Art, Activism + AIDS 2013

Our panel making workshop on NOV 17th was a huge success!  We met with 9 families and have now completed all of the quilt panels – with the help of many volunteers!  Thank you, thank you, thank you!!

You can see the panels on display at Metro, which is open to the public.  Join us for the closing reception on Dec 3 at 5:30








Community Sewing Project – Join us!

Once again we will be putting our sewing skills to use on The AIDS Memorial Quilt.
Meeting with families touched by AIDS we’ll create a design for a 3’x6′ quilt panel, then bring it to life via our sewing machines and fabulous sewing volunteer network!
Stitch with us on Nov 17th, 10am-5pm in the Atrium at Metro. Join us for an hour or two – or the whole day! Call us for details at the store. 216-220-4808. Help put a smile on someones face, you’ll be glad you did!

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Cleveland Craft Connection at 78th St Studios


Cleveland Craft Connection, a day long crafting business extravaganza is almost here!!! October 23 – at 78th Street Studios …and the whole day, including lunch with Chic-a is only $149!!
Take a couple classes with us! We’ll be teaching super easy classes – make the popular chunky Crochet Cowl, gorgeous Belle totebag, or trendy Fabric Necklace !!
Sign up for other fun classes such as felting, cake fondant, Botanicals, Owlcraft, floral centerpieces & needlepoint!  Learn to knit & crochet & much much more.

Take a business class and get your dream job started!! Learn all about branding, how to choose a craft show, Launching your business, Creative Entrpreneur by ETSY!!  Bring your questions to the Business Panel and up your business smarts!

Shop, take classes & lunch – what could be more fun??? Bring your crafty friends and have a Girls Day Out – you know you deserve it!
Register now at

Pinterest Party!

OK, so your boards are full of pins, all kinds of DIY projects – right?  Wouldn’t it be cool to meet with other pinners, tons of supplies, and actually make some of those crafts that are on your “things to try” board??

Join us for our first Pinterest Party!! Friday, July 19th at 6pm.  $10.  Please rsvp (216-220-4808) to let us know you’ll be coming, bring supplies if you have them, a Pinterest recipe snack to share, your laptop or ipad if you’d like…and be ready to try those projects !!

We have a few projects planned for this party and will be taking suggestions for our next party!  This month we’ll be making freezer paper stencils, fingerknit bracelets and paper circle garlands.  If you have any old tshirts, scrapbook cardstock in lots of colors, freezer paper, or fabric paint you’d like to share, bring them along.

We are planning on a monthly thing – won’t that be fun??!!  We hope to see you there!



Etsy Craft Party!

Remember the fun Etsy Craft Party we hosted last year? It’s time again for Etsy’s yearly nationwide craft party. Crafters around the nation will be attending and hosting parties of their own – why not attend one here at Stitch?

You’re invited to Etsy Craft Party 2013:Craft for Community,
our global celebration of meeting and making. This year’s theme focuses
on using your creative powers to make your hometown even better.

Be a part of the excitement! June 20th from 6-9pm, we’ll be gathering at the shop to talk… Shop. Marie Kelly, from Etsy, will be showing us how to photograph your Etsy sellables in a way that flatters them most as well as answering all of your questions about Etsy. If you’ve been hesitating to open a shop, are just getting started, or even if you are a seasoned veteran of Etsy… We want you! Come by and learn everything you can or share your knowledge during a fun social evening celebrating craft and making!

Please RSVP by clicking this link. If we get 25 RSVPs we will get a package of goodies from Etsy to hand out during our party!

Don’t forget to bring your goods and some business cards – this will be a great opportunity to network and meet some other crafters!


Summer is upon us!  Yay!  We have lots of fun at Stitch planned, too!  Our Etsy Craft Party will be on June 20th, with lots of interesting things for you to learn!  Marie, from Etsy’s NYC office will be sharing a power point presentation with us, and demonstrating techniques for photographing jewelry, garments and bags.  RSVP is required,so… grab a couple friends and don’t miss the fun!!


Summer Camps will be in full swing starting the week of June 10th…these are so much fun!  This year we’ve added Fashion Design with Megan for MIddle school & HIgh School kids,  sewing maxidresses, hats, infinity scarves & more!  If you missed the deadline, there are a few spots left, so give us a call & we’ll try to squeeze you in!

The Summer Class Schedule is packed with sundresses – the ever popular Washi dress, Amelia dress & superdeduper easy elastic shirred sundress…when it gets hot you will wish you had one to slip on!!  Also on the schedule is Sewing Machine Basics with the  Hobo bag, zipped wristlet, picnic buntings, and some Modern Quilts, too!  …and we have lots of new fabrics in the store, too!!  Linens & rayons for dresses, fun chevrons & dots and lots of prints for accessories.  We have also added many notions and have a nice supply of colorful zippers & threads.  And, as always, private lessons can be scheduled at any time.

August will be a busy month with the welcoming of Megan’s baby girl!  Yes-a girl!!  I know, right?   Rex is going to be the best big brother ever!!

Join us  as we celebrate and shower her by decorating Onesies at our Open Studio Social night on June 7th!!  We’ll have onesies & supplies ready to embellish!    We’ll have cake and goodie bags for everyone, too!!!  So don’t miss the fun, please RSVP .



SCRAPPY TRIP AROUND THE WORLD QUILT BLOCKS – MAY 14, 6:30-8:30, $50 (incl supplies)


CURTAIN WORKSHOP – MAY 26, 12-3PM, $50 (plus supplies)


SUNDRESS FOR YOU! Elastic shirring – May 30, 6-9pm, $45 plus supplies



OPEN STUDIO – Social – free, JUNE 7 – 7-9pm (We’ll be honoring  Megan-and showering her with decorated Onesies !!)



MODERN PATCHWORK CLUB – June 14th , 6PM $10, RSVP required



ETSY CRAFT PARTY – June 20, FREE!  RSVP required







New summer camps added!


The Cleveland weather has been amazing the last few days and we’re ready for it to stay! We’re starting to plan for summer by organizing our summer camps. We have quite a few more to add this year including fashion design and specialized camps for different age groups! Space is limited so reserve a spot soon! Register by May 10th. We’re so excited for another summer of fun sewing!

FASHION DESIGN for Middle School with Megan June 24th – 28th, 10am – noon, $180 (includes a kit)

Learn the basics of fashion design with other students your age! We’ll cover mood boards, trending, and color stories as well as learn how to draw fashion figures and tech flats. We’ll discuss the basics of design and have fun rendering fabrics and graphics on our fashion figures! Your kit will include a sampling of my favorite design tools – sketchbook, pencils, markers, fabric swatches and templates!


FASHION DESIGN for High School with Megan July 15th – 19th, 10am – noon, $180 (includes a kit)

Learn the basics of fashion design – for students gearing up for art or fashion school this camp will help you  jumpstart your portfolio! We’ll cover mood boards, trending, and color stories as well as learn how to draw fashion figures and tech flats. We’ll discuss the basics of design and have fun rendering fabrics and graphics on our fashion figures! Your kit will include a sampling of my favorite design tools – sketchbook, pencils, markers, fabric swatches and templates!


FASHION SEWING with Megan June 10th – 14th, 10am – noon, $220 (includes fabric and patterns), ages 13-17

Have fun experimenting with different types of fabrics in this class! Projects include an infinity scarf, cowl neck halter top, skirts (maxi and mini), and a tote bag with exposed zipper patch pocket! We’ll be working with knit fabrics, woven fabrics, exposed zippers, and linings. You will be able to choose from a variety of fabrics for your projects. Bring your machine (in good working order) or rent one of ours!


SEWING CAMP with Heidi JUNE 17th – 21st, 9:30am – noon, $220 (includes supplies) ages 9-11

Learn how to sew this week while you complete an entire outfit! By the end of the week you’ll have finished a summery dress, hat, and decorated tote bag. Choose your own fabric from our fun selection of prints and solids! We may squeeze in a few other small projects such as a wallet or pincushion if time allows.


SEWING CAMP with Heidi July 8th – 12th, 9:30-noon, $220 (includes supplies) ages 9-11

Make a fun pair of capri pants with patch pockets and decorate a t-shirt to match with appliqué! You’ll also complete a pillow with a personalized monogram. Choose your own fabric from our fun selection of prints and solids!



QUILT CAMP with Heidi July 22nd – 26th, 9:30- noon, $220 (includes supplies) ages 9-14

This week, you’ll complete a picnic sized quilt (50″) to enjoy all summer! Create a fun patchwork look with a bazillion prints! Learn the basics of quilting as you finish your first quilt! Binding and quilting will all be done on your machine!






Get Social

Join us at Stitch for our Monthly Sewing Social…Thursday evening, March 7th, 6-9pm.  You will get 10% off fabric purchases from 6-9pm, too!  Bring a project to work on, make some new friends, see our new class list & samples  and have some fun!   Oh yeah…it’s free!

Call a friend and join us !

The Lowdown on Taxes for Etsy Sellers…

This looks to be a great resource for all of you Etsy sellers in the Cleveland area! A friend of mine from Etsy contacted me recently to pass the word on about this great seminar.

You’ve built a business based on your craft skills, but you definitely don’t want to be crafty with your taxes.

I hope to see a bunch of you there… Free sounds mighty nice! And how can you go wrong with the promise of swag to the early birds?!

The event will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn Cleveland Airport and begins at 7pm! Follow the link to register and read more details.

Oh no!

We overlooked that tonight is the monthly Sewing Happy Hour! We have a scheduling conflict and will have to cancel this evening’s festivities!


We were sure to clear the calendar for February’s Sewing Happy Hour on February 7th from 6 – 9pm. Join us then!

ETSY Craft Party

Hey all you crafters and Etsy wannabees…join us for an evening all about ETSY!  Meet some  ETSY shopowners who will  share their smarts.  Bring your products to show off and get suggestions on opening your own ETSY shop!

We’ll have some crafts to keep your hands busy ,  too… so call a friend and don’t miss it!

Friday night, August 24th 6-9pm.



Off to the Market

We’ll be off to Summer Market on Friday and Saturday so Stitch will be closed… Come by our ‘pop up’ location to see what’s new! We’ve been stitchy busy all week getting ready!


We’ll return on Tuesday to our regular hours. See you soon!

She’s Back!

Have you seen Amy Butler’s newest collection, Gypsy Caravan?  With the help of Rowan, she has  rereleased her original prints. I loved them when they came out originally, and I love them now!  In fact, I do have a few original pieces in my stash that I just can’t being myself to cut into, isn’t that silly?  The prints are fresh and vintage-perfect for summer dresses, skirts and even summer quilts.  Stop in to see the nice selection we have in store for you!

Parson Grey’s Curious Nature is also on our shelves for your pleasure!     A collection of fabulous neutral prints you won’t be able to pass up.  Neutrals to the max!  A soothing pallete of greys, greens, ivory, blue  and black-anything but dull!

Amy Butler and her husband, David (aka Parson Grey)  will be visiting us again at Stitch Cleveland on August 4th.  Be sure to mark your calendars and be part of this exciting day.  Share their enthusiasm and creativity, have your books signed and show off your creations made of their fabrics, too!

Saturday, August 4th, 2:00



AIDS Memorial Quilt panel workshops


Create a lasting tribute for your loved one by making a quilt panel, which will be added to the AIDS Memorial Quilt.

Or, participate in one of our panel making workshops and share your sewing/crafting skills for a good cause.   Wed, Nov 30 or Sat, Dec 3.  Call Jenn McMillan-Smith at 216-778-4051.

We’ll be working with CIA students, Pins & Needles and local seamsters at the Atrium at MetroHealth.  All supplies will be there, bring your machine if you’d like to, or use one that will be there.

Reach out this Holiday Season and give the gift of giving.



Lakewood Citywide Street Sale

Get ready for the big daddy of sales!  Lakewood’s Citywide Street Sale, June 23 – 25, will include businesses as well as residential sidewalk and garage sales.  Participating businesses & residences  will be decorated with red, white and blue balloons.  Won’t that look perty?  You can download your map of attack right here!

Stop in at Stitch Cleveland for a plethora of crafting supplies at rock bottom prices.  Trims, wool fabrics, fabric bundles, fancy fabrics, utility fabrics, fleece,  yarns, knitting needles, crochet hooks, sewing patterns,  class samples, dressforms, magnets, buttons, crafting books, UFO’s, etc.  etc. etc.!!!



Color Play 1

So many of our customers and students feel nervous and anxious when faced with the challenge of grouping colors and patterns. When admiring a shelf or stash of fabrics filled with all of your favorite colors, how do you choose?

Heidi is a pro at helping you keep your cool when faced with developing themes and grouping colors! Don’t you love her sample? It’s been hanging in the shop and attracting so much attention!

By the end of class you’ll feel more confident about working with large prints, patterns, and bold solids.

COLOR PLAY APR 7, 6-8:30pm  $45 (THURS)** The date for this class has been changed to Saturday morning, April 23, 10am-1.  We’ll be meeting for our Modern Quilt Social on April 7th-please join us for some stitchy fun!

Light up Lakewood… look for us!

This weekend marks the beginning of the festive season here in Lakewood! Light Up Lakewood is the annual celebration happening downtown that is sure to get you into the spirit of the season! This year there will be holiday characters, living windows, singing, Santa, and of course… lights!

Stop by… we’ll be volunteering at the corner of Warren and Detroit serving refreshments to all you chilly willies. It’s snowing out there today so we’re sure we’ll need to wear our long underwear! Of course, cold weather is no challenge for the fashionable – Heidi will be wearing her handmade Mrs. Claus dress. Well, maybe it’s Ms. Claus… I heard she used to be quite the vixen!

The events all start on December 5th at 6pm… see you there!

Buy fabric, get fabric!

Who doesn’t love free stuff? In honor of National Sewing Month we’ll be doing some giveaways! This week with your purchase of at least 1 yard of fabric you’ll be entered into a drawing to win a yard of laminated fabric of your choice. Stop in today through Thursday, September 16th to enter!

P.S. We’ll enter you a second time if you log onto our facebook page and leave a comment telling us what you would make with your winnings! I kind of like this coat pattern from Favorite Things… what do you think? It would be nice out of the laminate with a home dec weight lining, no?