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  (No Fiber Riot! on June 27th or July 4th)

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.  One session held on three different dates.  Instructor: Susan Snider

DATES: Saturdays - July 7, August 4, and September 1   TIME:  10:00 - 12:00 pm    FEE:  $30

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

DATES:  July 8 and August 19    TIME:  10:00 - 4:00 pm   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.  One day sessions held on three different dates. Instructor: Susan Snider

DATES:   August 25, September 15, October 20    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.  One day sessions held on three different dates.  Instructor: Susan Snider

DATES:  August 25, September 15, October 20    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!

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

 DATES:  August 18, October 14    TIME:  10:00 - 4:00pm    FEE: $125

Mad River Fiber Arts & Mill will be teaching "Creating Wild and Crazy Yarns!" at Two Sisters Mill and Mercantile in Jeffersonville, VT

DATE: September 9   TIME:  1:00 - 4:00pm   FEE: $65  (This will be an abbreviated class)

Introduction to Natural Dyeing

Kristen Judkins, Fiber Artist and shepherd of Gilead Fiber Farm in Bethel, VT, will be teaching this introductory workshop.  Workshop will cover a lot of ground.  What plants insects and fungi we can use?  How to harvest and prepare for dyeing. Mordants…what they are, why and how we use them.  Premordant, mordant in the pot, post mordant to alter color. Brief discussion about indigo…how to prepare and use.  (this vat will be made in advance). Preparation of dye pots using cochineal, osage orange, madder root, goldenrod, black eyed susan, jewel weed etc. Dye time – yarns and rovings into the pots.  This is the fun part.  Altering colors with additions to the dye pots, tin, iron, copper etc.

DATE:  July 28    TIME:  10:00 - 4:00 pm   FEE:  $125              

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.  One day class held 4 different dates.  Instructor:  Susan Snider

 DATE:  July 29, August 26, September 16, October 21   TIME:  10:00 - 4:00pm   FEE:  $125        

NOTE:  Mad River Fiber Arts & Mill will be teaching Rigid Heddle Weaving and Advance Rigid Heddle Weaving at Madison Wool in Madison, CT the weekend of July 21 & 22. 

  

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.