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Upcoming Events!

Stephen West
Lecture / Book Signing
Feb 2, 3-5 pm
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Park & Knit Reception
May 16 & 17, 1-5 pm
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Winter & Spring Classes!

Chrysler Shawl Class
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Edulis Shawl 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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Sweater Workshop
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Luna Violeta Capelet Class
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Socks Your Way!
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Next Step Knitting Classes!

Beginner Hat Classes
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Colorwork 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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In The News

Yelp Reviews - 5 Star Rating!
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Google Reviews - 4.9 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 SPRING CLASSES

New Shawl Classes!
  




Chrysler Shawl Class
(Interm) 
Chrysler, designed by Stephen West was inspired by the Chrysler Building in New York. We created our beautiful shop sample using in two contrasting colors of MadTosh Merino Lt. Glitter, an elegant fiber with a subtle sparkle. Jami will teach you how to begin this shawl with Steven's unique "garter tab and I-cord edging". You will also learn how to master mosaic stitches, backward loop cast-on and left/right leaning increases.  Select one of our exclusive Chrysler Shawl Kits (10% off with class) and start this amazing journey with Jami!

APRIL - JUNE
(2) MONDAY 6-8 PM
Dates:
April 13 & 20
          May 4 & 11
          June 8 & 15
         
June 22 & 29
(2) FRIDAYS 1-3 PM -
New Afternoon Class!
Dates:
April 24 & May 1
          May 8 & 15
          June 5 & 12
          June 19 & 26
Instructor: Jami Merrick
Cost: $65.00 per students, 2 students min. (pattern included) Purchase materials at Sister-Arts Studio.






Edulis Shawl (Adv. Beginner)
This crescent shaped shawl designed by Caroline Dick for Cashgora Yarn is truly luscious! Cashgora, a blend of cashmere and angora goat, is hand spun and dyed by The Cashmere People in Tajikistan. Edulis starts a the top with a garter tab, continues with garter stitch body, then lace edging is knitted onto the bottom edge of the shawl... very clever construction indeed! You will learn garter tab, cable cast-on, four different decreases and chart reading. Edulis is a perfect pattern for any knitter that would like to attempt lace knitting for the first time. Jami knit our shop sample in Apricot, however there are twelve colors to choose from!  Get 10% off your Edulis Kit when you register for this class!
Read about Cashgora Fiber and the Makers who spin this beautiful yarn.

APRIL - JUNE
(3) MONDAYS 6-8 PM 
Dates:
April 27, May 18 & June 1

(3) FRIDAYS 1-3 PM - New Afternoon Class!
Dates: April 17 & May 22, 29
Instructor:
Jami Merrick
Cost: $95.00 per student (pattern incl.) - 2 students 

Purchase materials at Sister-Arts Studio.


New Sock 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!

APRIL - JULY
(3) TUESDAYS 6-8 PM
 
Dates: April 21 & May 12, 26
          June 9, 23 & July 7

Instructor: Valerie Grabski
Cost: $95.00 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! Join our sweater club, register for 3 classes from the schedule below and get the 4th class free!

APRIL - JUNE
(4) TUESDAYS 6-8 PM

Dates: April 14, 28
          May 5, 19
          June 2, 16 & 30

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.
This class will resume in the
SUMMER.





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 your first sweater!
 

APRIL - JUNE
(1) TUESDAYS 6-8 PM 
Dates:
April 14, 21 & 28
          May 5, 12 & 19
          May 26, June 2 & 9
          June 16, 23 & 30
Instructor: Shara Varner

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!

APRIL - JUNE
(4) TUESDAYS 6-8 PM
Dates: April 28, May 12, 26 & June 9
Instructor:
Donna Palicka
Cost: $125.00 per person, 2 students min, 10% off of Cocoknits book and accessories

New Capelet Class!



 

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 now 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!

APRIL - JUNE
(3) TUESDAYS 6-8 PM
Dates: 2-hour private classes available         
Instructor: Donna Palicka
Cost: $50.00 per person,
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!

FEBRUARY & APRIL
(2) SATURDAYS 1-3 PM
Dates: April 11 & 18     
          May 2 & 9

Instructor: Park Williams
Cost: $65 per person - pattern included, 2 students 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!

APRIL - JUNE
(3) WEDNESDAYS 6-8 PM 
Dates:
April 15, 22 & 29
          May 6, 13 & 20   
          June 3, 10 & 17 

(3)
SUNDAYS 12 - 2 PM
Dates: April 19, 26 & May 3
          May 17, 24 & 31

           June 7, 14 & 28      
Instructor: Shara Varner
/ Jami Merrick
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.


MAY - JUNE
(1) WEDNESDAYS 6-8 PM

Dates: May 27
          June 24

Instructor: Shara Varner
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.

APRIL - JUNE
(3) SATURDAY - 10:30 - Noon

Dates: April 11, 18 & 25
          May 2, 9 & 30

          June 13, 20 & 27
Instructor: Park Williams or Shara Varner
Cost: $100.00 per person (yarn & needles included) 


Next Step Knitting Classes!

   

My First Hat - Cloud 90 (Adv Beg)
Cloud 90 designed by Donna is an easy hat pattern with a combination of rib, seed and knit stitches. We used Fourteen by Juniper Moon Farm, a beautiful blend of Merino and Cashmere. Learn to read a pattern, knit in the round with circular needles, then decrease with double point needles. This should be your next project after scarves or flat items ..join us!

APRIL
(3) MONDAYS 6-8 PM 
Dates: April 13, 27 & May 11
Instructor: Donna Palicka
Cost: $95.00 per person, 2 students min., pattern included. Purchase materials at Sister-Arts Studio.





Colorwork Hat Class (Interm)
Florence a pattern by A. Opie Designs is a stranded color-work pattern which uses four contrasting colors. The hemmed, double-layer brim not only provides extra layer of warmth but a crisp finished look. This class is for intermediate knitters who have already knit a hat. Students will learn how read a pattern, follow a color chart and master color stranding. We carry 30 colors of Weepaca, the most difficult part of this class is making your color selection!

APRIL
(3) MONDAY 6-8 PM

Dates: April 13, 27 & May 11
Instructor: Donna Palicka
Cost: $95.00 per person, 2 students min., pattern included.
Purchase materials at Sister-Arts Studio.


Beginning Crochet Classes!

  

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. At the end of the first class we recommend you purchase a skein of yarn to start a scarf.

APRIL - JUNE
(2) MONDAYS 6 - 8 PM
Dates: April 20 & May
          June 22 & 29

Instructor: Donna Palicka
Cost: $85.00 per person - 2 min. (crochet hook and instruction card included)

Next Step Crochet Class!






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. 

MAY
(3) WEDNESDAYS (6-8 PM)

Dates: May 18 & June 1 & 8
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

WEDNESDAYS & FRIDAYS
Dates:
Call Donna to schedule a private class.
Cost: $50.00 per student (students much register and pre-pay 48 hours prior, sorry 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!

APRIL - JUNE
(1) FRIDAY EVENINGS (6-8 pm)
DATES:
April 24
           May 22
           jUNE 26
In
structor: Tonya Utkina
Cost: $140.00 per person - 2 students min, 4 max (materials and finishing 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.
This class will resume in the SUMMER


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.
This class will resume in the
SUMMER.


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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