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Esther's Place Spring 2016 Classes

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Valentine’s Felting

NEW!!!! I love Star Wars!                      Cost: $35
Sat. Jan. 23rd 12-3 pm OR Tues. Feb. 9th 6-9 pm OR Wed. April 13th 10-1 pm OR Thurs. May 12th 6-9 pm   
Make four characters inspired by the newest Star Wars… the adorable BB-8, a Stormtrooper, Chewbacca and Rey. Standing about 2” tall, this collection makes great ornaments too!

NEW!!!! Valentine’s Day Bookmark        Cost: $22
Fri. Jan. 29th 1-2 pm OR Sat. Feb. 13th 12:30-1:30 pm   
Make a Victorian- inspired bookmark complete with felted hearts, beads and cording. Ever so elegant, and romantic, give it tucked inside an antique book for a special friend.

NEW!!!! Heart”felt” Sheep                                  Cost: $22
Sat. Jan.16th 2-4 pm OR Fri. Feb. 5th 2-4 pm OR Tues. May 3rd 2-4 pm   
Make the cuddliest, cutest sheep with needle felting! A little lamb a sitting figurine with its’ arms wrapped around a big heart, makes the sweetest gift for a baby, animal lover or friend. Warm someone’s day with this heartfelt sheep! Fun for kids 8+ too!

For the love of OLAF!                            Cost: $10
Sat. Jan. 16th 1-2 pm OR Tues. Jan. 26th 10-11 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+

Lil Lovebirds                Cost: $22
Thurs. Feb. 4th 2-4 pm OR Sat. Feb. 13th 2-4 pm OR Fri. May 6th 2-4 pm   
What can be more darling than two birds sharing a heart-shaped kiss? Add some little birdies perched on their parent’s back! Hang this one up to warm the hearts of everyone in your home. Fun for kids 8+ too!

Sweets Tray                   Cost: $22
Sat. Jan. 30th 1-3 pm OR Thurs. Feb. 11th 2-4 pm  
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!

St. Patrick’s Day

NEW!!!! Make a Cute Party Fascinator                $30
Tues. March 8th 1-3 pm OR Sat. March 12th 10-12 pm  
It’s the luck ‘o’ the Irish to have something this fancy to wear! Come learn how easy and fun it is to make those trendy fascinators, vintage little decorative adornments, for your hair. We’ll have a stash of netting and tulle, beads, buttons, feathers, velvet, lace, felt and embellishments to put together a fashion statement for your next celebration. Then we’ll put it on your choice of thin elastic or a headband.

NEW!!! Lucky the Leprechaun               $22
Wed. March 9th 2-4 pm OR Sat. March 12th 1-3 pm   
He’s sitting there, waiting for the gold at the end of the rainbow! This 4” tall figurine has cute overalls, a jacket, a flaming red beard and head of hair, and a shamrock just for you. We’ll put him on a birch base, and he’s just the lad to wish ye a happy St. Patty’s day! Fun for kids 8+

Spring Felting

NEW!!! Mother Bird at her nest              $28
Sat. March 5th 12-2 pm OR Fri. April 22nd 2-4 pm OR Tues. May 3rd 10-12 pm   
Capture the beauty and diligence of a mother bird as we needle felt her, sculpt wire legs and mount her on a piece of bark, with a nest and moss. Then make eggs for the nest and we’ll perch her with her watchful eye upon the nest. Set this upon a mantel or as a centerpiece to help welcome spring.

NEW!!!! Fairy House Lamp                    $40
Sat. March 5th 2-5 pm OR Sun. April 17th 2-5 pm OR Thurs. May 12th 1-4 pm   
The perfect nightlight for the princess in your life, this magical fairy house is a made with many different wet felting techniques combined, all of which we will walk you through in class. Standing 8” tall, the house, with windows, and a door that opens, also has a flower roof and curlicue stem. So charming! It is lit with a LED candle, included in the class.

NEW!!! Easter Egg Ornament                 $15
Sat. March 19th 11-12 pm OR Friday March 25th 1-2 pm
Make an easter egg that will last years and years. Decorate with a favorite spring scene, or be inspired by the ornate ethnic Russian eggs. Choose lively colors and working on a Styrofoam base, needle felt your designs. At the end, we will trim and tie on a bow with yarn so you hang it on an Easter tree. Fun for kids 8+ as well!

NEW!!! Robin Nest Pin              $10
Sat. March 19th 10-11 am OR Wed. April 6th 1-2 pm
Use a base of felted sweater material to make the nest, and then add some colorful and bright robin’s eggs inside. Finish it off with some green leaves and you will have a pin, or magnet, perfect for spring. Very easy intro class. Fun for kids 8+ as well!

Fairy Garden Tea Cup                                             Cost: $25
Sat. Feb. 20th 12-2 pm OR Tues. April 5th 10-12 pm OR Fri. May 6th 7-9 pm     
Make a tiny fairy land come alive inside a tea cup! Choose a winter scene or spring scene. Includes your pick of a charming tea cup. Let your imagination run wild! Fun for kids too.

You’re my Honey Bee                 $22
Wed. Feb. 10th 2-4 pm OR Sat. April 9th 4-6 pm OR Thurs. May 12th 10-12 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!

Lil Brown Bunny          Cost: $22
Sat. March 19th 1-3 pm OR Fri. March 25th 10-noon OR Wed. May 11th 2-4 pm  
Just as bunnies are a reminder of spring, this wonderful felted miniature will have you thinking about  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 Peony                                         Cost: $22
Thurs. March 10th 7-9 pm OR Sat. April 9th 1-3 pm OR Tues. May 10th 10-12 pm      
Make many layers of beautiful felt, all with wet felting techniques As you form the shaded layers, watch the peony come to life. Sew beaded stamens to the middle for an added touch of sparkle and realism.

Flowers and Fairies Mobile                     Cost: $35
Wed. April 6th 2-4 pm OR Sat. April 23rd 1-3 pm OR Tues. May 10th 2-4 pm
Float soft wool petals and sweet angelic fairies from a nature mobile. Inspired by the Waldorf-style angels, this is just perfect for welcoming in a season of new life.

Gnome and Mushroom              Cost: $22
Tues. March 22nd 10-12 pm OR Sat. April 30th 2-4 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. Make a gnome and a little mushroom. Fun for kids 8+ as well!

Flower Lariat/ Scarf                   Cost: $45
Wed. March 23rd 1-4 pm OR Thurs. May 5th 10-1 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!

Tulips in a Vase Impressionistic Painting                        Cost: $65
Tues. March 29th 10-noon OR Sat. April 23rd 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!

Knitting and Crochet

NEW!!! Doggie or Kitty Sweater… Knit-a-long                                                       Cost: $40                     
Fri. Jan. 29th,  Feb. 5, 12, 19th 10-12 pm
Skills: comfortable with knit and purl and ribbing
Come make a little coat for your favorite fuzzy family member, and learn lots of new knitting skills too! When signing up, you will receive directions for supplies to purchase, varying on the size coat you are making. Come each week as we knit our way step-by-step.

NEW!!! Tolt Folded Bag Knit-a-long                                                       Cost: $40                     
Wed. April 13, 20, 27th 2-4 pm
Skills: knit
Included is a kit of yarn and pattern for this bag! This super easy pattern is inspired by the origami Bento bags, a cute and practical shape for carrying your knitting, necessities, or market purchases home in style. Super quick and super fun, this works up in a jiffy and is a lightweight bag for spring. We will sew it together and finish it off with leather accented handles. Bring or pick up at Esther’s Place sz. 15 and 10 straight needles.

Knitting 101                              Cost: $65
Thurs. Feb. 4, 11, 18th 10-12 pm OR Thurs. April 14, 21, 28th 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 for Kids!                      Cost: $45
Fri. Jan. 15, 22, 29th 4-5 pm OR Tues. April 5, 12, 19th 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.

Fixing your Mistakes!                                                       Cost: $30                     
Thurs. March 10th 10-1 pm OR Tues. May 3rd 6-9 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. Jan. 14, 21, 28th 7-9 pm OR Tues. March 22, 29, April 5th 1-3 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  

Bella’s Mittens… Knit-a-long                                                       Cost: $40                     
Tues. Feb. 2, 9, 16th 1-3 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.

Intro to Crochet             Cost: $50
Wed. Feb. 3rd 10-1 pm OR Sat. May 7th 3-6 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                 Cost: $60
Fri. April 15th 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!!! Esther’s Place Soup and Stitch 
Second Friday of the Month, 11-2 pm
Jan. 8, Feb. 12, March 11, April 8, May13
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!

Esther’s Place Guild
Third Tues of the Month,  6-9 pm
Jan. 19, Feb.16, March 15, April19, May 17
Bring a dish to pass and your project and join together for fun, fiber and fellowship. We are a lively group that likes a wide range of interests and fiber is our common thread.


NEW!!!! Kid’s Spinning
Cost: $20
Fri. Feb. 5th 4-5 pm OR Tues. April 26th 4-5 pm
Learn how to make your own yarn on a drop spindle. 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!

Drop Spindling 101               Cost: $60
Thurs. Feb. 4th 7-9 pm OR Fri. April 29th 1-3 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
Thurs. March 24th 10-3 pm OR Tues. April 12th 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. Jan. 16, 23, 30, Feb. 13, 20, March 5th  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
Sat. April 23rd 3-6 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
Thurs. Feb. 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!!!! Wet Felted Art Mitts      Cost: $45
Thurs. Jan. 28th 10-1 pm OR Sat. Feb. 20th 2-5 pm    
Make a pair of beautifully elegant, yet warm and practical, gauntlet-style fingerless mitts. From your fingertips to mid-arm, you will be covered in the warmth of soft merino wool, with a design of your choice to adorn. Learn step by step how to work with a resist and size them to fit you perfectly. Even if you have never wet felted before, this is a great class to get some hands-on experience and walk away with something exquisite!

NEW!!!! Cowl with Ruffles and Roses      Cost: $70
Sun. March 20th 1-4 pm OR Fri. May 6th 10-1 pm   
Starting with silk chiffon, soft merino wool and a stash of fun embellishment fibers like sparkle and bamboo, we will make a garment for your spring wardrobe that is artsy, stunning and easy to wear. Learn nuno felting techniques, the fusion of wool and silk, as we make this cowl, and then complete it with a playful ruffle at the end. Perfect to wear to spring weddings!

NEW!!!! Watercolor Felted I-Pad Case                Cost: $45
Tues. Jan. 26th 2-4 pm OR Tues. March 8th 10-12 pm OR Sat. May 7th 1-3 pm    
Protect your I-Pad, Kindle, Tablet or Phone with a beautiful wet felted case. Bring your device with you and we will create a template to use to fit it exactly. Then, learn how to “brush” on colors to create the effect of watercolor painting with the wool. When you are done, you will have a work of art.

Birdhouse/ Balloon Vessels               Cost: $35
Wed. Feb. 3rd 2-4 pm OR Fri. April 22nd 10-12 pm   
Decide at the end if it will be a birdhouse, or a stylish and sleek vessel, 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!

Newborn Booties                        Cost: $35
Sat. Jan. 23rd 4-6 pm OR Wed. April 6th 10-12 pm OR Wed. May 4th 2-4 pm  
Need something sweet and special to give to a newborn? Make these tiny slippers with wet felting!  Made two at a time, with options for fun inside and outside colors you’ll see with the foldable cuff! Walk out with a completed pair.

Nuno Felted Scarf          Cost: $70
Fri. Feb. 19th 1-5 pm OR Sat. April 30th 10-1 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
Sun. Jan. 31st 1-5 pm OR Thurs. March 31st 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.

Cat Cave                       Cost: $60
Sun. Feb. 7th 1-5 pm OR Tues. April 26th 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: $60
Tues. Feb. 9th 10-1 pm OR Wed. May 4th 10-1 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!


Felted Jewelry: Mixed Media Necklace     Cost: $35
Thurs. Jan. 28th 2-4 pm OR Thurs. March 31st 7-9 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!

Felted Jewelry: Sushi Roll Bracelet          Cost: $35
Wed. Feb. 17th 2-4 pm OR Sat. May 7th 10-12 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!!! Hand Painted Roving for Spinning                 Cost: $35
Sat. Jan. 30th 3-6 pm OR Thurs. April 21st 10-1 pm
Want to make some beautiful yarns? Start with the wool and custom dye it! We will be taking a 4 oz. ball of merino top and dyeing it wonderful shades of colors. Learn how the dyeing affects the finished yarn pattern and color, and ways to both lay out the fiber and dye, to maximize your possibilites.

NEW!!! Doily  Dyeing                  Cost: $35
Tues. Feb. 2nd 10-1 pm OR Wed. May 11th 10-1 pm  
Bring a stash of up to 5 doilies and we will dye them! We will have several dye pots going that you can choose from, including dipping them into multiple pots. Liven up your family heirlooms and watch them take on a whole new life. Fear not the common white doily, prone to stains and hard to keep starched…. Live in color! Doilies should be cotton yarn. Use your dyed doilies in felting, mixed media or to display and frame.

Sticks and Stones Shibori Dyeing                  Cost: $35
Wed. March 23rd 10-1 pm OR Sat. April 9th 9-12 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.


Using your Stash in Weaving Workshop
Cost: $195  (includes a loom!)
Upgrade to a large 25” loom for only $145 more!
Or bring your own loom and re-warp for $50
Fri. Jan. 22nd 10-2 pm OR Thurs. April 14th 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! Also, if you have a loom already and just need a refresher to the warping process, we welcome you as well.

Back to the Farm

Canning                          Cost: $48
Sat. Feb. 27th 10-2 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
Sun. April 10th 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: $58
Sun. April 24th 1-7 pm
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
Sun. March 6th 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.


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. 19th OR Wed. Jan. 20th – Art History
  • Tues. Feb. 16th OR Wed. Feb. 17th  -Inventors and Inventions
  • Tues. March 15th OR Wed. March 16th –Ireland
  • Tues. April 19th OR Wed. April 20th – Earth Day Movement
  • Tues. May 17th OR Wed. May 18th – Out in the Garden

$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!

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