Tuesday Session 4


This session is Tuesday, September 27th from 7pm-9pm. 

All activities will take place at Makit Takit, 4750 Normal Blvd, unless otherwise specified.


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.

Be a part of the Clocking in for Unpaid Labor Public Participation Art Project.  In this hands-on workshop, you'll reflect on the unpaid labor you perform in your life, this could be care work, and it could also be things like work required on the job when you're not clocked in.  We'll reflect and do some short quick writes before diving in with the collage materials and glue (materials will be provided, and bring your favorites if you have some) to make our own time cards.  You might bring along things from home, from the bottom of your purse, from your glove box, that symbolize your unpaid labor.

If you wish, allow the teacher to photograph your time card so it can be part of the online presentation of the time card project.  The time cards are also a traveling exhibition that moves from place to place, you are invited to lend your card to be a part of that, but it is not required.

There are 30 spaces available in each time slot. 

All-access registration: Included

A la Carte Price: $10

Instructor bio: 

Elaine Luther is an independent studio artist with a sense of humor. Her mission is to make art that’s brave, vulnerable and true. Her art has been exhibited in Chicago, across the country and in the U.K.  She is on the Marketing and Membership Committee at Woman Made Gallery and worked for Free Fly Marketing doing done for you social media services for a wide variety of clients.