Welcome to Studio How-To, your source for fun designer yarns, quilting fabrics, and tons of fun creative workshops. We're conveniently located in Coventry Village with lots of great restaurants and shops to complete your experience. Bring your project ideas and dreams and let us help you find the perfect supplies, patterns, and skills you need. Join one of our workshops or classes, and learn how to sew, knit, work with leather, macrame, weave, embroider, and more. Our mission is to reconnect you with the joy of making things with your own hands, while also making sure your projects are stylish, useful, and beautiful. Try something new in one of our workshops to discover your talents, rejuvenate your creativity or just have some fun. Step away from your fast-paced, screen-centric life, meet new friends and reconnect with old friends. You don't need any experience and you don't need to be a creative person to have fun here. We can even help you host a party or team building event with a creative theme in our shop. Come see us at the shop in Coventry Village to find all your yarn, fabric, and hand craft supplies in a fun, locally-owned shop!
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"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
When: Saturday, October 13, 11 am - 1 pm, October 20, 4 - 5 pm, and up to one scheduled individually during our regular open hours.
Are you tired of making scarves and dishcloths? Wish you could tackle a sweater, but fear the image of the ill-fitting, misshapen, too embarrassing to wear hand-knit sweater? This is your workshop.
In this multi part workshop you will learn how to read a knitting pattern, terminology and techniques related to sweater knitting, the basics of sweater construction, shaping, determining basic fit from the pattern. We’ll cast on and start working a top down sweater in the round using worsted weight yarn. We’ll meet again for each new step, including separating for the sleeves and picking up stitches to knit the sleeves, and for troubleshooting.
This workshop will NOT address fit adjustments outside those offered in the pattern.
Requirements: You must know how to knit, purl, cast-on, and bind-off. This is not a beginner knitting class. You should have some experience with increasing and decreasing, but do not need to be an expert.
Materials: We will provide the pattern. You will need worsted weight yarn in a quantity to match the size sweater you will make as well as circular needles in Size US6 and US8, or size needed to obtain gauge (please stop by the shop for assistance with selecting appropriate materials if needed). Needles, yarn, and any other tools will be available for purchase at the shop with a 10% discount. You are also welcome to bring your own if you have already purchased yarn and or needle.
When: October 13, 3 - 5:30 pm
Have you been wanting to learn how to sew and don’t know where to start? Or maybe you haven’t touched a machine since you were a teen and want to get back into sewing.
In this workshop, you’ll learn the basics of using a sewing machine including threading the needle, winding a bobbin, what each part does, and how to troubleshoot. You'll do lots of practice stitching to get comfortable, and then we’ll jump into making a simple, attractive market tote.
Bring your questions and learn all the answers.
Use of machines and all supplies and materials for stitching are included in the class price.
When: Saturday, October 20, 11 - 1:30 PM
Do you love large scale knitted blankets and cowls? Wondering if you could make one for yourself in exactly your colors? Or maybe make several for gifts?
In this workshop you’ll learn everything you need to know and complete a cowl or blanker (depending on the project you choose). You’ll learn how how to cast on, knit, and bind off. And we’ll talk about yarn selection for future projects. You’ll do it all with only your arms (your hands help a bit) and giant yarn. We’ll send you home with a fabulous new blanket or cowl and instructions for the next project.
Once you master one project, you’ll have the flexibility to choose exactly the yarn you want and the project you want. Maybe you want a more affordable acrylic yarn for some projects (or your skin just can't stand wool), or you prefer opulent wool for certain projects, or even a stretchy t-shirt yarn. You can adjust your size and color, too.
Materials: Select your color and type of yarn when registering. Yarn for one project, instruction, and directions to take home are included in the price.
The sun, wheels, cookies… everything’s better when it’s in circle form — and weaving is no exception! In this 3-hour class, led by Columbus fiber artist Sarah Harste, you'll learn how to create your own circle weaving, including how to warp a circle loom and how to stitch tabby weave and soumak on a circle loom.
All materials are provided to make one 10” circle weaving from start to finish. No need to bring anything but your creative enthusiasm!
Last but not least, you'll receive a "thank you" email from Sarah after class with a circle weaving guide to aid you in future creations!
This class is intended for beginner and intermediate weaving students; no prior weaving experience is required to take this class, since circle weaving is a craft of its own! Attendees must be age 16 and up. Space is limited so be sure to register to secure your spot!
When: October 21, 11 am - 2 pm
Get ready to up your home fiber art game! This gorgeous macrame lantern makes such a dreamy addition to your home — and yes, you can make it! In this 3-hr class, led by Columbus fiber artist Sarah Harste, you'll learn four basic macrame knots and how to create your own unique lantern.
All materials are provided to make your piece from start to finish. Bring your creative enthusiasm — and a snack if you need it!
Last but not least, you'll receive a "thank you" email from Sarah after class with instructions on where to source materials and a knot guide for future creations!
This class is intended for beginner and intermediate macrame students; if you feel like you aren’t a “quick learner” when it comes to crafts, you might prefer to take my Macrame Wall Hanging Workshop before taking this workshop! We will be standing for most of the 3 hours, which might be strenuous for some. Attendees must be age 16 and up. Space is limited so be sure to register to secure your spot!
When: Sunday, October 21, 3:30 - 6:30 pm
When: Saturday, October 27, 11 am - 3 pm
Looking to expand your knitting skills now that you’ve mastered knitting and purling? Come learn how to knit your first pair of socks. Learn how to cast on and work with the magic loop method (knitting in the round with extra long cable needles instead of double pointed needles). We’ll discuss the anatomy of a sock, and cover the cast on, working the cuff, leg, heel flap, heel turn, gusset, foot, and toe. And of course we’ll explain what all those terms mean.
In the workshop, you’ll work through an entire baby/toddler size sock so you can see (and do ) each step of the sock knitting.
Please note: This is not a learn to knit class. You must know how and be comfortable with knitting, purling, increasing and decreasing. You do not need to feel like at expert at these or have each method memorized.
Materials: The workshop includes pattern and instruction, but does not include supplies. We will be working with worsted weight yarn and circular needles size US 5, 6, or 7 with a cable of at least 24 inches. Students receive a 10% discount on all supplies for the workshop. Please arrive 10 - 15 minutes early to make any purchases.
Have you been wanting to try making art with collage but aren’t sure how to start or how to make it look like art instead of a bunch of random cut papers? We are offering our first art collage workshop, led by Dutch collage artist, Michelle van Dijk, who happens to be a Cleveland local currently. In this two hour workshop you will create your own fantasy collage art and learn the basic techniques of collage. You’ll use high quality paper for mounting your work, and get a frame to display your piece. Choose between abstract or representational art. For example you can create your own self portrait, a portrait of a loved one, a landscape, or try creating a scene represent your zodiac sign. These are just some fun ideas to get your creativity started.
Michelle is a passionate collector of bric-a-brac, who uses trinkets, scraps of paper, paint and lots of glue to arrange imaginative worlds.
When: Sunday, October 28, 2 - 4 pm
When: Saturday, November 3, 11 am - 1 pm
Do you love the beauty and details in handmade books? How about in miniature? This fall, we have a miniature book workshop just for you. Learn how to make your own beautiful handmade miniature book with a traditional hand-bound bookbinding technique. Choose from a variety of luxurious book cloth papers and work with book board, archival quality text block (paper) and learn a simple hand-sewn binding. You’ll create a book full of small blank pages waiting to be filled with your thoughts, dreams, poetry, art, or to give as a gift. Plus, you’ll take home a detailed guide so you can make several more books and stock up for treasured holiday gifts.
Small class size gives you lots of instructor attention so you can be sure to make the perfect book and feel good about your creation. Please register in advance to ensure your spot and plenty of materials are prepared.
Local book artist, Amy Fishbach, will lead this workshop. You can find her work at local and national book shows.
Materials: All materials are provided and included in the workshop price.
When: Saturday, November 3, 3 - 5 pm
Embroidery is all the rage today and with good reason. It's an easy hand craft to pick up and put down, take with you, and do while you watch TV. It’s like drawing with thread! 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 (or strands of floss needed to finish), one hoop, one needle, stitch guide, and one design to use at home.
When: Sunday, November 11, 1 - 4 pm
We are excited for our second workshop with Asya Palatova, of Gleena Ceramics at our shop. In this holiday ceramics handbuilding workshop, you will learn the basics of handbuilding by working with shape, form and pattern on a flat surface. The idea for the class originated with plans for holiday gift making, but you are not limited to “ornaments” in your clay working.
You’ll learn basic clay techniques and create attractive flat (as opposed to multi-dimensional pots) works with clay. Asya will guide you through the concepts of shape, form, pattern, and function as she instructs you in working with clay and inspires you with her approach to this art.
After class, Asya will fire and glaze each piece for you and you will be able to pick up your finished pieces at Gleena Ceramics, 2114 S. Taylor Rd, Cleveland Heights, OH 44118. We’ll provide a date and time for pick-up during the workshop.
All tools, materials, and glaze are provided and included in the workshop fee. No previous clay experience necessary.
Asya Palatova began working with clay while studying graphic design as an undergraduate at University of Cincinnati. The love affair with clay compelled Asya to build ceramic sculptures on her kitchen table while working as a graphic designer in New York City. The kitchen-built sculptures got Asya into the graduate program at Rhode Island School of Design. After earning an MFA with a ceramic concentration, Asya created Gleena, a porcelain tableware line. Asya now has a studio and a small shop in Cleveland Heights, OH, called Gleena Ceramics.