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 the workshops and parties we offer at the studio. 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! 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
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.
Friday, July 27, 6:30 - 9:00 pm
Join Katie Uher, of A Little After Nine, for a course on the basics of pointed pen calligraphy! Wait, what is that you ask? It’s the formal art of calligraphy with a pointed pen (pen with the metal nib with which you control the flow of ink with the pressure of your writing). Learn how to work with the pen, different nib tips, and ink 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 pointed pen calligraphy workbook created specifically to support new learners and a pointed pen calligraphy kit to use during the workshop and take home for more practice.
Soon you'll be addressing all your envelopes with style and creating beautiful hand written accents throughout your life.
Learn to use a sewing machine and make your own tote bag with local handmade bag designer and creator, Liz Sabo on Sunday, July 29, 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.)
When: August 3, 6 - 8 pm
Do you have jeans you love but they're just too long? Don't know a tailor, or tired of paying to have them hemmed?
Join us for an intensive workshop and learn how to do it yourself from now on. We'll walk through how to measure the right length, where and how to make the cut, how to press the new hem, and how to sew them up to look good. We’ll show you how to use the original hem or make your own new hem. We’ll be using the sewing machine, but you don’t need experience on a machine to sign up.
We'll actually hem at least one pair per student in the workshop, and hopefully be able to help you measure and mark any additional pairs.
Materials: Bring your own jeans to hem (you can bring multiple pairs, but we only guarantee time for one pair per student). All thread and tools needed to hem your jeans are provided. We have basic gold and denim color thread in the shop.
When: Saturday, August 4, 1 - 6 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 or Scout Tee 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 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, set-in a sleeve, 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, and hands-on instruction, opportunity for lots of questions, all use of tools, thread, etc. You will need to purchase approximately 2 yards of fabric for the class (students get a 10% discount on the purchase of any supplies for the class).
When: Sunday, August 5, 1 - 4 pm
Learn how to print your own designs on fabric and paper to create your own custom works. Perfect for personal projects, gifts, events, and more.
You will design, carve and print your own images on a tea towel, small bag or notecards provided in the workshop to take home and show-off to friends and family. You’ll take home your stamp and you can use it repeatedly on anything you can imagine. Please bring any additional items you desire to try printing on, such as a tote bag, t-shirt or stationary.
After this workshop you’ll have all the knowledge and experience to personalize fabric yardage, t-shirts, bags, jeans, journals, notebooks, stationary, wrapping paper, invitations, and anything else you can dream up.
What You Will Learn: How to create your own designs, apply your image to a rubber carving block, carve your block, and print your design on fabric or paper.
Materials: All materials to carve and print are included. You will take home your carved designs and your printed items. The studio provides a choice of fabric and paper items on which to print along with plenty of test printing paper. You may bring additional items to print on if time permits or if you have specific items on which you prefer to print.
Saturday, August 18, 11 am - 2 pm
In this 3 hour workshop, we’ll teach you how to make a quilt. You’ll measure, cut, and assemble your three layers (top, back, and middle), quilt them, apply the border, and more. This is not a patchwork piecing workshop, so you may bring a previously completed patchwork top, or make a whole cloth quilt (means one solid piece of fabric for the top layer). We will cover both hand-quilting and machine quilting using a sewing machine. We’ll work on cute crib quilt sized projects or smaller so you can create a fun item to hand on a wall or give as a gift.
Bring your questions and ideas so we can answer all your quilting questions.
Materials & Price: Workshop price includes instruction, use of notions and equipment, and instructions to take home. Students may purchase fabric and batting at the shop with a 10% discount or bring their finished quilt tops from prior workshops or home.
Register for this workshop and the patchwork workshop on July 28 at the same time and save 15% on both workshops. Register for the patchwork workshop and select the option that includes both workshops in the price.
When: August 18, 3 - 5 pm
We love bringing color and beauty to you, and are excited to announce our newest floral artist, Maureen Koopman of @allspelledout. In this all-inclusive two hour workshop, you will learn how to create three flower styles, leaves, and a bud out of wool felt, using scissors, glue, a pretty background, and a few fun techniques Maureen will share with you. Choose from several colors and style adaptations. You can also choose the item you’ll embellish with flowers - choose from a wood pennant, wood initial or embroidery hoop wall décor!
You’ll receive expert instruction and all of the necessary supplies to create your own little “garden” as well as the project piece you select at registration. A variety of felt colors & leaves will be available to choose from to complete your look!
If you would like to make a flowered wooden initial, please register by August 14th to allow time for personalization. As you check out, please indicate the project base you would like (wood pennant, wood embroidery hoop with fabric, or wood initial), and your letter if you choose the initial option.
Sunday, August 19, 2:00 - 5:00 pm
What better way to dive into leather than by making your own belt? This is a great class to do with a friend or as a date - you both leave with a sweet new belt, customized to your tastes and size. We provide buckles, but if you have a special buckle, we can help you make your perfect belt for it.
Custom color and finish your belt, add a buckle, set those belt holes where you like them. We’ll cover several leather working techniques, including saddle stitch (hand stitching), setting a rivet, punching holes, and hand-dying. You can even stamp your name or message into the leather.
Feel free to bring snacks and a brew of choice, and let us provide the creative entertainment. We provide all materials, tools, and instruction.
Please register by August 10 to allow time to acquire proper belt leather sizes.
When: Saturday, August 25, 11 am - 1 pm
Rope bowls are so cute and practical for holding so many little things - keys, jewelry, crafting supplies, crochet projects. Come make your own with us using cotton rope and a sewing machine. We’ll teach you how to form the base, construct and shape your bowl, and how to add decorative details like fabric stripes, paint, or pom-poms. You’ll take home a fun new bowl and the skills and inspiration to make one for everyone you know (because everyone needs a cute little bowl in their life).
All supplies and use of sewing machines are included in the price. This class assumes you have used a sewing machine (you can thread the machine and are comfortable sewing a basic straight line).