Fall Open House
Sep
15
10:00 AM10:00

Fall Open House

Farm Tours at 10:30, 12, 1:30 and 4 pm! Pick apples and press cider on a century-old cider press. Visit the farmstand to pick out wonderful produce and a favorite pumpkin! Make a felted pin, enjoy tasty goodies and have fun with this free event. Fun for the whole family! 

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Class: Waubonsee College, Pumpkins
Sep
27
7:00 PM19:00

Class: Waubonsee College, Pumpkins

Create the perfect autumn decor for the home and hearth using wool and needle felting techniques! From their life-like ridges, tendrils and stems to the sweet-smelling surprise of apple mulling spices tucked inside, the 6 inch pumpkins you'll create are fall memory makers worth celebrating. 

A Waubonsee Community College "Unique Local Experience" hosted by Esther's Place.

Tickets can be purchased through the college

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Fine Art of Fiber
Nov
1
to Nov 4

Fine Art of Fiber

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. 

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Waubonsee College: Sprinkle Dyed Scarf
Nov
29
6:00 PM18:00

Waubonsee College: Sprinkle Dyed Scarf

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.

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Presentation: Ellwood House Museum
Jun
7
12:00 PM12:00

Presentation: Ellwood House Museum

Inside the mind of the Artist
Thursday, June 7
12:00 PM (doors open 11:30 AM)
Speaker: Natasha Lehrer Lewis
Location: Ellwood House Visitor Center

Inside the Mind of the Artist features a photographic and storytelling journey of creativity at work and the inspiration behind the artistry of Natasha Lehrer Lewis. Natasha's passion is interweaving the worlds of art, education, and agriculture. She strives to represent the beauty of creation in her work. She dyes, spins, and felts fibers, starting at the source while infusing depth and meaning to the pieces. Her portfolio includes installation pieces, wearables, and sculpture. Her blend of vintage inspiration, romantic styling, strong color theory, and uninhabited originality make her work and teaching a trademark for creativity in the fiber arts community.

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Farm Days Open House
May
19
to May 20

Farm Days Open House

    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! 

 

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Presentation: The Garlands at Barrington
Apr
16
11:00 AM11:00

Presentation: The Garlands at Barrington

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.

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Waubonsee College: Sprinkle Dyed Scarf
Mar
8
6:00 PM18:00

Waubonsee College: Sprinkle Dyed Scarf

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.

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Presentation and Class - North Suburban Needle Arts Guild
Feb
6
to Feb 8

Presentation and Class - North Suburban Needle Arts Guild

"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. 

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Class: Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois
Jan
27
1:30 PM13:30

Class: Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois

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! 
 

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