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
Take the plunge into knitting (or relearning knitting) with this simple, relaxing workshop. Learn to cast on, knit, purl, and bind-off. You’ll leave ready to tackle a simple washcloth, fingerless mitt, or scarf project. You'll have hands-on instruction, time to practice your skills in class, and ask tons of questions. Test out our needles while you're here and then buy a pair to take home once you’ve learned a bit.
What You Will Learn: How to cast on, bind-off, knit, and purl. We’ll talk about yarn, needles, what all the labels mean, how to make sense of it all, and more. We try to tailor our time and focus on the things each student actually wants/needs to focus on during class.
Price/Materials: Price includes three hours of instruction during class and project guidance. We have lots of fun yarn and can help you choose the right needles and other tools at the shop. Plus students get 10% off purchases for class. If you’ve tried knitting in the past and have some yarn or tools already, feel free to bring supplies with you.
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: Saturday, November 10, 12 - 5 pm plus a session prior to class to choose fabric and cut pattern
Want to learn how to sew your own clothes using a commercial pattern? Join us for this 5 hour intensive workshop and sew your first shirt or dress. Choose from the Willow Tank or Scout Tee by Grainline Studio or the awesome Metamorphic Dress, by Sew Liberated. 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.
Note: While the projects are not hard, they are time-consuming, so we ask that you come to pre-session during our open hours (or request an appointment) to cut your fabric & pattern). After you register, send us an email to schedule your session.
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
How to sew a dart (Willow Tank)
How to sew a bias facing (Willow Tank & Scout Tee)
How to set-in a sleeve (Scout Tee)
How to sew side seam and patch pockets (Metamorphic Dress)
We'll walk you through each step of the pattern and stitching up your shirt or dress.
You'll leave with an awesome new garment made by you, and the knowledge and confidence to tackle new garment sewing projects on your own.
Price: Includes the pattern, hands-on instruction, opportunity for lots of questions, all use of tools, thread, etc., and a pre-session for choosing fabric and cutting out your pattern.
Please make your fabric purchase in advance so you can pre-wash and iron your fabric (to avoid shrinkage after you spend so much time stitching it up). We offer a 10% discount on fabric for your workshop, just let us know when you come to the shop.
Scout Tee or Willow Tank
2 yards of a woven fabric (not a knit / t-shirt type fabric)
For 44” wide fabric, you’ll need 2.5 yards for the top layer and 2 5/8 yards for the under layer.
For 54” wide fabric, you’ll need 2 1/8 yards for the top layer and 2 1/4 yards for the under layer.
Choose a fabric with a nice drape, such as rayon, silk, lightweight cottons and linens. The heavier the fabric, the more structured the dress will hang. Do not choose a knit fabric for your first time with the pattern.
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.
When: Saturday, November 17, 11 am - 1:30 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.