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Tools for Kids Crafts: Pom Pom Maker

Clove Pom Pom Maker
Here at The Handwork Studio we love tools. We especially love tools that can make crafting easier and more enjoyable. We are huge fans of the Clover Pom Pom Maker. This amazing tool helps our campers make some incredible pom poms in various sizes and allow for so much creativity. We've created necklaces, ice cream, cupcakes, snowmen, eyeballs and so many other projects from the timeless pom pom!

Since Halloween is right around the corner and we're talking about pom poms, I dug up this great video of Miss Alisha teaching us how to make a pom pom eyeball.

For this projet you'll need yarn, a pom pom maker, a pair of scissors and a little bit of felt.

If you liked this project and are looking for some more pom pom project inspiration check out these Halloween Project ideas from Clover here.

We are all ready for Halloween and the Witches of Narberth event this coming Saturday. If you are in the area, make sure you stop by the studio to pick up a treat from us!

We still have some space in our Halloween Candy Making Workshop this Sunday, Oct. 26th from 3 PM - 5:30 PM. You can register online or by calling Miss Mary at the studio at 610-660-9600

A Note From Miss Alexis | The Handwork Studio

A Note From Miss AlexisDear Handwork Studio Families,

I wanted to personally inform you that I will no longer be with The Handwork Studio as Studio Director. I am leaving to pursue a career in visual design. 

The hardest part about leaving the studio besides my amazing co-workers are your children. It has been a pleasure to work with them. I have immense pride in the work that they have made over the years.  It was so special to be able to foster their creativity and watch them grow. There is nothing like the feeling of watching a young 5 year old knit her first stitch or a 3rd grader sewing in a straight line for the first time. Those moments are what made my job so extraordinary. 

I will continue to be a part of The Handwork Studio family and look forward to the future. I am grateful to have been a part of a program that gets to nurture talented kids and I know that The Handwork Studio team will continue to make the experience for your children that much more spectacular. 

During the end of my time in the studio, I was training our new Lead Instructor, Miss Christina. She will be working with your children in class, camp, workshops and during birthday parties. I am confident that your children will be in very capable hands with Miss Christina, we are very excited to have her! In the interim, Miss Megan, our Curriculum and Marketing Director, is going to fill in for me at the desk. She is excited to get to know everyone and can answer any and all of your questions. 

Thank you so much for making my time as Studio Director so rewarding. I wish you and your children all the best. 


Miss Alexis 

Narberth First Friday Open House

Narberth First Friday


Did you know it's National Sewing Month? Needless to say, we are sewing machine enthusiats and this month we'll be sharing fun facts about the machine sewing on our blog. Be sure to check back tomorrow for our first fun fact!


BUT FIRST - We're planning a party at our studio and your family is invited! We are having an open house to celebrate this month's First Friday in Narberth. Join us for free treats, a cool craft project and your chance to win a FREE seat for your child in our Fall Session! We'd love to have you and your children join us for a Friday night that is sure to delight! 


The craft project we are planning is for kids ages 5-12 years old. Stop by, register to win and join us for some machine sewing fun as we celebrate National Sewing Month! You can RSVP and see event details here. If you have any questions please feel free to call Miss Alexis at the studio at 610-660-9600 or send a message.


We looking forward to see you on Friday!

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. 

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