What I’m wearing.

IMG_0988If you’ve stopped into the shop lately you’ll see I’m sporting a new accessory! Camille is quite comfortable riding along all day in her sling or carrier while I sew and teach. It really frees up my hands so that I can still get some work done while she sleeps and enjoys some snuggles! There are lots of different ways to “wear” a baby – yes, baby wearing is a thing. I’ve been using my Moby Wrap, which I totally love. However, it does tend to get pretty hot with that huge piece of thick fabric wrapped around your body several times!

Many of my friends swear by the good ‘ole ring sling so I decided to give it a try. First step… Make one! Don’t you find that you hate to buy anything that you can make? And why not make it when you have such fun fabrics right at your fingertips! Seriously, the hardest part about making this sling was choosing the fabric and rings. So I made my first one and I love it! After teaching a small group how to make the ring sling, I discovered some ways that I would change the process and add some pockets or make the sling reversible.

I’ve added this class to the calendar for October 29th from 1-3pm. The class is $55 and includes your supplies (2 1/2 yards of your favorite fabric and coordinating aluminum rings). In one afternoon you can complete a great gift or valuable tool to keep for yourself and your little one! Once you make one you won’t be able to stop!


Store hours for this week


We wish a fun and safe weekend to everyone!!  Can’t believe it’s the end of another summer here on the North coast!!!

We’ll be taking some time with family next week, our store hours will be as follows:

Sun, Mon & Tues   CLOSED

Wed  2:00-6:30

Thurs 2:00-6   Fall Sewing camps start!!

Friday  2:00-6

-Heidi & Megan x0x

Store Hours Update

We have cancelled the Pinterest Party for tonight, Aug 23.  Sorry for the late notice.

Our hours for today, Friday wil be 2-5pm.

Our next Pinterest Party is scheduled for Sept 20, 6:30pm.  It’ll be lots of fun, our friend, Litsa who is a  Stampin’ Up demonstrator will be joining us with lots of tools, techniques and trends!!!

Again, sorry for the inconvenience, but hope to see you soon!!

Heidi & Megan

It’s a Girl !!!

Yes, Megan had her baby early Tuesday morning! A beautiful dark haired little bundle of joy!

Mommy Megan and Camille Juliana are doing just fine!!

There is a slight change in our store hours for this week:

We will be Closed Tuesday,  August 20 to recoup and get some rest,( this little girl just insisted on  keeping us up all night!!)

Wednesday noon-4 and Thursday 2:00-7pm.  Friday 2-9 (don’t miss our Pinterest Party at 6pm!!!)


New classes have been added to the schedule, be sure to check them out!  (click the CLASSES tab)







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!






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!

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!

It can all begin one Saturday CRAFTernoon…

We’ve had a lot of demand lately for a monthly class where kids and teens to get together and get crafty… so here you go!

Starting in February, we’ll be holding Saturday CRAFTernoon on the second Saturday of each month. The class will be held from 1 – 4pm and will be open to students ages 8 – 14. The class fee is $45 and will include a kit for that month’s class. Some of our projects will be french-seamed tote bags, pencil pouches/ cosmetic bags, binder covers, fabric cuff bracelets, softies, and MUCH more!

This is one of our younger seamsters. She is very gifted and we love having her and her sisters at Stitch! When customers stop in to see what’s new and they see such a young sewer they are always surprised. With one on one or small group classes, it’s amazing what these kids can do! It’s inspiring to see them leave with their finished products. Elizabeth has made a skirt, pajama pants, a tote bag, and an applique wall hanging during her lessons at Stitch Cleveland. On her own, she has experimented with her sewing machine and made many other fun projects! Keep it up, Elizabeth, you inspire us!

We are really excited to offer these classes and even more excited that there has been a demand for them. How great that sewing is making a huge comeback for our kids. Someday as they start sewing businesses, or go to fashion school, or stitch someone up on an operating table they will think fondly of how it all started… one Saturday CRAFTernoon!

                       Stop in to see what’s new at Stitch Cleveland !

Fabrics-Amy Butler (quilting weight and home dec), Heather Bailey, Anna Marie Horner, Tina Givens and some new rocket prints!!

Patterns-Amy Butler (her new apron pattern, Domestic Goddess rocks!), Heather Bailey, Kwik Sew

Cedar Canyon Shiva Paintstiks – texture plates, foils

Needle felting supplies – colorful rovings, needles

Subversive cross stitch  Wool and Hoop Crewel-  embroidery fibers, kits and books

Dressmaker supplies-hip curves, french curves, tailor’s chalk, pattern hooks Rume bags-reusable earth friendly shopping bags  

Louet Spinning wheels

Hand crafted pincushions, pillows, bags, plush toys, and more! Stitch Cleveland offers private sewing lessons at all levels.  We’ll work with you at your pace in a fun atmosphere.  We have sewing machines and a spacious cutting table, or you can bring your own  sewing machine to work on.  

Get started on pajama pants, skirts for spring, or make new curtains for your home.  We also offer spinning and fiber lessons.  Call the store for more info and to schedule lessons.            

Fall Class Schedule

New fall classes are now forming, learn some new techniques and have fun doing it!! (Bring along a friend!) Samples for all classes are now in the store. See more details on the schedule. Remember, we also offer private lessons in sewing, patternmaking, felting, spinning, etc.  For more info or to register for classes call us at 216-220-4808.

  • Free Motion Sewing — Friday October 24th, 12:30-2:30
  • Babette Blanket (crochet) — Saturday, October 25th and Nov. 1st, 1-3:00 pm
  • Quilted Bag Techniques — Tuesday November 4th, 10am-1pm
  • Piecing workshop — Friday, November 7th 11:30-2:30
  • E Bag Saturday — November 8th, 12-3pm & Friday, November 21st, 11am-2pm
  • Wine Gift Bag — Thursday, November 6th, 6-8pm &  Tuesday, November 11th, 12:00-2pm
  • Amigurumi (crochet toys) — Saturday, October 25th, 11am-12:30pm

Stitch Cleveland will be closed on Sunday, October 19, 2008. We will be attending the Wearable Art Fashion Show & Boutique, a benefit for CMA Textile Acquisition Fund with Textile Art Alliance.  For more info visit  We’ll be open Saturday til 4pm.

River Colors will remain open on Sunday.

When we are dying for relief from the hot summer sun…

…we will all look back on this and laugh. Well, day two and we are still digging ourselves out. Looks like Stitch Cleveland is having another snow day. Poor Shannon is stuck in Boston after her Stitch ‘n Beach cruise with Debbie Stoller. I can hear all of your sympathetic groans now! Stitch Cleveland will be open on Monday from 12 – 4 to satisfy any of your stitchy needs.

New schedule & pricing

You asked for it, you got it! We’re standardizing our private lesson prices across the board and offering more of them. Unless otherwise stated, all private lessons with each of our three instructors are $25 as of 1 September 2008. Private knitting lesson with Shannon? $25. Two-hour class with Megan? $50! Three and half hours of hands-on help from Heidi? Well… you can do the math. Kit fees, if any, are not included in the hourly instructor fee.

What does this mean for the printed schedule? We’re redesigning it so it makes more sense in light of the new prices, and it will be available online as a PDF soon. Meanwhile, feel free to call the shop and ask about any class — we’ll happily get you signed up!


Looking for something to do with your kids?

Wow! Winter Break is right around the corner. Wondering how on earth to entertain your kids and their friends? How about a sewing lesson? Put that old sewing machine Grandma gave you to work! We offer sewing classes that are appropriate for all age groups and skill levels. You can even learn something new together by taking the Parent and Child Sewing Class — check out our calendar for details. Our First Annual Secret Santa will be held this weekend, December 16th from noon until 5pm. Kids and teens can purchase handmade crafts for $10 and under all day! It will be easy to find something for everyone on their holiday list. There will be volunteers from Cleveland Church of Craft available to walk children through the store if you are on their nice list. (If you’ve been naughty, you’d better make up for it now!)Local artists and designers have been working hard in Santa’s workshop to bring your children some unique and beautiful items, so we’ll see you Sunday.

Crochet 101

Learn to crochet this weekend at Stitch Cleveland and River Colors! On Sunday from 1 – 2:30pm Heidi will be holding a Crochet 101 session for beginners. This class is only $15 + supplies (under $10). Come in a little early to choose your hook and yarn at River Colors. See what is new in store, and learn to work with this winter’s new yarns. By the end of class you’ll have an understanding of basic crochet stitches and lingo. During class you will get started on an envelope bag or a fashionable belt! Perfect to keep for yourself (if you’re stingy) or to give as a gift! Give us a jingle to sign up, only a few openings remain!

Yarn Masters of the Silver Hook — a division of Crocheters Anonymous 2

So here I am mid-meeting and I felt like I had to write a message to our adoring public to tell them what they’re missing. The men and women in this group are getting down and dirty with hook and yarn in hand! Don’t worry, even if you miss tonight’s meeting (scheduled for 6-9pm) your crochet addiction is not hopeless… join us here at Stitch Cleveland on the first Thursday of each month for an evening of advice, conversation, and only a little bit of bragging about all of our projects. To be a member of this group you need not have a serious crochet addiction (although most of our members have confessed to having at least ten unfinished projects). We can help even the novice or beginner crocheter make their hobby into a hard core addiction.

Stitch Cleveland launch party 21 July

Yes, we’ve been open since the beginning of June, but you know how it is — finally we get to take a quick breather and host a grand opening extravaganza! We’ll be in the shop all day from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on the 21st doing demos, drawing for prizes and celebrating, so stop by and join the fun. (Press release is here, if you’re interested).

Bring your knitting, your crochet, your embroidery, your sewing, your friends, but most importantly — YOU!