Canning Cost: $48
Sunday Feb. 9th 1-5 pm
Learn how to make your own canned goods! We will make three kinds of unique canned goods 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 March 30th 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 101 Cost: $50+ materials $15
Thurs. Jan 30th, Feb. 6th, 13th 10-noon OR Wed. March 26th, April 2, 9th 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.
Knitting 102 Cost: $48
Thurs. March 6, 13, 20th 10-noon
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! Knitting for Kids!
Wed. Feb. 5, 12, 19th 4-5pm
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! Last Minute Mittens
Cost: $35 + materials $15
Wed. Jan. 22nd &29th 2-4 pm OR Thurs. Feb. 20th &27th 7-9 pm
Make a pair of mittens quick with bulky yarn and needles! If you want to expand your knitting horizons with learning to use double pointed needles, this is a great class. Materials include yarn and pattern, call for needle sizes needed.
NEW!!! Floppy Bunny Hat for Baby or Toddler
Cost: $35 + materials $
Wed. March 5th &12th 1-3 pm
Turn your wee little one into the Easter Bunny’s helper! This cute hat with soft chenille yarn, floppy ears and a needle felted face is sure to soften your Spring for your child or grandchild. Learn shaping, working in the round, using double pointed needles and have fun with this comical knit! Supplies include yarn and pattern, call for needle sizes needed
NEW! Intro to Crochet
Cost: $45 + materials $10
Fri. Feb. 7th 10-1pm OR Thurs. March 27th 1-4 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 a dishcloth sampler project.
Free-Form Crochet Workshop
Wed. Feb. 26th 10-2 pm OR Thurs. April 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. Get started on a project that can become a wall hanging, panel for a vest, a pillow, a purse flap or more!
Esther’s Place Fiber Arts Guild
Third Tues of the Month, 6-9 pm
Jan. 21, Feb 18, March 18, April 15
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
Cost: $35 + materials: $20
Wed. Feb. 5th 10-noon OR Fri. March 28th 4-6 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 $165 + materials $20
6 pm Sat. March 8th – 4 pm Sunday March 9th
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.
Spinning 101 Cost: $240 + materials: $45
Sat. Jan. 18, 25, Feb. 1, 8, 15, 22nd 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!
Tree Bark Scarf
Cost: $50 + mat. $20
Thurs. Jan. 23rd &30th 1-3 pm OR Thurs. March 6th &13th 7-9 pm
Make a statement in this nature-inspired scarf! Feather-light, yet warm and soft, it is a blend of techniques- wet felting, traditional shibori stitching and dyeing. A fun class to learn all three techniques, and we’ll show you two great ways to wear your creation!
Mixed Media Exploration
Cost: $50 + mat. $20
Wed. March 19th and 26th 10-1 pm
Dye, mold, felt, glue, staple, fuse, bead, paint and explore all kinds of techniques and creativity here with this class! Make a 8x10” piece that is sculptural, dimensional, and pushes your skills out of ordinary into extraordinary.
Wet Felted Purse
Cost: $50 + mat. $20
Fri. Feb. 21st 10-2pm OR Sat. March 29th 10-2 pm
Wow them all with your unique bag- made in all one piece, just to your size, colors and style! From sturdy handles to exquisite fibers, every detail is wonderfully thought-out and taught step by step. Come learn about how to make all this happen with some wool, soap and water!
Wed. Feb. 26th 4-6 pm OR Thurs. April 3rd 10-noon
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!!! Children’s Booties
Thurs. Feb. 6th 2-4 pm OR Wed. March 12th 10-noon OR Sat. April 12th 3-5 pm
Clad all the kids in soft felt for their feet! These munchkin sized booties are great for grandkids- you can create adorable baby to toddler sized ones in class, and we’ll give ideas for larger sizes in class. Made two at a time, with options for fun inside and outside colors you’ll see with the foldable cuff!
Nuno Felted Scarf
Cost: $50 + materials : $20
Sat. Feb. 8th 1-5 pm OR Fri. March 21st 5-9 pm OR Wed. April 2nd 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.
NEW!!!!Fabulous Frilly Flowers Cost: $30
Fri. Feb. 7th 2-4 pm OR Sat. March 22nd 10-noon OR Thurs. April 3rd 2-4 pm
Using bubble wrap we’ll form layers with wool, and with water, soap and rolling, create a flower. Then it will be shaped, cut and a leaf and curly tendril added. Fun class for kids 8+ as well!
NEW!!! Nuno Felted Art Vest Workshop
Cost: $125 + materials : $20
Sun. Feb. 16th – Mon. President’s Day Feb. 17th 10-4 pm each day
This is a design challenge workshop….bring 2 yards of fabric with you. We will then create a piece of silk and wool nuno felt to accent it, pick a simple vest pattern that draws out the features in both fabrics, and spend the next day sewing it together. This class combines felting, design, sewing and fashion! Bring a sewing machine, thread, scissors, pins, and 2 yds fabric of choice. Beginning sewers are welcome- we will help guide you! Consider making this into a retreat- book one of our rooms!
Needle Felted Hats or Slippers
Cost: $40 + materials : $25
Wed. Jan. 29th 10-2pm OR Thurs. Feb. 20th 10-2 pm OR Tues. March 11th 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!!! Embellish your Hats or Slippers!
Thurs. Feb. 27th 2-4 pm OR Wed. March 19th 2-4 pm
Bring in your fabulous hat or slippers and we’ll look at making the finishing touches to them…. Whether it’s a braided hat band, flowers, silk corsage, or many other options, we’ll guide you to the perfect look for your piece and just how to make it. Includes supplies.
NEW!!! Cat Cave
Sun. Feb. 2nd 1-5 pm OR Wed. April 9th 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!
Nuno Felted Lamps
Cost: $55 + materials $30
Fri. Feb. 28th 10-1 pm OR Thurs. April 10th 6-9 pm
Cast a soft, glowing warmth in your home during the bleak winter months! This stand-alone lamp is perfect to put anywhere, a foyer, mantel, bedroom, nursery- it does not need an outlet! Using natural wood materials for the base, nuno felting for the shade, and embellishing with stones and marbles, it is elegant and like nothing you’ve ever seen before. Supplies include all materials, you’ll walk out with a finished lamp!
NEW!!! Tulips in a Vase Impressionistic Painting
Cost: $40 + materials : $25
Thurs. March 20th (the first day of Spring!) 1-4 pm OR Sat. March 29th 3-6 pm OR Fri. April 11th 10-1 pm
Pluck a few of the freshest blossoms of spring and eternalize them forever! Bring color to life as we make a 12 x15” sculptural painting, combining wet and needle felting. Vivid and lifelike, even for those who have a hard time with painting- the fibers do the work! Come see!
NEW!!! The Odd Couple: Needle Felted Bunny and Bunny-Ear Chick
Wed. March 5th 10-noon OR Sat. March 22nd 1-3 pm OR Sat. April 12th 10-noon
Make this little centerpiece for Spring- a bunny and its friend the chick. Sweet and adorable and all made from wool and simple needle felting techniques!
Needle Felted Gnome
Fri. March 7th 10-1 pm OR Sat. March 22nd 3-6 pm
Every garden lover needs a gnome to keep watch over their yard! This fellow promises to be up the task with a cheerful face, scruffy beard and tall hat. Learn to sculpt wonderfully detailed faces with needle felting too!
NEW!!!! The Adventures of Little Mouse
Sat. Feb. 15th 1-4 pm OR Fri. March 21st 10-1 pm OR Fri. April 11th 1-4 pm
Inspired by the fantasy of the storybook world, create a little character full of charming delight, then use fabrics and felt to clothe it with such precise detail. You create the story- a ballerina mouse? A warrior with a toothpick sword? A kitchen helper with lace apron? Dream it into life!
Needle Felted Fairy
Sat. Feb. 22nd 1-4 pm OR Thurs. March 27th 10-1 pm
Listen closely in Spring and you will hear the fairies in the forest helping bring the flowers to life after a long winter! Bring your own fairy to life- sweet with soft hair, sparkling wings, and a soft blush on her shy cheeks.
NEW!!! Heart Garland
Sat. Feb. 1st 4-6 pm OR Fri. Feb. 14th 3-5 pm
Make, craft, cut, glue, fuse, sew, and create a three yard garland! We’ll have all kinds of fun materials to choose from to assemble your custom created garland. Bring back the old time charm of string garlands with this fun project!
NEW!!! Felted Candy Conversation Hearts
Sat. Feb. 1st 1-3 pm OR Fri. Feb. 14th 1-3 pm
Create your own silly phrases and heartfelt sentiments on these soft, felted, larger-than-life hearts. Pick the colors that inspire you and use yarn to needle felt a meaningful phrase onto your own little collection! Make three four-inch hearts in class.
NEW!!! Lil Lovebirds
Sat. Jan. 25th 3-5 pm OR Fri. Feb. 14th 10-noon OR Sat. April 12th 1-3 pm
What can be more darling than two birds sharing a heart-shaped kiss? Hang this one up with our heart garland and you have a simple, sweet answer to decorating!
Cost: $35 + materials : $15
Wed. Feb. 19th 10-1 pm OR Thurs. March 27th 5-9 pm
Dye your own luxurious silk scarf and shawl with fun, common household items! You’ll be amazed at the creativity and patterns we’ll be achieving through simple folding, even things like clothespins can transform the fabric into fabulous!
Wed. Feb. 12th 10-noon OR Thurs. April 3rd 7-9 pm
Paint a silk canvas with dyes and your fingertips, then transform a simple glass vessel into a dazzling display of playful light, colorful shadows and silken ambiance. This class, fun for adults and children alike, is a fun way to introduce yourself to dyeing!
Using your Stash in Weaving Workshop
Cost: $195 (includes a loom!)
Upgrade to a large 25” loom for only $145 more!
Tues. Feb. 25th 10-2 pm OR Fri. March 28th 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
Starting this fall, we’ll be hosting 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. Enroll in advance to secure your spot today! Elementary- high school encouraged, this is a mixed age group.
Tues. Jan. 21st 9-noon- Presidents and Sheep
Tues. Feb. 18th 9-noon- Heart”felt”
Tues. March 18th 9-noon- Shepherds Around the Globe
Tues. April 15th 9-noon- Springtime in the Garden
Tues. May 20th 9-noon – Critters and Crawlers
$25 a session/ per child
$20/ a session / for 3+ children enrolling
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Natasha Lehrer Fiber Artist Flyer PDF
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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