Eerie Embroidery and Startling Stitching with Robert Mahar!

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Eerie Embroidery and Startling Stitching with Robert Mahar!


Robert Mahar
  • Anatomical Embroidery
    October 29, 2021
    9:30 am - 12:30 pm
  • Embroidering on Photographic Images
    October 29, 2021
    2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
  • Sugar Skulls
    October 30, 2021
    10:00 am - 1:00 pm

On June 11, 2021, Kentucky lifted all mandates regarding Covid precautions that would impact our workshops at Ephemera Paducah.

What that means is, those who are not fully vaccinated are strongly encouraged to wear a mask during the workshop while inside. Those who are more comfortable wearing a mask if vaccinated may certainly do so. However, precautions such as masks/attestation of vaccination status, etc. are no longer required for this workshop. 

Additionally, this workshop is a GO! We are good to go with the original schedule and class size. 

My staff and I are fully vaccinated. We have hand sanitizer, soap, and clean shared supplies as well as clean the studio each evening of your workshop. We will also continue to be mindful of social distance in classes and use technology so that demonstrations are projected eliminating the need to hover around a table to see what’s going on!

We are so looking forward to seeing you at an in-person workshop this year!


Eerie Embroidery and Startling Stitching

Class sizes: Minimum 8; Maximum 12 (No experience necessary, but there will be stitching! Minimum age to participate: 18. If classes fill and the waitlist merits additional classes, we will add them!

Friday morning: Anatomical Embroidery anatomical embroidery

Perfect your hand embroidery as we embellish beautifully macabre imagery sourced from 19th Century French anatomical teaching charts and botanical illustrations custom printed on linen-cotton canvas.

Select one of designer and maker Robert Mahar’s original designs (heart, hand, skull, rib cage or ear) on the day of the workshop and learn a unique approach to needlework utilizing these non-traditional, free-form samplers that allow you utilize your favorite embroidery stitches and their placement. A workshop designed for both beginners as well as more advanced students – clear and concise instruction will cover solid core basics to more intricate embroidery stitches.

What to do once you’ve completed your anatomical embroidery at home? These samplers feature wide margins making is easy to hem the edges for a wall hanging or incorporate the panel into a pillow or larger quilted project! We’ll discuss a world of options in this workshop.

photograph embroideryFriday afternoon – Embroidering on Photographic Images: Halloween Edition!

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

Give a classic yearbook photo a Halloween make-over. Provide a group portrait participants with a much needed spooky costume change. This workshop is a unique approach to needlework utilizing a non-traditional, free-form sampler that allows you to 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.

Saturday morning – Sugar Skulls! sugar skull embroidery

Join us in a handcrafted observance of Día de Muertos, celebrating the lives of those dearly departed, as we stitch non-traditional sugar skulls!  Join designer and maker Robert Mahar in transforming a beautifully macabre 1903 medical illustration, custom printed on linen-cotton canvas, into an ornamental embroidered Calavera. 

This workshop is best suited to those with very basic embroidery knowledge and experience.  Instruction will focus on composition, design transfer techniques and building on basic stitches for more advanced, decorative effects.  This workshop is a unique approach to needlework utilizing a non-traditional, free-form sampler that allows you to utilize your favorite embroidery stitches and their placement.

Supplies: anatomical embroidery

All materials are provided! For each workshop, you will receive a custom sampler, a limited palette of 6-strand embroidery floss, wood hoop, and needles along with instructional diagrams included in the cost of the class.

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.

Additional Cotton-Canvas designs will be available for purchase on the day of class!

Register for one, two or take them all at a discounted rate!

Before registering for this workshop, please familiarize yourself with our Cancellation Policies.


Details Price Qty
All three (3) Classes - Discounted Rateshow details + $279.00 (USD)  
Anatomical Embroideryshow details + $99.00 (USD)  
Embroidering on Photographic Imagesshow details + $99.00 (USD)  
Sugar Skullsshow details + $99.00 (USD)  

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