Arts and Culture

Six Places for Arts and Craft Lovers in Denver

Denver is a craft-lover's wonderland.
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Denver is a craft-lover's wonderland.
Sure, Denver's a hub for outdoorsy types, music fans, art lovers, craft-brew bros and cannabis connoisseurs. And the Mile High City has people who prefer to huddle inside and create arts and crafts covered, too.Here are six of our favorite metro-area resources for craft lovers, culled from our Best of Denver edition.

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Sewbago brings sewing classes to you.
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Best Sewing Classes on Wheels

Sew as you go: Sewing teacher Tish Gance created Sewbago, a mobile version of her HISS Studio (a previous Best of Denver winner), and now she’s taken her show entirely on the road, bringing sewing classes directly to private parties or parking lots and street corners all over the metro area. Gance’s classic ’72 Winnebago Chieftain is outfitted with sewing machines (you can also bring your own) and space to accommodate three students at a time; classes include such basics as Introduction to Sewing and the Doomsday Class, where you’ll learn to sew on a button, fix a hem and other skills needed to make it through the zombie apocalypse. Course registration closes 24 hours ahead of each class; visit the website for more information.

Update: Sewbago is now closed. The store posted the following on its webpage:

To all our students, friends, supporters and family who gave us the courage to be the first Mobile Sewing Studio in Denver! Unfortunately, we didn't receive enough class sign ups to support the Sewbago, and will be resuming classes in a brick and mortar location.

It was a GREAT run, and many wonderful memories were created with the Sewbago. The past year and a half will forever remain in our hearts as a fun and exciting adventure, we hope you will join us for the next chapter at HISS Studio in our new Lowry location.
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Best Place to Build It Yourself
I Made It Workshop
617 22nd Street

Got a hankering to hammer nails into something? Now apartment dwellers and other Denverites lacking tools or pinched for space can bang away all they like at I Made It, a fully outfitted community woodworking space that you can use for a per-project fee. Familiarize yourself with the shop and its tools during an orientation session, then book shop time if you choose to take on your own pet project (with one-on-one help as needed) or take a class (projects vary from cutting boards to coffee tables). It’s all no muss, no fuss, and you can leave the sawdust behind.

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Best Craft Classes
Ink Lounge
29 South Fox Street

Craft workshops are a mixed bag, and sometimes all you have to show for your time and money is a misshapen ashtray or, worse, a plate you painted with the same design everyone else tried. But everyone can use another T-shirt, especially if it’s one you printed yourself. Ink Lounge, a working screen-printing studio run by pros Stu and Nicky Alden, encourages teamwork during a couple of hours of good, messy fun that leave you with up to eight shirts (or tea towels, totes, pillow shams or whatever). Workshops are tailored to all age groups, plus parties or private lessons, and you go home with something you’ll use again and again.