NEW!!! Kid's Camp at Esther's Place
Cost: $40 per day or all 5 days for $150
Monday- "Birds", Tuesday "Water Works", Wednesday "Sheep" (at the farm), Thursday "Monsters, Bugs and Dragons", Friday "Gardens" (at the farm)
June 15-19th OR July 27-31st 10- 2 pm ; Bring a lunch
Esther's Place and Lamb of God Farm are combining culinary arts, environmental science, team work, fiber arts, problem solving and fun in their all new week-long kid's camp! Register for one, two or all five days.
Knitting for Kids!
Thurs. July 2, 9, 16th 4-5 pm
Recommended for ages 7-12, this class will get your crafty little ones into the wonderful hobby of knitting! If they have enjoyed the rainbow looms, take that craze to the next stage with introducing them to a skill that stay with them for life, boost attentiveness and foster creativity. They will learn knit and purl while making a little coin purse. Includes yarn and needles.
NEW!!!! Kid's Spinning
Fri. June 12th 11-12 pm OR Wed. July 15th 1-2 pm OR Fri. Aug. 14th 11-12 pm
Learn how to make your own yarn on a drop spindle made out of a cd. We'll be spinning some wildly colored sheep's wool that was dyed with Kool-Aid. Come learn how wool is made into yarn and make your own beautiful yarn for knitting or crocheting!
Back to the Farm
Sunday August 16th 1-5 pm
Learn how to make your own canned goods! We will make a pickle, jam and soup and each person will have ideas, recipes and goodies to take home with them! We make canning fun and easy to do with ingredients you can even find in the freezer section of your grocer during winter.
Sunday July 19th 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 three types and enjoy eating your way through the afternoon!
Slice of Farm Life at Lamb of God Farm
Sunday June 28th 10-7pm
Begin your day with making bread, then head off to the farm to get acquainted with the animals that we raise. Learn about how we got started and inspire the farmer in you! As we take a farm walk around, we'll share stories and antidotes of how we, suburbanites gone farmers, got our start 15 years ago. Bring a sack lunch with which we'll enjoy together. After lunch, work in the gardens and greenhouse a bit, pick some our organic produce and head back to the shop, where we'll make a small batch of cheese and then prepare to cook our evening meal together. The end of the day will be a harvest dinner made with our hands, eaten together!
Knitting and Crochet
Wed. June 3, 10, 17th 7-9 pm OR Tues. July 7, 14, 21st 1-3 pm
Cozy up to knitting this winter! We'll teach you all the basics 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.
Tues. Aug. 4, 11, 18th 1-3 pm
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. Also start on your own personal project during class, so plan on bringing an idea, yarn and pattern or come ahead for help in picking out something fun!
NEW!!! Learn to Cable
Thurs. Aug. 13th 2-4 pm
Those wonderful cabled projects are going to become a reality with this quick class that teaches you how to do several commonly-used cables for hats, sweaters, and socks. Bring a worsted weight yarn and sz. 8 needles or pick them up here at the shop.
NEW!!! Sheep Tea Cozy
Wed. July 1st 10-2 pm
Designed by Esther's Place very own, Natasha's original pattern was featured in the fall Chicago Knits Magazine! Make this adorable cozy that has a needle felted face and spouts tea, piping hot! It will be the talk of the knitting circle! Includes yarn and pattern, please bring sz. 13 16" circulars and double pointed needles or pick them up here at the shop.
NEW!!! Learn to make Lace
Thurs. July 9th 2-4 pm
Get a quick overview of how to read a chart and knit a small lace sample. We will also block that sample so you will get an idea of all the techniques used to make stunning shawls and more! Bring a ball of worsted yarn and sz. 8 needles or pick them up here at the shop.
Intro to Crochet
Sat. June 20th 1-3 pm OR Tues. Aug. 11th 6-9 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
Fri. July 10th 10-2 pm
Look beyond the stitch at the whole new world of free-form crochet! Bring with you a selection of hooks, range of your wildest yarns, fabrics, odds and ends pieces and more, 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.
Amigurumi for Beginners: Baby Owl Ornaments
Thurs. June 11th 1-3 pm OR Wed. July 15th 10-noon
Discover the darling world of the Japanese-inspired crochet technique of amigurumi! Learn basic shaping to whip out a cute lil owl. Once you try this you will be hooked! If you know how to do even the most basic crochet, you can make these and more! Includes yarn. Please bring a sz. F hook or pick it up here at the shop.
Esther's Place Fiber Arts Guild
Third Tues of the Month, 6-9 pm June 16th, July 21st, Aug. 18th, Sept. 15th , Oct. 20th, Nov. 17th, Dec. 15th
Bring a dish to pass and your project and join together for fun, fiber and fellowship. This informal gathering is intended to be a chance for our community to share and inspire each other. Come join us anytime!
Drop Spindling 101
Wed. June 3rd 2-4 pm OR Tues. July 21st 10-noon OR Thurs. Aug. 13th 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.
Introduction to Spinning Retreat
6 pm Sat. Aug. 1st- 2 pm Sun. Aug. 2nd
Get away for a weekend to submerse yourself at Esther's Place learning to spin! Spend a tranquil evening dining together, learning about fibers and drop spindling. The next morning after a lavish breakfast, get introduced to the spinning wheel, blend together a luxury blend on the drum carder, lunch and conclude with a visit to the sheep! Based on double occupancy, please notify at time of booking for any food restraints. Supplies include a spindle and fiber.
Sat. June 13, 20, 27th, July 11, 18, 25th 9-11 am
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!
Barn to Beautiful
Thurs. July 9th 10-1 pm
Visit the sheep in the barn, learn about the process of shearing, and then how to turn it into yarn! At the shop, we will teach you how to wash and dye the fibers, how to card it and then how to spin it on a spindle. Deepen your appreciation for the process of getting the fiber from "sheep to shawl".
Art Yarn Extravaganza
Skill Level: Beginning Spinner on the wheel
Thurs. Aug. 20th 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.
NEW!!!! More Art Yarns
Skill Level: Beginning Spinner on the wheel
Sat. July 18th 1-4 pm
Make more art yarns with a whole new set of skills including more fun plying techniques, creating unique singles and explore core spinning too! Create yarns that will wow and amaze! Bring a wheel with a large whorl/bobbin if you have one.
Wet and Needle Felting
NEW!!! Felted Clutch Workshop
Tues. June 2nd 1-5 pm OR Thurs. July 16th 10-2 pm OR Sat. Aug. 22nd 1-5 pm
Make a stunning designer envelope clutch with a wrist handle and even a liner. Use wet felting, the sewing machine and some inspirational creativity to make this fun out-on-the-town clutch!
Wed. Aug. 12th 10-noon OR Wed. July 8th 3-5 pm
Adorn your home with stylish and sleek vessels, all made from a simple balloon! This action-oriented class is also fun for kids, and as we layer the wool and fibers, enjoy watching the magic happen!
Nuno Felted Scarf
Fri. June 26th 10-2 pm OR Thurs. July 23rd 1-5 pm OR Sat. Aug. 22nd 10-2 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
Wed. June 3rd 10-2 pm OR Wed. July 8th 10-2 pm OR Tues. Aug. 25th 10-2 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.
NEW!!! Fairy YarnMother
Sat. June 20th 4-5 pm OR Wed. July 1st 2-3 pm OR Sat. Aug. 15th 10-11 am
Perfect for your knitting-addicted friends, this little good-luck charm will promise plenty of yarn! A very easily formed needle felted figurine complete with her own tiny knitting on toothpick needles and a teeny ball of yarn!
Sat. July 11th 1-5 pm OR Thurs. Aug. 27th 10-2 pm
These are all over the place- and ever popular with the feline world! 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!
NEW!!!! Flower Lariat/ Scarf
Sat. June 27th 1-5 pm OR Wed. Aug. 19th 1-5 pm
Learn new skills in making this wonderful, entirely wet felted art wearable. Flamboyant and bold, or subtly alluring, choose from a wide array of colors to create your calla lilies, morning glories or poppies as your flowers, and then leaves and vines. A whole new technique to learn!
Thurs. June 11th 3-4 pm OR Fri. July 17th 2-3 pm OR Tues. Aug. 11th 10-11 am
Kids and adults will fall in love with these! Choose from a pig, sheep, corgi, kitten or bunny. They fit right in your hand (or pocket!) and have a heart on their belly. So cute and simple to make! Fun for kids 8+ as well!
NEW!!! Trumpet Flower
Wed. June 10th 10-11 am OR Thurs. July 16th 2-3 pm OR Sat. Aug. 15th 1-2 pm
Another style of wet felted flowers, this two layer flower features a unique fluted shape and stem we felt on during the process. Fun for kids 8+ as well!
You're my Honey Bee
Tues. July 7th 10-noon OR Sat. Aug. 1st 4-6 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! Fun for kids 8+ as well!
NEW!!! Fairy Garden Tea Cup
Cost: $20Sat. June 13th 1-3 pm OR Wed. July 15th 2-4 pm OR Sat. Aug. 1st 10-noon
Make a tiny fairy land come alive inside a tea cup! This adorable creation doubles as a pin cushion.
Lil Brown Bunny
Fri. June 12th 2-4 pm OR Sat. Aug. 1st 1-3 pm
This little bunny will melt your heart. Learn how to form the wool into a 3-D shape, layer on colors and make a very realistic felt creation. Fun for kids 8+ as well!
NEW!!! Your Felted Landscape
Tues. June 9th 1-4 pm OR Thurs. July 2nd 6-9 pm OR Wed. Aug. 26th 10-1 pm
Bring a picture of a favorite place of yours and turn that memory into a beautiful piece of fiber art! We'll wet and needle felt to create a 8 x10" piece you will want to frame. Learn how to layer and blend colors and use a variety of materials to create texture.
Wet Felted Flower
Tues. June 2nd 10-noon OR Sat. July 25th 4-6 pm OR Tues. Aug. 25th 2-4 pm
Form an exquisite flower that has many layers, and a real art quality to it. Fun for kids 8+ as well!
NEW!!! Star Wars Felted Collection
Thurs. June 25th 1-3 pm OR Sat. July 25th 1-3 pm OR Wed. Aug. 12th 1-3 pm
Make five of your favorite characters with these fun stylized figurines based on Star Wars series. Use needle felting to bring the galaxy far, far away into your home!
Felted Jewelry: Wet felted Bangles
Fri. July 10th 2-4 pm OR Wed. Aug. 19th 10-noon
Make two bangles that are a fantastic fiber art statement! Learn how to make seamless felting with these wonderful wool bracelets.
Felted Jewelry: Mixed Media Necklace
Wed. June 10th 2-4 pm OR Tues. July 14th 10-noon OR Sat. Aug. 15th 2-4 pm
Create a 1" by 2" pendant with many different fiber art techniques, then place it into a bezel setting and complete the rest of the necklace with a funky combination of beads, metal charms and fibers!
Felted Jewelry: Sushi Roll Bracelet
Cost: $35 Fri. June 26th 2-4 pm OR Thurs. July 16th 7-9 pm OR Sat. Aug. 29th 2-4 pm
Roll a wild combination of colors, do some wet felting and be amazed at how fabulous these turn out as we slice our "Sushi" roll into beads. We'll then string them with real beads and create two bracelets.
NEW!!! Sticks and Stones Shibori Dyeing
Sat. June 13th 3-6 pm OR Tues. July 7th 6-9 pm OR Fri. Aug. 14th 1-4 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 summer!
NEW!!! Handpainting Yarn
Thurs. July 2nd 1-4 pm OR Fri. Aug. 14th 1-4 pm
Experience how to create beautiful variegated yarn perfect for any knitting project. You will leave with a skein that you can say you dyed yourself! Learn about basic color theory and dyeing techniques.
Using your Stash in Weaving Workshop
Cost: $195 (includes a loom!)
Upgrade to a large 25" loom for only $145 more!
Fri. July 17th 10-2 pm OR Sat. Aug. 29th 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!
Homeschool Art Education Days
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.
- Sept. 15th or 16th – Picking, Preserving and Pickling
- October 20th or 21st – Autumnal Festival
- November 17th or 18th – Our Indian Neighbors
- December 15th or 16th – Christmas Around the World… the Caribbean, Sweden, France
Stay tuned for Spring 2016 dates and themes!
$20 / per child, per class
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Education about sustainable fiber farming and fiber arts is part of our mission at Esther's Place. We offer a wide range of educational opportunities ranging from elementary to university level workshops and presentations on sustainable farming and fiber arts to in house workshops and classes. For school visits in the Northern Illinois area, we come to your class(es) with all the materials for a delightful age-appropriate fiber arts project as well as various educational materials.
Our in-house classes and workshops
are held in two lovely rooms adjoining our shop.
We have some very exciting classes scheduled at Esther's Place for the coming year for the very beginner to the experienced fiber artist. Classes are designed to be warm, fun, informative, and succesfull for all.
In addition to our scheduled classes we can host a class – anytime, any day- for a group of 3 or more.
Gather your group of three or more and we can host a class specifically designed by you and your friends! Whether you want to felt, knit, weave, dye or enjoy any other fiber art, we can put together a great class guaranteed to make you relax, laugh and learn something new. Some fun classes are the needle felted hat, purse, small knitting project, drop spinning, nuno felting and so much more!
Call 630-556-9665 and talk to Natasha to pick your project, day, time and class.
Gift Certificates and Private Lessons are also available!
To register use our registration form to mail or email to
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