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Esther's Place Fall 2015 Classes

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NEW!!! Basket Weaving  with Linda Guzzaldo Cost: $60
Saturday Oct. 3rd 1-5 pm  
Learn the principles of splint-woven basketry in this introductory workshop. Make a versatile market basket over a 7” Williamsburg D handle. Weave it from creamy, smoked or dyed rattan reed, with or without some of your own handspun yarn  showcased in the feature rows. The finished basket is 15” long  x 12 ½ “ wide and 13 ½ “ tall including the handle. Class includes all materials , novices are welcome!  Class size limited to six participants.

NEW!!!!  Silk Painting Workshop with Karen Plummer Cost: $95
Saturday Oct. 10th 10-3 pm  
Learn the ancient cultural art of silk painting while making a 16” x16” scarf and a round framed piece. Apply your design, then draw in the gutta. Next comes the fun! Paint in beautiful colors, dropping them in one color at a time, blending and watching colors explode. Steam setting will achieve color fastness and you will be able to take your finished pieces home that day. Class includes all materials, novices are welcome! Class size is limited to 8 participants.


Pumpkins in Fall Cost: $22
Sat. Sept. 26th 1-3 pm OR Sat. Oct. 24th 4-6 pm
It’s pumpkin season and you can harvest one that will look and smell wonderful with its stash of apple mulling spice inside! 6” tall and complete with ridges, tendrils and stem.

Mr. Turkey ost: $22
Thurs. Oct. 15th 10-noon OR Sat. Nov. 14th 1-3 pm   
Mr. Turkey celebrates Thanksgiving… This lovely little fellow, complete with hand dyed feathers is so adorable you will want him at your table!

NEW!!! Harvest Angel Cost: $22
Wed. Sept. 30th 2-4 pm OR Sat. Oct. 24th 1-3 pm   
She is the guardian of the harvest, and in her arms are pumpkins, her skirt is a swirl of fall leaves and even her auburn hair is studded with fall blossoms.

You’re my Honey Bee $22
Sat. Sept. 26th 4-6 pm OR Thurs. Oct. 15th 1-3 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!

Leaf Pillow $45
Wed. Sept. 30th 10-2 pm OR Sat. Oct. 31st 1-5 pm
Cut out leaves and felt two pieces of enchanting felt! Then we will hand blanket stitch for a rustic, artsy pillow to decorate your home with for the fall!

NEW!!!! Teeny Landscape Brooch Cost: $22
Wed. Sept. 30th 6-8 pm OR Tues. Oct. 27th 10-noon
Make a little needle felted landscape  that we will mount inside of a teeny tiny frame! Many different frames will be available to pick from and you will learn tricks for getting your felt miniaturized.


Felted Nativity Scene Cost: $35
Tues. Dec. 8th 10-1 pm OR Sat. Dec. 19th 9-noon OR Wed. Dec. 23rd 10-1 pm  
Come make a special family heirloom you will treasure for years to come!

NEW!!! Lavish Poinsettia Pin Cost: $25
Sat. Nov. 28th 4-6 pm OR Thurs. Dec. 3rd 2-4 pm OR Fri. Dec. 18th 10-noon      
Another style of wet felted flowers, this flower features layers of leaves, petals and shimmer. A perfect pin for your winter jacket or hat!

Felt Pine Trees Cost: $22
Tues. Dec. 8th 2-4 pm OR Sat. Dec.12th 10-noon  
Using a form, we will felt hand dyed wool locks into a charming,  life-like trees. With this technique, you can create a whole set for a mantle.

NEW!!! Snowman Family  Cost: $35
Sat. Dec. 19th 4-6 pm OR Wed. Dec. 23rd 2-4 pm      
Make your whole family … in the form of snowmen! When you are finished you will have a unique and original decoration that is a tribute to the people who melt your heart.

Father Christmas   Cost: $35
Thurs. Dec. 3rd 10-1 pm OR Fri. Dec. 11th 2-5 pm
Celebrate the kind hearted man who blessed many families in secretive ways around the Christmas season. Needle felt a 6” figurine with richly dyed wools, and a curly beard!

Snowflake Table Runner  $60
Tues. Dec. 1st 10-2 pm OR Wed. Dec. 16th 1-5 pm
Select colors and use a special “wet inlay design technique” to draw on your felt surface. The entire piece will be wet felted for a unique piece to carry from the holidays into the winter season.

Holiday Angel Cost: $22
Thurs. Dec. 10th 2-4 pm OR Sat. Dec. 19th 1-3 pm
Made entirely out of wool roving with no needle or wet felting, these soft Waldorf-inspired angels are as light as air and sweet as can be!

Elfin Gnome Cost: $22
Tues. Dec. 1st 2-3 pm OR Sat. Dec. 12th 1-2 pm
Make a simple little elf ornament that is perfect for an ornament exchange, adorning a gift or hanging on your tree!

Twiggy Reindeer Cost: $22
Sat. Dec. 12th 4-6 pm  OR Fri. Dec. 18th 2-4 pm
A cute little fellow with stick legs and berry antlers and a glowing red nose! Simple to make he’s sure to become a holiday hit!

Santa Mouse Cost: $22
Sat. Nov. 28th 2-4 pm OR Thurs. Dec. 17th 2-4 pm  
This is Santa’s little helper, a simple mouse with a hat that’s a bit too big for his lil head! Sweet little gift or ornament

NEW!!! Felted Stocking Cost: $60
Thurs. Dec. 10th 10-2 pm      
Using a bubble wrap resist, make a stocking to hang all out of wool and wet felting techniques. You can even put a simple design on it, or opt to needle felt it on later at home. It will even have curls for the cuff! A unique heirloom that you make for everyone in your family.

Felted Gingerbread House Cost: $45
Sat. Nov 28th 10-1 pm OR Thurs. Dec. 17th 10-1 pm  
Sugar and spice and everything nice, made out of wool for a forever gingerbread  house! We’ll have the base constructed for you and you get the fun of decorating!

Kid’s Classes

Santa’s Workshop
$40 per child
Friday Nov. 27th (Black Friday!) 10-3 pm
Come make gifts for your family, decorate cookies, learn about holiday traditions and have a fun time with other kids as you become Santa’s little elf helpers for the day!

Winter Solstice Party
$40 per child
Tues. Dec. 22nd 10-3 pm
Celebrate winter as we get “Frozen!” Make an Olaf, some wintry treats,  and play fun games while welcoming in the winter season.

Knitting for Kids! Cost: $45
Tues. Oct. 6, 20, 27th 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
Cost: $20
Tues. Nov. 3rd 4-5 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 crazy colors. Come learn how wool is made into yarn and make your own beautiful yarn for knitting or crocheting!


Back to the Farm

Canning  Cost: $48
Sunday Oct. 18th 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.

Cheesemaking Cost: $48
Sunday Nov. 29th 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!

Knitting and Crochet

Knitting 101 Cost: $65
Tues. Oct. 6, 20, 27th 1-3 pm OR Tues. Oct. 27th, Nov. 3, 10th 7-9 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.

NEW!!! Fixing your Mistakes! Cost: $30                    
Thurs. Oct. 29th 10-1 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 swatch around 4x4” that is still on the needles and a crochet hook.

Make your first socks! Cost: $40                     
Thurs. Sept. 24, Oct. 1, 8th 7-9 pm
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 and 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!!! Bandana Cowl  Knit-a-long Cost: $40                       
Thurs. Nov. 12 and 19th 10-noon
Skills: knit and purl
Included is a kit of yarn and pattern for this super cute, cozy knitted cowl that gives a good chance for the beginner knitter to try some new techniques out! Bring or pick up at Esther’s Place size 10, 16” circular needles.

NEW!!! Bella’s Mittens… Knit-a-long Cost: $40                      
Wed. Oct. 7, 14, 21st 2-4 pm OR Wed. Oct. 7, 14, 21st 6-8 pm
Skills: comfortable with knit and purl and ribbing
Included is a kit of yarn and pattern for this pair of mittens! Choose from an easy beginner mitten or the intermediate Bella Mitten, knit with a cable down the cuff and hand. Both are knit in a bulky yarn for warm and snug hands all winter long! Bring or pick up at Esther’s Place sz. 8 double pointed needles.

NEW!!! Spiral Washcloth Cost: $30                    
Tues. Oct. 6th 10-1 pm OR Fri. Nov. 13th 10-1 pm
Skills: knit and purl
Included is a kit of yarn and pattern for making several washcloths! If you enjoy knitting washcloths to give as gifts, consider making some of these uniquely shaped ones to wrap a bar of homemade soap or a jar of homemade jam in for this holiday… perfect for neighbors, teachers and friends. Bring or pick up at Esther’s Place sz. 8 needles.

Intro to Crochet Cost: $45
Tues. Sept. 29th 1-4 pm OR Wed. Oct. 28th 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!

NEW!!! Crochet Owl Hat for little ones  Cost: $40                     
Tues. Nov. 3 and 10th 2-4 pm
Skills: comfortable with stitches  
Included is a kit of yarn and pattern for this adorable little hat! Learn lots of new skills as you make this hat, complete with ear flaps, tassel ties and pompom ears!  Bring or pick up at Esther’s Place sz. H crochet hook  

Free-Form Crochet Workshop Cost: $60
Wed. Oct. 7th 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.

Esther’s Place Fiber Arts Guild
Third Tues of the Month,  6-9 pm
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!

NEW!!! Esther’s Place Soup and Stitch 
Second Friday of the Month, 11-2 pm
Oct. 9th, Nov. 13th , Dec. 11th  (Cookie Exchange-Bring 2dz cookies and recipes, and we’ll swap!)
We’ll provide a bowl of soup and you bring your project to work on! 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 Cost: $60
Fri. Oct. 30th 1-3 pm OR Wed. Nov. 18th 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 Cost: $115
Fri. Oct. 2nd 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.

Spinning 101 Cost: $285
Sat. Sept. 26th , Oct. 3rd, 17th, 24th, 31st, Nov. 14th 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!

Art Yarn I
Cost: $45
Skill Level: Beginning Spinner on the wheel
Fri. Oct. 2nd 6-9 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 
Cost: $45
Skill Level: Beginning Spinner on the wheel
Tues. Nov. 24th 2-5 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!!! Trumpet Flower  Cost: $15
Thurs. Sept. 24th 10-noon OR Fri. Oct. 16th 2-4 pm     
Another style of wet felted flowers, this flower features a unique fluted shape and stem we felt on during the process.

Balloon Vessels       Cost: $35
Thurs. Oct. 1st 10-noon OR Fri. Nov. 13th 4-6 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!

NEW!!! Nuno Scarf with Ruffles and Flower      Cost: $70
Sun. Nov. 15th 1-5 pm     
Picture light and airy silk bordered by fun and playful wool ruffles. Then we will create a flower and an attached ring so you can slide the silk ends of the scarf through this detachable piece for a bold statement and ingenious closure! Whether this is your first nuno felting or if you have made a few pieces, be inspired by this avant garde design. 

Needle Felted Hats or Slippers    Cost: $65
Sun. Nov. 22nd 1-5 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.

Cat Cave Cost: $60
Sun. Oct. 25th 1-5 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 Cost: $45
Tues. Oct. 6th 5-9 pm OR Wed. Nov. 18th 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 tiger lilies, morning glories or poppies as your flowers, and then leaves and vines. A whole new technique to learn!

Fairy Garden Tea Cup Cost: $25
Thurs. Sept. 24th 1-3 pm OR Thurs. Oct. 29th 2-4 pm    
Make a tiny fairy land come alive inside a tea cup! This adorable creation doubles as a pin cushion.

NEW!!! Comic Can Cost: $15
Fri. Oct. 30th 4-6 pm OR Sat. Nov. 14th 4-6 pm   
Bring a picture of your favorite character- it could be from Lord of the Rings, Dr.Who, Star Wars or….. and learn needle felting to bring make a simple cylinder figurine of it! We’ll work with each person’s creation and show you ways to bring the screen to life… in felt! 


NEW!!! Felted Beads Bracelet and Earrings Cost: $30
Thurs. Oct. 27th 7-9 pm OR Thurs. Nov. 12th 1-3 pm
Make your beads with needle and wet felting, even adding sparkles and shimmers. Then wet felt next as we stiffen the beads. Lastly, pick from our wonderful stash of beads and hardware to make the matching set! Great girl’s night out class!

Felted Jewelry: Mixed Media Necklace     Cost: $35
Wed. Sept. 23rd 7-9 pm OR Wed. Oct. 28th 2-4 pm
Create a 1” by 1” 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! Think steampunk meets sheep here!

NEW!!! Felted Jewelry:  Multi-Roll Sushi Roll Bracelet    Cost: $35
Tues. Sept. 29th 10-noon OR Fri. Nov. 13th 7-9 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!!! Felted Cuff Cost: $20
Fri. Oct. 16th 7-9 pm OR Tues. Nov. 3rd 10-noon  
Wet felt a piece of unique fabric using silk, lace and wool, then stitch it, bead it, and embroider it and you will have for yourself a sophisticated winter accessory . Also makes a fun wine bottle or coffee cup cozy too.


NEW!!! Sticks and Stones Shibori Dyeing  Cost: $35
Thurs. Nov. 19th 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 gift giving! The designs are so stunning and yet it is so easy, you will amaze everyone.

NEW!!! Handpainting Yarn  Cost: $35
Fri. Oct. 30th 10-1 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: $215  (includes a loom!)
Upgrade to a large 25” loom for only $150 more!
Fri. Oct. 16th 10-2 pm OR Tues. Nov. 24th 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.

Custom Classes

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 or telephone 630-556-9665.

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