Needle Felting at Esther’s Place

I have been felting my crochet and knitting projects for a few years now, but was recently introduced to needle felting…and I’m hooked!  Last weekend I took a needle felting class with my two daughters at Esther’s Place in Big Rock, Illinois.  Esther’s Place is a Fiber Arts Studio set in a gorgeous Victorian Home.  We were warmly welcomed into the studio, made a felted flower, met some wonderful people and were even served hot chocolate, cappuccino, scones, cookies and grapes.  It was a very special time for us to have some great girl bonding time.  Esther’s Place is ran by the sweetest mother-daughter team who have a great love for the fiber crafts.  They hand-dye (lovely colors) their wool that is gathered from local flocks and also teach classes in needle felting, knitting, spinning, wet felting, dyeing, and so much more!  They will even do off-site classes custom tailored to your group and have an on-site bed and breakfast for retreats.  If you enjoy crafts, needle felting can be done by just about anyone.  It is a technique where you use a special felting needle and make repetitive pokes into roving to achieve a felted product.

Here’s our flowers:

If you are in the Northern Illinois area and would like some more information about Esther’s place, please click here to be directed to their site.  I know I have many readers out of this area (you could make a special trip…it’s worth it!), but you can easily do a google search of possible needle felting classes in your local area or do a YouTube search on how to needle felt.  We left wanting to come back for more felting fun!  Here are some pictures from our memorable day:

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