Workshops for Kids  & Adults

 

Kids’ Workshops

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Monday Crafternoons 3:30-4:45 Ages: 7+

NOVEMBER & DECEMBER are ELFDays

Projects are designed to be appropriate for ages 7+. We teach a wide variety of skills: sewing, paper & fiber arts, knitting, building with small hand tools and art appreciation. In December, Monday’s classes will be extended to 5pm for our annual ELF DAY WORKSHOPS when kids make wonderful gifts for family and friends.   CLICK HERE TO REGISTER





NOVEMBER & DECEMBER are ELFDays
when Students Sew Seasonal Gifts

Tuesday Sew Smart  3:30-5pm Ages: 6+

Students 6-7 will begin by learning hand sewing.

Students 8+ will master the use of a hand sewing and progress to learning how to run a machine. Various hand stitches are taught along with machine techniques to develop well-rounded sewing students They will make a wide variety of whimsical and useful projects.

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Wednesday Sew Amazing 3:30-5pm Ages: 6+

Students 6-7 will begin by learning hand sewing.

Students 8+ will master the use of a hand sewing and progress to learning how to run a machine. Various hand stitches are taught along with machine techniques to develop well-rounded sewing students They will make a wide variety of whimsical and useful projects. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER





Thursday MakerNature Club

September-November 3:15-5pm

Ages 7+ 

The Little Bits Workshop is just blocks from one of the most beautiful natural areas in the Western Suburbs: Thatcher Woods. Inspired by Forest Schools across Europe, this weekly workshop will be a combination of identifying plants, animals, insects and birds; keeping a nature journal, developing outdoor skills and learning how to record discoveries. Kids will also create wonderful nature-inspired projects from wood and other natural materials and and learn how to be good stewards of the tremendous gift of natural spaces.  Lead by Laura Derks & Susan Charrette


Laura worked in the health care policy development for 25 years before turning her focus to the health and healing benefits of nature. She is an experienced naturalist and an expert guide.
Susan has has a PhD in economics and is a genius at thinking “outside the box.” She’s curious about everything and an expert researcher. Together they will help kids develop and satisfy their curiosity about our local natural history.

Kids, dress for the weather: long pants and closed shoes regardless of the temperature.

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Thursday Bushcraft & Survival Scouts

3:30-5:00 Ages: 9+

We believe that kids need to toughen up a little and learn how to push through discomfort.

This workshop opens “The Daring Book for Girls” and “The Dangerous Book for Boys” to introduce scouts to skills such as map reading, knot tying, fire starting, shelter building and how to survive in the wilderness...or how to be safe in an urban jungle. Our goal is to empower kids with wise independence and to build confidence through information and hands-on-skills. Old fashioned map reading, using a compass and what’s going on in the night sky... just a sampling of what they’ll learn.

Mr. (Paul) Forsyth will lead this workshop. Paul has a MA in Christian Education with an emphasis in outdoor education, his Science certification from the University of Chicago and has been an elementary teacher and sub since 2001.

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Thursday Sew Many Things!

3:15-5pm Ages 6+

Students will learn many skills through a wide variety of clever projects based on age and ability. They will also learn tricky hand sewing and sewing machine mastery. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER



Friday Crafternoons Ages 7+

  November is FULL

NOTE TIME DIFFERENCE FOR EACH GROUP

Group One: 1st-4th 3:15-4:45pm

Group Two: Middle School  3:45-5pm

We will have 2 different classes downstairs and upstairs differentiated by age. Kids will learn a wide variety of skills such as sewing, paper & fiber arts, knitting, building with small hand tools and art appreciation.

Regular attenders will have priority registration.

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Crafternoons in Oak Park Schools

Hatch Crafternoon & Hatch Knitting Club

Irving

Contact your PTO to register.


Saturday Sew Amazing All ages 7+

9:30am - 11:30am

Ages: 7-Adults Cost  $150 for 4-week session

Get going with the basics! Even if you’ve never sewn before, you’ll have success right from the start. At the first session, beginners learn hand sewing and then progress to learning to thread and operate a sewing machine! This class teaches traditional sewing skills (consistent seams, stitching curves, reading and cutting out patterns, and making buttonholes). Projects vary according to season and ages of students.

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Saturday Knitting Club

October - March

Beginners & Experienced   9:30 - 11:30, ages 7-Adult

Registration is by the month, $25 per class

$5 materials fee per registration

Knitting & Crochet Club is designed for beginners and experienced knitters. Those with previous experience will be able to choose from a range of projects according to skill level and interests. Family and friends registering together will receive a reduced fee.

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Adult Workshops


Saturday Knitting Club & Sewing are for kids and adults! See class description on the left.

Get a group of friends together to do a workshop..sewing, jewelry, art journals...you pick! And BYOW!

Plan on a 3 hour workshop to have time to just have fun, catch up with friends, escape the routine and create. A 3 hour workshop is $350 for up to 10 participants.










Adults and Kids LOVE making The Little Bits Cottage together. Plan a parent/child workshop with family or friends. It’s SOOOO much fun!










 

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