Visit the farm and make a felted sheep sachet!You will see how the wool transforms from the sheep to yarn with demonstrations of carding and spinning. Enter "Esther's Place" in the search box and check out all our classes for 2017-2018 with the Girl Scouts!
Farm Tours to see the sheep! 10:30, 12:00, 1:30, 3:00 pm; Tours start at Esther’s Place- wear farm friendly shoes! Enjoy strolling our gardens as well.
Baby Chicks and Egg Hunt for the kids!
Enter Saturday at 10am for our Cake Bake-Off and Sunday at 10 am for our Pie Bake Off. 1st Place winners receive a $50 Esther’s Place Gift Certificate and 2nd Place winners receive a $25 Esther’s Place Gift Certificate.
Refreshments, punch, and Homemade Soup
Felting make and takes
Heirloom, non-gmo garden transplants for sale
Bluegrass Jam on Sunday from 11-2 pm, bring your instruments and join in!
Lots of great fiber inspiration plus samples for our summer class calendar will be up!
Fiber-arts educator Natasha Lehrer Lewis has carved out a paradise in Big Rock, IL. One of her missions is to keep alive the traditional techniques and skills of generations past: spinning, dyeing, felting, knitting, crocheting, weaving, and more. Not only does she teach these in her fiber-arts studio, Esther’s Place, but also, with assistance from her family, she runs an organic working farm, raises sheep, spins their wool, operates a bed & breakfast, lectures, mentors, practices her art, and finds time to make tea for those who come into her shop. Natasha will bring beautiful visuals, demonstrations of spinning/felting, and inspiration. This creative entrepreneur – and time-management marvel – will also show us some sweet crafts we can make on another visit.
Make a beautiful scarf here at Esther's Place. Class is offered through Waubonsee Community College's "Unique Local Experiences" program. Delight in a river of beautiful colors and designs as you create your very own scarf under the guidance of acclaimed fiber artist Natasha Lewis! Using a few simple materials and a little creativity, you’ll design a beautiful scarf for yourself or someone special. Made from 100% silk and measuring 8 inches x 72 inches, you’re sure to impress! Please bring an apron– everything else is provided.
"Inside the Mind of the Artist" takes the audience through Natasha Lehrer Lewis' journey as shepherd, entrepreneur, artist and educator. Learn about the inspiration behind the art and take a fresh, new look at the world around you with an artists' eye. Memoirs and stories, as well as adventures and discoveries, will be shared as you learn how she takes it from "sheep to chic" with her wearable art.
Two Day Workshop on Wednesday and Thursday will be on creating a nuno felted vest with minimum sewing and maximum style! Register through the guild.
A group of fiber artists who come to together to challenge and inspire each other, this exhibit features a theme each year. Natasha Lehrer Lewis is a member of the group and her piece will be a part of the exhibit. The theme this year is "Boxes".
While enjoying warm hot chocolate, she’ll make a wet felted flower pin and learn about fiber arts! She will see how the wool transforms from the sheep to yarn with demonstrations of carding and spinning. Enter "Esther's Place" in the search box and check out all our classes for 2017-2018 with the Girl Scouts!
This fabulous event comprised of three fiber art guilds and countless pieces of inspiration is a feast for the eyes! Exhibits, vendors and a fashion show, all in the beautiful backdrop of the Chicago Botanic Gardens. We will be vending and Natasha Lehrer Lewis' work will be exhibited.