Embroidered Felt Ornaments @ Hotel Lincoln

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Event Category

Arts & DIY

Event Overview

Join me at Hotel Lincoln for an embroidery workshop. We'll be using string, felt, and thread (this happens to be one of my fave book titles on craft!) to create stuffed holiday ornaments. Everyone in my family always gets an ornament from me because there's nothing like giving a loved one something handmade! 

I'll show you some basic embroidery stitches and how to put beads on your fabric so you're able to create a uniquely designed ornament. You'll leave with the materials and all of the skillz to make more, if ya like! 


  • Needles and thread

  • Three pre-cut felt ornaments

  • A variety of beads 

  • A two hour lesson

  • Mimosas and cookies


Dating back to the 1920's, this funky, vintage-style hotel is set in the Old Town triangle off Lincoln Park. Decorated with original artwork from local artists, the contemporary rooms feature a host of amenities and many have amazing views of Lake Michigan. 


Minimum age

All ages welcome

What You Can Expect From This Experience
  • Embroidery
  • Holiday
  • Mimosas + Cookies
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Joslyn Villalpando

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My name is Joslyn Villalpando and I am a working artist and art educator in Chicago. After studying fine art and art education at the University of Cincinnati, I spent 7 years teaching elementary art. While teaching, I completed my master's degree at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), studying the impact of craft and fiber art on art education. My small research group of young participants grew into a little community while learning to weave, sew, embroider, and dye; sharing the stories, memories, thoughts, and ideas that arise when creating together.

After witnessing the beautiful community that is built when creating with friends, I first began holding craft and cocktail parties to spread my love of the handmade with my favorite people. We gathered to learn how to block print to make valentines or embroider to create holiday ornaments- each craft accompanied by a featured batch cocktail and treats, of course. Inspired by the old sewing circles and expanding on the theme of intimate, creative social gatherings, I am moving these parties from my tiny Chicago condo and hosting craft events at some of Chicago's most beloved bars, restaurants, coffee houses, boutiques, and cupcake shops. I love utilizing classic, traditional art/craft processes such as; weaving, embroidery, printmaking, and watercolor, and putting a contemporary spin on them to bring you a unique learning experience.

There's nothing better than gathering with others to make something by hand, learning skills and processes that can be used again and again. At each J.Villa gathering, you will experience a thoughtfully curated event in an inspiring space, hand selected and/or handmade art materials, and enthusiastic guidance through the craft process.

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