La Vie en Rose: Silk Flower Making

In this workshop, taught by milliner Laurie Berliner and textile designer and painter Barb Dixon Jobin, participants will create a 3” silk rugosa rose, perfect for a wristlet, flower pin or hat adornment.

We will begin with a brief explanation of the history, tradition and techniques of silk flower making around the world. In the lovely, light-filled WERKSTATT art gallery in The Shop, we will create the Rosa rugosa using primarily traditional techniques and tools. You will paint the petals in colors inspired by the gardens of the Marin Art and Garden Center.

Barb and Laurie look forward to spending a Spring Sunday afternoon sharing the joy of silk flower making.

This workshop has a minimum of two and a maximum of eight participants. Teenagers are welcome, but due to the heated tools involved, this is not a suitable class for children.




Mar 24 2024


1:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Questions? email or call 415-455-5260


The Shop
30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Ross CA 94957


  • Laurie Berliner
    Laurie Berliner

    I was born and raised in the town where my handmade hat shop is located, San Anselmo, California. After a two decade long career as a criminal defense public defender, I refashioned my life to pursue a lifelong love of handmade clothing and hats. After my law career, I studied pattern making and vintage tailoring. On a whim, I attended a weekend hat making workshop and so began my millinery journey!

    I learned the basics of millinery at the London College of Fashion under the tutelage of Chloe Scrivener. I next bought my first set of handmade wooden blocks from Guy Morse-Brown hat blocks and the rest is history! What followed was several years of trial and error, numerous craft shows and hours of online and in person specialty courses to hone my skills in all manner of straw and felt hats. I specialize in Milan braided wheat straw hat making on a vintage straw braid machine as well as crafting and dyeing silk flowers.

    My designs are informed by my apparel design and tailoring skills, British millinery training, and the San Francisco Bay Area lifestyle.

    I truly enjoy collaborating with my customers to create one-of-a-kind headwear that suits their style, the occasion and fits perfectly!

  • Barb Dixon Jobin
    Barb Dixon Jobin

    After receiving her degree in Textile Design from the University of Minnesota Barb spent a year living and working in Paris. Inspired by the beautiful architecture and interiors she saw there she went back to school to earn the credits needed to pursue a career in commercial interior design. Following 25 years of designing projects across the United States she opened a shop in the resort and cabin area near the lakes of Northern Wisconsin. At her shop she sold cabin decor, antiques, artisan wares and her own paintings on vintage and recycled window screens. Painted window screens, as an art form, was revived by the Baltimore Screen Painters Society in the mid eighties. Barb’s screen paintings have been displayed at several art shows in Northern California including the Petaluma Art Center member’s show. Barb’s been living in San Anselmo for four years and has really enjoyed collaborating with Laurie to create a variety of silk and velvet flowers.

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