Circle of Hands

A Foundational Handwork Course with Mindy Upton of Blue Sky Craft Studio

Once-monthly, September 2023 through May 2024

Grab a cup of tea, your handwork basket, and gather online for this relaxing, once-monthly handwork circle. Nourish your soul while learning the foundational skills such as sewing, embroidery, needle felting and more through inspiring projects in a circle of camaraderie. Become more practiced at these simple skills while creating projects and learning new songs, verses, and stories that can be put to use in your program immediately!

This course is offered as an enriching experience for parents, care providers and educators, but is not available for CE hours.


How Will This Course Work

This course meets over Zoom once monthly on Sunday afternoons, 1-3 pm Central. In order to create a lively “in-person” feel to the course, these sessions are not recorded.

We will meet: September 24, October 29, November 19, December 17, January 28, February 25, March 24, April 28, May 19

A note about supplies: Mindy strives to create beautiful crafts that suit multiple skill levels or levels of desire, with upcycled and simple materials that you may have around the house. Materials or supplies may still need to be purchased, if you are new to handwork, and each participant is responsible for procuring their own supplies.

Details of the Course Content

From Mindy:

“This fall we will look deeply into the complete picture of the Nature Garden with all it’s beauty and wonder. The nature Table creates a sense of awe and appreciation of the wonderful ever changing world we live in. When the children walk into the room and look at the nature garden, they are immersed in the magic of color, shape form and all the characters of the kingdoms of earthly and heavenly life.

In each class we will use new handwork skills to create seasonal beings to use both at story time for your puppet plays and also for the Nature Table in your classroom or home. We will begin to learn how to create standing puppets that have movement and symbolism. We will start with a Mother Earth puppet and then create her family of helpers, seed babies, gnomes and root children, using sewing and felting techniques.

Late fall will bring us into felting and sewing King Winter with his snowy cloak and silvery crystal crown.

I welcome you to join us in creating beauty in a community of teachers and caregivers for this very rich study of Seasonal crafts and handwork.

Our pace of work will be slow and sensitive to each students’ ability and skill. I also have always felt that with crafting comes singing and short little tales of the season which I will look forward to sharing with you every week. We welcome our handwork friends from near and far and look forward to beginning this wonderful journey with you.”

About the Instructor

Mindy has been teaching Kindergarten for the past 40 years. She feels very fortunate to have been able to share her love of handwork, puppetry and fiber arts in the classroom with the children and families. She worked previously at her school, Blue Sky Kindergarten; and has recently opened Blue Sky Craft Studio in Niwot Colorado where she offers parent/child classes and art classes for children and adults. She has recently formed the “Three Wishes Puppet Troupe” that creates and performs Puppet shows for the Colorado community. This past summer, she was host to the Waldorf Association of Storytelling and Puppetry Arts Summer Conference. She is delighted to meet participants in our course and to enjoy the art of handwork together.

Learn more about Mindy and her craft studio at

Register for This Course

$40 per session 

Refund Policy: Fees will be refunded in full up to 7 days prior to the start of the course, and at 50% if student cancels enrollment less than a week in advance. Fees are nonrefundable after the start of the course.

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