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Machine Sewing & Creative Needlework Camp

July 15 @ 10:00 am 3:00 pm

Date: Monday, July 15th – Friday, July 19th
 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Total Sessions:
 Claire Carlomagno Wirick & Meret Piderman
Location: Fiber Arts Studio, Room 201
10 – 13
Registration Cost:

About the camp

Let’s dive into machine sewing and creative needlework! Campers will learn how to use the sewing machine to make projects like a fun lavender eye pillow, a bucket hat, and a tote bag!  Campers will also learn to hand sew a felt animal/doll. A basic pattern will be provided but campers are encouraged to modify or create their own patterns. Campers will hand stitch and embroider their anima/doll. Felt will be used for the bodies. Additionally buttons, beads, ribbon etc will make each figure unique. No previous experience is necessary.

Please share any special considerations (medical, physical, learning) that will help your instructor make your class accessible and accommodating for you. You can share these considerations when register or by emailing Sean at

About the instructors

Claire Carlomagno Wirick

Instructor / Artist

Claire went to art school at the Academy of Art San Francisco and specializes in textile arts, and quilting. She is a clinical herbalist, massage therapist, and works as a studio assistant for Kala Stein where she produces a line of botanical pottery for Chateau Sonoma. Claire also teaches for the Youth Programs at the Sonoma Community Center as well as for the queer art club.

Meret Piderman

Instructor / Artist

Meret received a BFA from the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in New York City, with a specialty in Fashion Design. While living in Italy for five years she taught Fine Arts, Textile Arts and Ceramics at the International School of Venice.
Since arriving in Sonoma County 10 years ago, she has been teaching Handwork and Ceramics at Waldorf schools and various programs in Sonoma County. This will be her third year teaching at the Sonoma Community Center.

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.

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