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Embroidered U.S. Map: Summer Road Trip Edition

June 15, 2023 @ 5:30 pm 8:00 pm

Note: Registration for this class will close on June 12th, 2023 at 11:59 PM.

Ready to pack your bags and head out on the open road this summer? Here’s your invitation to commemorate your travels, celebrate your home state or stitch connections between you and your loved ones. Join artist and maker Robert Mahar in learning core embroidery basics, essential stitches and how to apply them to a beautiful 1906 map of the contiguous United States custom printed on a generous half yard (27” x 36”) of cotton linen canvas. Instruction will help you explore all the ways you can embroider your adventures in the “Lower 48”.

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 determine their placement. 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 a large-format map.

Please note that this map is 100+ years old and some cartographic changes have taken place in the intervening years – however, the state borders and city names remain largely accurate. It’s also cleverly designed with border guides, giving you the option of easily machine sewing finished edges (or maybe you’ll wrap your map around a cork board to pin photos of your friends, family and travel postcards!)

The materials fee covers the cost of a kit for you to keep (a custom map sampler, practice fabric, a limited palette of embroidery floss, wood hoop and needle!) along with instructional diagrams. 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.

Robert Mahar

Artist / Instructor

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

When you register for a class, you’ll be offered three price tiers. The middle tier comes closest to what our registration fees used to be, and covers about 50% of the full cost of your participation in the class – with the other 50% covered by community donations. The first tier creates accessibility for people with limited income, while the third tier covers the full cost of participation – so that we can use community donations to support other people’s registration costs. When you choose to register at the third tier, you directly help support the Center’s efforts to remove financial barriers for others.

The Sonoma Community Center (the Center) strives to create an inclusive, safe community where everyone is treated with dignity and respect. The Center is committed to creating such an environment because it brings out the fullest potential in each of us, which, in turn, contributes directly to creating a community of belonging. In order to ensure a positive, safe, and welcoming experience for everyone, all program participants are asked to abide by the following policies, community agreements, and restorative safety protocol.

Financial aid is handled on an individual basis. If you think you qualify, follow the link below to apply.

Date: Thursdays, June 15th and 22nd
Time: 5:30 – 8:00 PM
Sessions: 2
Instructor: Robert Mahar
Location: Room 201, Fiber Arts Studio
Ages: Adult, 18+
Skill Level: All Levels
Sliding Scale:$65 / $100 / $140
Materials Fee: $20
Financial aid available

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