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May- August 2017
NEW!!! Kid’s Camp at Esther’s Place
Cost: $30 per day or all 5 days for $100
Monday- “Woodland Creatures”, Tuesday “Water Works”, Wednesday “Sheep” (at the farm), Thursday “Art”, Friday “Gardens” (at the farm)
July 17-21st10- 2 pm
Esther’s Place and Lamb of God Farm are combining culinary arts, environmental science, team work, fiber arts, problem solving and fun in their week-long kid’s camp! Register for individual days or the whole week. Ages 5-12, bring a lunch
NEW!!! Mermaid Pixie Cost: $22
Tues. June 6th 7-9 pm OR Sat. July 15th 1-3 pm
Make a magical mermaid with long flowing colorful locks, a sparkling fin and lots of vibrant summer colors. Fun for kids 8+ too!
NEW!!! When Pigs Fly Pincushion Cost: $22
Tues. May 23rd 10-noon OR Sat. Aug. 19th Noon-2 pm
Create a dreamy sky with clouds… and at the top? A sweet little piggy ready to fly and take on the world! A great reminder to yourself or a friend that all things are possible, this adorable felt creation doubles as a pincushion. Fun for kids 8+ too!
NEW!!! Woodland Animals and their Homes Cost: $28
Sat. June 17th 1-4 pm OR Thurs. Aug. 17th 1-4 pm
Learn wet felting as we make a textured tree stump with fibers and yarns. Then, needle felt a woodland animal that lives inside. Makes a lovely toy, as little ones can tell a story with their creations. Create even more at home for an entire forest! Fun for kids 8+ too!
NEW!!! Felted Trophy Mounts Cost: $22
Sat. June 17th 10-noon OR Tues. Aug. 8th 10-noon
Choose three adorable animals to make… a deer, moose, bunny, raccoon, fox or sheep, and mount on a tiny round of wood. We’ll finish with a hanger on the back. These are so simple and so cute! Perfect for the outdoorsman or even a little woodland nursery. Fun for kids 8+ too!
Garden Pixie Cost: $22
Thurs. June 22nd 7-9 pm OR Sat. Aug. 12th Noon-2 pm
A sweet little pixie with a tall hat, darling braids, and a big heart, plants love everywhere she goes. She stands about 5” tall and is made with soft colors, with many lovely colors to choose from. We’ll then adhere to a birch base for stability. Fun for kids 8+ too!
Owl Sweethearts Cost: $22
Wed. May 31st 2-4 pm OR Sat. July 29th 4-6 pm
Make a pair of little owls perched on a real branch sharing a heart together. Learn three dimensional needle felting in this cute and easy beginners project.
Honey Bee Hive $22
Sat. June 17th 4-6 pm OR Thurs. Aug. 10th 2-4 pm
Make a sweet hive, honey bees with sparkling wings and then hang it from branches for an adorable little nursery mobile, holiday ornament, or just a reminder of the sweet things in life!
Knitting Sheep Cost: $22
Tues. May 30th 10-noon OR Thurs. Aug. 11th 2-4 pm
Make the cuddliest, cutest sheep with needle felting! A little lamb sitting figurine with its’ arms busy with knitting, makes the sweetest gift. Warm someone’s day with this sheep! Fun for kids 8+ too!
Folk Art Bunny Figurine Cost: $28
Tues. May 30th 10-1 pm OR Sat. July 1st 1-4 pm
Use soft nature-inspired colors to make a 10” bunny figurine. Tall and whimsical, it will be a great addition to your spring decorations! Simple lines gives this a folk art feel, and it’s easy to felt. Complete it with fuzzy yarn whiskers and all!
Mushroom Terrariums Cost: $28
Thurs. May 25th 2-4 pm OR Tues. July 18th 2:30-4:30 pm
Create a little forest magic inside a three decorative jars. A mushroom, as well as rocks, flowers and moss, make these sweet fiber terrariums the perfect centerpiece or mantle decoration. Fun for kids 8+ as well!
Chick with a Flower Hat Cost: $22
Wed. May 24th 2-4 pm OR Sat. June 10th 2-4 pm
Make a tiny little yellow chick with a dainty flower petal hat! So sweet and springlike, these make wonderful ornaments or something special. Fun for kids 8+ too.
My Little Unicorn Cost: $25
Thurs. June 22nd 10-noon OR Tues. Aug. 1st 2-4 pm
Create the unicorn of your dreams, with beautiful dyed curly locks for the mane and tail, and fun sparkling colors for the body. Let your imagination run wild with this fun class! Fun for kids 8+ as well!
I love Star Wars! Cost: $18
Fri. June 16th 2-4 pm OR Thurs. July 20th 2:30-4:30 pm
Make two characters inspired by characters from Star Wars… choose from the adorable BB-8, a Stormtrooper, Chewbacca, Rey, R2D2, an Ewok, Hans Solo or Princess Leia. Standing about 2” tall, this collection makes great ornaments too! Fun for kids 8+ as well!
Fairy Garden Tea Cup Cost: $25
Sat. July 1st 10-noon OR Tues. Aug. 15th 2:30-4:30 pm
Make a tiny fairy land come alive inside a tea cup! Choose a winter scene or spring scene. Includes your pick of a charming tea cup. Let your imagination run wild! Fun for kids 8+ too.
NEW!!! Baby Animal Headbands Cost: $22
Sat. July 29th 1-3 pm OR Thurs. Aug. 17th 10-noon
Choose from woodland babies such as a fox, deer or bunny… and create little ears for your special animal lover! Add flowers for a sweet touch and your little one will love playing dress up. Wet felting will be used to make these whimsical headbands. Fun for kids 8+ too!
NEW!!! Piggy Bank Cost: $30
Tues. June 20th 10-noon OR Fri. Aug. 18th 2-4 pm
Make a cute little piggy with wet felting techniques. Complete with a curly tail, this is just too cute and also totally functional! Formed with a piggy-shaped resist, it will open your world to so many ideas.
NEW!!!! Felt a Landscape Cost: $40
Thurs. June 15th 1-5 pm OR Sat. July 8th 1-5 pm
Bring a picture to use as your inspiration and create a fiber art piece! First we will wet felt the background, using fiber to paint the colors. Following this, we’ll show how to build up the surface with yarns and fibers with needle felting. You will never see the world the same after this class when you see how fiber can be used to make “painting”.
Nuno Felted Fish Cost: $35
Sat. July 15th 4-6 pm OR Thurs. Aug. 17th 6-8 pm
Learn lots of new techniques while making an 8” three-dimensional fish. We’ll use floaty silk for the fins, a marble for the eye and lots of beautiful hand dyed fibers and sparkles! Apply these techniques to other projects or make a whole bunch of fish for an underwater mobile!
Mixed Media Art Cost: $60
Thurs. July 6th and 13th 6-9 pm (two session class)
This is one dynamic class to stretch your creativity! Start with hand dyeing a silk fabric base. Then nuno felt accent pieces to be used in the surface design. Begin with a canvas as we start to assemble found objects with paper, painting, felt, fabric and more! A fabulous way to let yourself explore and discover as we walk you through the process.
Wet Felted Lily Cost: $22
Thurs. June 22nd 1-3 pm OR Fri. Aug. 11th 10-noon
Make a beautiful tiger lily, stargazer lily or any other brilliantly colored lily, using merino wool and wet felting. We’ll also felt stamen and add some curls to the middle. In the end you will have a realistic flower that is really made out of wool!
Fairy House Lamp $40
Tues. June 6th 10-1 pm
The perfect nightlight for the princess in your life, this magical fairy house is a made with many different wet felting techniques combined, all of which we will walk you through in class. Standing 8” tall, the house, with windows, and a door that opens, also has a flower roof and curlicue stem. So charming! It is lit with a LED candle, included in the class.
Wet Felted Art Mitts Cost: $45
Thurs. June 1st 1-4 pm OR Tues. Aug. 8th 6-9 pm
Make a pair of beautifully elegant, yet warm and practical, gauntlet-style fingerless mitts. From your fingertips to mid-arm, you will be covered in the warmth of soft merino wool, with a design of your choice to adorn. Learn step by step how to work with a resist and size them to fit you perfectly. Even if you have never wet felted before, this is a great class to get some hands-on experience and walk away with something exquisite!
Nuno Felted Scarf Cost: $70
Fri. June 16th 6-9 pm OR Sat. Aug. 19th 2-5 pm
Float in the bliss of silk and soft wool designs with this technique of blending and fusing called nuno felting! Perfect for a special occasion, or just to make you feel special for any occasion, this is a wonderful accessory for your spring wardrobe. We’ll walk you through step by step making these beautiful scarves.
Needle Felted Hats or Slippers Cost: $65
Tues. May 23rd 1-5 pm OR Tues. July 25th 10-1 pm
You’ll be guaranteed to keep cozy and warm! Learn how to make a wonderfully warm and colorful and custom fit piece for years of enjoyable wearing! Involves both needle and wet felting for a perfect style and fit. Materials include form and fibers.
Newborn Booties Cost: $35
Thurs. June 1st 10-noon OR Thurs. July 6th 2-4 pm
Need something sweet and special to give to a newborn? Make these tiny slippers with wet felting! Made two at a time, with options for fun inside and outside colors you’ll see with the foldable cuff! Walk out with a completed pair.
Cat Cave Cost: $60
Wed. May 24th 10-2 pm
A cozy bed/burrow for your kitty, this is like having their own little felted hideout. Easy to clean and care for, put this beautiful piece out for both your and your cat’s enjoyment!
Knitting and Crochet
NEW!!! Sheep In a Pasture Hat- Fair Isle/Colorwork Cost: $45
Fri. June 9, 16, 23rd 10-noon (three session class)
Skills: knit and purl
Learn basic colorwork and fair isle techniques, including two handed knitting with this charming knit-a-long! We’ll have kits prepared with yarns, bring size 6 and 7 circular 16” needles. It’s so cute, plus the designer has patterns for matching mittens and a cowl, so when you master this, you can complete the collection!
NEW!!! Mother-DaughterLearn to Knit Cost: $50 (additional children $15 each)
Sun. June 11th 1-3:30 pm
Learn in this one day class, basics to knit yourself an infinity scarf. Recommended for ages 7+, this class will get your crafty little ones and you into knitting for the first time! It’s a skill that will stay with you for life, boost attentiveness and foster creativity, while being together. Includes yarn and needles and tea and snacks!
Knitting 101 Cost: $65
Tues. June 6, 13, 20th 1-3 pm (three session class)
Cozy up to knitting this winter! We’ll teach you to knit, purl, increase and decrease in a fun, easy environment and have you working towards a scarf in no time at all. Supplies include yarn and needles for a scarf.
Fixing your Mistakes! Cost: $30
Thurs. July 13th 1-4 pm
Skills: knit and purl
Uh oh…. You’ve been there before. A knitting mistake happens and you freeze. Learn to untangle your knitting messes and set things back on track. Bring a knitted stockinette swatch around 4x4” that is still on the needles and a crochet hook.
Make your first socks! Cost: $40
Tues. June 6, 13, 20th 1-3 pm (three session class)
Skills: comfortable with knit, purl and ribbing
Included is a kit of yarn and pattern for this pair of socks. Learn lots of new skills such as working in the round, turn a heel, pick up stitches and Kitchener stitch. Get started with the joy of sock knitting, a great take-along project for the winter. Bring or pick up at Esther’s Place sz. 11 double pointed needles.
NEW!!! Crocheted Rocks Cost: $35
Tues. July 25th 2-4 pm
Skills: comfortable with basic crochet techniques
Learn how to “yarn bomb” rocks that make your sentimental rocks into works of art. They also are a fun way to leave a little note and to beautify your surroundings. These are fun, quick and addictive! We’ll teach several patterns. Bring an assortment of smaller hooks.
Intro to Crochet Cost: $50
Thurs. June 8th 10-1 pm
Learn to make a chain, and how to make three basic stitches. This class is perfect if you are looking to pair crochet with your knitting to create nicer finishes, seam things, or perhaps take up crochet again after a number of years! Includes yarn and a hook for making an awesome soap scrub!
Free-Form Crochet Workshop Cost: $60
Tues. Aug. 1st 10-1 pm
Look beyond the stitch at the whole new world of free-form crochet! Bring with you a selection of hooks and just basic crochet knowledge. We will show you ways to explore all new ways to move fluidly with your yarn making shapes sculpt and appear magically. We will be creating a tree and we’ll mount it on a silk-wrapped canvas frame.
Esther’s Place Stop In and Stitch
Every Friday 11-2 pm
Stop in with your project, pull up a chair and stitch with us for a while! On the second Friday of the month, we’ll serve soup for a soup and stitch day!
Drop Spindling Cost: $60
Thurs. June 8th 2-4 pm OR Thurs. Aug. 10th 7-9 pm
Want to start making your own yarn? Start as we teach you the basics of fibers, how they are made into yarn, the tools and options out there to choose from and how to finish and measure your yarn you create. Supplies include a spindle and 2 oz of fiber.
Spinning 101 Cost: $285
Sat. July 8, 15, 22, 29, Aug. 12, 19th 10-noon
Perhaps the crème de la crème of our spinning classes, this class starts at the sheep with washing the fleece, carding and spindling, progressing through the six weeks to cover a wide range of skills and techniques. End the class with a dyeing workshop, making this a very thorough course. Class includes rental of a Schacht Spindle Matchless wheel so you can spin at home during class!
Sheep to Shawl Spinning Cost: $115
Fri. July 14th 10-3 pm
Visit the sheep in the barn and then submerse yourself at Esther’s Place learning to spin! We’ll start with the raw fleece, wash, dye, and card the fiber. Get introduced to the drop spindle and the spinning wheel, blend together a luxury blend on the drum carder, and enjoy a lunch together. Supplies include a spindle and fiber.
Art Yarn Workshop Cost: $45
Skill Level: Beginning Spinner on the wheel
Tues. Aug. 8th 1-4 pm
Create yarns that are wonderfully unique! We will be making coils, Tunisian knots, slubs, incorporating beads, sequins, wire, feathers, felt, silk ribbons, and a whole lot more. This class will take your knowledge to a whole new realm of possibilities. Bring a wheel with a large whorl/bobbin if you have one.
Dyeing Workshop Cost: $38
Thurs. July 13th 10-1 pm
Bring whatever you would like to dye- yarn, roving, doilies, a warp or a garment (100% linen or cotton) and we will play! We also have yarn and roving available for purchase if you want to pick out something at the shop. Learn to hand paint, create variegated rovings, add color to your wardrobe and more!
Sticks and Stones Shibori Dyeing Cost: $38
Tues. May 30th 1-4 pm OR Sat. Aug. 12th 2-5 pm
Create a river of beautiful colors and designs using just a few simple things, some dye and a little magic! Make a haute couture scarf for gift giving! The designs are so stunning and yet it is so easy, you will amaze everyone.
Using your Stash in Weaving Workshop
Cost: $235(includes a 15” loom!)
Upgrade to a large 25” loom for only $145 more!
Or bring your own loom and re-warp for $50
Fri. July 7th 10-2 pm OR Tues. Aug. 15th 10-2 pm
Bring one, bring all! Your stash yarns in need of inspiration form the perfect foundation for this introductory weaving class. Learn weaving terms, warping techniques, and start a scarf. The loom, a Schacht Cricket, is included in the class so you can weave accessories, home furnishings, and more with it’s easy portability. This is an excellent way to start weaving this year! Also, if you have a loom already and just need a refresher to the warping process, we welcome you as well. Bring 400 yards of stash yarns.
NEW!!!! Artistic Tapestry Weaving Cost: $65
Tues. May 30th 6-9 pm OR Thurs. Aug. 10th 10-1 pm
Choose from our fun, funky frame looms (which we’ll show you how you can make yourself!) and gather from our eclectic mixture of yarns, rovings, fibers, twigs, silk flowers and more to make a truly unique piece. This weaving technique is really hot right now for making free-form fiber art and you can learn to do it!
Back to the Farm
Canning Cost: $48
Sun. July 30th 1-5 pm
Learn how to make your own canned goods! We will make a pickle, jam and soupand each person will have ideas, recipes and goodies to take home with them! We will be using produce from Big Rock Organics.
Cheesemaking Cost: $48
Sun. July 9th 1-5 pm
Cheesemaking is so simple and exciting! You’ll be introduced to cheese cultures, the science and art of turning milk into curds and the flavor additions you can add. Start making cheese in your kitchen and amaze your friends and family. Make mozzarella, feta, ricotta and Russian Paska cheese and enjoy eating your way through the afternoon!
$20 / per child, per class
Join our vibrant homeschool community! We host a once a month, three hour workshop that combines art, agriculture, history, cultural arts, and culinary sciences. Enrich your curriculum with real hands on learning. Students will do a project to take home and each month will feature a different theme. Ages range from 5-13.
Stay tuned to the fall schedule for more info!