MADELINETOSH began in 2006. We hand dye, natural fiber yarns for crafters in small batches in an artists’ palette of colors. Our yarns use/are:
* Natural Fibers
* Wool Sourced from Peruvian/South African Mills
* Locally Dyed in Texas
* A Unique Artisanal Color Palette
* Hand Crafted in Small Dye Batches
* Low Impact Dyes / Good for U & Good for the Earth
* Dyed using Traditional Methods by Hand not Machines
* Packaging 90% recycled materials
* Packaging products are made in the USA
* As Always, Crafted with Love!
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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 died in 1984.