Purls of Wisdom

Project Runway All Star leads Teen Fashion Bootcamp

Posted by Megan Collier on Sat, Mar 29, 2014 @ 01:15 PM

We are honored that national fashion designer and Project Runway All Star April Johnston will be taking the reigns of our popular Teen Fashion Bootcamp for kids ages 11-16.

We wanted to offer you the opportunity to get to know April a little better. Click the video below to see our Q+A session with her. We'll be sharing another video next Friday to talk about our Teen Fashion Bootcamp Program in more detail.

April will be leading the program in our Rosemont location only and space is limited - 
register today to reserve your seat for this special fashion opportunity.  

Got questions? We've got answers. Simply reply to this email and let us know how we can help! Know someone who might enjoy this video? Forward this message to a friend! You can also call us at the Studio Monday-Friday from 11 am - 7pm at (610)-660-9600.

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Tags: Summer Camp, Kids Camp, Sewing, education, Teen Fashion Bootcamp, Fashion

Spring Into A New Workshop | Ages 5-12

Posted by Megan Collier on Tue, Mar 25, 2014 @ 09:00 AM

As the temperatures start to rise, so does our excitement here at the studio. We are thrilled to host our annual Spring Workshop on Sunday, March 30th from 3:00 - 5:30 PM. The workshop fee is $45 and includes all the supplies kids will need to create a unique and beautiful spring-inspired project.


We know this workshop is simply the perfect way to channel your child's creativity through handwork. We are looking for young artists ages 5-12 to join us!
Advance registration is requested and you can register online or by calling Miss Alexis at the studio at 610-660-9600.

As a friendly reminder, we are also hosting Spring Break Camp for Public Schools. You can get all the information by clicking here

We look forward to seeing you and your child soon!

Tags: spring, creativity, Workshops, activities, Handwork

Questions To Ask When Searching for Summer Camp

Posted by Megan DiFeo on Fri, Mar 21, 2014 @ 11:59 AM

Questions To Ask For Summer Camp
Knowledge is power and before you register your child for a camp program you should trust that your child will be happy and safe while having an amazing summer camp experience. We've collected a list of some important questions to ask before you register your child for a needle arts, machine sewing or fashion camp program. We included our answers below!

Are you affiliated with the American Camp Association?
Yes. We have been a member for seven years and teach at the local ACA Tri-State Conference each year.

Does your camp carry adequate insurance?
Yes.  We have millions of dollars in insurance coverage

How long has your camp been in existence?
The Handwork Studio has been in business for 13 years and we've been running our camp programs for 9 years.

Does every camper have their own sewing machine?
Yes. In our Fashion and Machine Sewing and Fashion Bootcamp programs, all campers will have their very own machine to work on.

What is your camper to staff ratio?
We have a 6 camper to 1 staff member ratio.

What are the ages and experience requirement for your staff members? 
  • Lead Counselor-  To qualify for this position Applicants must be at least 21 years of age with experience leading a classroom and extensive experience working with children in other setting.  Must be and comfortable teaching many of our crafting techniques.

  • Specialty Counselor-  To qualify for this position applicants must be a minimum of 20 years of age with experience working with children and working with many of our crafting techniques.

  • Junior Counselor-  To qualify for this position applicants must be a minimum of 17 years of age and have a strong desire to work with children and a passion for the needle-arts.

  • Counselor in Training (CIT)-  To qualify for this position applicants must have an interest in working with children and in the needle arts.  Applicants must be between 14-17 years of age.

Do you run background check on your employees?
Yes. For every employee we run comprehensive background checks and contact personal and professional references for the specific regulation required by the state in which the camp is held

Will my child be creating projects all day long?

Children will create projects during certain parts of the day. We also take breaks and eat lunch together. We find that the children enjoy the projects more when they are broken up with other group activities like stories and games.

Tags: Summer Camp, camp