Welcome to Studio How-To, Cleveland's place to step away from your fast-paced, screen-centric life to learn how to make stylish, useful, beautiful things with your own two hands. Meet new friends and reconnect with old friends. Spend time with people who are as excited about making things and learning as you are. Try something new in one of our workshops to discover your talents, rejuvenate your creativity or just have some fun. 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, 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 I offer at the studio, and be the first to know about workshops and events by subscribing to my 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
Take the plunge into knitting (or relearning knitting) with this fun, relaxing workshop. Learn to knit a basic hat in the round with one skein of super soft merino wool yarn. You'll have hands-on instruction, time to practice your skills in class, and ask tons of questions. This workshop can be taken as one 4 hour session, or in two parts, so you can get started, learn the basics, go home and practice, and then come back with all the questions and frustrations that invariably start when you work on your own the first time. The goal is to have you finish a hat and feel excited and confident about knitting again after that.
What You Will Learn: How to knit a hat in the round, basic knitting terminology, how to cast on, bind-off, knit, purl, and decrease.
Materials: Depending on option chosen, 1 pair of smooth wooden tip circular knitting needles, one set of wooden double point needles, one tapestry needle, and one stitch marker (all to keep) and one skein of gorgeous merino wool yarn (choose color on day of workshop).
Price: Includes one 4-hour session or two 2-hour sessions (depending on date selected) of guided creation and instruction, and the supplies and tools to create one full hat (with yarn left over). If you prefer to supply your own supplies, that works, too, just sign up for the class only option and we'll send you a list of supplies to bring.
If you've been wanting to learn how to make a quilt, but haven't been so sure about the time involved or how to approach it, this is the workshop you've been looking for. We'll take you from start to finish on a baby size quilt (about 24" x 30"), packaging all the skills and information you need for a full size quilt into a project that's sized to be manageable in a much shorter time. You'll learn every step of the process, from choosing your colors, arranging your blocks, piecing, assembling the layers, adding the binding, and quilting. For this class, we'll have all the pieces pre-cut to save you time, but we will discuss how the cutting works, and give you a background discussion on quilt-making in general. We break it into two sessions so you have time to practice your quilting skills and come back with questions and ideas.
If you have never used a sewing machine before, we recommend first taking our Sewing Machine Intro Class. If you have used a machine, but need a quick refresher on threading, you are probably ready for the quilting intro workshop.
What You Will Learn: How to prepare and piece a simple mini quilt top, how to assemble the layers of a quilt, how to make hand stitches to quilt the layers together, and how to bind the quilt.
Age: This class is designed for adults, but we are happy to teach it to kids age 10 and up. Contact us for details if a kids class is not currently available. Families are welcome to sign up together for the same class.
Materials: Needles, thread, fabric, pattern, sewing machines, and tools will be provided.
Price: Includes 4 hours (two 2-hour sessions) of guided creation and instruction, all fabric, equipment and supplies, and instructions to take home.
Do you love the idea of keeping a journal, but hate writing? Do you feel unartistic or uncreative but love the idea of expressing yourself through painting or drawing? Or maybe you feel comfortable with your talents, but don’t have a lot of time to get our your supplies and make big art. Do you love those amazing excerpts from artists’ journals that you see online and long to have one with your own personal beautiful imagery? This class is for you.
What You Will Learn: How to get inspired to fill your journal with daily artistic explorations and documentation of your life. How to select a journal, drawing and writing tools. What to put in your journal. Styling your journal.
Materials: All materials are provided, including one 8”x 5.5’ watercolor journal, one waterbrush, one watercolor palette with paints, and one micron pen. All to take home with you!
Class only option includes two hours of guided creation and instruction and all supplies to use in class.
Class + Kit option includes everything from the class only option along with a brand new watercolor journal, water brush, watercolor paint palette and micron pen to take home in support of your new watercolor journal habit.
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. This class or equivalent experience is a prerequisite for all sewing classes that use a sewing machine and open studio sewing time.
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 some practice stitching to get comfortable and then have a chance to make a simple project to test your skills.
Materials: Machines, all supplies and materials for projects are provided. You are welcome to bring your own machine for specific learning.
Price: Includes hands-on instruction, opportunity for lots of questions, all supplies, materials and use of tools.
Bonus: Have a machine at home but no idea what to do with it? You can bring your own machine and we'll help you figure it out.
Registration will close one week in advance to allow for yarn orders.
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? Learning to make your own gives you the flexibility to choose exactly the yarn you want. Maybe you want affordable, machine wash yarn for some, opulent high end wools for others, and sometimes a stretchy t-shirt yarn. You can adjust your size and color, too. This is your perfect class. You will learn everything you need to know to knit a beautiful, cozy cowl, and leave the class with a totally finished project that you love, with instructions for repeating and modifying at home.
What You'll Learn: A brief bit of information about yarn selection for future projects, how to cast on, knit, and bind off. All with only your arms (your hands help a bit) and giant yarn.
Materials: Select your color of yarn when registering. Yarn for one cowl/scarf, instruction, and directions to take home are included in the price.
Want to customize your fabric and paper products with your own pattern designs? Personalize fabric yardage, t-shirts, bags, jeans, journals, notebooks, stationary, wrapping paper, invitations, and anything else you can dream up. Learn how to make your own designs and stamps that you can use repeatedly during and after the workshop on anything you can imagine.
You will design, carve and print your own images on a tea towel or notecards provided in the workshop to take home and show-off to friends and family. Please bring any additional items you desire to try printing on, such as a tote bag, t-shirt or stationary.
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 your tea towl and plenty of test printing paper. You may bring additional items to print on if time permits.
Price: Includes includes guided creation and instruction, your own carved stamps to take home, tea towel or note cards.
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 February 24, 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 February 24, 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.
Spring Break Sewing Camp