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Fall & Winter Classes!

Butterfly Shawl Class
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Raspberry Ripple Lace Class
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Master Brioche Cowl Class
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Cocoknits Sweater Class
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Baby/Child Sweater Class
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Convert a Sweater
Flat to In-the-round
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Luna Violeta Capelet Class
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Socks Your Way!
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Holiday Stocking Class
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Rasta Mitten Class
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Next Step Knitting Classes!

Beginner Hat Classes
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Mistake Fixing Class
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Next Step Crochet Classes!

Coco Crochet Bag
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Fiber-Art Classes

Wet Felting Scarf Class!
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Silk Resist Painting
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In The News

Yelp Reviews - 5 Star Rating!
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Sister Arts Studio, Inc.
Awarded the 2017, 2016 & 2015 Best of Chicago Award!
U.S Commerce Association
"Best of Local Business" in Hobby Shop Category

Sister Arts Studio, Inc.
Awarded the 2014, 2013 & 2012 Best of Chicago Award!
U.S Commerce Association
"Best of Local Business" in Hobby Shop Category

Sister Arts Studio, Inc.
Awarded the 2013 Best of Chicago Award!
U.S Commerce Association
"Best of Local Business" in Hobby Shop Category and
"Excellence Award 2013" Excellence in Cultural Experiences

February 2011 & September 2011 SASI
Awarded the 2011 Talk of the Town
Plaque of Honor for Excellence in Customer Satisfaction!

Sister-Arts Teaching
Knitting for Kids at Windy City Knitting Guild
February 2011, 2012, 2013

Sister-Arts featured in Try Handmade blog
March 10, 2010

Sister-Arts featured in Interweave Crochet
Winter 2009/10

Sister-Arts featured in Chicago Kids
March 2010

Talk of the Town Honor Award
for Excellence in Customer Satisfaction
September 19, 2009

Sister-Arts Studio featured in Chicago Parent
April 2008 and September 2008

Donna Palicka featured in
Today's Chicago Woman
August 2007

Sister-Arts Studio featured in
Skyline, Pioneer Press
May 3rd, 2007

Sister-Arts Studio featured in
WTTW's Chicago Tonight -"Fiber Fever"
Sister-Arts Studio: Stitching pieces for Peace
March 21, 2007

Fall / Winter Hours

Monday - Friday: 10:00 am - 6:00* pm
Thursday: 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Open Knit-Night 6 - 10 pm
Saturday: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sunday: Noon - 5:00 pm
(Mon - Wed* open until 8 pm when classes are running, please call.)

 
Adult Classes

SASI FALL & WINTER CLASSES

New Shawl and Lace Classes!
  



Papillion (Butterfly)
 Shawl (Interm) 
Papillion, designed by Marin Melchior is our hottest new shop sample! We used Urth Yarn's Uneek Fingering and Harvest Fingering fibers. The Pattern is extensively written and diagrammed. Jami will teach you how to understand and organize this pattern. You will learn German short rows, color changing and carrying colorwork. We have ten colors of Uneek to choose from. Please join us for this wonderful butterfly shawl class!

SEPTEMBER - JANUARY
(3) MONDAY EVENINGS 6-8 PM
Dates:
Sept 23, Oct 7 & 21
           November 4, 18 & Dec 9
           Dec 16, 23 & Jan 6

Instructor: Jami Merrick
Cost: $100.00 per student, 2 students min. ($14 pattern is included) Purchase materials at Sister-Arts Studio.






Raspberry Ripple Lace Shawl (Beginner)
This triangular shawl, designed by Meghan Radick, is knit from the bottom point to the top, with a lace edging on either side of a textured triangular center panel. This is a perfect pattern for any knitter that would like to attempt lace knitting for the first time. Learn how to read a pattern and a simple lace chart. Jami knit our shop sample in Alpaca Silk from Blue Sky Fibers. Visit Sister-Arts Studio to try on this beautiful garment and then register for the class!

SEPTEMBER - JANUARY
(3) MONDAYS 6-8 PM 
Dates:
October 14, 28 & Nov 11
           Nov 25 & Dec 2 & 30

         
 January 13, 20 & 27          
Instructor: Jami Merrick
Cost: $100.00 per student (pattern incl.) - 2 students min.
 
Purchase materials at Sister-Arts Studio.


New Sock and Mitten Classes!




Socks Your Way! (Interm)
Learn to knit socks the traditional way with double point needles or with the new Flexi-Flips by Addi. If this method is too fussy for you, Valerie will teach you how to knit socks using the magic-loop method with circular needles. If you already know how to knit socks, but want to learn toe-up two-at-a-time that's great, you choose the method. You can even choose your yarn weight fingering, dk or worsted. Join us!

SEPTEMBER - OCTOBER
(3) Tuesday Evenings 6-8 PM
 
Dates: Sept 17 & October 8, 22
Instructor: Valerie Grabski
Cost: $95.00 per person, 2 students min. pattern included
Purchase materials at Sister-Art Studio.





Holiday Stocking Class (Interm)
Are you intimidated by knitting socks in fingering weight, then worried about having second sock syndrome? Why not try a holiday stocking first. You will learn to knit from the cuff down, using worsted weight yarn and circular needles. You can stripe your sock and add a contrasting heel / toe color. Learn how to turn the heel, knit the toe and finish with kitchener stitch. Join us for this fun holiday class!

NOVEMBER
(3) Tuesday Evenings 6-8 PM 
Dates: November 5, 19 & 26
Instructor: Valerie Grabski
Cost: $95.00 per person, 2 students min. pattern included.
Purchase materials at Sister-Arts Studio.




Rasta Mitten Class (Interm)
Lightning Fast Mittens by Hill Vintage Knits is the best pattern for your first time mittens! This pattern is so easy you will finish one mitten in the first class. Valerie will teach you how to knit in the round using double point needles then knit the gusset and thumb without fear. You will definitely want to knit more than one pair!

DECEMBER - JANUARY
(2) Tuesday Evenings 6-8 PM 
Dates: December 3 & 10 
           January 7 & 21

Instructor: Valerie Grabski
Cost: $65.00 per person, 2 students min. pattern included
Purchase materials at Sister-Art Studio.


SASI Sweater & Capelet Classes

 



Sweater Club
Design a sweater to fit your style!

Are you ready to knit your first sweater, cardigan or pullover, one-color or colorwork? We have a variety of patterns to choose from and all are knit in one piece from the top-down or bottom-up. Classes are spaced 2-weeks apart to allow sufficient time for knitting progress. Have another pattern in mind for this class.. Bring it along! Yarn must be purchased at Sister-Arts Studio.
Join our sweater club, register for 3 classes from the schedule below and get the 4th class free!

SEPTEMBER - JANUARY
(4) TUESDAY EVENINGS 6-8 PM

Dates: September 10, 24             
           October 15, 29
           November 12, December 17
           January 14, 28
Instructor:
Valerie Grabski 
Cost: $100.00 per person (pattern included)
Purchase materials at Sister-Arts Studio.




NEW Convert a Sweater Pattern (Interm)
Have you fallen in love with a sweater pattern to discover that it is knit flat then seamed? There is a solution... in this class you will learn to convert a pattern from flat to knit-in-the-round, either top-down or bottom-up. We will demonstrate how this in done on a typical pattern. Bring your sweater pattern and we will discuss the appropriate approach. Students must have knowledge of basic sweater construction and/or have knit a sweater previously.

OCTOBER
(1) TUESDAY EVENINGS 6-8 PM 
Dates:
October 1
Instructor: Valerie Grabski

Cost: $40 per student, 2 students min.
This class can be scheduled as a private class for $50.




NEW Baby/Child Sweater Class (Interm)
The Norwegian Fir Sweater by Oge Knitwear, is a beautiful unisex baby sweater knit from the top down in garter stitch. The raglan increases are achieved with yarn overs and knit stitches in a simple Fir pattern. Sizing is extensive from 3 months through 9 years old. We knit our sample in Sweater by Spud & Chloe, an all season blend of superwash wool and organic cotton. This is a perfect class for a first time sweater!
 

OCTOBER - JANUARY
(1) TUESDAY EVENINGS 6-8 PM 
Dates: 
October 8, 15 & 22
           November 5, 12 & 19
           December 3, 10 & 17 
           January 7, 14 & 21
Instructor: Shara Varner is back!

Cost: $95 per student, 2 students min, pattern included. 
Purchase materials at Sister-Arts Studio.


Cocoknits Sweater Workshop (Interm)
Donna, the owner of Sister-Arts Studio, is certified to teach the Cocoknits method developed by Julie Weisenberger. This top-down one piece raglan method uses a tailored shoulder technique and a smart color-coded worksheet to track your progress and achieve a perfect fit. Nine patterns are included with tips on choosing the style(s) that flatters your body type. Click on the book cover to read a detailed review by Jennifer Hughes, and then join us for this smart new sweater class!

OCTOBER - JANUARY
(4) TUESDAY EVENINGS 6-8 PM
Dates: Oct 8,22 & Nov 5 & 19
           Dec 3,17 & Jan 7, 21
Revised Dates!    
Instructor:
Donna Palicka
Cost: $125.00 per person, 2 students min, 10% off of Cocoknits book and accessories

New Capelet Design!



 
Luna Violeta Capelet Class (Interm)
Luna Violeta a colorwork capelet was designed by Donna Palicka for the 2019 Chicago Yarn Crawl. This garment was admired by all and is available on Ravelry! Luna Violeta, knit from the top down, is written out line-by-line and charted. We chose Susurro by Malabrigo, a blend of linen, silk and merino. The color definition, drape and hand are wonderful! Join us for this class and master colorwork, chart reading and capelet construction. Donna has three other capelets to choose from on Ravelry; Capelet Deja Vu, Capelet Trompe L'oeil and Capelet Verdigogo. Choose your favorite for this class!

SEPTEMBER - JANUARY 
(3) TUESDAY EVENINGS 6-8 PM
Dates: Oct 29, Nov 12 & 26  
           Dec 10, Jan 14 & 28               
Instructor: Donna Palicka
Cost: $95.00 per person, pattern included.
 
Purchase materials at Sister-Arts Studio


Knitting Technique Classes





Master 2-Color Brioche at Last! (Interm)
Have you tried brioche on your own without success? This class is for you! Learn how to knit 2-Color Brioche starting with a cowl in the round. After you master basic 2-color brioche, you will learn how to incorporate increases and decreases as well as strategies for fixing your mistakes. Park will help you feel confident knitting brioche!

SEMPTEMBER - JANUARY
(2) SATURDAY AFTERNOONS  1-3 PM
Dates: October 5 & 12 
           November 16 & 23 
           December 7 & 14 
           January 11 &
 18 
(2) MONDAY EVENINGS 6-8 PM   
Dates: October 21 & 28  
          November 4 & 18 
          December 2 & 16
          January 6 & 13
Instructor: Park Williams
Cost: $65 per person - 2 student min.
Purchase materials at Sister-Arts Studio.


Beginning Knitting Classes!



Novice Knitting Classes - Beginner

Sister-Arts Studio, Inc. invites you to join us for weekly beginning knitting classes! Learn to cast-on, knit & purl, create garter, stockinette, rib, basket weave & seed stitch patterns then bind off and weave in edges. This class includes needles, practice yarn and one skein of worsted weight yarn of your choice. Discounted price is $100, full value is $125 per person!

SEPTEMBER - JANUARY
(3) WEDNESDAY EVENINGS 6-8 PM 
Dates:
September 18, 25 & Oct 2
           October 16, 23 &
 30
           November 6, 13 & 20 
           December 4, 11 & 18 
           January 8, 15 7 19 

(3)
SUNDAY AFTERNOONS - NOON - 2 PM
Dates: Sept 29, Oct 6 & 13
             
Oct 20, 27 & Nov 3
           November 10, 17 &
 24
           December 1, 8 & 15
           January 5, 12 & 19  
Instructor: Shara Varner is back!!
        
Cost: $100.00 per person (includes bamboo needles & your choice of Malabrigo Worsted yarn) - 2 students min.
Note: Adult & Child Knitting classes are held on Saturday mornings please refer to our Adult & Child schedule.


New Class for Beginners!




Mistake Fixing Workshop

So you have taken our novice knitting class, perfect! What happens when you make a mistake? You can come in for help, look at tutorials on the internet or better yet empower yourself by taking our mistake fixing class. Students should bring needles and light color worsted weight yarn.


OCTOBER - JANUARY
(1) WEDNESDAY EVENINGS 6-8 PM

Dates: October 9
           November 27 
           January 29        
Instructor: Shara Varner is back!
Cost: $35.00 per person - 2 students min.


Knitting for Ages 7 and Up!



Parent & Child Knitting - (Beg)

When my daughter Ona was young, we spent our "mommy & me time" creating. At the age of seven I taught her to knit and she picked it up in five minutes! Over the next year we knit scarves for all of her teachers. Knitting was and still is a wonderful bonding experience for us. Give it a try with your special child! Ages 7 and up.

SEPTEMBER - JANUARY
(3) SATURDAY MORNINGS 10:30 - Noon

Dates: Sept 14, 28 & Oct 5
           October 12, 19 & 26
           November 9, 16 & 23
           December 7, 14 & 21
           
January 11, 18 & 25
Instructor: Park Williams
Cost: $100.00 per person (yarn & needles included) 


Next Step Knitting Classes!


   

My First Hat - Cashmere Cloud (Adv Beg)
Cashmere Cloud designed by Donna is an easy hat pattern with a combination of rib, seed and knit stitches. Learn to read a pattern, knit in the round with circular needles, then decrease and knit with double point needles. This should be your next project after scarves or flat items ..join us!

OCTOBER - JANUARY
(3) MONDAY EVENINGS 6-8 PM 
Dates: Nov 4, 11 & 25 Just Added!
           Dec 2, 16 & 30
           January 13, 20 & 27
Instructor: Donna Palicka
Cost: $95.00 per person, 2 students min. pattern included. Purchase materials at Sister-Arts Studio.


Beginning Crochet Class!

  

Novice Crochet - (Beg)
Sister-Arts Studio invites you to join us for weekly beginning crochet classes. Learn the basic crochet stitches; chain stitch, single crochet, double crochet, half-double crochet & triple crochet. If time permits we will teach you to crochet in the round. We provide a laminated instruction card, scrap yarn and crochet hook, however bring materials if you have tried to crochet on your own.

SEPTEMBER - DECEMBER
(2) MONDAY EVENINGS 6 - 8 PM
Dates: September 23 & 30
           November 18 & 25

            December 9 & 23
Instructor: Donna Palicka
Cost: $80.00 per person - 2 min. (crochet hook and instruction card included)


Next Step Crochet Classes!






Coco Crochet Bag - (Adv Beg)
Coco Crochet was designed by Donna during the 2019 Chicago Yarn Crawl. This simple bag, crocheted with Estiva from Berroco, is crocheted in the round in two pieces, seamed together then embellished with a tassel. Leather straps are by Cocoknits, hardware is by Jul Designs. Visit Sister-Art Studio to see our sample and Estiva colors. 

OCTOBER - JANUARY
(3) WEDNESDAY EVENINGS (6-8 PM)

Dates: October 14, 28 & Nov 11
           December 9, 23 & Jan 6          
Instructor: Donna Palicka
Cost:
$95 per person, 2 student min. (pattern included, 10% off hardware)
Beginning crochet skills required. Yarn must be purchased at Sister-Arts Studio.


Need Help? - Knitting or Crochet



Personal Project Class or Drop-in for help!

Sister-Arts Studio, Inc. invites you to join us for personal knitting or crochet classes! Bring your own pattern and we'll help you select appropriate yarn and needles/hooks then guide you through your project. Don't have a pattern; we have plenty of books and patterns in the studio to select from. Just need help with your project or technique? Try our Drop-In for help class on Sundays!

Drop-in Hours
SUNDAYS (2:30 - 4:30 PM)
Cost: $10.00 per half hour/student

Personal Project Classes

MONDAYS, TUESDAYS & FRIDAYS
Dates:
Call Donna to schedule a private class.
Cost: $50.00 per student (students much register and pre-pay 48 hours prior, NO refunds for missed or rescheduled classes!)




Basics of Blocking (Beg)

All the pattern pieces are stitched, ends are woven in, and now I'm supposed to do what, block? Blocking provides hand knits with that extra bit of polish that elevates the finished product. This class examines how, when and why to use different blocking tools and techniques. Students should bring their own projects to discuss blocking strategies. 

CALL TO SCHEDULE A PRIVATE CLASS
Cost: $50.00 for private session (2 hours)



Seaming Workshop (Beg)

Ok, I have blocked my sweater, what do I do now? Learn a variety of seaming techniques to finish off your sweater; side seams, shoulder seams, invisible seams etc. Students are welcome to bring their own projects to practice seaming techniques. 

CALL TO SCHEDULE A PRIVATE CLASS
Cost: $50.00 for private session (2 hours)


Additional Fiber-Arts Classes!
Wet Felting Scarf Class!
 

      

Wet Felting with Tonya Utkina - (Beg)

Tonya Utkina will introduce you to the exciting technique of wet felting using Noro's "Rainbow Roll". Rainbow Roll is 100% wool pencil roving available in 12 vibrant color combinations. Tonya will guide you in designing your own scarf with the color combination of your choice and small amounts of merino wool & silk.
You will partially felt your scarf using soapy water, bubble wrap and a little elbow grease. No experience is necessary, materials are included.
After class Tonya will complete the felting process for you in her studio (processing time approximately one week).

Classes are once per month and fill up quickly so register ASAP!

OCTOBER - JANUARY
(1) FRIDAY EVENINGS (6-8 pm)
DATES:
October 18 
            November 15
            December 20
            January 24
In
structor: Tonya Utkina
Cost: $140.00 per person - 2 students min, 4 max (materials included)





Silk Resist Painting - (Beg)
"Resist" is a traditional method of silk painting which involves drawing or tracing an image on silk fabric with a wax based solution. When the resist is dry we use special silk paint to fill in the shapes created by the resist, then wash off the resist to reveal the entire image. Select your own image. You will be impressed your beautiful translucent piece of art that looks like stained glass! This class can also be taught as a private party for up to 8 people.

OCTOBER - JANUARY
(1) FRIDAY EVENINGS (6-8 pm)
DATES: 
October 4 & 11 
            November 22 & 29
            December 6 & 13
            January 10 & 17
In
structor: Donna Palicka
Cost: $120.00 per person - 2 students min, 4 max (materials included)

Warping for Weavers!



Rigid Heddle Warping Class - (Beg)

Learn to weave in this fall! Purchase the Schacht 15" Cricket Loom from Sister-Arts Studio then call to register for a one-session warping class. Once the loom is warped you can learn to weave on your own ..really! If you would like additional classes to learn how to perfect your weaving or finish your woven scarf/runner please call to arrange a private class.

OCTOBER - JANUARY
Dates:
Call to schedule a private class.
Instructor: Donna Palicka, Owner Sister-Arts
Cost: $75.00 per person


Knitting Supplies in Chicago?
Sister-Arts Studio carries a full range!

Knitting needles & interchangeable sets in bamboo, metal & metal sharp tips, natural fiber yarn (wool, alpaca, cashmere, cotton, linen, bamboo, hemp, silk), knitting notions, knitting books & patterns, blocking mat sets, umbrella swifters, yarn ball winders and a full range of knitting bags and accessories.

Contact Us
Sister Arts Studio, Inc.
721 W. Wrightwood
Chicago, IL 60614

p_773.929.SASI (7274)
info@sisterartsstudio.com

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