Embroidering on the Photographic Image

Embroidering on the Photographic Image

Embroidering on the Photographic Image

Re-imagine the family photo album and learn how to transform classic black & white photographic images with colorful embroidered embellishments. Join designer and maker Robert Mahar in learning core embroidery basics, essential stitches and how to apply them to a selection of ten vintage photographs custom printed onto cotton linen canvas.

Have a yearbook photo that need a make-over? A group portrait that doesn’t quite convey the joy of of the occasion? This workshop is a unique approach to needlework utilizing a non- traditional, free-form sampler that allows you utilize your favorite embroidery stitches and their placement. While you’ll experiment and play with some of Robert’s favorite vintage photos, you’ll also learn how to have your own images printed on fabric for future projects, turning your own photo archive into wall-ready works of art.

This class is well suited for beginners, however, students with more embroidery experience are encouraged to join for a fun refresher course and the opportunity to apply their skills to photographic imagery.

All materials (a custom 18x24” sampler with multiple photographic images, a limited palette of embroidery floss, wood hoops and needles!) along with instructional diagrams are provided. However, if you have favorite embroidery tools or prefer specific colors of embroidery floss (6-strand or perle) you are encouraged to bring these items to the workshop.


There are 12 spaces available in each time slot. 

All-access registration: Included

A la Carte Price: $75

Instructor Bio: 

Robert Mahar is a California-based artist, designer, maker and embroidery enthusiast who teaches clever do-it-yourself projects and develops imaginative craft inspired products. He’s also a proud alumni of the inaugural season of NBC’s crafting competition show Making It with Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman. With an education in studio arts and art history, he has worked in a variety of creative fields including 13 years as an appraiser of modern and contemporary art. Learn more about Robert, explore his video tutorial archive and shop his collection of curious embroidery samplers at robert-mahar.com.