Welcome to Studio How-To, Cleveland's place to learn how to make stylish, useful, beautiful things with your own two hands. 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. Spend time with people who are as excited about making things and learning as you are. 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, weave, macrame, 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 we offer at the studio, and be the first to know about workshops and events by subscribing to our 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
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Do you have a favorite garment that fits you perfectly and would love to recreate it? Have some experience sewing and looking for a new challenge? Then this workshop is for you! Expert garment stitcher, Debbie Christensen of Bolt & Spool will walk you through copying your favorite clothes.
In this 4-hour workshop, you’ll learn how to copy your clothes by making a pattern from an existing garment that you already know fits you. You will leave the class with a perfectly fitted pattern and, if time allows, a completed test garment (called a muslin) ready to be made up as many times as you like and in all kinds of fabulous fabrics!
What you will learn: We’ll cover transferring seam lines and adding seam allowances; fitting details such as darts, tucks, and gathers; copying pockets and any other design details; writing out basic pattern instructions; and making up a muslin to check the fit.
Prerequisites: This workshop is not suitable for beginners. You’ll need to have made a few garments as well as have some basic construction skills prior to attending the course. Because of the limited time frame, we recommend you bring something that is not too complicated, such as a skirt, dress, or top (please no pants). Bring a few options to ensure we have a garment that works well for the class, or email Debbie prior to the class if you have questions. Also note that completing the muslin in class may not happen if the scale or complexity of the project exceeds the workshop time. However, you will definitely leave with the pattern ready to test at home.
What to bring: To make a muslin, please bring a few yards of inexpensive fabric in a material as close as possible in weight and drape to the fabric you intend to use for the final garment. If you are copying a knit garment, you will need knit fabric. This will let you test the fabric and see how it works in your pattern.
Purchasing Fabric: We have some quilting weight fabrics available at Studio How-To, but recommend Bolt & Spool in Little Italy for your final garment fabric purchases.
When: Sunday, June 24th, 1 - 5 pm
Max class size: 5
Age: 15+ years old
Cost: $115 per person
4 hour class
Includes: all tools and supplies, pattern paper, instruction, and light refreshments
Read about the jean jacket Debbie copied on the Bolt & Spool blog.
When: Saturday, June 30, 11 am - 1 pm
Join local book artist, Amy Fishbach to learn how to make your own beautiful handmade book with the coptic stitch bookbinding technique. Choose from a variety of luxurious papers and threads to customize your journal. 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. Take home a beautiful new journal, confidence, and instructions to make more journals at home.
What You Will Learn: Basic bookbinding terminology, coptic stitch binding technique, book assembly.
Materials: All materials, equipment and supplies are provided, including high quality bookmaker's papers, linen threads, and covers.
So you know how to sew, and you’ve stepped it up and bought a serger (or inherited one. Now what do you do? If your serger hasn’t been out of the box, has been stuck gathering dust in a corner or closet, or you just aren’t sure where to begin, this class is for you. Lifelong sewist and sewing instructor, Alison Hirsch, will teach you all the ins and outs of using your serger so you can go home and love using it for every project.
You will learn how to thread it, what a correct serger stitch looks like and how to adjust your serger to sew the perfect stitch. In addition, you will learn that a serger is not just for finishing seams, but can make your sewing life so much easier (and faster) in so many ways.
Plan to become acquainted with your new best sewing friend.
When: Friday, June 29, 6:30 - 8:30
Please Bring the Following to Class:
- Your serger with foot controller (pedal) and power cord
- The manual that came with your serger
- Needles, as specified in your manual
- Thread, one cone to match each colored thread path on your serger (ex. Red, yellow, green and blue)
- All the accessories that were included with your serger, especially the tweezers.
- Reading glasses (if you need them)
- Camera or phone with camera (pictures help you remember the details)
We’ll provide paper, pen, scissors, and fabric to work with. Bring ALL your questions and Alison will have you on the road to loving your serger.
When: Saturday, June 30, 2 - 7 pm
Want to learn how to sew your own clothes using a pattern? Join us for this 5 hour intensive workshop and sew the simple, fun Willow Tank by Graineline Studio. This is a beginner level garment sewing workshop. This means previous sewing machine experience is required, but you don’t have to be an expert. We'll review the sewing machine at the beginning to cover the bits relevant to this workshop, but you should be able and comfortable threading the machine and sewing a straight line.
In this workshop you'll learn:
Garment sewing terminology
How to use a commercial pattern, including how to measure your body and determine proper sizing.
How to choose and prepare fabrics
How to use all the tools, cutting, pinning, ironing
How to sew a hem, sew darts, apply a bias facing
We'll walk you through each step of the pattern and stitching up your tank.
You'll leave with an awesome new shirt made by you, and the knowledge and confidence to tackle new garment sewing projects on your own. Plus the Willow Tank pattern includes instructions and pattern to make a tank dress as your next project at home.
Price: Includes the pattern, 2 yards of fabric of your choice, hands-on instruction, opportunity for lots of questions, all use of tools, thread, etc.
Sunday, July 1, 2 - 5 pm
If you've been wanting to try working with leather, but aren't sure where to start, this is your workshop. We will work through two intro level projects that will let you learn several different leather working techniques, including saddle stitch (hand stitching), working with dye, setting a snap, and using a button stud closure. You will be able to choose your projects, with options including a card wallet, bracelet, coin/tool pouch, and key fob.
We'll cover leather working terms and tools and help you figure out where to go from here if you want to pursue further projects.
Have fun experimenting with leather craft and learning that you can create a cool accessory with your own hands. This is a great workshops for friends or couples to learn together.
Feel free to bring light snacks of choice, and let us provide the creative entertainment. Bring your questions and creativity. We provide everything else (all materials, tools, and instruction).
When: Sunday, July 8 & 15, 2 - 5 pm
Join local ceramics artist, Asya Palatova of Gleena Ceramics, to learn how to make gorgeous glazed pinch pots. In this two session workshop, you’ll learn basic clay techniques and create attractive, functional vessels with clay.
In the first session, you’ll learn basic clay techniques in creating small functional vessels to create 5-10 pinch pots/bowls to use as snack bowls, cups, or pots for plants. We will be working with a food-safe high fire clay. Pieces will be bisque fired to get them ready to glaze at the next session.
At the second session, you will learn how to glaze, and then apply your glaze. Your pieces will then be fired at 2300 F to form a food-safe, dishwasher-safe glaze.
All tools and materials, and glaze materials 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.
When: July 12, 6 - 8 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.
What You Will Learn: 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 lots of practice stitching to get comfortable. Bring your questions and learn all the answers.
Materials: Use of machines and all supplies and materials for stitching are provided.
This class or equivalent is a prerequisite for many of our other sewing machine classes.
When: Pillow - Saturday, July 21, 11 am - 1:30 pm
Want to learn the basics of sewing, but don't have the time or attention span for a long weekend day devoted to sewing? We're here to help you achieve your sewing goals. If you've never used a machine before or used one years ago, but can't remember much, this is perfect for you.
In this session: Learn how to use all the tools, add design elements, and sew straight lines with the sewing machine to complete a new pillow for your home.
You'll leave with an awesome new pillow made by you, and the knowledge and confidence to tackle new sewing projects on your own.
What You Will Learn: How to use a sewing machine, how to construct a project, basic sewing terminology and practices, what tools to use and how, and all the little things related to these.
Materials: Machines, tools, and basic notions are supplied. If you bring your own machine, please be sure it works, and bring the manual and all parts (especially the power cord and foot pedal).
When: July 22, 2 - 4:30 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, one hoop, and one design to use at home.