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

Learn to KNIT

Learn to Knit!! You know it’s not spring yet, so you might as well get going on a cozy knit cowl while you can!  Learn knitting basics, cast on, garter stitch and binding off  and simple buttonholes, too!  This cowl is a quick knit on chunky needles, so it’s instant gratification-you’ll be able to wear it this year-yay!

Weekly on Saturday mornings at BAYarts, 9:30-11:30 with Heidi…and there’s coffee at Ventos (how convenient!!)  Session starts this Saturday, Jan 19  Register like n-o-w !!

Ultimate Sweater Machine Demo


You’ll be amazed at the stuff you can make with this machine, not to mention how fast!  You will see  how to set up and adjust gauge,  as well as some fun techniques.  Learn the basics of following a hand knitting pattern and how to use component yarns such as fun fur and bulky yarns.  Everyone will be able to try their hand at doing a few rows to get a feel of how the machine works.  There is so much you can do with this simple machine, this will only be the tip of the iceburg!!  There will be plenty of sample items, too!   Scarves, sweaters, purses, & toys, and even a skirt!

This demo/hands on will be offered twice .  Saturday, January 16, 12:00-2pm  and  Sunday, January 17th, 1-3:00.  Class size is limited, so sign up early!!  $15.00.

Sock knitters take note


Good news, sock fans! Infamous, fabulous sock designer Cookie A of Knitters Anonymous and author of amazing, amazing, amazing new book Sock Innovation, is coming to Stitch Cleveland and River Colors Studio in June to teach three classes:

Wednesday 10 June 2009      

  • 12:00-3pm   Traveling Stitches: Learn how to add curves and angles to your knitting by using traveling stitches. Cookie will go over the different methods for making stitches travel, effects on the fabric, and how to incorporate traveling stitches into a basic knitting pattern. (3 hrs, $55)
  • 4-7pm  Intuitive Chart Reading: Learn how to read charts intuitively. Students will spend an hour focusing on lace charts, an hour on cable charts, and then students will practice working from sample charts or create their own charts to work from. Students will see the connection between charts and the resulting knitting, how to read their knitting to determine where they are within a chart, various types of chart symbols (including Japanese and German), and how to read cable charts without a key. (3 hrs, $55)

Thursday 11 June 2009    

  • 12:00-7pm  Sock Innovation: Top Down Sock Design. This workshop is geared towards intermediate to advanced sock knitters who are interested in a hands-on approach to designing their own socks. Students can bring in stitch patterns or choose stitch patterns from books during class. We will go over key calculations that need to be made for a standard top down sock using the students’ chosen stitch patterns. By the end of this class, students should have a good start on their very own sock, and the necessary tools to complete the sock on their own. (6 hrs, $85)
Call River Colors at 216-228-9276 to save your spot!


Felted Bowl

One of our customers stopped in last week and commented on how much fun our Super Bowl Felted Bowl party was last year. This year the Super Bowl came and went, so I thought I’d share the pattern with you.  I love the I-cord bind off, it makes such a nice firm edge.  After knitting, I just put them in the washer to felt.  This I-cord bind off is also a great technique to add to baby sweaters, like one of our other customers did just recently.

We have several of these bowls in the store holding all kinds of small items. It’s a quick and easy project with very impressive results!  I like to stripe them,  and then needle felt them with dots.  See what you come up with!!


2-size 10 circular needles, or set of dpns
Cascade 220

Cast on 12 st.
Knit 48 rows in garter stitch (this will be the bottom of the bowl)
Pick up and knit 12 sts along side edge, 12 sts along other side and 12 more stitches along last edge( 48 st.)
if using circular needles, divide sts over 2 needles.
purl the first row
knit 12 rounds
purl next round
knit for 4 rounds
purl last round
using i-cord bind off:  cast on 2 st, knit 2 st, knit next 2 st tog BL,
transfer all 3 st to LEFT needle, repeat to bind all st off, slip stitch tog at end.


This project could very easily be crocheted as well, I’ll work on a pattern for all you hookers next!

BTW…if you need help with the pattern, stop in and we’ll help you out!



What Heidi’s been up to…

Heidi’s been sewing and knitting like a madwoman for her soon to arrive grandson.  In case you haven’t heard, her daughter, Megan, is expecting her first baby in March.  First grandchild, yes, we’re all sewing, knitting and crocheting like crazy!!  We’re makers, and just can’t help it, it’s just what we do.  

This week, she started a quilt…

This is the quilt top, it will have a narrow border and free-motion stitching will be applied, similar to the rocket quilt that is on display in the store.  


Are these not the most adorable booties you’ve ever seen?  These are from Amy Butler’s new book, Little Stitches for Little Ones.  And by the way, Amy will be visiting us April 17th, details on that event to be posted soon.


And some knitting, too.  This weather is great for knitting and these small projects go quick!!  On her needles now is the baby Einstein bunting from Sally Melville , and on her hook is the Babette blanket from Interweave Press. 

And by the way, you can learn all of these techniques at Stitch Cleveland, because that’s what we do!  

What Shannon’s been up to…

So, as you may have heard, I’ve been editing a UK-based knitting magazine called Yarn Forward, but more importantly, I have been a pattern-writing maniac lately! If you were in recently, you may have seen Exploded View, my latest pattern, blocking on our big canvas table:

If you want to order these or other patterns, you can click here or find them in our Etsy store (it’s easier if you order them straight through the first link, though). Next up: talking Meg and Heidi into doing more patterns, too!

Beaded wristlet class

Hey everyone! As Megan noted, the blizzard caught me out of town, but I’ll be back on Tuesday just in time to offer several new classes. This Saturday, it’s beaded wristlets from 11:00-1:00. Bring sock weight yarn (this is great for using up leftovers if you’re a sock knitter) and beads. Both are available next door at River Colors if you need them. The class is $25. And of course, if you need it, additional private instruction is available.

Cleveland Knit Out & Crochet 2

Don’t forget about this weekend’s big event! We will gather for the Knit Out around noon at Voinovich and have five hours of fun with needles… and hooks. Among the other stores and guilds that will be representing: River Colors Studio, Knitting on Square, the North Coast Knitting Guild. Prizes for attendees were donated by The Bag Smith, FiberWorks, and Knit Wit Knits.

This community event will give you a chance to catch up on your knitting or crochet, learn how to knit or crochet at our teaching table, or meet some guilds and clubs you didn’t know about. We will be doing multiple demos throughout the day including Shibori and crocheting with beads. You can even donate your time tomorrow to helping us with our Warm-Up America squares!

See you there!

Cool cross-stitch central 1

We just received a giant shipment of Subversive Cross Stitch kits and patterns at Stitch Cleveland. Still on their way: a wide selection of unique cross-stitch patterns direct from a small company in Hungary.

Knitters take note: these Hungarian cross-stitch patterns are particularly well-suited to stranded colorwork (Fair Isle-style knitting), and would look stunning worked in the center of a sweater. If you’re interested in taking a class on adapting needlework patterns to knitting, let us know!

Sock Club: fall schedule preview

6 sessions over 3 months with Andi Smith of KnitBrit for a mere $60. Classes will take place every other Saturday (29 September, 13 & 27 October, 10 & 24 November, 8 December) from noon to 2:00. What else do you get for your $60? 3 all-new custom sock patterns by Andi, one per month, and a 10% discount on sock yarn at both River Colors and Stitch Cleveland.

Stick around after sock class for an all-new “tech bag” class that will appeal to knitters of all levels — build your skills as you knit and make a gorgeous project, too. We’ll also have a toe-up socks on 2 circular needles class. Details to come soon.

Hand-dyed yarn & our Etsy shop

Do you like handpainted yarn? If you’d been in our parking lot a week ago, you’d have seen these being colored after one of Stitch Cleveland’s dye classes! We’ve posted them on Stitch Cleveland’s Etsy shop so that the poor stitchers who aren’t nearby can have a look and a chance at buying them, too. (Etsy, for those of you who haven’t seen it before, is an online shop for handmade items). Or come by the shop!

Soon, Stitch Cleveland will have a fully-functional online shop of its own — I’m building it right now. But for the time being, please enjoy what we’ve posted on Etsy and on the “shop online” page here at the site!

Quilt Pink & Knit for the Cure weekends

Come together at Stitch Cleveland two weekends this September to raise funds for breast cancer research!

September 21-23 is Quilt Pink Weekend, a fundraising event created by American Patchwork & Quilting magazine to benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure. In 2006, more than 1,000 shops across the country held Quilt Pink events, uniting 100,000 stitchers of all ability levels in the fight against breast cancer.

During Quilt Pink Weekend, stitchers make quilt blocks at local shops. Stitch Cleveland and other retailers nationwide will piece them together and send the finished quilts to American Patchwork & Quilting magazine for an online auction in May 2008. (Check out the current 2006 quilt auctions here!)

The weekend after, September 28-30, is Stitch Cleveland’s Knit for the Cure event. Shop co-owner Shannon Okey has been raising money for breast cancer research as part of Team Knitty for the past four years. Team Knitty, founded by magazine editor Amy R. Singer, participates in the annual CIBC Run for the Cure in Toronto, where Knitty is based. Last year, Team Knitty raised over $13,000 for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.

To encourage participation in both events, Stitch Cleveland is raffling off two large specialty gift baskets designed to appeal to sewers and knitters, including several hundred dollars’ worth of class gift certificates, craft materials and other items. Raffle entries can be earned with financial donations to Team Knitty via the link above and by volunteer hours at both Stitch Cleveland events. Stay tuned for other opportunities to earn raffle entries, too.

We’d like to encourage local HR managers who want to combine a team-building exercise with a worthy cause to contact the shop to set up times for their employees to participate. (See here for more information on these kinds of activities at Stitch Cleveland).

If you’d like to help us promote these fun events, you can cut and paste this code into your website, blog, etc.