Purls of Wisdom

Agnes Irwin School Students Awarded The Handwork Studio Scholorships!

Posted by Megan DiFeo on Wed, May 28, 2014 @ 11:30 AM

Agnes Irwin School

Anna and Morgan, students at The Agnes Irwin School in Bryn Mawr,were selected as winners in the GenHERation pilot program. Anna was awarded The Handwork Studio $250 scholarship for an essay she wrote about creating a nonprofit organization to increase access to education in developing countries. Morgan won The Handwork Studio Design Challenge, which involved submitting a sketch of an article of clothing that promotes female empowerment. Her chic suit submission was inspired by the evolution of women’s clothing and will be made into a pattern that will be used at The Handwork Studio’s summer camps. We are so honored and grateful to have been a part of this amazing opportunity!

GenHERation is a female empowerment startup for millennial girls that was founded by Katlyn Grasso, a junior at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. GenHERation -provides girls the opportunity to work with national corporations and nonprofit organizations to implement their own advocacy campaigns to address community issues. Currently, GenHERation is running a pilot program with more than 200 girls in the Northeast area of the country. For more information about GenHERation visit www.genheration.com.

Tags: Design, Events, GenHERation, Summer Camp, education, Teen Fashion Bootcamp, The Handwork Studio, Summer, activities

Fall Class Discount for Handwork, Machine Sewing and Open Studio

Posted by Megan DiFeo on Fri, May 23, 2014 @ 10:53 AM

25% off Fall ClassWhile we prepare for summer camp which is just around the corner, we wanted to remind our local Handwork Studio families that our Fall Discount for early registartion is still available until May 30th. Simply register your child and you'll save 25% on our Fall Classes!

You can choose from three class programs Handwork (Grades K-6), Machine Sewing (Grades 3-8), and Open Design Studio (Grades 6-10). Learn more about the programs and scheduling by checking out our Fall Brochure here.  

No previous needle arts or machine sewing knowledge is requried for our classes. We will work with your child at whatever level they are joing us. Class is a delightful opportunity for your child to create new friendships and hang with existing friends in a creative and nurturing studio. Classes run for 10-weeks at one hour per week. We have mutiple times available to suit you and your child's schedule. On May 1, 2015 all students will have the opportunity to exhibit their work at our Annual Art Exhibition at Narbeth's First Friday event from 7:00-9:00 PM.

You can register you child online or by calling Miss Alexis at the Studio at 610-660-9600.


Tags: Fall Class, Machine Sewing, Classes, Studio, Narberth, Handwork

Visit The Handwork Studio at The National Constituion Center Today!

Posted by Megan DiFeo on Sat, May 17, 2014 @ 08:57 AM

Ben Franklin Handmade Have you been to the National ConstitutionCenter lately? We encourage you to swing by today to visit The Handwork Studio and check out our handmade Ben Franklin installation. Miss Meredith and Miss Megan will be spending the day crafting with visitors and chatting about summer camp.

We'll be at the National Constitution Center today, Saturday, May 17th from 11:00 - 3:00 PM. 

Bringing Ben to life was a real team effort and our amazingly talented students needle felted the unique and creative designs on Ben's coat. While your child may not be making a Ben, a Thomas or a William this summer our camp counselors will work to engage and teach your child throughout the summer and take their creativity to new heights and put it on display!

Your child will become a part of a growing community of young artist by attending camp with The Handwork Studio. Whether it is needle felting a giant coat, machine sewing new attire, or wonder knitting a new creature Handwork Day Camp or Fashion Machine Sewing Camp could be the ideal program for your budding artist. We aren't your typical arts camp. We are focused on immersing your child in a world of possibility and imagination.

We are very proud of this delightful handmade rendering of Ben Franklin and we are honored to partner with The National Constitution center to bring him to their many visitors, local and abroad, that tour the museum each day. Check out our full gallery of Ben Photos and we hope to see you and your child soon!


Tags: art exhibit, Events, Summer Camp, activities

The Handwork Studio and Ben Franklin

Posted by Megan DiFeo on Fri, May 02, 2014 @ 10:06 AM

Ben Franklin Handmade You may have noticed a photo of Ben Franklin on our Facebook Page last week and thought, "Hey, is that Ben?" Well, you were right and we're excited to annouce that we've partnered with the National Constitution Center to bring a life-sized handcrafted replica of Ben Franklin to their museum. He is our new best friend here at the studio and we are extremely proud of how this project came together.

In typical Handwork Studio fashion, it was a true team effort to make Ben come to life. This fiber-friendly rendering of Ben Franklin was handcrafted by The Handwork Studio staff, students and some close friends. The students needled felted and embroidered patches on his coat and used a WonderKnitter tool to create his hair. April Johnston, Project Runway All Star and Fashion Bootcamp instructor, created the patterns for his clothing and constructed the coat and pants. Philadelphia Fiber Artist, Melissa Madonni-Haims yarn-bombed his chair. The project was led and managed by The Handwork Studio's very own Miss Alexis and Miss Julia. See below for a full slideshow of Ben's progress from concept to completion!

The most entertaining part of this project so far was loading Ben into the car. He is very heavy and reliant upon the chair he was designed to sit in. Miss Alexis was able to get him our of the chair and into the car. She mentioned that it was hilarious to see people pointing and smiling as Fiber Ben Franklin took his first road trip down to the National Constitution Center.

Very soon, Ben will be installed for your viewing pleasure at The National Consitution Center - so stay tuned to the blog and our Facebook Page for updates on when you can visit him downtown!

Tags: creativity, road trip, history, National Constitution Center, Ben Franklin, Fun