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The Handwork Studio 2014 Favorite Things List

Favorite Things

It's the season for gift giving and we're back with our annual round-up of our favorite tools and services in the area of our expertise - Needle Arts! If you have a child or adult crafter in your family, this is the gift giving guide for you!

Clover Pom Pom Maker

pom pom makerThese Pom Pom makers are a studio fan favorite. Paired with a skein of yarn they make for endless creativity and a ton of fun. We love seeing what our campers will create with these delightful pom pom makers! Our favorites are form Clover because they are durable and make creating a breeze! You can bring the pom pom fun home with you by purchasing one in our online stop here.





Needle Felting Kit

needle felting

We love teaching children and adults alike the art of needle felting. There is so much creativity that exists when you think of all the embellishment that can be done with this technique. Whether it's holiday ornaments or appliqued patches or pockets, the design options with needle felting can go on and on. This kit includes all the pieces you need to get started needle felting, just as your child would in the studio. You can purchase this kit to bring home in our online shop here.





Sewing Machine

Sewing MachineWe are Our friend Gary at Eagle  Enersave is bringing to our Handwork Studio families a special deal on our favorite sewing machine:

    -  Cost for Handwork Studio Friends & Family: $229   
       (Regular Retail: $299)

    - 1-hour free lesson at Eagle Enersave on how to use your
new sewing machine and five years of free service on your machine

Gary is also offering a 1 year upgrade at no cost and you can put the full cost of your machine towards an upgrade. You can call the studio to place your order at 610-660-9600.





Winter Break Camp

Don't know what to get your Children or Grandchildren?  Give the gift of winter camp!  

We will be holding Winter Camp at the Studio the weeks of December 22nd-26th & Dec. 29th-Jan 2nd. It's camp by the day so you can choose a little as one day!

* Full Day 9-3 PM - $95/dayCamp

* Half Day 9-1 PM- $65/day

* Afternoon 1-3 PM - $45/day

Register today as camp fills quickly!




Knitting Needles & Yarn

Knitting Needles and YarnWhat could be a better way to ignite your child's passion for knitting than a skein of our favorite wool yarn and a pair of Clover Takumi Bamboo knitting needles? Cost $13 and you can order from our online shop. 

You can also call the studio to pick up some today (610) 660-9600.





Summer Camp

Summer CampWe LOVE Summer Camp! And while not everyone in our Handwork Studio family lives local to Narberth, we will be launching our Summer Camp in January of 2015! Get a head start and warm up with thoughts of summer by purchasing a Summer Camp Gift Certificate! Simply call Miss Mary at the Studio and she can get one made up for you.







Woskhops in Narberth

Join Miss Mary for our popular Sunday workshop series for all ages, taught in a relaxed, fun and positive environment. Choose from Handwork, Machine Sewing, or a seasonal theme. All workshops are $45 for two hours, and all materials are included. No prior experience necessary. Check out our schedule for dates or call the studio at (610) 660-9600. We can make up a gift certificate for you that would make a lovely stocking stuffer too!


Simplicity Patterns

Frozen Doll PatternWe're excited to share one of our favorite new projects from our favorite pattern designers at Simplicity. We've seen the Frozen Fans come through our studio and this is the ideal pattern for them; an 18" doll dress pattern! It doesn't get much cooler than this! Check out the pattern here.  Check out our friends at Simplicity Creative Group for more information.

You're Invited to Winter Camp!

You’re Invited to Join The Handwork Studio for over your vacation break for Winter Camp! We simply love the holidays and spending two weeks with our creative campers and hope you’re children will join us for a creative good time.


We’ve got three fantastic locations for camp this year! In our cozy Narberth Studio and our Mobile Studios in Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia and Georgetown Day School in Washington D.C., children will stay inspired and entertained each day while creating all kinds of great handmade crafts from stuffed creatures to warm fleece mittens. The Winter Camp is project based, one where kids learn multiple techniques while creating their project in an artistic andengaging process.  All projects are gender neutral and no previous experience is necessary.   


Our Winter Camp has been designed to meet a parent’s needs. Camp can be purchases by the day with the choice of Full Day (9:00-3:00), Half Day (9:00-1:00) and Afternoon (1:00-3:00) options.

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Registration is open online or by contacting the studio at 610-660-9600.

Winter Break Camp will be offered for in three locations this year!

Narberth Studio in Narberth, PA:
Week 1: December 22nd-24th and 26th; Week 2: December 29th-31st and January 2nd.

The Ethical Society in Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia:
Week 1: December 22nd, 23rd and 26th; Week 2: December 29th, 30th and January 2nd.

Georgetown Day School in Washington, D.C.:

Week 1: December 22nd and 23rd ; Week 2: December 30th, 31st and January 2nd.


Please keep us in mind as you plan your child’s winter vacation break! You’re kids are the best and they make what we do the best work in town!


If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email us or call Miss Mary at the studio at 610-660-9600.

Hope to see you soon,

Your Friends at The Handwork Studio

Thanksgiving Craft Project For Kids!

Handmade Turkey Craft Project For Kids
Here at The Handwork Studio we're all about crafting for every holiday. Since Thanksgiving is tomorrow we wanted to share this video of how to make a stuffed Thanksgiving Turkey. We're using polyfill to stuff this turkey not bread! This quick kid's craft project should take less than an hour to create. You'll need a few supplies to make this project happen:

  1. Felt

  2. Embroidery needle and thread

  3. Needle Felting Tools

  4. Polyfill (or leftover scraps to stuff your turkey)

  5. Animal eyes

    This video will take you through the steps of creating your stuffed Turkey.


From our Handwork Studio Family to yours - we wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving.

One Day Camp for Election Day!

ELECTION Days Election Day is tomorrow and we have looking forward to an exciting day of One Day Camp!


We also wanted to remind you of this great post of creative ways to spend election day from our archives written by Miss Melissa.

If you are in need of some creative day care for your children, we'd love to have them join us for a day of craft goodtimes at our Narberth Studio. You can register online or by calling the studio at 610-660-9600.

We hope to see you soon!


Knit and Crochet Halloween Costumes

Knit + Crochet Halloween CostumeaIf you've been on the internet this week you probably saw the cutest Halloween Costume photo gallery from The Ellen Degeneres Show. We loved so many of knitted and crocheted projects that we created a Pinterest Board to share some of the favorites that we found.

Some of the costumes have patterns linked to them for creating and others are for purchase from sites like Etsy. Even with Halloween just a few days away, there is always time to think of next year. Also, kids love dressing up all year round so why not try your hand at some of the projects below? We'd love to see what you create. Check out our board below and be sure to hop over to our Pinterest page and follow us!

Follow The Handwork Studio's board Knit + Crochet Halloween Costumes on Pinterest.


Upcoming Events At The Handwork Studio:
One Day Camp on Nov. 4th

One Day Campv for Election Day

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!

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