It’s summer already?!

I can’t believe it’s summer already. I feel like we totally skipped over spring. It’s been such a busy year for Stitch!

Our classes have been going great, Thanks to all of you for following us to our new locations. Most of our classes are taught out of my home studio in Avon, although, Heidi will be holding a week long summer camp at her studio in Westlake. I’ve really enjoyed inviting you all into my home and I’m so happy that you have enjoyed sewing in my space!

Like I said, it’s been such a busy summer already and it’s only the beginning of June! Art shows, graduations, spelling bees, summer sunshine, and my sewing machine have all been keeping me so busy. I just finished adding the last of my Summer Sewing School to the calendar! These classes are held on Fridays from 12-3 all summer. Each week is a different project. When you sign up for Sewing School, you’ll receive 10% off each additional registration! I’m really excited about the line up of classes and for all of the time it allows me to still teach private lessons.


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!

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!






Inventory your sewing room 1

For years I’ve been wanting to inventory my sewing room. Patterns, fabric, notions… Everything. It would be great to have a file at my fingertips that I can look through when choosing my next project instead of having to dig through my closets and bins. Also, for those of you who own businesses where you need to purchase fabric and notions, it is necessary to know what purchases you’ve made for the year to appropriately claim them on your taxes at the end of the year.

I figure there are two ways to go about this: physical or digital.

I like the idea of having samples of my fabrics clipped to inventory cards in a physical file that I can look through. I came across one at crafty staci. She even has a free printable for the inventory card available for you to download and some great suggestions on how to put them into action!

If you’re looking for a more ‘at your fingertips’ solution you can try one of the many apps available. I’ve been using one for my iPhone called Sewing Room. It allows you to scan the barcode on all patterns from major pattern companies to enter them into your inventory. A picture pops up along with all the details! You can even enter your own notes. This app also lets you take pictures of each of your fabrics and enter lots of identifying information to accompany it in your digital inventory. You can also make lists of people you’d like to sew for and projects you’re working on! I really like that I can enter in where I bought my items and how much I paid. Don’t worry – even if your pattern collection includes lesser known designers and companies, you can enter them manually and take your own picture! Can you tell I’m excited about this?

I’m really going to work on this project this week… I’ll let you know how it goes! Has anyone else been working on becoming more organized with their sewing?

Being creative is newsworthy! 2

Stitch made the Sun Post-Herald yesterday for being a great place to get creative and have fun as an adult or a kid! Here’s a little snip of the article…

Kids’ attitudes are infectious this time of year, with school winding down and freedom looming, they’re practically bursting out of their skin.Maybe I’m jealous of their several months-long license to soak up summer, but whatever it is, I’ve been daydreaming about summer camps — for adults.

Not surprisingly, the area’s crafty hubs afford a range of opportunities for artists to get their hands dirty and exercise their creative minds.

While several spaces invite time-strapped dabblers to “make and take,”Megan Engelmann, co-owner ofStitch Cleveland in Lakewood, suggested busy people especially should take some time to play. Generally, she said, people can’t fully engage in their duties and chores without reserving the right to indulge semi-regularly in at least a mental vacation.

“It’s nice to get out with your craft and meet other people,” Engelmann’s mother and business partner Heidi Massingill said, though she acknowledged, “It’s not as easy to bring you sewing machine around.”

Massingill suggested wheeling your machine and a project to the sewing lounge tomorrow night for their free, monthly Modern Quilt Social. The stitching community meets on the first Thursday evening of the month from 6-8:30 p.m. The event features refreshments and a drawing.

“We’re one of the sewing lounges you see on line that you’re jealous of,” Massingill explained of the shop and its vibe.

She also invited motivated but intimidated tailors to sign up for private lessons and to breathe life into those half-finished T-shirt quilts or any other discarded project.

“We can kind of steer you,” Massingill said in regards to daunting undertakings.

To read the whole article visit the Sun Post-Herald. Thank you to Alison Meaney of Sun News for coming out to meet us!


Generation Next 1

Have you seen the fresh new patterns at McCall’s? I’m so excited to see some familiar faces with patterns of their own!  As you know, I frequent NY often to visit my son (how convenient-huh??)  and love to stop in Williamsburg to visit all the fabulous local talent showcased in boutiques up and down  the hip streets in Brooklyn.  A few years ago, I had the pleasure of meeting with Patty, at Flirt.  They have the coolest fashions, and also have a sewing workshop called Home Ec, where they teach sewing.  Don’t ask me how I found them, it must have been my fabric radar!!

I just picked up a copy of Vogue Patterns sewing magazine and was thrilled to read about her, among other fabulous seamsters, featured on their pages.  You have to check out their skirt pattern, as well as patterns from Marcy Tilton, Rebecca Turnbow, Melissa Watson and Megan Nicolay.  All of them are very cool and trendy.  I love finding patterns that showcase similar ready to wear designs as H&M, Anthropologie, Eileen Fisher, etc.

And don’t miss the article on Sewing Lounges!!  It’s so great to see so many like minded seamsters sharing their skills as we do right here at Stitch Cleveland.   There’s Helen at Seam Divas in Vancouver, Michelle, Gina and Lupine at Modern Domestic in Portland, Citycraft in Dallas,  Diana at Make Workshop in NY and so many others!!

So, get your sewing machines out, open up that fabric stash…and get sewing!  Sewing is def not a dying art!  Stop in and take advantage of Free Sew sessions, schedule a few private lessons or check out our class listings.  We’re here to keep sewing alive and want you to join in the fun and hang at your local sewing lounge, Stitch Cleveland!

Upholstery 101 5

Lately we’ve been getting inspired by upholstered cubes that are gracing magazines like Anthropologie that sell for $200 or so… Heidi decided to take things into her own hands and is offering a great class on the subject. Start off with a basic kit and transform it into a great little eye-catching piece for your home!

Ready for the next step? One of my friends stopped by a few weeks ago with his new book, ProfessionalUpholstering. Frank is a great teacher. We first met a number of years ago while he was a contracted instructor at JoAnn ETC. I worked there as the Education Coordinator so I got to overhear many of his classes. They were amazing! People who had never sewn before were not only making piping but they were also operating all of this other equipment he had, nail guns, air compressors, scary looking hooky tools… His students were leaving with professional grade projects. Many worked on wing back chairs, ottomans, chaise loungers and dining chairs.

Now Frank is teaching out of his studio in Olmsted Falls and has published a great book. His class would be a great gift for someone crafty on your list! Stop in to get his new book. He takes you step by step through the process of upholstery. The book has plenty of pics and samples of the great work he’s done.

Can you imagine doing a fabulous chair in Amy Butler or Anna Marie Horner fabrics? Awesome!


Well, today was the first day in our new place. We’re still moving in and have some organizing and moving to do but we are so pleased! Above you can see some images from the new ‘hood: some of our latest projects, a snap from out front, and an image from our mural on the back wall! Thanks to everyone who came out to wish us well in our new location at 18117 Detroit Road. We were busy with visitors new and old and lots of classes! Here are some pics from today:

Stay tuned for announcements about specials for new and returning students… see you soon!

Stitch Cleveland is Moving! 10

For the last three years we’ve been loving life next door to River Colors Studio. This has been a great place for us. Starting off a small business can be difficult. Thanks to Erika and the staff at River Colors, Stitch Cleveland had the opportunity to learn from another female entrepreneur and contribute to the crafty corner on the far side of Lakewood.

When we started out we had a vision of being a place where people could learn something new and fun, meet some new friends, hang out and stitch! Thanks to all of you, our wonderful and supportive customers, friends, and family, we’ve grown over the years into a full on classroom offering fabric, notions and supplies in addition to our group and private lessons.

Things have been busy. Classes have been growing. We want to keep up with the demand for more classes and fabric, more fun and creativity, more sewing groups and social events! So, we would like to announce that at the end of March, Stitch Cleveland will be moving to our new spot in Lakewood!

Don’t worry… we’re still in the same hood, just a stone’s throw away from 1387 Sloane Avenue. Starting on March 30th, you’ll be able to find us at 18117 Detroit Road, right next to White Cloud Studios, Breadsmith, and Color By Numbers Salon.

We are really looking forward to seeing you at our new location and hope that it will give us the opportunity to better fill your needs as students and designers. Along with our new lounge and boutique, you can look forward to seeing more fabric, supplies, and of course, handmade items.

There are lots of exciting things to come in the next year! We can’t wait to show you what we’re up to!

Patternmaking Must-Haves…

I think I heard your sewing room calling for a new gadget. Check out some of the new ones we got in…

Needle tracing wheels, awls, pattern notchers (all shown here), as well as hip curves, L-squares, french curves, rabbit hole punches, pattern hangers, tape measures (and more!) are available at Stitch Cleveland.

Don’t forget we also offer industry pro dressforms and half size dressforms. Stop in to see our floor samples and decide which one you need.

Vote for Threadless Designs!

Hi all! Just wanted to tell you about grey cardigan… a great local artist who has a design on for you to vote for! If grey cardigan, aka Brian Jasinski wins he will be rewarded with prizes and money, fame and fortune! is an awesome site where you can submit design ideas, buy prints and tees, and just browse through pages and pages of cool artwork. New designs are released multiple times a week so there’s always something new to check out!

I know that you are on your way to clicking that link and casting your vote for Brian. But just in case you need another gentle nudge, I’d like to tell you that Brian is also a gifted stitcher and personal friend of Stitch Cleveland.

So jump over there. You can even submit your own design to one of their contests… then you’ll be famous and rich.

But let Brian win this one…

Thanks Sew, Mama, Sew! 1

We received a great compliment from the ladies over at Sew, Mama, Sew the other day. We are so happy that so many of our area’s Crafties call Stitch Cleveland home! We rather like the sound of the humming sewing machines, knitting machines and sergers. However, we welcome the company of others to give us some creative consultation or constructive criticism. Working in the company of others lets us step away from our work and see it from another perspective!

It seems that people all over are feeling the same way. From sewing labs at Rock Paper Scissors Collective, to knitting therapy at River Colors, churchs, republics, and mafias are popping up everywhere! Let’s keep the momentum going! Stay tuned to Stitch Cleveland to find out about two new groups we will be introducing soon…

In the meantime, we want to know what makes your needles click! Leave a comment and tell us when, where, how, or with whom you like to get your creative juices flowing.

American Sewing Expo

Greetings from Michigan! Heidi and Megan will be visiting the American Sewing Expo in Novi, Michigan September 25th. Unfortunately, Stitch Cleveland will be closed but we’ll be back on Saturday for another action packed weekend of sewing and Church of Craft. Stop in, Church of Craft is open to all crafties on the last Saturday of each month from 1 – 4pm!

UPDATE: Well, we’re back from our wonderful day trip through sunny Michigan. What a great show! We traveled in a van so that we would have plenty of space for all of our purchases. We found some great things: habatoi silks in beautiful colors, batiks, houndstooth gazar silk, houndstooth corduroy (I must have been in a mood), and a few knits and bottomweights. We are so excited to begin sewing. On the way home we had a show and tell and tried to decide what to make first!

Thank You!

Thank you for nominating our shop for the Fox 8 Hotlist! We are so honored to be included in this list of local businesses.

In case you haven’t heard, Fox 8 is compiling a list of Cleveland and Akron’s best businesses for you to vote on. There are many categories, including restaurants, spas, shopping, and of course arts and crafts (that’s where you’ll find us). Please nominate your favorite local businesses. This is a fantastic way to help your neighborhood entrepreneurs advertise and announce their presence.

Supporting local business is an important way to build up our local economy. Locally owned businesses maintain our community’s character and prosperity as well as providing many jobs in our towns.

We’ll be closed for Mother’s Day!

Hi all you stitchy stitchers! We want you to take Sunday to appreciate all of the mothers in your life. We will be honoring our mommies, our friends that are moms, our moms of moms, and even mommies of fur babies! Enjoy the beautiful weekend and we’ll see you back at the shop on Tuesday – business as usual! Don’t forget about Church of Craft next weekend! Sunday, May 17th from 1 – 4pm!

Plain Dealer article on Etsy / Cleveland craft

If you’re a longtime Stitch Cleveland fan, you no doubt know we also sell online at (here’s the link). Today, the Plain Dealer posted a story about Etsy, and mentioned there are at least 50 Clevelanders selling there. That number’s way off — there’s more than that for sure! — but it’s good to see the local media taking an interest.

To see a list of Cleveland-based Etsy shops, click the geolocator here. As of right now it’s counting 85 Clevelanders, but that doesn’t count those who don’t list their city in their profile.

Stitch Cleveland belongs to the Cleveland Handmade Etsy “street team” (an association of stores based on location, items sold or other interests). See here.

Cleveland Handmade has a website, and the Cleveland Etsy street team has one, too. There’s lists of upcoming shows (including Bazaar Bizarre, the one we organize — see the updated vendor list here!), such as the Cleveland Handmade Market, and much more.

Ever since we opened Stitch Cleveland last year, it’s been wonderful to see the Cleveland craft scene blossom and grow into a much larger, and more professional one. Etsy has played a role in that, no doubt, since its community-building functions, learning opportunities and more help even part-time pro crafters build their businesses. We are so proud to be part of the team!

Rate us on!

(FYI — is a great resource when you’re traveling and want to add to your stash out of state!)

Here’s the listing. Would you rate us?

Shannon’s teaching at Felt School next week but get ready for more felty goodness this fall in the shop, too. Is there anything in particular you’d like to see first? Wet felting? Needlefelting? You name it, we can do it! Shannon’s new felted hat pattern Reboux is getting great reviews on Ravelry and has already been featured on CRAFT mag’s blog (here). What do you say? Shall we do a Reboux class? Before you know it the snow will be here! (boo!)

Closed Sunday!

Stitch Cleveland will be closed Sunday 31 August for the Labor Day holiday weekend. We will be open on Saturday, though! Enjoy time with your family and friends, and we’ll see you here the week after for dye day!

Hours update

Monday – closed

Tuesday noon-5pm

Wednesday noon-5pm

Thursday: 2:00 – 8:00

Sat: 12 – 4:00   (Classes can be schedule on Sat starting at 10am)

Sun: noon – 4:00

And other hours by appointment


If you need to reach one of us specifically, don’t forget you can always email [firstname] [at] This is the best way to reach us for setting up classes and other appointments. When in doubt who to ask, email shop [at] and we’ll make sure your request gets to the right person.

Questions? Give us a call (216-220-4808) or stop by!