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Our Final Fashion Bootcamp Runway Show for 2014!

Fashion Bootcamp Albert Nipon Inc. Jay Mccarroll The Handwork StudioLast Friday we hosted our final runway show of the summer session for our Teen Fashion Bootcamp. We were honored to have Albert and Pearl Nipon, of the famous Albert Nipon Inc. fashion house in the audience. Mr. and Mrs. Nipon were there to support the young designers and gave their insights to the fashion industry.


The third and final session of Teen Fashion Bootcamp, was led by Jamie Grace-Duff. She is a graduate of the Fashion Design program of Drexel Univeristy, Custom Designer, Patternmaker, and long time member of The Handwork Studio Team. Grace-Duff recently wrapped up working as a Visiting Professor of Costume Technology at Louisiana State University.

Over the course of the immersion-style camp, Miss Jamie taught campers about the inspiration process real-world designers utilize -- including trips to visual stimulators like Philadelphia’s Fabric Row and New York City’s Mood -- as well ashow to apply it to sketch their very own collection. The students then got to bring these ideas to life, selecting two outfits to cut, sew, tailor, and finally present duringa cumulative fashion show. The camp also offered a workshop with Jay McCarroll, Season 1 winner of the hit show Project Runway.  

Teen Fashion Bootcamp was offered three times during summer and we were so impressed by each of the designers that came through the program this year. We have lots of photos on our Facebook Page here so be sure to jump over and check them out.

Thank you to each of our Fashion Bootcampers for bringing so much creativity, inspiration and style to this year's camp. We are so proud of your achievements!

 


Two More Weeks of Summer Camp!

Summer Camp Machine Sewing Handwork

 

We're not ready to go back to school yet. We still have a couple more week of summer camp at our Narbeth location. At our Montclair and Chestnut Hill locations we have one more week.

If you are looking to fill up your child's last weeks of summer with a creative day camp option, consider our Handwork Day Camp Program for campers ages 5-12 or our Fashion and Machine Sewing program for campers ages 10-15. Camp includes all the supplies your child will need to make fabulous projects and we've included pricing for each program below.

Handwork Day Camp:

  • $425 - Full Day......9:00am-3:00pm

  • $300 - Half Day......9:00am-1:00pm

  • $175 - Afternoon....1:00-3:00pm

Fashion & Machine Sewing Camp:

  • $475 - 9:00am-3:00pm

We still have availability but spots are filling up quickly. You can register online, by contacting Miss Alexis at the studio- 610.660.9600 or simply send us a message here.

We hope to end to summer crafting away with your child!

Summer Camp and Fall Classes

Fall Class in NarberthWhile you may be starting to think about Fall Classes, we are still here for camp if you need us until August 29th. We've expanded our space to accommodate our parents who need help that last week at our Narberth location only. Space is filling up fast though, so be sure to reach out to Miss Alexis at 610-660-9600 to save your child's seat for the last week of camp!

It's hard not to notice that the summer weeks are winding down. School supplies are out in the stores and the mad rush is on to get those summer projects completed. While we've been hosting over 2,000 of your children in camp this summmer, we've also been quitely stitching together plans for our year-round programming. Our Fall Session of classes begins September 16th and run through November 23rd. We'll be hosting three of our very treasured programs: Handwork And Machine Sewing, Fashion and Machine Sewing and Open Design Studio.  You can read full class descriptions here.

Whether or not your child has enjoyed summer camp or previous programming at the studio, they will surely enjoy our upcoming year-round programs. We've been pouring over plans for  new projects that your children will love creating and will treasure for years to come!

Registration is ongoing for our class sessions, so it's never to late to sign up. You can register online or by contacting Miss Alexis at the studio Monday-Friday 8 AM - 4 PM. If you have any questions, you can call or reach us via our contact form here.




Things We Cherish | A Note from Miss Laura

Handwork From The Heart

Machine Sewing ProjectsAs a child, I'm sure I made a lot of things in school; drawings, paper mache, models. However, the one thing I truly remember is my A-line skirt. Not only do I remember it but it was important enough to take a picture of me wearing it. That is me wearing my beloved skirt in the photo here.

I guess that it is not so ironic that 40 years later, I'm running a business that cherishes the notion that Handwork = Love.  Where what you make represents something more than just a craft but something that is meant to be kept, cherished and even captured in picture. I was so proud of this skirt. I loved that skirt. It made me feel so competent that I just wanted to show it to everyone.  

We hope your kids are experiencing the same thing with us this summer in camp. My hope is in 40 years they will be showing pictures to their kids of the things they made this summer at The Handwork Studio.

With love and fond memories,

Miss Laura

There is still time to join us at Summer Camp!

Join Us At Summer Camp We want you to know that we still have space at many of our camp locations. The supplies are here, the counselors are ready and your child is welcome to join us for a creative good time as we move into the final weeks of summer. We are so excited and grateful for all the campers we've been working with and if you are thinking about signing up for a week of camp, now is the time to register.

You can search for locations close to you here. Want to see our summer camp photo gallery? Visit our Facebook Page here.

If you have any questions or need additional assistance please contact Miss Alexis at the studio- 610.660.9600 or simply contact us here.

We hope you are enjoying your summer!

The Handwork Studio Team

Fashion Bootcamp Runway Show @ Sidwell Summer

Fashion Bootcamp Sidwell Friends This was our first summer offering Fashion Bootcamp With Sidwell Summer in Washington DC. The program was a huge success and we are so grateful to each of our eight Fashion Bootcampers for really bringing so much inspiration and talent to the sewing table.

The Campers worked with Miss Linda Lee who brings over 40 years experience in the Fashion Industry to the classroom.  Miss Linda led each of our campers through an amazing design journey where they created inspiration boards and then worked to sketch their designs. Once the concept was on paper they had a workshop with Jay Mccarroll, Season one Winner of Project Runway.

They gathered lists of of their sewing supplies and started to understand the fundamentals of bringing their collection to life. Once the lists were created, they took a field trip to fabric stores where they could source their design supplies.

The program culminated with an amazing fashion runway show where they shared their designs with family, friends, and other campers. Want to see the whole Fashion Bootcamp photo gallery? Just use the link below to jump over to our Facebook Page.

Thank you to each of our Fashion Bootcap Designers that made this first time program at Sidwell Summer a huge success!

 

Post by The Handwork Studio.

A Fabulous Summer Camp Fashion Show

Fashion BootcampLast week we wrapped up our first session of Fashion Bootcamp at Rosemont College with the end of session Fashion Show. The looks our young designers put together were nothing short of fabulous. From ready to wear outfits to  dresses and skirts, each custom designed look was so incredibly impressive.

We are so proud of what each of our Fashion Bootcampers was able to accomplish during this program. Their designs were full of inspiration and creativity

During the 3-week program, the campers were led by Jay McCarroll and his assistant Mandy through an in-depth fashion program that included developing inspiration boards and choosing a custom color pallet. The next phase of the camp was sketching out their designs. After two trips to get fabric and supplies in both Philadelphia and New York, they were off to making their sketches a reality. On the last day of camp, the finishing touches were added to each look and the girls prepared for their final fashion show. Family members and friends of each camper joined us for a great show followed by a nice reception.

You can click below to our Facebook Page to see the full photo gallery of our Fashion Show. 


What Kind of Sewing Machine Should I Buy My Child?

Gary Eagle EnersaveEach summer we work with thousands of campers to teach them all about machine sewing and needle arts. To do this, we have to have a lot of sewing machines; almost 200. Our machines stand the test of time and that is thanks in large part to the amazing quality of the Janome brand. However, we also have a machine sewing magician of sorts in Gary O'Connor from Eagle Enversave. Gary works dilligiently each spring to go through a thorough matenance process on every single one of our machines. All machines are purchased and maintained by Gary. To say we couldn't do this without Gary is an understatment. His work and support helps make machine sewing a reality at The Handwork Studio.

Eagle Enersave is located in Drexel Hill, PA and has been in the industry for 40 years. Eagle Enersave only sells the best, most reliable machines because they offer free service and we could not do that with inferior products According to Gary, keeping customers happy is always a good idea. On partnering with The Handwork Studio Gary says, " I think it is wonderful that you folks are creating a fun, interesting place for young people to cultivate these skills. Too many schools have decided these programs are not as important as others.The satisfaction these children get from their new skills is priceless." If you visit his store you are likely to meet his adorable dog, Trevor who is pictured above.

We are often asked which sewing machine parents should purchase for their child. The machine we've chosen to work with  is the Janome MyStyle 100. It is a simple basic workhorse. We love this machine because kids can grow with this machine as their understanding of machine sewing increases. Most importantly, these machines can take a lot of work, which is an important factor for us since we run so many programs throughout the year. This machine has a drop down bobin which minimizes jamming. Most importantly, the MyStyle is a real sewing machine that is built with quality and durability. Most sewing machines you see for kids are much more similar to toy machines that are generally inexpensivily made. These lower grade sewing machine will be frustratinf for a beginner sewer because they will not opearte with ease. Meeting frustration at every turn cab be a huge detterant in learning to machine sew. This is why it is important to us to have your child work with a machine that results in an easy-understanding of machine sewing mechanics and produces a professional grade stitch. We've included a quick video that gives you an overview of how simple the MyStyle is to operate!

If you are interested in a Janome MyStyle, we highly reccomend you order your machine from Gary at Eagle Enersave. If you aren't local, Gary will have your new machine shipped to you.

If your child is showing an interest in sewing or fashion design, consider enrolling them in our Fashion & Machine Summer Camp Program. Please contact us if you have any questions about purchasing your new machine or in regards to summer camp. We are happy to help in any way we can.

Summer Camp By The Beach | Avalon

Summer Camp at AvalonOur Summer Camp mascot, Sheepy, loves the beach and so do we! We are pleased to return to Avalon again this year for another fun filled summer learning knitting, crochet, needle felting, machine sewing and fashion design and much more. In addition to Avalon, Camp is now running at multiple locations in Pennsylvania, Washington DC, Maryland, and Virginia. You can access a full list of locations here.

There is still plenty of time to register your child for our opening at Avalon next week on Monday, June 30th. You can register online here.

If you have any questions please contact Miss Alexis at the studio- 610.660.9600or simply contact us here.

Here is a closer look at what The Handwork Studio is all about!


Summer Camp is in Full Swing at The Handwork Studio!

Summer Camp Locations Opening

Summer Camp is in full swing here at The Handwork Studio! Our campers are working on learning knitting, crochet, needle felting, machine sewing, fashion design and much more.

If you follow us on Facebook that is a great way to see all the photos from camp.


Camp is now running at multiple locations in Pennsylvania, Washington DC, Maryland, New York, and Virginia. You can access a full list of locations here. There is still plenty of time to register your child for any locations opening next week on Monday, June 23rd.

If you have any questions please contact Miss Alexis at the studio- 610.660.9600 or by contacting us here.

 

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