Purls of Wisdom
We are in full swing with summer camp and we wanted to give you a peek at all of the fun we are having with our lovely and creative campers. We are so grateful to have the opportunity to work with every wonderful child that is participating in our camp programs this summer. Make sure you stay tuned to our Facebook Page for our weekly photo updates.
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Believe it or not, Miss Julia and I are wrapping up our 3rd and final week of Summer Camp in Dallas. It has gone by so fast! Just 5 more days of patterns, pins and pajama pants for me here in Texas, and then it’s northward ho! I must say though that Texas has been great to us, and we will miss it. Not only are the people kind, the campers enthusiastic and the food scrumptious, but this state certainly does have its fair share of fabric stores too!
This past week my fellow Machine Sewing instructor Miss Sophia treated me to a trip to her favorite fabric warehouse – that’s right, WAREHOUSE that is chock full fabrics and textile delights. It is called Super Textiles and has millions of yards of fabric and just as many buttons! I was ecstatic, and managed to control myself when I was there…I only bought 12 ½ yards of fabric! Sheepy wandered off while we were there, and I eventually found him purchasing buttons (they were really tiny ones). I hope that on our travels back up north we find more great fabric stores. Although with everything that Sheepy purchased, I am not sure if we’ll have any room in our van…
Hello from DC - Miss Amanada here! If you haven’t figured it out by now, summer camp is in full swing! We will be having about 50 campers join us at Sidwell this week in DC, it might even be our biggest week yet!
Miss Melissa came down last week and we put thepedal to the metal and set up our four classrooms in no time flat. You can see from the picture we had tons of help from all of our new staff! We had a great first week of camp where we made knitted ice cream cones, button clocks, and block
printed journals. And I’ve already heard from some campers that they
will be back later in the summer and I can’t be more excited.
What’s great about Sidwell is that there is such a large community here where
campers want to come back week after week. Sidwell has tons of great
summer programming and we feel so honored to be included and welcomed
into the Sidwell Summer family.
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By now you may have noticed that Miss Alisha and I have made it to Texas and are in the midst of teaching handwork and machine sewing camp. We have just completed our first successful week of crafting. Sadly on Friday's we do have to shut down and we are left to our own devices for two whole days... Some people call this a weekend. Well, being that we have a handwork mobile, a sheep, and a healthy sense of adventure we decided to take advantage of our time and mosey our way down to Austin, TX.
A little over three hours from Dallas, we set foot in Austin and set-up camp in the beautiful McKinney Falls State park, took in a fabulous sunset over Lake Travis , checked out the famous 6th Street strip, saw some scorpions, turtles and lizards,
and the icing on the cake for this trip was finally getting to ride a tandem bicycle through Austin! Riding a tandem bike has been on my bucket list for years. Who better to cross this off the list with than Miss Alisha and Sheepy. However, I was not quite informed prior to renting the bike that Miss Alisha had not been on a bike in 25ish years... I believe I was told as we got on the bike and wobbled precariously across the sidewalk. We are not ones to give up so we perservered and with a little teamwork we were riding like pros..sort of. We at least did not run anyone or anything
over. Check out our fun video montage of Miss Alisha and I riding bikes and other scenes throughout Texas.
Last Week Ms. Julia and Ms. Alisha hosted camp in Dallas Texas and they continue with week two starting today. However, it was a long road to Texas and there is still a ton of exploring to be done when they aren't
teaching our wonderful campers all about Handwork and Machine Sewing.
Their video from the road this week features dancing, a tandem bicycle, and a whole bunch of crocheting. Make sure you watch all the way to the end for a wonderful vocal solo from Ms. Julia herself!
You can click here to learn more about Parish Episcopal School and our camp program there! Looking for another location? Check out our location page to find a camp location near you!
Hello from Dallas!
Miss Julia and I have arrived in Dallas and have begun the first of three weeks of creating with our old (and new!) friends at the Parish Episcopal School. It's great to see some of our friends that we made last summer have returned for another fun filled week, and along with them some new names and faces to get to know!
We aren't the only camp at Parish, but we are certainly one of the craftiest...after all, who else comes with one thousand yards of yarn and 14 sewing machines in blue denim van ready and raring to go? Thats right, nobody but us! Look forward to more from me and Miss Julia from the road!!
p.s. We know you are wondering if we actually "camp out" on the road. So we made this video for you! Enjoy!
In what has become a perennial event, The Handwork Studio is once again taking the show on the road!
Last summer, Miss Julia and I embarked on a journey that would become one of the most adventurous craft excursions to date; and in a matter of days the craftsome twosome will do it once more!
Over the past several weeks we have been cutting, stitching, rolling balls of yarn, felting, putting in zippers, tracing patterns and packing boxes in preparation for the tour, and in year two it’s a lot easier!
Here’s what we have gleaned from our first year on the road
We now know how to expertly pack The Handwork Studio Mobile in record time.
We know now that putting the ironing board on top of everything in the van means it will fly forward when we step on the brakes.
Always check to make sure you have your cell phone & GPS
Kids in EVERY STATE OF THE UNION LOVE TO MAKE THINGS!
You never wear all of the clothes that you pack.
Yarn is a universal language