Get creative with Common Threads Boulder! Call or stop by to register. Class size limited. We run our classes with a minimum of 3 students. We require payment at the time of registration so we can guarantee to the teacher and the interested students that class can run as listed. Cancellation allowed with 48 hours notice.
303 449 5365
Our schedule changes each month, with new classes appearing frequently. Some staples you can always count on: beginning classes, alterations classes, childrens’ classes, teen classes, and knitting.
Boulder Arts Week - Storytelling Hour
We're happy to host an event for Boulder Arts Week! Please join JoLee Wingerson, storyteller and author, to hear three original children's stories. All ages welcome, from birth to 100 +. Free
Saturday, March 29th, 10:00am
Intro to Knitting
Kick back and learn a timeless, ageless skill that can foster relaxation or give your hands something to do while watching TV or chatting with friends. This relaxed and fun intro class with local knitting maven Tanja Leonard will get you started and have you leave with a pair of fingerless mits - or similarly satisfying spring project. Students learn to cast on, knit, purl and cast off - important gateways to a world of cuddly, gorgeous projects. We have yarn and needles with which students can get started and practice, but you are encouraged to bring a set of needles you can take home and a yarn you already love. Materials needed: single pointed needles US size 8 or larger and 1 skein compatible weight yarn (approximately 150 yards). Materials and material advice can be found at Shuttles, Spindles, & Skeins. Ages 10 and up. $40
Wednesdays, April 2nd-9th, 6:00-7:30pm
Tuesdays, April 1st and 15th, 6:00-7:30pm
Advanced Beginner Knitting - Fabric Backed Pillow
Take your skills to the next level to make a beautiful custom knit pillow with a fabric backing. Students should know how to cast on, knit and purl and will learn how to make any of a series of designs (checks, cables, stripes) to create their desired pillow. Save big bucks on this hot decorator item and learn a fab skill to boot. Make one in class, leave prepared to fill your home with more or fill out your holiday gift list. Pillow form included. Materials needed: single pointed needles US size 8 or larger and 2 skeins compatible weight yarn (approximately 300 yards). Materials and material advice can be found at Shuttles, Spindles, & Skeins. Ages 10 and up. Two evening sessions, or three afternoon ones. $50, or $90 for two people signing up together
Wednesdays, April 16th-30th, 12:30-1:30pm
Intro to Screen Printing
Start the year off right with Screen Printing with London-New York-Boulder designer and printmaker extraordinaire, Edie Ure! This intensive workshop will cover the preparation of artwork for printing, elements of strong design, and basics of printing of various kinds of fabrics. An introduction to repeat printing and registration will also be covered. Students should come to the first meeting with items and materials on which to print as well as artwork inspiration: sketches, clip-art, photos, original artwork or tear sheets of their ideas. Students will leave the print day with their own screen and as many finished prints as they can handle on tote bags, t-shirts, tea towels, curtains and fabric yardage. Class meets twice: one 2-hour lecture and one 6-hour print day. Fee includes screen, ink, print tools, instruction and proof printing materials. Students may bring own desired items on which to print. $197
Thursday April 17th, 6-8pm and
Sunday, April 27th, 10am-4pm
Jewelry Design with Swoon!
Join us for an exciting one day workshop to learn several great metalworking techniques with Sahra Cahoon of Swoon Jewelry Studios! Students will leanr cutting wrapping, happering and stamping and techniques for egtting varied textures and sheen. Everyone leaves with at least 2 pairs of unique and handmade earrings, knowledge to make more and inspiration to last for years! Ages 12 and up, space limited. $55
Saturday, March 29th 12:30-3:30pm
Wish you could hit "copy" then "paste" on your favorite garments? With some time and instruction, you can re-make those hard-to-replace pieces in whatever fabric you desire. Come to this six-part workshop to make a pattern from your favorite shirt, pants or dress and make it from start to finish. Learn super-professional techniques, from local master Wendy Karnish, at the same time. No fabric needed for the first class, but students should bring a few garments they want to replicate. Must have sewing experience. 6 sessions. $175
Saturdays, April 5th - May 10th, 3:00-5:00pm
Men's Shirt into a Skirt
Join us for an easy one-night class for one of the coolest and easiest restyling projects around: converting a men's dress shirt into a flattering, wear anywhere skirt! Raid a man's closet or hit the thrift store and bring in one or more shirts in cotton, flannel, courdouroy, denim, you name it! There are a few easy and attractive styles for you to choose from. Experience helpful, but not necessary. One session. $30
See March Ladies' Night for next class...
Alterations and Restyled Clothing Workshop
Come to this three-part-er to learn how to do some quick, professional alterations as well as how to transform that not-quite-right item in your closet into something smashing! Whether you are shortening your pants, or turning them into a skirt, letting out the coat or turning a shirt into a dress! This class is for the practically minded as well as the visionary. You'll be thrilled with how much more expansive your closet seems and how limitless the thrift and consignment store selections can be. Basic sewing knowledge required. Class meets three times. $95
Wednesdays, April 9th - 23rd, 6:00-8:30pm
Come to a one-night class to make an easy and stylish carry all for the grocery and more. A great project for the new stitcher and a relaxed and satisfying evening for those of you hoping to add more handmade in your busy life. Get some people together, bring in a yard of a favorite fabric (or use ours) and leave with an indispenable addition to your repetoire that won't get lost or break. $39 ($70 for 2 people registering together)
Thursday, April 10th, 6:00-8:00pm
Thursday, April 24th, 6:00-8:00pm
Beginning Sewing Part I - Covered Pillow
This one-session class goes over the basics of machine sewing. Learn how to thread and operate a machine and get introduced to essential stitches with dozens of applications. Begin to envision a new world of functional crafts, simple and beautiful. Students make a slipcover throwpillow. One session (materials included) $45
Saturday, April 12th, 10am-12pm
Saturday, April 26th, 10am-12pm
Beginning Sewing Part II - Zippered Bag
Spread your sewing wings to put together a more advanced project. Students who’ve learned the basics in Part I can join any of these workshops to make a zippered bag. You will get a chance to see how your design ideas can be implemented and will learn techniques to put in a beautiful zipper. Corral your purse items with a snazzy case, or use the zipper as a safety on a roomy carry-all. Either way you’ll be on your way to more advanced sewing confidence. We recommend students bring their own fabric or purchase ours for this one, but students are always welcome to continue to use our free fabric. One session $50 (sign up for both I and II together for $85)
Saturday, March 22nd, 12:30-3:00pm
Saturday, April 26th, 12:30-3:00pm
Fashion Sketching II
Students who have learned the basics of fashion drawing and want to expand their skills come to this second level class to learn to handle faces and hair, how to capture texture and character of different fabrics and to solidfy their own signature look. Taught by designer extraordinaire and enviable draftswoman, Rachel Lubanowski, students will work towards completing a cohesive collection. Essential for portfolio development or exploring new design ventures, class is open to teens and adults. Materials needed for first class: Several sheets of computer paper, regular pencils and sharpeners, fashion magazines. Students must take Fashion Sketching I or submit recent work prior to enrolling. $125
Tuesdays, March 4th-April 1st; 6:00-8:00pm (no class 3/29)
Love to draw or looking for an opportunity to better present your design ideas? Back by popular demand is this specialized art class taught by local designer and etsy star, Rachel Lubanowski. Students will learn to create an elongated figure, draw convincing garments and add texture and details that communicate the designers' signature look. An important step in portfolio development or exploring new design ventures. Class is open to teens and adults. Materials needed for first class: Several sheets of computer paper, regular pencils and sharpeners, fashion magazines. Beginning and non-beginning students welcome. Repeat students will build on prior work to hone skills and learn to assemble a collection. $105
Tuesdays, February 4th-18th, 6:00-8:00pm
Independent Project Workshop
This low cost monthly offering is a great way to get guidance and make headway on large and small proects. Bring whatever you are working on or something you want to start. Use our machines, cutting tables, materials and expertise. A great chance to take care of alterations, mending, gift ideas or ambitious quilting projects. Bought a commercial pattern and feel like it was written in a different language? Don’t give up! Bring it to us and have it translated. Sewing experience required. Must call ahead to reserve spot. only $15
Wednesday, March 5th, 6:00-8:00pm
Wednesday, April 16th, 6:00-8:00pm
Recycled Runway 5
Are you ready? Mark your calendar for the show on Tuesday, April 8th at the Boulder Theater and get your reserved seat tickets through Indiegogo now! You are not going to believe what this year's crowd of middle and high school students are designing from trash and you will not want to miss our banner 5th year! This once-a-year phenomenon is a guided independent study and design workshop for students to make clothing from found materials, and culminates in a fun and impressive fashion show and competition at the Boulder Theater.
Fashion Show Tuesday, April 8, 6:30pm, Boulder Theater
Reserved seats and tables through Indiegogo
General Admission available through www.bouldertheater.com and at the door
Future Runway Stars
Runway minded elementary and middle school students join us for this first-time, special design course to run in tandem with Recycled Runway! Students work with the same questions and parameters as the contestants and get hands-on guidance and practice to construct their own garment and other essential show pieces from trash. Students in this program will get to be involved in the show itself on April 8th at the Boulder Theater and will have a role in designing and constructing decorations featured at the event. No experience necessary. Ages 9 and up. Enrollment limited. Class meets 5 times, 2 days to choose from. $95 ($75 for first 4 participants)
Tues, Feb 25 - Apr 1st, 3:45-5:45 (no class 3/25)
Wed, Feb 26 - Apr 2nd, 3:45-5:45 (no class 3/26)
School Day Off Camps
Have your kids ages 7-14 join us for a day of sewing and design fun when school is out again! Students enjoy relaxed, high-quality instruction to learn a new skill, hone their design vision and go back to school in style. Beginners and non-beginners welcome - everyone leaves with finished projects and creative satisfaction: simple garments, room decorations and stylish accessories. Participants should bring a bag lunch. Ages 7-14. $50 a day, 10% off for two days or two people signing up together.
Tuesday, March 25th 10am-2pm
Friday, April 18th, 10am-2pm
Monday, April 21st, 10am-2pm
Afterschool Kids Sewing
One of our longest running classes! Workshop for the younger, crafty set. Kids ages 7-10 learn everything from machine sewing basics to advanced techniques. Projects include bedroom décor, easy garments, stylish accessories. Every creation is the child’s own vision. Beginners and non-beginners welcome. This class fills up, so please call early. Interested in class on a different day? Let us know and we’ll set one up. Class meets 5 times. $137
Tuesdays, April 15th - May 13th, 3:45-5:45pm
Thursdays, April 17th-May 15th, 3:45-5:45pm
Make Your Own Clothes - How to Use a Pattern
Find a great pattern at the fabric shop and have no idea how to read it? Before you get discouraged, know that it is not easy! And feel confident that with a little language and symbol reading training you’ll be able to handle any pattern. Come to this multi-week workshop to learn what all those diagrams mean and how to get on your way to whipping up garments in an afternoon. Materials list upon registration. Class meets 3 or 4 times depending on day. $95
Thursdays, April 24th - May 15th, 10am-12pm
We’re excited to offer a fun getaway right here at Common Threads. Join us for an evening of simple stitching, easy clothing and wine! Gather your girlfriends together, bring in one or more large men's shirts and leave with a stylish and satisfying upcycled project. Beginning and non-beginning stitchers welcome. We’ll have wine, tea, and snacks but students are welcome to bring food and beverage to share. Sign up early as space is limited! One session $27
Thursday, April 17th, 6:00 - 8:00pm
Best Apron Class
Make one of three stylish and functional aprons in two short classes. Learn to gather seams, turn a strap, thread a casing and to make gorgeous hems and corners. Super cute, great coverage and fit and easy to make. Inspiring attire for home projects and they make great hostess gifts for all your holiday travel. Students need 1 1/4- 1 1/2 yards of cotton woven for main fabric and 1 yard for contrast. Great class for the near beginner, yet satisfying project for the seasoned stitcher. Class meets twice. $55 ($90 for two people registering together).
Fridays, March 7th and 14th, 3:45-5:45pm
Multiple sessions, different projects each week and each summer! Sign up early for discounted rate and maximum availability. We give expert skill guidance to design minded kids and teens and allow them to do the projects that inspire them. Our 7th banner summer. Call 303 449 5365 to register or email email@example.com with questions.
Kids Fabric Arts
Kids get technical with their creativity! This camp explores the ins and outs of machine sewing. All camper-directed designs, using fun fabrics and trims. Kids go home with new skills, creative passions and really fantastic, handmade projects. Make cool accessories while making friends this summer! Beginner and non-beginners welcome. Camp size limited, call early! Some materials included but participants may want to bring fabric. $210 per session ($195 if registered by 4/1).
4 sessions, 5 days a week 10:00am-1:00pm
June 9-13; June 23-27; August 4-8; August 11-15
American Girl Doll Camp
This camp is for girls with a passion for American Girl and other 18" dolls! Girls learn to make a simple garment for themselves and one that matches their doll too. Participants need to bring 2 yds of woven (non-stretchy) fabric and their doll to the first class. Beginner and non-beginners welcome. Some materials included but participants will want to bring their own fabric. $180 per session ($165 if registered by 4/1)
2 sessions, 4 days a week 10:00am-1:00pm
June 3-6; July 8-11
From fashion sketching to garment construction: Come to a week-long camp to learn the basics of clothing and accessory design as well as some decorative techniques. Participants adapt a garment design, adjust a pattern according to their measurements, cut and sew the garment to completion.
Camper-driven designs, really impressive results. A great first step for budding designers, or a fun way to hone skills for the more experienced stitcher. Everyone can learn advanced techniques, get a perfect fit, install zippers and more. Each week is project centered, so multiple registrations accepted. Beginner and non-beginners welcome. Camp size limited, so please call early! Some materials included but participants will want to bring their own fabric. $235 per session ($220 if registered by 4/1).
3 sessions, 5 days a week 2:00-5:30p
July 14-18; July 21-25; July 28-August 1
Design your Own Class
Many of our creative lab bookings are privately formed classes. If there is something you want to learn and you have some friends who want to join you, give us a call.
Anytime, price depending on length of class and number of students
Classes we’ve had in the past and will likely have again:
PJ Pants, Gumdrop Pillow, Patternmaking, Hat Making, Simple Skirt, Breezy Top,
Silk Screening, Belt making, Jewelry Making, Draping.
Something you want to learn but don’t see on our schedule? Can’t work one of our listed classes into your calendar? Let us know! We can design a class just for you and your like-minded friends on the dates you choose.