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.
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.
*Fall Discount is available until September 25, 2015
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
It'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 Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest and Twitterpages. 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.
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!
With each day we inch closer to summer camp. It's our favorite time of year as we prepare to knit, crochet, sew, needle felt and craft with over 2,500 kids from June through September. As we get all the details in order we wanted to give you some updates on what's happening and some exciting annoucements!
We've added many new locations for Summer 2015. We heard the request for our programs to be in Brooklyn and we're happy to annouce we'll be there at Williamsburg Northside Lower School! Also you can check out our programs at an additional 13 sites this summer. Hope over to our locations page to find a location that works best for you and your child!
We're returning to many locations with our award-winning programs. We're excited to bring a new program to select locations - Glamorize Your Doll! This 1-week camp is built for campers that want to create project for their 18" dolls! This program will be offered at Rosemont College, Sidwell Summer, and Temple Ambler Summer Camps.
Campers come back year after year and look forward to seeing which projects they can create with us. We've worked with all new curriculum together for each of our programs leaving plenty of choice and freedom in the program for your child to put their own design choices into each project they create. Don't worry about the projects repeating, we've got plenty of creativity to keep this creation train moving forward all summer long!
Bigger Sibling Discount!
Be sure to take advantage of our sibling discount which is now offered at 10% for your second and third child. To apply this discount, please call our studio at 610-660-9600.
Ready for Summer Camp? You can register online or call our studio at 610-660-9600. We look forward to the opportunity to craft with your children this summer!
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 Upland Country Day School in Kennett Square this summer. Our weekly programs will run from August 10th through August 28th. This beautiful campus coupled with our creative programs is sure to delight your child!
We're back with our next location spotlight. We are very excited to be headed up to Brooklyn at Williamsburg Northside School this summer from July 20th through August 14th for one-week sessions. Our programs are just the thing to keep your kids creative during the summer!
With over 45 locations this summer, we're taking one a day here on the blog to talk about the locations, programs and dates. We know planning a summer for your child takes a lot of planning, we hope these posts will help you gather more information and learn a bit more about where we'll be crafting this summer!
We are elated to be bringing our programs to West Chester University for the first time. We'll be at this location from August 10th to August 21st for 1-week sessions.