spinning, felting, and weaving (rigid heddle and floor loom).

Please call (802) 496-7746 or email susan@madriverfibermill.com for more information and to register.