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Come Hang with us at The NW Philadelphia School & Camp Fair!

Summer Camp FairLong days of sunshine are just around the corner – what do you have planned for your kids?


Solve all your summer camp and 2015-16 school year dilemmas with the NW Philadelphia School & Camp Fair on February 28, 2015, from 10 am – 1 pm. We'll be hanging out with a cool project for your kids!


Presented by Philadelphia Family magazine and hosted by Germantown Academy, the fair provides families with all the research they need in one easy and exciting afternoon! Save time and narrow your search for day camps, overnight camps, summer academic programs — not to mention amazing schools for the 2015-16 school year — by meeting with many of the area’s top destinations all in one, fun- filled day!


Collect information, ask questions, and learn more about The Handwork Studio! Plus, enter to win a free week of camp  from us at select locations— and more great giveaways from Philadelphia Family Magazine!  Register online for free now and we hope to see you there!

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Summer Camp Discount Extended!

Do You Love Summer Camp?
There has been such overwhelming support for our Summer Camp Early Bird Discount, we want more kids to feel the love of summer camp! We're extending our discount until February 28th, 2015. This offering is a 20% Discount on any Full Day Registrations paid in full at any of our select locations.

Be sure to check out locations and programs to find out if Handwork Day Camp, Fashion & Machine Sewing camp or another program offering that is best for your young crafter! 


Are you feeling the love? Know a friend who might want to take advantage of the discount? Please forward them this post or have them call us at the studio at 610-660-9600!


Do you have questions? You can reach us by email or by calling our studio at 610-660-9600 or even on our Live Chat Monday-Friday 11 AM - 4 PM.

While we put the loving stitches into our projects for this summer we are grateful for your consideration as an option for your child's summer!


Craft Projects for Kids on Snowy Days

Snow Day Crafts For KidsIt's no secret that when a snow day arrives for your children there is an inevitable question of, "What can my child do today?" Of course there are the regular answers like go sledding or build an "Olaf" but we're here today to suggest some cool crafts your children can try out at home with just a few supplies you are likely to find around the house. No supplies on hand? Not to fear, story time is hear! Gather your children around your iPad or phone and listen to a tale of The Mitten which is sure to delight!


We've pulled some projects from our archives and included the videos for these projects right on this page so you don't have to go far to get crafty with your children!



We want to hear from you! What do you do to entertain your children on a snow day? Post below in the comments and we'll pick one winner to send a grab bag of craft supplies to! Please include an email so we can contact you! 


Felt Mustache


Finger Knit Scarf


Lucet Weaving



Straw Weaving


And in the event that you have no supplies for crafting here is a story to warm your hearts on this chilly snowy day


The Mitten

Summer Camp is Here at The Handwork Studio!

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It's with great excitement that we share with you our Summer 2015 schedule and announce that our registration is open for many of our locations.

We know as summer creeps closer that many parents like you are trying to schedule their child's activities during the months schools are closed. We are grateful to be a consideration for you and wanted to share a few notes about our summer camps that we thought you might find useful.


1. Craft your child's summer! Our camps are built almost entirely on weekly sessions. This means you can choose as little or as many weeks as the program is offered in your area. This make scheduling your child's summer that much easier. Our only minimum is that there be a full 1-week commitment! It's that simple.


2. BYOH - Bring your own hands! Your child only needs a few things for our camps - an open mind, a set of hands, a lunch and a snack. We've got everything else covered for you and them. Your child doesn't need any previous experience because we've hired trained artists and educators that have extensive knowledge on how to teach these crafting skills to children.


3. Do you need extended day care? Many of the schools and partnerships that host our programming offer these services so that your children have a safe and fun place to hang out while you wrap up your day. Each location page will indicate if extended day care is offered.


4. Did someone say discount? We're currently offering a 20% discount on any Full Day registration paid in full at any of our 14 selected locations. Pick your location, find a program and check out before February 15th. We're happy to help you save!


5. Payment options are back! Spreading your child's camp registration fee over a few months can be relieving! We've got you covered with payment options. Simply choose this option when checking out on our registration site and your card will be charged the initial $100 deposit and the other payments will be spread out evenly moving forward. It's automatic and it's easy! Please note that Full Day Programs are currently discounted and not available for payment plans until February 16th. If you have questions, please call the studio or contact us.

Here's to warmer weather and crafty good times just a few months away!

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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

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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

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