Madelinetosh was created by Amy Hendrix: dyer, mama, and passionate color theory and crafting educator. Madelinetosh represents curated colors dyed with care on wholesome, ethically sourced and dyed wools. We celebrate rich, abundant color and natural fibers.
“I believe color is fundamental to who we are, which is why humans are so passionate about color preferences. Combine color with the natural desire to make something through craft and you have a deep, grounding form of gratification that is hard to find in this modern disconnected world. I created Madelinetosh for people who wanted to paint with yarn. When I compose a Recipe for a new colorway, I draw inspiration from my travels and the layered colors found in the natural world around us. Breaking down images around me into component parts and parcing out units of color, that our eyes combine together to see as one whole, is what I do daily; I look for colors in the shadows, along a roofline or across the surface of a field and log it in my memory to break apart later.” – Amy Hendrix
Our yarns use/are:
* All Natural Fibers
* Locally Dyed by Hand in Texas
* Hand-Crafted using Traditional Methods in Small Dye Batches
* Wool Ethically Sourced from Peruvian and South African Spinning Mills
* Low Impact Organic Compound Dyes / Good for U & Good for the Earth
* Packaging uses 90% recycled materials
* Packaging products are made in the USA
WHO WAS MADELINETOSH?
Lillian Madeline Atkins was born to a hopeful tenant farmer and a fair-skinned aesthete at a cross-roads town in Virginia named Moonlight in 1900.
At the age of twelve, Lillian walked to the county seat, filled out a small form, and forever changed her name to Madeline Tosh. When asked why, she offered that her school teacher’s surname was better suited for her than simple Atkins.
At nineteen, Madeline Tosh met a tugboat captain working on the Pagan River. Four months later, she married him to spite her father for an undelivered gift. Madeline bore nine children, six of whom she raised to adulthood.
Madeline left her husband after the children were grown and moved to a brownstone in Washington D.C. off of 14th Street. There, she worked for the Woodward and Lothrop department store, packing and unpacking crystal lamps and shades. Madeline later moved to a prefabricated Quonset hut in Claremont and purchased an oak loom with which she wove linen and handspun cotton fabrics for pocket money.
Madeline was my great-grandmother. Madeline never traveled outside of the Virginia, D.C. area. She passed away in 1984.