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
Ages 10+. Join Fiber Artist Natasha Lehrer Lewis as she walks you through her process of creating textiles and fabrics on her farm, making her own fabrics and materials, and answers your questions about art, entrepreneurship and creativity. Registration required.
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.
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".
Presenter at the October Meeting
Called laminate or nuno felting, the process of fusing wool to gauzy fabric is magical, mesmerizing and marvelous! A technique that allows for full artistry and also eliminates sewing, it is used to make wearable, sculptural and wall art. Natasha Lehrer Lewis will be demonstrating how it transforms from sheep to shawl as she walks you through the entire process. Come learn and be amazed at the breadth and depth of this medium!
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! Made from 100% silk and measuring 8” x 72”, you’re sure to impress! Held at Esther's Place as part of their Unique Local Experiences Classes
Create something extra sweet for yourself or someone special this Valentine’s Day as you needle felt a 4” teddy bear holding a heart! You’ll learn the skills to make this adorable sculpture out of wool, using only a felting needle and a little creativity. Held here at Esther's Place with their Unique Local Experiences Classes