As the temperatures start to rise, so does our excitement here at the studio. We are thrilled to host our annual Spring Workshop on Sunday, March 30th from 3:00 - 5:30 PM. The workshop fee is $45 and includes all the supplies kids will need to create a unique and beautiful spring-inspired project.
We know this workshop is simply the perfect way to channel your child's creativity through handwork. We are looking for young artists ages 5-12 to join us!
Advance registration is requested and you can register online or by calling Miss Alexis at the studio at 610-660-9600.
As a friendly reminder, we are also hosting Spring Break Camp for Public Schools. You can get all the information by clicking here.
We look forward to seeing you and your child soon!
Knowledge is power and before you register your child for a camp program you should trust that your child will be happy and safe while having an amazing summer camp experience. We've collected a list of some important questions to ask before you register your child for a needle arts, machine sewing or fashion camp program. We included our answers below!
Are you affiliated with the American Camp Association?Yes. We have been a member for seven years and teach at the local ACA Tri-State Conference each year.Does your camp carry adequate insurance?Yes. We have millions of dollars in insurance coverage
How long has your camp been in existence?
The Handwork Studio has been in business for 12 years and we've been running our camp programs for 8 years.
Does every camper have their own sewing machine?Yes. In our Fashion and Machine Sewing and Fashion Bootcamp programs, all campers will have their very own machine to work on.What is your camper to staff ratio?We have a 6 camper to 1 staff member ratio.What are the ages and experience requirement for your staff members?
- Lead Counselor- To qualify for this position Applicants must be at least 21 years of age with experience leading a classroom and extensive experience working with children in other setting. Must be and comfortable teaching many of our crafting techniques.
- Specialty Counselor- To qualify for this position applicants must be a minimum of 20 years of age with experience working with children and working with many of our crafting techniques.
- Junior Counselor- To qualify for this position applicants must be a minimum of 17 years of age and have a strong desire to work with children and a passion for the needle-arts.
- Counselor in Training (CIT)- To qualify for this position applicants must have an interest in working with children and in the needle arts. Applicants must be between 14-17 years of age.
- Volunteer- To qualify for this positon applicant must have an interest in working with children and in the needle arts. Applicants must be at least 12 years.
Do you run background check on your employees?
Yes. For every employee we run comprehensive background checks and contact personal and professional references.
Will my child be creating projects all day long?Children will create projects during certain parts of the day. We also take breaks and eat lunch together. We find that the children enjoy the projects more when they are broken up with other group activities.
(Devon, my daughter, and I in the early years!)
Why should we teach kids knitting or machine sewing or embroidery? It's not because it will get them into a better college, or bring them untold wealth. It's probably not because you thought "Boy I really wish my kids could crochet!".
So what is it that brings thousands of kids to us every year? I'm sure it represents something different for each of you. For me, it has always represented LOVE. When I see small kids embroidering a furry creature, I conjure up warm fuzzy thoughts...a fire, a mother crafting with her kids, small hands, big creativity. However for you, it could represent what you'd like to do for yourself if you had time. Or maybe it reminds you of your own childhood making an A-line skirt in home ec. Maybe your mother is knitter and you are looking for a way for your daughter to connect with your mother in a way that would make your mom proud. Whatever the reason, there is probably no arguing that your reason comes from someplace in your heart.
As you may know by now, our beloved Miss Eva has recently left us full time to pursue a career in public health. As I say, no one ever really leaves The Handwork Studio-so we refuse to say goodbye (luckily she remains as our part-time bookkeeper). However I thought this would be a good opportunity to ask Eva what needle arts means to her. She came to us as a child at 15 and she leaves us as an accomplished woman. I was curious how handwork played a role in her life. Please read our interview below and comment on what handwork means to you. Please feel free to drop her an email at Eva@thehandworkstudio.com. She'll appreciate what it represents!
(Miss Eva with Miss Julia & Miss Alisha at the Dickins Festival December 2012)
What does needle arts represent to you? Needle arts represents something familiar and cozy to me. I grew up, both in my home and around the Handwork Studio ladies, with fibers and textiles all around me. Especially in the context of the studio, it represents warmth, friendship, and so many laughs - and this is something I get to experience every day, both with my colleagues as well as with your children.
What have you learned about the importance of teaching kids needle arts?
Being with the studio for so long, watching kids grow and mature, I have recognized the confidence needle arts gives to children. Finishing their first row of knitting by themselves, or finally whip-stitching their stuffed animal closed that it has taken the entire session to sew - it's like finally understanding that tough math forumla in school - and feeling utterly elated when you finally get it. It's an amazing process to be a part of and has always made me feel so happy that I am able to contribute to that process.
What surprised you most about working with kids?
Working with kids has reminded me how completely capable and incredibly creative they can be. Parents often ask us, will my five-year-old really learn how to knit? Will they really be working with sharp needles and scissors? It still amazes me how kids, especially young ones, come to an understanding of how to properly work with these very grown up tools we use. They understand that this is real deal, and they seem to take on a new sense of responsibility when they realize we are trusting them with these tools.
What will you miss the most?
I will miss the people, hands down. Every individual I work with here is so special to me and I consider each one such a wonderful friend, and while I know this won't be the end of my friendships, I will miss seeing them and laughing with them every day (and believe me, we laugh every day). I will miss being able to craft with your children, sharing in their delight when they create something that is their own, and I will miss watching them grow. Being part of The Handwork Studio family has truly been a pleasure and I know I will never find a place as special as this, but I am confident it will always be a place that I can call home.
How do you teach your child to knitt? To machine sew? To embroider? It is really very simple and what we do everyday in classes, camps and workshops. Hint: It isn't about crafting at all.
(Here I am with my daughter Devon in 2007.)
- With patience - Try a new craft and you will remember how frightening it is, how much you don't want to make a mistake, how silly you feel when you don't get it right. Kids feel all that too. Make sure you let them know it is ok to make mistakes. Everyone does.
- With love - Remember it is about passing something down, not about teaching perfection. They will ALWAYS remember you were the one that taught them.
- With fun - Our philosophy is that if we make our classes fun, kids will keep coming back. If kids keep coming back they will eventually learn with time, with age and with motor skills. The goal is to keep them coming back!
We hope you will find time to craft with your kids. You'll get more out of it then they will:)