Embroidered Portraits and Rosy Cheeks

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Event Category

Arts & DIY

Event Overview

Join us at Billy Sunday, a Logan Square cocktail bar, for some portrait embroidery. We'll be serving up the Rosy Cheeks cocktail punch while we learn the basics of embroidery to create our custom portraits. As always, I'm inspired by the handmade gift. These portraits, stitched up with lots of love, make a beautiful and thoughtful gift for anyone in your life. Or it's a great thing to do for yourself too :) There are no rules on this one. You can stitch up a photo of yourself, you and your best friend(s), you and your partner, your best friend, and their fiancé, or your grandparents! Anyone you want to honor and celebrate. 

Billy Sunday is the perfect venue to host us while we focus on portraits. Their interior is full of vintage photographs of people, even Billy Sunday himself! 

I'll use the photo(s) you send me to create a hand-drawn outline and print it directly onto a piece of fabric. Then I'll show you a few options for stitching up your piece. You might finish it during our time together, but if not you will take home everything you need to finish it later. 

Here are the steps to sign up:

1. Choose the best option at checkout and purchase like normal. 

2. Send an email with "portrait embroidery" in the subject line to joslynvilla@gmail.com with a photo of anyone that you'd like in the embroidery. This can be everyone in one photo or separate photos of each person. High res photos in good lighting are best. 

3. Tell me what you'd like written in the banner below. This could be an anniversary date, initials, a few words, etc. 


  • A needle and assortment of threads to choose from

  • An embroidery hoop and piece of 9"x9" pre-designed fabric with the outline of your portrait 

  • Written guide with embroidery video link (to refer to later, if needed)

  • Rosy Cheeks Cocktail punch


"If it’s a cocktail you’re looking for with a culinary twist, you’ve come to the right place. A list featuring ingredients like black trumpet mushrooms, huckleberry, and smoked malt prompts curiosities and often second rounds alike. Pair it all up with locally-sourced bites like tomato-thyme popcorn, duck rillettes, and roasted asparagus." -Eater Chicago

Minimum age

All ages welcome

What You Can Expect From This Experience
  • Custom Embroidery
  • Cocktail Punch
Cancellation Policy

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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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