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: 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).
When: August 25, 3 - 5:30 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.
When: Saturday, September 1, 11 am - 2 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, September 8, 11 am - 1 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.
When: September 8, 3 - 5:30 pm
We love plants. However, not all of us are blessed with a magical green thumb, so we also love bringing you workshops that let you that let you bring some plant love home without worrying about how long it will live.
So, we bring you the felt succulent workshop with artist, Maureen Koopman of @allspelledout. In this all-inclusive two and a half hour workshop, you will learn how to create a gorgeous little succulent garden using wool felt, glue, and a fun succulent box, and a few simple techniques Maureen will share with you. Choose from a handful of succulent colors and style adaptations. You’ll receive expert instruction and all of the necessary supplies to create your own little garden. In no time, you’ll have a lovely little garden to take home for your house, no watering required.
Macrame is back with a modern twist! Join us for this macrame wall hanging workshop, where you'll make your own macrame masterpiece from start to finish. In this 2.5 hour workshop led by Columbus fiber artist Sarah Harste, you'll learn three different knots and how to design your own unique wall hanging. Your choice of copper pieces and wood beads also available to dress your wall hanging up!
All materials included. No need to bring anything except your creative enthusiasm!
Join Sarah on Sunday, September 9, 11 am - 1:30 pm. This class is scheduled for only one date and space is limited so please register to secure your spot.
To learn more about Sarah, visit her website and find her on instagram.
Let's get knotty!
Come catch the weaver fever and try your hand at weaving on a frame loom! In this 3.5-hour class led by Columbus fiber artist Sarah Harste, you’ll create a woven wall hanging from start to finish to take home with you. This workshop will cover the basics of weaving, including basic tabby weave, adding fringe to your weaving, soumak stitch, and finishing and hanging your piece.
All tools will be provided and available for sale after the class — should you decide to continue your fiber journey! No need to bring anything except your creative enthusiasm!
Join Sarah on Sunday, September 9, 3 - 6:30 pm. This class is scheduled for only one date and space is limited so please register to secure your spot.
To learn more about Sarah, visit her website and find her on instagram.
When: Saturday, September 15, 1 - 6 pm
Want to learn how to sew your own clothes using a commercial pattern? Join us for this 5 hour intensive workshop and sew the awesome Metamorphic Dress, by Sew Liberated, that has taken the Indie sewing world by storm. 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
How to sew side seam and patch pockets
We'll walk you through each step of the pattern and stitching up your dress.
You'll leave with an awesome new dress made by you, and the knowledge and confidence to tackle new garment sewing projects on your own. Not only do you make a dress in this workshop, but you actually make two, as this pattern is for a reversible dress!
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 5 yards of fabric for the class (students receive a 10% discount on the purchase of any supplies for the class). We recommend making your fabric purchase in advance so you can prewash and iron your fabric (to avoid shrinkage after you spend so much time stitching it up).
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.
Studio How-To and Rooted Blossoms are collaborating for a series of creative soul gatherings, combining the natural meditative and relaxing nature of crafting with the formal guidance of meditation, discussion, and a nurturing book discussion. We’ll be hosting these as an ongoing seasonal series, with different projects, books, and topics for each session.
Join us for our first gathering to nurture connection and communion with your self and others. Take the path for feeding, growing and loving the soul by exercising your creativity. Engaging in creative pursuits helps create a path for further introspection and self-inquiry.
In this session we will learn the basics of embroidery and create a take-home artistic piece while incorporating simple meditation, a brief dharma talk and a discussion highlighting the book, Your Story Is Your Power by Elle Luna and Susie Herrick.
All are welcome regardless of experience with embroidery or meditation. This is an event for anyone interested in exploring their own self and finding solace in craft.
When: September 16, 3 - 5:30 pm
When: Saturday, September 22, 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Join the movement to make clothing last longer and make a statement with your clothing and accessories. Learn to make your mending beautiful with striking colors, fabrics, and visible decorative embroidery stitches. Add new life to old clothes in just a couple hours with this fun workshop. We will use sashiko embroidery (which essentially means little stabs) and boro (layering fabrics to patch a larger piece), traditional Japanese techniques, originally used by farmers and fishermen to reinforce and patch worn or damaged clothing.
What You Will Learn: Basic sashiko embroidery stitches, mending techniques, hand sewing, cutting, measuring, and techniques to make mending last.
Materials: Bring a pair of jeans, or woven fabric garment in need of repair (NOT knits such as a t-shirt or sweater). All mending fabric, thread, needles, and tools will be supplied for use during the workshop. Take home your garments with updated styling and mending. Nothing to mend? It's ok. You can practice techniques with fabric available at the studio.