Welcome to Studio How-To, Cleveland's place to step away from your fast-paced, screen-centric life to learn how to make stylish, useful, beautiful things with your own two hands. Meet new friends and reconnect with old friends. Spend time with people who are as excited about making things and learning as you are. Try something new in one of our workshops to discover your talents, rejuvenate your creativity or just have some fun. You don't need any experience and you don't need to be a creative person to have fun here. We teach workshops on how to sew, knit, work with leather, print, paper craft, embroider, paint, and more. Host a party with a creative theme. Browse through the website to learn more about what I offer at the studio, and be the first to know about workshops and events by subscribing to my emails.
"Sarah has been the reason for me to finally take the dusty sewing machine out of the closet and get started learning. The Studio How-To sewing class was very helpful in restoring my interest in sewing because I was able to review machine basics, learn pattern-making tips, get creative ideas for fabric re-use, and make practical stuff! Every class I was able to walk away with a bag or a pillow and know that I had the ability to keep creating at home."
-Marie, South Euclid
March 24, 11 am - 2 pm
Learn the basics of using a sewing machine including threading the needle, winding a bobbin, what each part does, how to troubleshoot. Practice stitching straight lines and curves.
Ease Into Sewing: We'll cover how to use a sewing machine - install needle, thread needle, install feet, what the different feet are for, wind a bobbin, insert the bobbin, use presser foot, adjust tension, what is tension, choosing stitches (how and why). You'll do some practice stitching to get comfortable and then have a chance to make a simple project to test your skills.
Jump Right In: Start with everything in the Ease Into Sewing option and then jump into making your first project: a market tote or throw pillow.
Materials: Machines, all supplies and materials for projects are provided.
Price: Includes hands-on instruction, opportunity for lots of questions, all supplies, materials and use of tools.
Bonus: Have a machine at home but no idea what to do with it? You can bring your own machine and we'll help you figure it out.
Sunday, March 25 1 - 3:30 pm
From chalkboard menus to greeting cards to ad campaigns to magazine covers, hand-lettering is everywhere! It’s both a useful skill for any person to have as well as a super fun activity. Join hand Lettering artist, Lisa Quine, to learn all about this beautiful art form. In this workshop we'll be brushing up on Typography 101, exploring how to find and use inspiration, then we’ll walk through a bunch of fun exercises. By the end you’ll have experience in sketching letters and words in a number of styles. We’ll even send you home with a “how-to” packet so you can practice and put together your own composition!
Saturday, March 31, 11 am - 1:30 pm
Join Katie Uher, of A Little After Nine, for a course on the basics of brush lettering! Learn how to work with two different brush markers to add a personal, hand written touch to any aspect of your life. Katie will guide you through the basic strokes and letter formations of modern calligraphy and give you personalized guidance and support as you practice. The class includes a brush lettering workbook created specifically to support new learners and two different brush markers to use during the workshop and take home for more practice. Make it a girls' brunch and bring the mimosas or bottle of choice. We'll provide the munchies, coffee and tea.
Soon you'll be addressing all your envelopes with style and creating beautiful hand written accents throughout your life.
What: Join us for our official opening party at our new shop in Coventry Village. We have moved from our Cedar Lee location and want to celebrate with you. Drop in to check out the new shop, find new classes, make some crafts with us, and have some fun. Did I mention there are prizes?
When: April 7, 11 am - 6 pm (drop in anytime)
Where: New shop at 1799 Coventry Rd, Cleveland Heights
Why: Because making stuff is fun and you know you want to see what's new in Coventry! You might win a free workshop, kit, or completed item. Lots of cool maker people will be there.
Free! Free! Free!
Saturday, April 14, 3 - 5:30 pm
Join paper floral artist, Stephanie Loudon, from Peninsula, OH and create gorgeous spring blooms.
Learn to make this fabulous spring anemone wreath by making your own crepe paper flowers in the Pantone color of the year, Ultra Violet. In this 2.5 hour workshop, Stephanie will cover all the skills to create the fringe of the inner flower, cut and sculpt petals, and attach each leaf and petal to stems. Then combine each element to make a fabulous spring wreath that will maintain its fresh color and shape for years to come.
Learn to use a sewing machine and make your own tote bag with local handmade bag designer and creator, Liz Sabo on Sunday, April 15, 2 - 4 pm.
This workshop is designed for those of you who have been wanting to sew but need help getting started. If you have a sewing machine tucked away, now’s the time to dust it off! There are also some sewing machines available for those who do not have their own. During the class Liz will take you through the basics of working with a sewing machine, including how to thread the machine and needle and install the bobbin. You’ll practice simple stitching using scrap fabric so you can practice as much as you’d like! You'll talk about common sewing problems and how to work through them. Then you'll practice your new skills by sewing a simple, cotton tote. This workshop is also a great refresher class if you're getting back to sewing after a long break.
What You’ll Learn: sewing machine basics and how to sew a tote bag
Materials: All fabric, tools and supplies for this workshop are provided. There are 4 sewing machines available first come, first serve. Choose whether you are bringing your own machine or reserving a Studio How-To machine from the drop down menu.
(If you are bringing your own sewing machine, make sure it has all the necessary parts: power cable, foot pedal, bobbin. If you have its manual, bring that as well.)
Join us for a fun two part workshop that combines printing your own fabric with learning how to turn that into a cute sewn project. In the first session, you'll design and block print your own pieces of fabric. We'll store your drying fabrics at the studio until the next week. In the second session, you'll sew those printed pieces into a zipper pouch or drawstring bag.
I'll be there walking you through it all. You don't need prior experience with printing or sewing, as long as you are ready to jump in and learn.
When: Wednesday, April 19 & 26, 6:30 - 8:30 pm
Price: Includes all materials, use of tools and equipment and instruction.
Embroidery is enjoying quite a comeback right now. It's an easy hand craft to pick up and put down, take with you, and do while you watch TV. With just a few basic stitches you can make colorful works of art for your wall, or sew them into other projects, embellish your clothes, and more. You can even use it to express your political views with clever statements, subversive messages, or blatant exclamations, with a dose of pretty flowers thrown in to make the message polite.
In this workshop, you'll learn several of the most common stitches that will allow you to easily complete several embroidery projects (including back stitch, satin stitch, french knot, and running stitch). We will work on one sampler pattern in class and you will take home a pattern to practice at home.
What You Will Learn: Introductory embroidery stitches, transferring a pattern to your fabric, using an embroidery hoop, attaching fabric to hoop, and troubleshooting tips.
Materials: All materials are provided for use in workshop, including embroidery hoop, embroidery needle, embroidery thread, fabric, and two original embroidery designs. Take home your finished design, one hoop, and one design to use at home.
Saturday, April 21, 10 am - 2 pm
This workshop is for you if you have never made a quilt, are worried about the time commitment for making a quilt (or fear starting and never finishing), or have an idea in mind, but have no idea how to get started with your dream quilt. In this workshop we'll make a small quilt from start to finish (you might take some hand stitch work home with you). You'll choose your fabric, learn how to assemble the quilt top, assemble the layers, bind the quilt, and hand-quilt it.
While we work through a simple starter project, we'll discuss your ideas, hopes, and plans for the bigger project you have in mind. I'll help you plan the quilt, and discuss choosing a pattern and colors, explain how to easily transfer the skills from this workshop to a larger project.
Materials: All fabric,batting, bias tape, needles, thread, sewing machines, and tools will be provided. If you have some fabric, patterns, or other ideas for your larger project, bring them with you for discussion and planning!
Price: Includes four hours of guided creation and instruction, use of notions and equipment, and instructions to take home.
Watercolor is one of the simplest ways to get started painting. You don't need special artistic skill or confidence to have fun in this class. We'll walk you through the terminology of working with watercolors, talk about color use, how to mix and apply colors for different effects, and help you make some fun art pieces to take home.
What You Will Learn: Watercolor basics, terminology, supplies, techniques.
Materials: All materials are provided for use in class, including watercolor paper, brushes, paints, and pens.
Price: Includes two hours of guided creation and instruction and all supplies to use in class.