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.
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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.
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, Aug 23 - October 4, 3:00-5:00pm (no class 8/30)
Tussie Mussie Necklaces
Metalsmithing with Shannon Sunderland (ages 11 and up)
In Victorian times, the language of flowers was used as a means of communication. Certain flowers had secret meanings for the recipient, which allowed the sender to convey feelings that could not be easily communicated. Armed with floral dictionaries, Victorians often exchanged small “talking bouquets” or “tussie-mussies,” which could be worn or exchanged as a fashion accessory. Shannon will present a study of the historical and cultural meaning of flowers. Students will then choose their own flowers to make out of metal, resulting in a beautiful necklace that will be unique and personal to each maker. We will explore metalsmithing techniques including piercing, filing, texturing, stamping and patina application. No prior metalsmithing experience necessary. If you have a flower that is your personal favorite, or has sentimental meaning for you, bring an example (drawing, online image, photo or actual flower) and we will stylize it in metal together. For example, Shannon’s Great Grandmother loved African Violets, so she will make a violet necklace in her honor. Two class sessions for teens, one long workshop for adults. Price includes all materials. Space limited. $160
fall dates coming soon...
Join us for an easy one-night class to make the most basic of clothing, that will become a favorite summer staple. Students can choose from one of three flattering and easy styles of skirts to make from start to finish and will leave with skills to make any of them again on their own. Bring 1 1/2 - 2 yards of cotton or other lightweight woven (non-stretchy) fabric. One session. $50 ($85 for two people signing up together)
Thursday, August 21st, 5:30-8:30pm
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, August 20-September 3, 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)
Wednesday, June 11th, 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, August 23rd, 10am-12pm
Saturday, September 27th, 10am-12pm
Saturday, October 25th, 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, August 23rd, 12:30-3:00pm
Saturday, September 27th, 12:30-3:00pm
Saturday, October 25th, 12:30-3:00pm
Guided Studio Session
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 (studio time also available at other times for $15 an hour)
Thursday, August 28, 6:00-8:00pm
Sewing Machine Sale!
Get your new or used Bernina or Bernette at our end of summer Machine Sale! Find out why these machines are the best in the business and get on your way to loving sewing even more. Prices start at $179. Machine purchases at our sale come with full warranty and a series of free classes held at the The Presser Foot Bernina Dealer in Longmont (we hold the first class for you for free at Common Threads). Come early for best selection!
Saturday, September 13, 10a-1p
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
Mondays, September 8-22, 6:00-8:30pm
Mondays, Oct 6-27 (no class 10/13), 6:00-8:30pm
Pj Pants: Easy, useful, indispensible and a nightly reminder of how cool and skilled you are. One day class to learn easy garment construction, and some great tricks which can be applied to a range of projects. Machine experience required. Students should bring 2 1/2-3 yards of flannel or other soft cotton. If pants are for a child, or you want to make shorts, you can bring less fabric (call for details). $50
Thursday, September 18, 6:00-8:30pm
Thursday, November 13, 6:00 - 8:30pm
We’re excited to offer a fun getaway right here at Common Threads. Join us for an evening of simple stitching, easy clothing and adult beverages! Gather your girlfriends together, bring 1 1/2-2 yards of woven (non-stretchy) cotton or similar fabric and make a great fall accessory. 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, November 20, 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 summer travel. Learn to make one, crank out more for years. Students need 1 1/2 yards of cotton woven for main fabric and 1 yard for contrast. Great all ages (10 and up) class for the near beginner, yet satisfying project for the seasoned stitcher. Class meets twice. $55 ($90 for two people registering together).
Wednesdays, September 24 - October 1, 6:00-8:00pm
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. Class meets 5 times. $135
Mondays, September 8-October 6, 3:45-5:45pm
Thursdays, September 11-October 3, 3:45-5:45pm
Get your Halloween Costume going early and have the costume YOU want for this year's paries and trick o' treating! Modify an old costume to create something new or start from scratch with a pattern and your fabric. Materials not included. Open to kids and adults. Great parent-child class. Call for details. $46 or $85 for 2 people together
Saturday, October 4, 10a-1pm
Saturday, October 18, 12-3pm
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, September 16 - October 7, 6:00-8:00pm
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
Check back for fall dates or contact us to schedule privately
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
Fall dates coming soon
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.