Purls of Wisdom

Easy Homemade Halloween Costumes | Create & Bond with Your Kids

Posted by Laura Kelly on Fri, Oct 28, 2011 @ 09:59 AM

So this is a difficult blog for me to write.  I love everything about Halloween, just not dressing up.  I guess that doesn't make me an expert on making easy homemade halloween costumes.  

What I do know...kids!  I have two wonderful kids ages 18 and 16, and I can tell you the time goes fast!  You might think being the owner of a kids craft business, I made all their costumes. Nope.  But as I prepare for my kids to leave for college in the next two years, I think of all the simple things I could have done and didn't.  It is so easy to make a kid's halloween costume, I look back and wonder why I didn't.  Halloween Workshop Photo 2011

See the look of joy on the face of one of our students, Elektra, from our Halloween Workshop.  Her mask is adorable, cute and simple!  This is something you could do with your child in just a half an hour and you'd be creating a simple costume and a memory to last a lifetime.

Be sure to visit Miss Alisha's How To Tuesday on how to make a Pirate's Eye Patch.  

For those of you Halloween Costume Challenged like me, here are a few links I found that might help with your homemade halloween costume.  Good luck and enjoy!

Miss Laura

From the Queen of Craft herself Martha Stewart.

For those who want to try their hand at machine sewing try our friends at Simplicity.

From QuickandSimple.com


Tags: b2c, Halloween

Story Time at The Handwork Studio | A Time Out From Creating

Posted by Julia Yosen on Thu, Oct 20, 2011 @ 03:04 PM

Story time at The Handwork StudioParents ask us all the time when we run camp 6 hours a day, 5 days a week for approximately 20 weeks out of the year (that includes Winter, Spring and Summer break), Do they really craft all day?!?!?  

The truth is sometimes we have to pry the knitting needles out of their hands at the end of the day.  I will tell you nothing brings us more sincere happiness then to see a child who loves what they are doing.  However, I must confess that we do not craft for the entire six hours.   We do ask our campers to take a break to do things like eat and rest there hands.  During that down time we like to read.  

Over the years The Handwork Studio has accumulated quite a collection of story books that weave magnificent tales of silly sheep that won’t follow the flock, or a messy girl who has a room that looks like it is lived in by pigs, so of course she sews many pigs, and of a quilt that has been passed down from generation to generation.   


A Handwork Studio Favorite ReadOne of our favorite stories is "Farmer Brown Shears His Sheep, A Yarn about Wool”  by Teri Sloat and illustrated by the whimsical artist Nadine Bernard Wescott.  This simple funny rhyming story has proven to be a must read for all ages in our camps.  


The story begins when Farmer Brown shears his sheep in the chilly days of early spring. Much to their dismay these shivering sheep want their wool back!  As the story progresses the sheep follow Farmer Brown and watch as their wool is turned into something new.  Readers get to see the journey wool goes on from being cleaned and combed to dyed and spun and at the end you have happy sheep that get to see what their wool has become.


We feel nothing engages a child more than a good story and helps them to relate to the many different skills we teach at The Handwork Studio.  If you are interested in "Farmer Brown Shears His Sheep, A Yarn about Wool”or other fabulous stories we have at The Handwork Studio please contact us at anytime.

Happy reading!

Miss Julia

Tags: Story Time, Summer Camp, Kids Stories, Reccomendations, Sewing, Fun, kids, fun kids activities, Narberth kids' activities

Your Weekend Project - Teach a Child to Knit!

Posted by Laura Kelly on Fri, Oct 14, 2011 @ 08:58 AM

Learn how to knit


Sharing your love of knitting never goes out of style.  Here is an article we wrote for Interweave Press back in 2009 on how to teach kids to knit!  With this beautiful fall weather, what better time to snuggle up with your loved one and share a part of yourself.

Read our article here.

If you have trouble, class us for help or sign up for one of our kids knitting classes (610) 660-9600.  Miss Alisha is there to help.

Tags: kids knitting, teach kids to knit

5 Kids' Birthday Party Tips for a Successful Event!

Posted by Laura Kelly on Tue, Oct 04, 2011 @ 08:06 PM



Every mom wants to make sure their child has a wonderful and special birthday party.  At The Handwork Studio, over the last 10 years, we've hosted hundreds of parties and we want to share with you some tips to ensure everyone, including yourself, has a wonderful time!

1. Keep it short:  We suggest no longer than 1.5-2 hours.

2. Keep is small:  The more kids there are, the less the party is about your child and more about managing the event.

3. Focus on an activity or event:  This will keep kids from getting restless and bored.

4. Be Inclusive:  If you choose to have a larger party, invite everyone from your child's class.  If that is too many kids then just invite all the girls or all the boys.  However be careful not to invite most kids and leave one or two out.  That's hurtful.

5. Open Later: Open presents later after the party when most guests have gone.  Opening gifts during the party can get crazy and over stimulate your child and guests.  You child will enjoy the experience more in a quiet moment where she/he can casually open each gift and be in the moment.

We love hosting kid's parties at The Handwork Studio. If you are interested in hosting your child's party at our studio please contact us at 610-660-9600 or by sending us a message!

Tags: Kids Birthday Parties, kids party tips