Book Cover Embroidery with Robert Mahar – My Ballard

Robert Mahar joins us for a fun weekend of sewing lessons. If you purchase tickets for two classes, save 10% by entering code: ROBERTRULES at checkout. If you purchase tickets for all three classes, save 20% by entering code ROBERTISANEXCELLENTHUMAN at checkout.

Want to write a novel, your life story or a bestseller – but you’ve only nailed it
down the title? High fives! Let’s commemorate this achievement in embroidery. Designer and maker Robert Mahar photographed beautiful vintage book covers and had them printed on ready-to-stitch linen cotton canvas. At its core, this course aims to show you how to embroider readable and visually appealing typography.

We’ll go over basic embroidery stitches, learn several methods for creating and transferring your title text onto a fabric book cover image, and then embroider it spectacularly! It won’t translate to a Pulitzer, but your embroidered literary masterpiece will look award-winning – framed and hanging on your wall.

Please note that this course is best suited to students with a basic knowledge of embroidery, however, adventurous beginners are welcome.

All materials (a custom 18×24” sampler with multiple book cover images, typography transfer designs, a limited palette of embroidery floss, wooden hoops and needles!) and instructional diagrams are provided and included in the cost of the course. However, if you have favorite embroidery tools or prefer specific colors of embroidery floss (6-ply or bead), we encourage you to bring those items to the workshop.

This class will be held in person at Monster on Saturday, April 30 starting at 12:30 p.m. PST.

Attendees will also receive 20% off all purchases made at Monster on the day.

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Robert Mahar is a California-based artist, designer, and embroidery enthusiast who develops Robert Mahar is a California-based artist, designer, and embroidery enthusiast who develops and teaches imaginative crafts and clever DIY projects and products. He’s also a proud alumnus of the inaugural season of NBC’s craft competition show Making It with Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman. With a background in studio arts and art history, he has worked in various creative fields, including 13 years as an appraiser of modern and contemporary art.