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Linen Botanicals Workshop

October 10 @ 5:30 pm 8:00 pm

Date: Thursday, October 10
 5:30 – 8:00 PM
Total Sessions:
 Robert Mahar
Location: Room 201, Fiber Arts Studio
Adults, 18+
Skill Level:
Registration Fee: $50
Materials Fee: $15

Registration for this workshop will close on October 7, 2024 at 11:59pm.

Our pricing structure has changed.
For more information click here.

About the class

Registration for this workshop will close on October 7, 2024 at 11:59pm.

Handcraft everlasting fabric specimens of your favorite fall and winter foliage to decorate your home, adorn a wrapped gift or ornament your holiday table. Join artist Robert Mahar in learning clever construction techniques to craft wired, posable sprigs and branches from a beautiful buffet of linen/cotton textiles, along with felted wool for berries and nuts. Instruction will equip you to fully customize the color, scale and function of your project. Select a fantasy palette or hues truer to nature for clusters of autumn leaves to tie around napkins, a bundle of doorway mistletoe or a small wreath of holly to encircle a candle.

This workshop focuses on the creation of maple and oak leaves, mistletoe, and holly, maple – with templates provided for each of these – however the process can be applied to most any type of foliage. This class is well suited for beginners and no previous experience is necessary. All materials (a limited selection of high quality linen/cotton blend fabric, twill tape, jute twine, floral wire, adhesive, glue brush, wool felt balls, needle and thread!) along with templates are provided and included in the materials fee. However, if you have favorite light to mid weight fabrics, and ribbon or twill tape that you’d like to utilize – you are encouraged to bring these items to the workshop. Please plan on bringing a pair of paper scissors and a pair of sharp fabric scissors with you.

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 registering or by emailing Sean at

Registration Fee Change Announcement, 2024

The Sonoma Community Center assessed the sliding scale payment system and determined it did not serve the community as intended. After conducting a survey, and analyzing internal data, we determined that the lowest price tier has not always been accessible to those who need it most. In response, as of July 1, 2024 we are moving to a simplified registration process. The new registration will have a general enrollment fee plus options for tuition assistance. Tuition assistance is accessible through an online request form; the additional participant information will allow us to tailor accessible pricing for individual needs and increase our ability to offer more pricing options. Also available upon registration is the option to add a tax-deductible donation to support the Center’s ability to help community members across the arts.

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.

About the instructor

Robert Mahar

Instructor / Artist

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
Instagram: robert_mahar
Twitter: robert_mahar

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