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Esther's Place Spring 2015 Classes

Knitting and Crochet

NEW! Learn to knit with your ARMS!    Cost: $35
Sat. Jan. 31st 3-5 pm OR Fri. Feb. 27th 10-noon
If you have never knit, you can learn without needles, just using super bulky yarn and your arms! Make a cowl in this class and join in the hottest trend in making cool winter accessories. Includes yarn

Knitting 101                              Cost: $65
Tues. Feb. 3, 10, 24th 10-noon OR  Thurs. March 5, 12, 19th 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 5, 12, 19th 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


Knitting 103      Cost: $48
Fri. April 10, 17, 24th 10-noon
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!

NEW!!! Boot Cuffs: Knitted or Crocheted                       Cost: $45
Fri. Jan.30th 10-1 pm OR Thurs. Feb. 19th 6-9 pm
Everyone has got to have these to dress up your boots! Whether you knit or crochet, choose from a reversible, easy knitted pattern (you can wear them one way or flip them over for another color!) or a simple lace cuff that is crocheted. You take your pick and we’ll have pretty yarns to choose from. These are all the rage and a great, quick accessory to make this winter.

Knitting for Kids!                     Cost: $45
Wed. Feb. 11, 18, 25th 4-5 pm OR Thurs. April 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!!!  Sheep Tea Cozy                       Cost: $45
Fri. Feb. 6th 10-2 pm OR Wed. April 15th 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.

Intro to Crochet             Cost: $50
Tues. Feb. 24th 1-4pm OR Thurs. April 9th 6-9pm
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
Wed. March 11th 10-2 pm OR Sat. May 2nd 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.

NEW!!!  Amigurumi for Beginners: Baby Owl Ornaments                       Cost: $35
Thurs. Feb 5th 1-3 pm OR Tues. April 14th 1-3 pm
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.

Esther’s Place Fiber Arts Guild
Third Tues of the Month,  6-9 pm
Jan. 20th, Feb. 17th, March 17th, April 21st
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: $60
Sat. Jan. 24th 10-noon OR Fri. Feb. 27th 2-4 pm OR Tues. April 14th 10-noon  
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       Cost: $185
6 pm Sat. Jan. 24th- 4 pm Sun. Jan. 25th OR 6 pm Sat. March 14th- 4 pm Sun. March 15th
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: $285
Sat. Jan. 31st, Feb. 7, 14, 21, 28, March 7th 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!

NEW!!! Tasting of Art Yarns      Cost: $45
Thurs. Feb. 12th 1-4 pm OR Sat. April 11th 1-4 pm   
Learn to put a new spin on your yarns with fun, creative art yarn techniques. Spin a mega-funky skein that includes eight different techniques guaranteed to revive your passion for making yarn! Bring with you 100 yds of thick and thin worsted weight yarn.

Wet and Needle Felting

NEW!!!! Pictorial Pet Portraits with Sharon Malec       Cost: $85
Sat. Feb. 21st 1-4 pm
Learn techniques that allow you to “paint” fiber like a picture but observe several ways to finish it off with quilting or framing.  Bring a large photo of the animal you’d like to felt and a bag lunch.

Tree Bark Scarf             Cost: $70
Thurs. Feb. 5th and 12th 10-noon   
Feel beautiful 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!

Wet Felted Purse            Cost: $70
Thurs. Feb. 26th 10-2 pm OR Sat. May 9th 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!

Balloon Vessels       Cost: $35
Fri. March 6th 10-noon OR Tues. May 5th 1-3 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!

Baby Booties                 Cost: $35
Wed. Feb. 25th 10-1 pm OR Fri. April 10th 1-4 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: $70
Tues. March 10th 10-2 pm OR Sat. April 25th 1-5 pm OR Fri. May 8th 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    Cost: $65
Sat. Feb. 28th 1-5 pm OR Wed. March 18th 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
Tues. Jan 27th 10-2 pm OR Sat. April 4th 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.

Nuno Felted Lamps          Cost: $60
Thurs. Feb. 19th 10-1 pm OR Tues. March 24th 1-4 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!!! Felted Jewelry: Wet felted Bangles          Cost: $35
Fri. Jan 30th 2-4 pm OR Thurs. March 12th 1-3 pm OR Tues. May5th 10-noon  
Make two 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
Tues. Feb. 10th 1-3 pm OR Wed. March 4th 10-noon OR Wed. May 6th 1-3 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: Sushi Roll Bracelet         Cost: $35
Tues. Feb. 17th 2-4 pm OR Sat. April 25th 10-noon OR Thurs. May 7th 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.

Valentine’s Day Felting

NEW!!!! For the love of OLAF!                                     Cost: $10
Sat. Jan. 24th 1-2 pm OR Mon. Feb. 16th (President’s Day) 1-2 pm  
Do you want to build a snowman? Whether a kid or adult, come make the world’s most popular snowman, inspired by the character Olaf. Complete with wiggle eyes, stick arms and loads of personality, this is a fun class for kids 5+

NEW!!!! Pocket Pals                              Cost: $20
Sat. Jan. 31st 1-3 pm OR Wed. Feb. 11th 10-noon  
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!

Lil Lovebirds                Cost: $20
Sat. Feb. 7th 1-3 pm OR Thurs. Feb. 19th 2-4 pm   
What can be more darling than two birds sharing a heart-shaped kiss? Hang this one up to warm the hearts of everyone in your home.

NEW!!!! Curly Wooly Wreath               Cost: $40
Thurs. Jan. 29th 10-1 pm OR Fri. Feb. 13th 1-4 pm  
These are one of our latest home décor discoveries! We use an entire fleece of Lincoln curls, felting them into a sturdy roping that is then hand dyed. During class we will wind them onto a wreath form and add simple embellishments. Bring any special additions such as costume jewelry, lace, buttons, and feathers. We’ll provide a fun stash to choose from as well. Such a stunning wreath you won’t find anywhere else!

NEW!!!! Sweets Tray                Cost: $20
Sat. Feb. 7th 3-5 pm OR Fri. Feb. 13th 10-noon  
Make a cupcake, petit fours and truffles… all out of fiber! They are wonderful set out on a fancy dish and provide temptation-free decorations for the holiday! Fun for kids 8+ as well!

Spring Felting

NEW!!!! Spring Break Felt-a-thon                                  Cost: $20
Call us up and set your two-hour time to come make one of the following projects during your spring break:
Peeps, bunny, easter eggs, duckling, flowers, fairy, gnome, sheep, mushrooms, and more!

You’re my Honey Bee                 $20
Wed. March 4th 1-3 pm OR Sat. May 2nd 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! Fun for kids 8+ as well!

Tulips in a Vase Impressionistic Painting                        Cost: $65
Sat. March 7th 1-3 pm OR Wed. May 6th 10-noon
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!!! Lil Brown Bunny         Cost: $20
Sat. March 14th 2-4 pm OR Thurs. April 9th 10-noon
Just as bunnies are a reminder of spring, this wonderful felted miniature will have you whistling in Spring. 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!

Wet Felted Flower                                        Cost: $20
Tues. March 3rd 7-9 pm OR Sat. April 11th 10-noon OR Thurs. May 7th 1-3 pm     
Form an exquisite flower that has many layers, and a real art quality to it. Fun for kids 8+ as well!

NEW!!!! Spring Fairy Mobile                Cost: $35
Sat. March 28th 10-noon OR Fri. May 1st 10-noon
Float soft wool petals and sweet angelic fairies from a nature mobile for a sweet baby gift! Inspired by the Waldorf-style angels, this is just perfect for welcoming in a season of new life.

Simple Garden Gnome                           Cost: $20
Sat. March 28th 3-4 pm OR Fri. May 1st 1-2 pm
These mischievous fellows are so simple to make- one shape forms their body, face and hat! A great beginner class if you have never felted before. Fun for kids 8+ as well!

NEW!!!! Woodland Mushrooms                        Cost: $20
Sat. March 28th 1-2 pm OR Fri. May 1st 3-4 pm
Make whimsical mushrooms that are a sweet addition to your fairy gardens, indoors or out! With soft colors, these mushrooms “sprout” from walnut shells for sweetness all their own. Fun for kids 8+ as well!

Needle Felted Fairy                    Cost: $30
Sat. March 21st 10-noon OR Thurs. April 30th 1-3 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. Fun for kids 8+ as well!

NEW!!!! Flower Lariat/ Scarf                Cost: $45
Wed. April 29th 1-4 pm OR Sat. May 9th 2-5 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!


Shibori Dyeing                  Cost: $50
Sat. April 4th 9-noon OR Fri. May 8th 6-9pm  
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!

NEW!!!! Silken Lampshades     Cost: $30
Wed. Jan. 28th 1-4 pm OR Tues. March 3rd 10-1 pm    
Paint a silk canvas with dyes and your fingertips, then transform a simple lampshade  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!

Silk Painting Retreat with Karen Plummer           Cost: $165
May 16&17th
Very similar to the process making silk kimonos, this is a beautiful dyeing technique. It’s like watercolor painting on fabric! A wonderful class and inspirational! This two day class is a special opportunity and space is limited- register early.


Using your Stash in Weaving Workshop
Cost: $195  (includes a loom!)
Upgrade to a large 25” loom for only $145 more!
Fri. Feb. 20th 10-2 pm OR Wed. April 8th 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

Make Jam!        Cost: $30
Sat. Jan. 24th 3-5 pm
Come make a batch of simple and tasty jam with us, perfect for your loved ones to enjoy. Make a tasty, all natural jam that people will be raving about and learn how easy it is!

Canning                          Cost: $48
Sunday March 8th 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 Feb. 22nd 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            Cost: $70
Sunday April 26th 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!

NEW!!!! Greenhouse Gathering                          Cost: $30
Sunday March 1st 2-4 pm
Come join us in a preparing, planting and learning the ropes of the small greenhouse tending. We’ll be planting hundreds of heirloom transplants. If you have some special seeds you would like to plant and share, bring them with! We will be getting our hands dirty, so wear garden-safe clothes and shoes. Space is limited, register early. Class includes a dozen transplants of your choice come May.

NEW!!! Play with Leather with Linda Zavala           Cost:$30
Sat. March 21st 1-4 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 provided.

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.
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
NOTE DATE CHANGE: Tues. May 26th and Wed. May 27th – Playing in the Dirt

$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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