Sewing


Happy Thanksgiving

We thank each and every one of you  for supporting us over the past 5 years.  We meet  excited and inspired sewists every day who share our passion for sewing and designing – it doesn’t get better than that!!  We know how lucky we are to be doing what we love, so thanks to you all !!

Have a fun and loving Thanksgiving day, we are cooking together, I just helped Megan get the turkey dressed for the oven-no sewing involved–haha!   It’s gonna be a fun day – playing games with Rex, checking out Megan’s new sewing room and letting the guys do their thing with the lights.  We’ll all be together, the most wonderful thing of all!

We will be closed on Friday and Sunday , but will be open 10-4 on Saturday!

xox


New Amy Butler patterns on their way!

Have you seen the new patterns?  Adorable raincoats made up in laminated fabrics-way cool!  A new shipment of Amy’s patterns is expected to arrive shortly-can’t wait to make one!

Our calendar is filling fast, call to schedule your summer lessons today!  Schedule  a group lesson with your kids and their friends, we have plenty of easy beginner project ideas geared expecially for them.

Or, what about you?  Make a quick summer top, a breezy dress, new placemats or a couple cheerful pillows!

Check our Class schedule here.


Make it work!

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The fabulous designers at Project Runway come up wth the most amazing fashions and details, considering the time they have to construct them, don’t they?!   I love watching them sketch their designs, and drape their fabrics on the dressforms, too- it’s so workroom-y!!  And so much creativity-yikes!!  Where do they come up with all those ideas? I’m so glad to see Tim & Heidi again, I missed them, not to mention that they’re back in New York – yay!

Learn how to sketch your designs, drape, make a pattern and construct your dreams, too!  Private lessons at Stitch are just the thing to get you started!

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…and it’s not just for knitters, either!

Have you seen all the cool projects that you can sew using  felted sweaters??    I don’t know about you, but I haven’t been able to find any decent sweaters at Goodwill in colors that I really like, wouldn’t it be cool to find stripes in orange and pink, and turquoise ??  Or blue & green in nice shades, not kelly green, old man grey or maroon. (sorry, nothing against old men!)

OK, then, knitting machine to the rescue!  You don’t even have to know how to knit. (really!)   Stripes, solids, varigated–in just the right colors for your sewing projects.  Knit  a skein of yarn, throw into washer to felt–imagine the possibilities!!

Here are a few knit samples before felting…

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Felted bags, mittens, toys, appliques, scarfs…you’ll whittle down mom’s yarn stash in nothin’ flat!

Sign up for the demo on Saturday or Sunday and try your hand at it.

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OK, and who doesn’t have enough scarfs?!  I have so many, I made this pair of mittens from one I made (on the knitting machine) last year, the ribbing is knit on the machine, too!  They are lined with fabric from an old tee.  Love them!!  (And can you believe that this is the only pair of mittens I have!)  Cut and sew – awesome!


Don’t miss Project Runway tonight!

yay, it’s on again!  I was very impressed with the designs last week and can’t wait to see it again tonight.  Did you watch last week?

Wouldn’t you love to have a workroom like Project Runway to spread out your fabric??  Stop in and check out our space, you can rent workshop space for only $10 per afternoon (noon-5pm)  Cut out your projects on our awesome cutting table…

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Bring your sewing machine and set up in our classroom on one of our spacious tables…

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And get some serious stitching done!!!  Whether you’re working on products for an upcoming craft show, your fall wardrobe, holiday gifts, or finishing your ufo’s, Stitch Cleveland has space for you!  Please call ahead to reserve.


Rainy day sewing

Rainy days are the best for sewing aren’t they??  Saturday morning we were thinking just that.  Check out these awesome  baskets made in this weeks Soft Basket class.  We had a great time sewing & watching the rain through the front windows.  And it did help that Blackbird had sticky buns and fresh coffee!!

IMG_0713Coordinating some old fabrics from fabric stashes and new fabrics  from our store, ducks, birds, flowers and prints-they each have a  personality of their own, don’t they?

In this class we learned an  easy technique on how to insert a round bottom, channel  quilting, how to apply a band, and handles.  The handles are  pre-made of heavy duty canvas with contrast topstitching to give  a utilitarian look to the basket, you could also make the handles  of a contrast fabric to give it a different look-all these options are  discussed in class.

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Warm summer evenings are also great for sewing!

Check out these students and their projects from last Thursday nights Quilted Cosmetic Bags class.Can you tell we had fun?  We learned how to quilt, insert a zipper, made a loop handle and a cool zipper pull accent, too!

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IMG_6503I was so inspired I made another one the next morning using Amy Butler home dec fabric to match my laptop cover.

Look for these classes on the schedule for August


Applique Pillow Workshop

Join us for this fun workshop with Heidi, make a cool pillow  and learn some new sewing techniques in the process. Using fabrics from designers such as Amy Butler and Anna Marie Horner, create this  pillow to freshen up your room for spring.  Inspired by a recent article in Sew News by designer Linda Lee.

 Saturday February 28, 10am-2pm     Class size is limited so please sign up early!  Call store to sign up.

 


Ironing board cover Playdate

Yay, a playdate, come on in and have some fun sewing an easy home dec project !  

Make a fashion statement with your ironing board.  Ditch that plain old cover and spice it up a bit!  This is a simple project, but basic sewing skills are required.  Choose from any of the fabrics we have in the store, Amy Butler, Anna Marie Horner, Heather Bailey, etc.  

Saturday, February 21, 11am-1pm.  Call store for info and to sign up for class.

 


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!  


                       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  

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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 www.clevelandart.org/taa.  We’ll be open Saturday til 4pm.

River Colors will remain open on Sunday.