Purls of Wisdom

Things We Cherish | A Note from Miss Laura

Posted by Laura Kelly on Thu, Jul 31, 2014 @ 07:39 AM

Handwork From The Heart

Machine Sewing ProjectsAs a child, I'm sure I made a lot of things in school; drawings, paper mache, models. However, the one thing I truly remember is my A-line skirt. Not only do I remember it but it was important enough to take a picture of me wearing it. That is me wearing my beloved skirt in the photo here.

I guess that it is not so ironic that 40 years later, I'm running a business that cherishes the notion that Handwork = Love.  Where what you make represents something more than just a craft but something that is meant to be kept, cherished and even captured in picture. I was so proud of this skirt. I loved that skirt. It made me feel so competent that I just wanted to show it to everyone.  

We hope your kids are experiencing the same thing with us this summer in camp. My hope is in 40 years they will be showing pictures to their kids of the things they made this summer at The Handwork Studio.

With love and fond memories,

Miss Laura

Tags: Miss Laura, #TBT, Summer Camp, Sewing

There is still time to join us at Summer Camp!

Posted by Megan DiFeo on Sat, Jul 26, 2014 @ 10:35 AM

Join Us At Summer Camp We want you to know that we still have space at many of our camp locations. The supplies are here, the counselors are ready and your child is welcome to join us for a creative good time as we move into the final weeks of summer. We are so excited and grateful for all the campers we've been working with and if you are thinking about signing up for a week of camp, now is the time to register.

You can search for locations close to you here. Want to see our summer camp photo gallery? Visit our Facebook Page here.

If you have any questions or need additional assistance please contact Miss Alexis at the studio- 610.660.9600 or simply contact us here.

We hope you are enjoying your summer!

The Handwork Studio Team

Tags: embroidery, Machine Sewing, Fashion Camp, Summer Camp, Knitting, Crochet

Fashion Bootcamp Runway Show @ Sidwell Summer

Posted by Megan DiFeo on Fri, Jul 25, 2014 @ 11:14 AM

Fashion Bootcamp Sidwell Friends This was our first summer offering Fashion Bootcamp With Sidwell Summer in Washington DC. The program was a huge success and we are so grateful to each of our eight Fashion Bootcampers for really bringing so much inspiration and talent to the sewing table.

The Campers worked with Miss Linda Lee who brings over 40 years experience in the Fashion Industry to the classroom.  Miss Linda led each of our campers through an amazing design journey where they created inspiration boards and then worked to sketch their designs. Once the concept was on paper they had a workshop with Jay Mccarroll, Season one Winner of Project Runway.

They gathered lists of of their sewing supplies and started to understand the fundamentals of bringing their collection to life. Once the lists were created, they took a field trip to fabric stores where they could source their design supplies.

The program culminated with an amazing fashion runway show where they shared their designs with family, friends, and other campers. Want to see the whole Fashion Bootcamp photo gallery? Just use the link below to jump over to our Facebook Page.

Thank you to each of our Fashion Bootcap Designers that made this first time program at Sidwell Summer a huge success!

 

Post by The Handwork Studio.

Tags: Summer Camp, Sewing, Sidwell Summer, Fashion Bootcamp, Fashion & Machine Sewing, Fashion Design, Sewing Machine

A Fabulous Summer Camp Fashion Show

Posted by Megan DiFeo on Thu, Jul 10, 2014 @ 12:23 PM

Fashion BootcampLast week we wrapped up our first session of Fashion Bootcamp at Rosemont College with the end of session Fashion Show. The looks our young designers put together were nothing short of fabulous. From ready to wear outfits to  dresses and skirts, each custom designed look was so incredibly impressive.

We are so proud of what each of our Fashion Bootcampers was able to accomplish during this program. Their designs were full of inspiration and creativity

During the 3-week program, the campers were led by Jay McCarroll and his assistant Mandy through an in-depth fashion program that included developing inspiration boards and choosing a custom color pallet. The next phase of the camp was sketching out their designs. After two trips to get fabric and supplies in both Philadelphia and New York, they were off to making their sketches a reality. On the last day of camp, the finishing touches were added to each look and the girls prepared for their final fashion show. Family members and friends of each camper joined us for a great show followed by a nice reception.

You can click below to our Facebook Page to see the full photo gallery of our Fashion Show. 


Tags: Design, Fashion, Fashion Bootcamp

What Kind of Sewing Machine Should I Buy My Child?

Posted by Megan DiFeo on Wed, Jul 02, 2014 @ 07:00 AM

Gary Eagle EnersaveEach summer we work with thousands of campers to teach them all about machine sewing and needle arts. To do this, we have to have a lot of sewing machines; almost 200. Our machines stand the test of time and that is thanks in large part to the amazing quality of the Janome brand. However, we also have a machine sewing magician of sorts in Gary O'Connor from Eagle Enversave. Gary works dilligiently each spring to go through a thorough matenance process on every single one of our machines. All machines are purchased and maintained by Gary. To say we couldn't do this without Gary is an understatment. His work and support helps make machine sewing a reality at The Handwork Studio.

Eagle Enersave is located in Drexel Hill, PA and has been in the industry for 40 years. Eagle Enersave only sells the best, most reliable machines because they offer free service and we could not do that with inferior products According to Gary, keeping customers happy is always a good idea. On partnering with The Handwork Studio Gary says, " I think it is wonderful that you folks are creating a fun, interesting place for young people to cultivate these skills. Too many schools have decided these programs are not as important as others.The satisfaction these children get from their new skills is priceless." If you visit his store you are likely to meet his adorable dog, Trevor who is pictured above.

We are often asked which sewing machine parents should purchase for their child. The machine we've chosen to work with  is the Janome MyStyle 100. It is a simple basic workhorse. We love this machine because kids can grow with this machine as their understanding of machine sewing increases. Most importantly, these machines can take a lot of work, which is an important factor for us since we run so many programs throughout the year. This machine has a drop down bobin which minimizes jamming. Most importantly, the MyStyle is a real sewing machine that is built with quality and durability. Most sewing machines you see for kids are much more similar to toy machines that are generally inexpensivily made. These lower grade sewing machine will be frustratinf for a beginner sewer because they will not opearte with ease. Meeting frustration at every turn cab be a huge detterant in learning to machine sew. This is why it is important to us to have your child work with a machine that results in an easy-understanding of machine sewing mechanics and produces a professional grade stitch. We've included a quick video that gives you an overview of how simple the MyStyle is to operate!

If you are interested in a Janome MyStyle, we highly reccomend you order your machine from Gary at Eagle Enersave. If you aren't local, Gary will have your new machine shipped to you.

If your child is showing an interest in sewing or fashion design, consider enrolling them in our Fashion & Machine Summer Camp Program. Please contact us if you have any questions about purchasing your new machine or in regards to summer camp. We are happy to help in any way we can.

Tags: Eagle Enersave, Janome, Summer Camp, Sewing Machine