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The Handwork Studio's 5th Annual Student Art Exhibit...Sew Beautiful!

Posted by Laura Kelly on Thu, Apr 26, 2012 @ 10:08 PM

There’s something to be said for the First Friday’s in Narberth.

The stores are open late, live music fills the air and on that first Friday in May, The Handwork Studio is abuzz with the glowing laughter and pride of our artists.

This year, the studio celebrates it’s 5th annual Student Art Exhibit.  The exhibit is an opportunity for all of our artists to showcase their finest works and share with friends, family and the community at large the fruits of their very crafty labor.  And quite frankly, it’s awesome.

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I hope that you’ll join us this year as our studio is transformed into one of the Main Line’s most exclusive art hangouts on Friday May 4th, from 7pm-9pm.  Come out and enjoy the show!

As we wrap up the 2011/2012 year, we’re looking ahead to Fall 2012 and beyond!  As of May 1st our Fall Session will be available for you take part in.  I recommend that you plan early so that once registration opens you’ll be off and running before you can say “yarn”!  You can register online by clicking here Fall Class Registration

Or you can call us in the studio, we always love speaking with our friends, new and old.

We hope to see you on First Friday!

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Chicken Cube for the Soul | Crafty Creations at The Handwork Studio

Posted by Julia Yosen on Thu, Apr 12, 2012 @ 11:16 PM

How do the sayings go?  No two chicken cubes are alike?  Or, "Is a chicken cube but a chicken cube by any other beak?"  These are deep questions we ponder at The Handwork Studio... 

What I am trying to say, is that when ever we introduce a new project we have an example of what it will look like in the end, this is so everyone can see and understand what they will be making. After six years of running classes at The Handwork Studio, I am still amazed everytime in the way each person interprets the same pattern.    

Over spring break camp this year our Curriculum Director, Melissa Haims designed one of my favorite projects of all time, Bouillon, the Cube Chicken.  This funny creation is basically six squares sewn together to create its cube structure.  What really makes this project interesting is that Buillion does not come to life until you add all the accoutrements.  We provide a shmorgasborg of buttons, embroidery floss, wool roving, felt, etc., etc.  and campers go to town.  All of sudden our plain old cube starts taking on a life of its own.  I will let the pictures speak for themselves to show what a little imagination can turn into.

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Tags: crafts, spring, creativity, imagination, Kids Camp, Sewing, Fun

Spring Classes Have Sprung | The Handwork Studio

Posted by Megan Collier on Thu, Apr 05, 2012 @ 08:00 AM

Now that spring camp is over in Pittsburgh, DC, and Narberth it’s time for spring classes!

Here in DC we will be doing our classes once again at Potomac School in McLean, VA. We’ve been here since the fall teaching Potomac students all about machine and hand sewing, knitting, crafting and more!

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Each season brings new projects - like the spiders during Halloween or the bathrobes for the winter, but it also brings new student s as well! It’s been such a pleasure to work with the staff, students, and families of Potomac since September. We were able to use Mrs. Rothman’s art room, met some of the fun kids in after-care, and bonded with the auxiliary program staff (hi Mimsy!). And what’s great about that relationship is that we get to continue it into the summer! We will be working with Mimsy and her staff at Potomac from June 18th to July 6th and then hopping over to Madeira from July 9th to August 17th allowing us to create stronger relationships and even more amazing projects!

Other schools that I’ve been fortunate enough to work with areBullis in Potomac, MD and Sidwell on their DC and Bethesda campuses. We participated in a camp fair hosted by Bullis (what a beautiful campus!) and had the pleasure of returning to Sidwell for workshops, winter camp, and just last week spring break camp. I was so happy to see campers that I had last summer return again for winter and spring camp – allowing us to catch up throughout the school year! We are racking up the projects together and I can’t wait to get to work on the new and interesting things that we are rolling out for summer 2012!! 

Make sure you stop by our Summer Camp page to learn about our programs.  You can register online or by contacting us!

Have you joined us for classes, workshops or camp before?  We'd love to hear what you or your child's favorite project was. Simply post them in the comments below!  

Happy Spring,

Miss Amanda

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