Circle of Hands

A Beginners Hand-Sewing Course with Mindy Upton of Blue Sky Craft Studio

Once-monthly, January through June of 2023

Our recent Boulder LifeWays training group has been delighted to work with Mindy and we are delighted to extend the opportunity to you!

Grab a cup of tea, your thread and needle, and gather online for this relaxing, once-monthly handwork circle. Nourish your soul while learning the basics of sewing and embroidery through inspiring projects in a circle of camaraderie. Become more practiced with simple stitches and build your repertoire to begin creating your own projects!

*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, 3-4:30pm CST.

We will meet:

  • January 22, February 19, March 19, April 16, May 21, and June 11.

Participants will receive email communication from Mindy about upcoming project ideas, lists of materials, and/or patterns and instructions needed for class. 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 sewing, and each participant is responsible for procuring their own supplies.

To preserve a spirit of community and a shared, live experience, we will not be recording sessions of this course.

Details of the Course Content

The focus of Circle of Hands is to create a community of beginning handworkers learning together, with a curriculum that responds to their ongoing needs and desires. Mindy selects projects in collaboration with the group, and thus details for upcoming classes such as project choice, materials and patterns are typically posted three weeks in advance of the next class.

May 21 Birthday Crowns: In this class we will create a birthday crown made of felt using embroidery and appliqué techniques. Please make note that participants are welcome to stay an extra half hour for the birthday puppet show. We will not be charging extra for this.

I’ve made these crowns every year for the children in my kindergarten, and what a wonderful moment it is to contemplate each child, while creating a “halo” for them to wear on their special day.  These crowns can be created, simply and joyously with felt embroidery floss and our loving hands.

Click here for a description of the project and needed materials.

Join us in our handwork journey to nurture yourself and connect with other teachers creating beauty to bring into the kindergarten and beyond!

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. She will also be hosting the next Waldorf Association of Storytelling and Puppetry Arts Summer Conference in July of 2023. She is delighted to meet participants in our course to enjoy the art of handwork together. 

Learn more about Mindy and her craft studio at

Register for This Course

Cost $35 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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