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This Week at our Narberth, PA Studio!

Posted by Megan DiFeo on Mon, Nov 02, 2015 @ 02:08 PM

Many schools are closed tomorrow for Election Day and we're offering our popular creative One Day Camp program at our Narberth, PA Studio.

We've got you covered with our unique, creative and entertaining programming. Campers will work on hand sewn, embellished projects to bring home at the end of their day.

Choose from a daily option that works best for your camper ages 5-12 years old!
Full Day* --- 9 AM - 3 PM --- $95
Half Day* --- 9 AM - 1 PM --- $65
Afternoon -- 1 PM - 3 PM --- $45

*Full Day and Half Day Campers should bring a lunch and snack.

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Friday, November 6th 6:30 - 8:00 PM        $45.00

Our Glamorize Your Doll Workshops offer your child the opportunity to design custom projects for their 18" Dolls. From purses to shoes, dresses, acccessories and more, this series of workshops is sure to create quite the collection of handmade, personalized gear while building on lifelong skills.

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Tags: Workshops, One Day Camp, Glamorize Your Doll

Staff Spotlight: Miss Ana + Miss Elanor

Posted by Megan DiFeo on Tue, Oct 20, 2015 @ 10:19 AM

Have your been to our studio in Narberth lately?

If you've visited us for a class, workshop or party recently, or maybe even over the last few weeks of summer camp, we're sure you've had the pleasure of meeting our Lead Instructor and Studio Administrator, Miss Ana. Miss Ana has been leading classes, camps and our day-to-day studio operations since February of this year. We are happy to annouce that Miss Ana has a new side-kick, Miss Elanor, our Studio Assistant. You'll see Miss Elanor in the studio throughout the week working with Miss Ana and then leading our studio classes on Sundays.

We are so excited to have these two lovely ladies leading us through our school year activities in our studio. We wanted to offer you an opportunity to get to know them a little bit more, so we've asked them some questions and we're sharing their answers below!

Miss Ana will go first on our Staff Spotlight:

What is your favorite past time? I love watching films and going to catch a movie with a friend. 
Where would you travel if you could go anywhere in the world for 5 days? Iceland! I'd love to see how gorgeous it is in person. 
Why do you love working at The Handwork Studio? It's amazing when a child turns an idea into a tangible thing. The entire process is beautiful, and they tend to treasure their creation more because they created it. I love being a part of that.

Who is your biggest inspiration in life? I cannot pick just one person, however, I think that I always have admired strong women artists in both music and visual arts who challenge our perception and way of thinking! Like Kate Bush or Eva Hesse. 

When you were young what did you want be when you grow up? I only ever really saw myself as wanting to be an artist for as long as I can remember. When I was a child I wanted to paint like Monet. 

And now for Miss Elanor:

What is your favorite past time?
I love creating things for my friends and family.  Most recently, I have been designing and screen printing greeting cards.
Where would you travel if you could go anywhere in the world for 5 days?
I would hop on a plane to Rome and spend 5 days backpacking around Italy.  
Why do you love working at The Handwork Studio?
I get to spend every day creating, getting my hands dirty and helping kids do the same.  I'm honored to be fostering the next generation of makers.

Who is your biggest inspiration in life?
My mom, Kelli, is my biggest inspiration and best friend.  She has taught me to be selfless, mindful, and strong.  

When you were young what did you want be when you grow up?
If you asked me when I was 5, I would have said a ballerina.  By 10, I realized it was more about the tutus and less about the dancing, so I would have answered a fashion designer. 

Wasn't that fun? We'll be highlighting different members of our staff each month so be sure to subscribe to our blog over on the sidebar --->

Are you ready to get to crafting with Miss Ana + Miss Elanor? Our Annual Halloween Candy Making Workshop is this week and we've got loads of creativity packed into our Fall Class Session.  We'd love to see you and your child in Narberth!


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We're Celebrating I <3 Yarn Day and #StitchItForward

Posted by Megan DiFeo on Thu, Oct 15, 2015 @ 11:57 AM

Do you love yarn? We do! And we are excited to share I <3 Yarn day with you!

I LOVE YARN DAY will turn five on Saturday, October 17th and this year’s industry-wide celebration is all about “paying it forward,” with yarn of course.

Fiber fans around the world are encouraged to share their affection for yarn and “stitch it forward” by teaching at least one newbie to yarn-craft and experience its feel good benefits. Whether people prefer to knit it, crochet it, spin it, weave it or bomb it, the goal is for every yarn-crafter to share their know-how with someone new on October 17th. And then post it, tweet it, pin it and share it on social media with the hashtags #stitchitforward and #ilyd2015 to celebrate and motivate others to join in the fun!




“Most people can think back and remember that one person who taught them their first stitch or helped them complete their first project and how learning made them feel,” said Co-Executive Director of the Craft Yarn Council, Mary Colucci. “We want to encourage people to reminisce about that joyful moment when yarn-crafting “clicked” for them and pass that feeling along to someone else who could benefit from it – a win-win for all involved.”

There are many ways one can “stitch it forward” for I LOVE YARN DAY 2015. For inspiration, including the official celebration countdown and ideas and tips for teaching others how to knit and crochet, free patterns, yarn party ideas, contests with fiber-fabulous prizes, giveaways and more, people are encouraged to visit I LOVE YARN DAY 2015’s website at www.iloveyarnday.com and social media pages including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest regularly.

“People don’t have to be experts to be able to participate,” said Colucci. “This celebration is for everyone in the industry who experiences the feel-good facets of yarn – from individual yarn-crafters and yarn shops to designers and manufactures and more – to enjoy. All that’s required is a passion for yarn and a desire to have fun.”

Speaking of the feel-good aspect of yarn, it may motivate yarn crafters to know that practicing such skills could very well be benefiting their health. In addition to the plethora of studies and recent news articles revealing the positive affects yarn-crafting can have on one’s health, the Craft Yarn Council received some inspiring feedback from knitters and crocheters surveyed in a research review conducted in late 2014. Ninety-three percent of subjects reported the crafts gave them a feeling of accomplishment; 85% credited them for stress reduction and 68% praised the crafts’ powers to improve their mood. These results are just a few of many continuing to highlight the feel-good quality that comes from yarn crafting. All the more reason to “stitch it forward!”

For more details and updates about I LOVE YARN DAY 2015 visit www.iloveyarnday.com. For additional questions and/or to share how you plan to “stitch it forward” email info@iloveyarnday.com or post directly to www.craftyarncouncil.com/i-love-yarn-day-plans.


How we are celebrating at The Handwork Studio:

Throughout the next week, we'll be teaching our students about different types of yarn and how yarn can be used for various projects. Yarn is a versitle fiber and is woven into the foundation of what makes The Handwork Studio special. We've been stitching it forward for 15 years and we're excited to continue our mission to pass down traditional needle arts to today's creative kids.

Be sure to follow The Handwork Studio on Instagram and Facebook to see our celebratory "selfies" from class!

If you want to have your child join our session, classes are always enrolling. Simply pop over to this page, find a class that works best for your schedule and register online or by calling Miss Ana at 610-660-9600.

We are grateful for the opportunity to stitch it forward all year long with so many lovely young crafters.

Hope to see you in class soon!

Miss Megan + The Handwork Studio Team

P.S. Need a little more inspiration - check out our Yummy Yarn Pinterest Board

Follow The Handwork Studio's board Yummy Yarn on Pinterest.



Tags: Craft Yarn Council, I <3 Yarn Day

Get Started With Knitting by Casting On

Posted by Megan DiFeo on Thu, Oct 08, 2015 @ 11:39 AM

Are you ready to start knitting?

Maybe your friend knits, or you child has learned to knit with us at the studio. No matter where you find yourself on your creative journey, learning to knit can be a fun and relaxing way to stay creative. But first, you need to learn how to get started!  

Check out our video on how to cast on which is the first and fundamental step in knitting.

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2 More Weeks of Summer Camp Remain!

Posted by Megan Collier on Mon, Aug 17, 2015 @ 10:48 AM

Summer Camp Main Line

Summer Isn't Over Yet!

This summer has been one to remember as we have worked with over 2,800 campers in an upwards of 40 locations. The creatitity and inspiration shared in our camp locations was nothing short of amazing. We are always blown away by the young crafters that join us to share in the art of creating handcrafted treasures.

As we start to talk more and more about the Fall and Back-to-School time, we wanted to remind you that we still have camps running in some locations for the weeks of August 24th and 31st.

We are running programs in Narberth until September 4th and in Rosemont College and Montclair State University through the 28th.

As other camps are shutting down, we're continuing with our creative program to be a resource to parents like you looking for unique day camp programming for your children. Your child can learn to hand sew, knit, machine sew, needle felt and more!

We'd love to hear from you if you are interested in registering with us. You can reach Miss Ana at 610-660-9600 or send us a message.

FALLCLASSES1 *Fall Discount is available until September 25, 2015

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More Locations Opening MONDAY!

Posted by Megan DiFeo on Fri, Jun 12, 2015 @ 12:40 PM

Summer Camp

More Locations Open Monday, June 15th!

Summer Camp has kicked off at The Handwork Studio! Our campers are learning new skills and building on previous ones with our brand new Summer 2015 curriculum. Our kind and caring counselors are working to help them create one-of-kind projects in a loving, creative and encouraging environment! 

We continue the fun by opening more locations and programs next Monday, June 15th! There is still plenty of time to register your child for any programs and locations listed below.

If you have any questions please contact us by replying to this email or by calling Miss Ana at the studio- 610.660.9600.

Locations Opening Next Week:

Location Programs Registration

 Rosemont College       Fashion Boot Camp          Click Here

 Park School Handwork Day Camp
Machine Sewing Camp
Click Here


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Tags: Handwork Day Camp, Summer Camp, Fashion & Machine Sewing, Location Spotlight, Summer Camp 2015

Handwork Day Camp - Kumi-What?

Posted by Julia Yosen on Fri, Jun 05, 2015 @ 12:07 AM

kumi himo bracelet

The past few years we have been throwing around a funny word at the studio. KUMIHIMO (koo-me-he-mo). Most of the time we get Kumi-what?? I thought it is about time we pay homage to a fun technique that thousands of children have learned in our camps.

KumiHimo Loom

The origins of Kumihimo dates back to approximately 1200's during the rise of the Samurai warriors in Japan. Kumihimo quite simply means to braid cord, kumi means "to braid" and himo is "cord". The purpose of Kumihimo originally was for Samurai warriors to lace and decorate their armor and scabbards (the sheaths for holding something like a sword). How cool is that?! In our Handwork Studio Day Camps we do not deal much with samurai so instead we have incorporated the Kumihimo technique as a fun and interesting way to make cool friendship bracelets. Today we use small round looms with 32 notches for our string to set into. Then by following a few simple steps kids of all ages are able to complete the basic Kumihimo pattern that makes the cords twist into a spiral. In traditional Kumihimo the ropes are created on different types of stands. The one most similar to our handheld boards is called marudai which literally means round stand.

In our classes we have foam boards that we purchase. You can also make your very own Kumihimo board at home too. All you need is some cardboard, a ruler, and sharp scissors and or an exacto knife (we highly recommend parent supervision when creating you these boards). 



Join Us at Handwork Day Camp!

Summer Camp
 We have camps running in over 40 locations this summer and we open camp next week! Check out our locations page to find the best location for you. You can learn more about Handwork Day Camp over here. If you have questions, don't hestitate to call our studio at 610-660-9600.

Tags: Kumihimo, Summer Camp

Fall Discount for Classes in Narberth

Posted by Megan DiFeo on Sat, May 23, 2015 @ 08:30 AM

Fall Class Discount

Even though Memorial Day Weekend is here, the weather is perfect and we're preparing for Summer Camp, we want to give you some extra time to think about our Fall Classes at our Narberth Studio. We're offering a 20% discount on all Fall Classes until June 30, 2015.  


Here are the classes you can choose from:

Handwork & Machine Sewing 
No matter your child's age or ability, kids are patiently taught various age appropriate handwork skills such as; knitting, crocheting, embroidery and embellishment techniques. Children get to personalize each project through color selection, technique and embellishments. Many different projects are accomplished during the year and as your child's skills grow so does the complexity of the projects.

Fashion & Machine Sewing 
Kids will get the basics of hand and machine sewing while making fabulous projects. They will learn real, practical skills that will last a lifetime while having fun and feeling good about themselves and their skills. Totally cool projects for today's totally cool kids.

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Open Knitting Studio 

Your teen or tween can take their yarn work skills to the next level in our Open Knitting Studio. Kids will select a knitting or crochet project of their choice. This is an ideal class for students interested in learning to work various stitches, multiple yarn colors and read knitting patterns. It you have ano experience knitting, we'll start you off on the right stitch with a project you can master with our our skilled instructors' guidance. Please come to class with an idea for your next handwork creation or choose from one of our many projects.

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Open Design Studio 
It is all about choice in this class designed especially for teens. During open studio time, the kids will select a project to sew and embellish the project the way they want! Perfect class for our experienced machine sewers who are looking to choose what they will make, however, no experience is necessary as instructors will help kids choose projects that will suit their skills. Please bring in a pattern or ideas of what to create, or choose from our many patterns.

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Need help deciding which one is best for your child? Give Miss Ana a call at the studio Monday - Friday 9 AM - 5 PM at 610-660-9660 to learn more and chat about your options! You can also send us a message.

Tags: Classes, Fall, Narberth

Craft Yarn Council Launches #StitchAwayStress Campaign

Posted by Megan DiFeo on Thu, May 14, 2015 @ 09:59 AM

Stitch Away StressIt's no secret that we love teaching kids how to knit and crochet.  We've been hearing it in recent months about the therapeutic affects that knitting and crochet have on humans. The Craft Yarn Council has launched a month long campaign to spread awareness of the mood boosting effects on the human body during National Stress Awareness month.


They'll be sharing projects and fun ways to use these craft techniques to live a more stress-free life.   Be sure to follow them throughout April on their InstagramFacebookPinterest and Twitter pages. You can also enter to win great giveaways and share your stories about how knitting or crochet has changed your life.



We see the positive effects of knitting and crochet all year round. Children and adults alike are able to relax, focus and create a sense of accomplishment and peace working through their projects.  Be sure to hop over and read the full details of the campaign here.

Tags: Knitting, Crochet, Craft Yarn Council, Campaign

Camp Location Spotlight: Foxcroft School

Posted by Megan DiFeo on Tue, May 12, 2015 @ 05:26 PM



As we continue to grow, we are always looking for new locations that will host our camps and inspire our campers. We are thrilled to bring our camp programs to Foxcroft School in Middleburg, VA this summer. Our weekly programs will run from July 27th through August 14th. This beautiful campus coupled with our creative programs is sure to delight your child!



We'll be hosting two of our award winnning programs at Upland Country Day School this summer; Handwork Day Camp (ages 5-13) and Fashion & Machine Sewing (ages 9-15)


Handwork Day Camp




  Full Day

     9:00 AM - 3:00 PM       


  Half Day

     9:00 AM - 1:00 PM  



     1:00 PM - 3:00 PM



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Fashion & Machine Sewing Camp




  Full Day

     9:00 AM - 3:00 PM       



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Tags: Handwork Day Camp, Summer Camp, Fashion & Machine Sewing, Location Spotlight, Summer Camp 2015