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.
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
Teen class ages 11-18
Thursday and Friday July 10th and 11th, 2-4:30pm
Saturday, August 2nd, 10-3pm
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
Tuesday, July 22nd, 6-8pm and
Sunday, August 10th, 10am-4pm
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, June 7th - July 19th, 3:00-5:00pm
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, July 10th, 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, July 16th-30th, 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, July 26th, 10am-12pm
Saturday, August 9th, 10am-12pm
Saturday, August 23rd, 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, July 26th, 12:30-3:00pm
Saturday, August 23rd, 12:30-3:00pm
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, July 22nd-August 19th (no class 8/12), 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
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)
Tuesday, July 15th, 6:00-8:00pm
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, June 9th-23rd, 6:00-8:30pm
Mondays, July 14-28th, 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, July 24th 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 lightweight woven (non-stretchy) cotton or similar fabric and make a breezy, stylish summer top or pool cover-up. 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, July 31, 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, June 18th and 25th, 6:00-8:00pm
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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).
5 sessions, 5 days a week 10:00am-1:00pm
June 9-13; June 16-20 *new*; 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)
3 sessions, 4 days a week 10:00am-1:00pm
June 3-6; July 8-11; July 22-25 *new*
Teen Mini Camp
We've added a mini-deign camp for your talented teens! Ages 11-18 join us for 3 days of intensive sewing to complete great fashionable garments and accessories. No experience necessary, but veterans will likely get to make more projects. Materials included but participants may want to bring fabric. Space limited, call to register! 303 449 5365 $125
Tuesday-Thursday, July 29th-31st, 10am-1:00pm
Common Threads at the JCC!
We're offering two great camps at the JCC this summer. Kids 6-8 years old can sign up for fabric painting and sewing at the Market Totes Day Camp. Kids 8-11 years old will enjoy the fashion and design possibilities in Upcycled T-shirt Crafting Day Camp. These camps are July 28th-August 1st and to register, go to the Boulder JCC Summer Camp webpage.
Market Tote Camp, Age 6-8, July 28-Aug 1, 9-12
T-shirt Upcycling Camp, Age 8-11, July 28-Aug 1, 1-4
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.