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Esther's Place Fall 2014 Classes


Pumpkins in Fall                                                Cost: $20
Tues. Sept. 30th 10-noon OR Sat. Nov. 8th 1-3 pm
It’s pumpkin season and you can harvest one that will look and smell wonderful! 6” tall and complete with ridges, tendrils and stem.

Mr. Turkey                                           Cost: $20
Thurs. Oct. 23rd 10-noon OR Sat. Nov. 15th 10-noon  
Mr. Turkey celebrates Thanksgiving… This lovely little fellow, complete with hand dyed feathers is so adorable you will want him at your table!

Yarny Candy Corns                    $20
Wed. Oct. 1st 2-4 pm OR Fri. Oct. 31st 10-noon
Make three candy corns out of fiber, needle felting and hand dyed yarn. They are a fun addition to your fall decorating!

You’re my Honey Bee                                  $20
Thurs Oct. 9th 1-3 pm OR Wed. Nov. 12th 7-9 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
Thurs. Oct. 2nd 1-4 pm OR Tues. Nov. 11th 10-1 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!

Angelina Leaf Bowl with Sharon Malec                       Cost: $35
Sat. Oct. 4th 2-4 pm
Explore new fabrics and techniques! See what fun water soluble stabilizer can be and how it can be used in your projects. This fun and explorative class features a wide array of unique fibers that get sandwiched, sewn and stiffened into a leaf-shaped decorative bowl. Please bring a small sewing machine with, a free-motion foot is preferred but not necessary.

Play with Leather with Linda Zavala           Cost:$30
Sat. Sept 27th 2-4 pm  OR Sat. Nov 15th 2-4 pm
Introduce leather techniques to your mixed media fiber arts! Linda will provide all the tools and tricks to stamping, tooling, embossing and shaping leather in this easy make-and-take class. Sample leatherwork for yourself and see how fun this is! All supplies and tools are included


Felted Nativity Scene                                       Cost: $35
Sat. Dec. 20th 1-3 pm OR Mon. Dec. 22nd 2-4 pm
Come make a special family heirloom you will treasure for years to come!

Felt Pine Trees                                                  Cost: $20
Sat. Dec. 6th 10-noon OR Fri. Dec. 19th 1-3 pm
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.

Father Christmas                                              Cost: $35
Fri. Dec. 5th 10-1 pm  OR Tues. Dec. 23rd 1-4 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!

Santa’s Workshop for Kids!
Great for kids 5-14 !                                           Cost: $40
Fri. Nov. 28th  10-3 pm
It’s time for little elves to get busy! Come for a fun day discovering fiber, making special gifts and meeting new friends. Bring a lunch and some holiday spirit !
Snowflake Table Runner                  $50 +materials $20
Wed. Dec. 3rd 10-noon OR Sat. Dec. 20th 10-noon
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: $20
Fri. Dec. 5th 2-4 pm OR Mon. Dec. 22nd 10-noon
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!

NEW!!! Elfin Gnome                                               Cost: $20
Sat. Dec. 6th 4-5 pm OR Thurs. Dec. 18th 2-3 pm
Make a simple little elf ornament that is perfect for an ornament exchange, adorning a gift or hanging on your tree!

NEW!!! Twiggy Reindeer                                       Cost: $20
Sat. Dec 6th 1-3 pm OR Fri. Dec. 19th 10-noon
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!

NEW!!! Santa Mouse                                          Cost: $20
Thurs. Dec. 4th 3-4 pm OR Sat. Dec. 20th 4-5 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 Gingerbread House                      Cost: $45
Thurs. Dec. 18th 10-1 pm OR Sun. Dec. 21st 1-4 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!


Knitting and Crochet

Knitting 101                              Cost: $50+ materials $15
Tues. Sept. 23rd, 30th and Oct. 7th 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.

Knitting 102                                                       Cost: $48                       
Thurs. Oct. 16th, 23rd, 30th 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!

Knitting 103
Cost: $48
Wed. Nov. 12, 19, 26th 1-3 pm  
Add even more things to your bag of tricks as we learn how to work with multiple colors, create cables and finishing and seaming techniques. Also bring along your own personal project to work on during class that we can help you with. Learn, expand and fall in love with knitting even more!

Knitting for Kids!
Cost: $45
Wed. Oct. 15, 22, 29th 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.

Make your first pair of socks!
Cost: $45 + materials $15
Thurs. Sept. 25, Oct. 2, 9th 10-noon    OR Tues. Nov. 4, 11, 25th 7-9 pm
This is a wonderful way to expand your knitting skills! Useful and practical, learn the skills to make socks a part of your knitting repertoire.   Materials include yarn and pattern, call for needle sizes needed.

Funky Art Yarn Baby Hat
Cost: $35
Tues. Oct. 14th 1-3 pm OR Tues. Nov. 25th 10-noon     
Need a quick knit for a baby? Clothe them in the latest trend of baby photographers… adorable chunky and funky knits! Use accents of art yarn in this easy knit hat. Great for beginner knitters too! Includes yarn and  pattern, call for needle size needed. 

Intro to Crochet
Cost: $45 + materials $10
Thurs. Oct. 30th 10-noon    
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!

Expand your Crochet
Cost: $30
Tues. Nov. 18th 10-noon
Bring your crochet hook and yarn and expand on your basic skills! Learn increases, decreases, how to read a pattern and a few pattern stitches!

Free-Form Crochet Workshop
Cost: $60
Fri. Oct. 24th 1-4 pm OR Thurs. Nov. 13th 6-9 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
Sept. 16th, Oct. 21st, Nov. 18th , Dec. 16th
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
Fri. Oct. 17th 10-noon or Tues. Dec. 2-4 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. Nov. 1st thru 4 pm Sunday Nov 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 dietary restrictions. Supplies include a spindle and fiber.

Spinning 101                          Cost: $240 + materials: $45
Sat. Oct. 4th, 11, 18, 25, Nov. 1, 8th 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!


Wet and Needle Felting

NEW!!! Felted Jewelry: Wet felted Bangles             
Cost: $35
Thurs. Oct. 2nd 7-9 pm OR Tues. Nov. 11th 1-3 pm
Make three bangles that are a fantastic fiber art statement! Learn how to make seamless felting with these wonderful wool bracelets.

NEW!!! Felted Jewelry: Mixed Media Necklace
Cost: $35
Fri. Oct. 10th 10-1 pm OR Wed. Dec. 3rd 6-9 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!

NEW!!!! Felted Jewelry: Cord Necklace with felted flower
Cost: $35
Thurs. Sept. 25th 7-9 pm OR Thurs. Nov. 13th 2-4 pm
Roll soft wool into colorful cording that will create an adorable necklace. Then fashion a felted flower to tie it all together. Fun and fresh techniques and inspiration!

Tree Bark Scarf
Cost: $50 + mat. $20
Thurs. Nov 13th and 20th 10-noon     
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 
Tues. Sept. 30th and Oct. 7th 6-8 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
Sat. Oct. 18th 1-5 pm OR Fri. Nov. 21st 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!

Nuno Felted Scarf
Cost: $50 + materials : $20
Wed. Oct. 1st 10-2 pm OR Sat. Oct. 25th 1-5 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: $40 + materials : $25
Wed. Sept. 24th 10-2 pm OR Thurs. Dec. 4th 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.

Felted Cat Cave
Cost: $60
Sat. Oct. 11th 1-5 pm OR Tues. Nov. 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!

Felted Landscape
Cost: $40 + materials : $25
Thurs. Oct. 16th 10-noon OR Sat. Nov. 1st 1-3 pm  
Create a tranquil beach and ocean landscape with us, or a serene and welcoming fall scene! Bring your picture and we’ll inspire you with our “paint by number”  technique so you will have a beautiful piece, even if you are not an artist. Vivid and lifelike, even for those who have a hard time with painting- the fibers do the work! Come see!



Shibori Dyeing                    
Cost: $35 + materials : $15
Fri. Nov. 14th 1-4 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!

Silken Luminaries                                  
Cost: $45
Wed. Oct. 15th 1-4 pm OR Tues. Dec. 2nd 10-1 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!
Wed. Oct. 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!

Back to the Farm

NEW!!!! Slice of Farm Life at Lamb of God Farm
Cost: $70
Sunday Oct. 2nd 10-7 pm
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 nearly 15 years ago.  Bring a sack lunch with which we’ll enjoy under the trees. After lunch, 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!

Canning                          Cost: $48
Sunday Oct. 5th  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 Nov. 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!


Homeschool Classes


Homeschool Art Education Days

Starting for our second season in the fall of 2014, 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. Ages range from 5-13.
Tues. Sept. 16th OR Wed. Sept. 17th  -  Harvest Time
Tues. Oct. 21st OR Wed. Oct. 22nd – Survival Skills
Wed. Nov. 19th – Early Explorers
Wed. Dec. 17th – Christmas Around the World (Ukraine, Greece, Mexico)
Tues. Jan. 20th OR Wed. Jan. 21st - Weather
Tues. Feb. 17th OR Wed. Feb. 18th – For the love of animals
Tues. March 17th OR Wed. March 18th -Women in U.S. History
Tues. April 21st OR Wed. April 22nd – Poetry
Tues. May 19th OR Wed. May 20th – Playing in the Dirt

$25 a session/ per child
$20 a session when you register for multiple sessions!

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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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