Purls of Wisdom

Our Final Fashion Bootcamp Runway Show for 2014!

Posted by Megan DiFeo on Thu, Aug 21, 2014 @ 12:49 PM

Fashion Bootcamp Albert Nipon Inc. Jay Mccarroll The Handwork StudioLast Friday we hosted our final runway show of the summer session for our Teen Fashion Bootcamp. We were honored to have Albert and Pearl Nipon, of the famous Albert Nipon Inc. fashion house in the audience. Mr. and Mrs. Nipon were there to support the young designers and gave their insights to the fashion industry.

The third and final session of Teen Fashion Bootcamp, was led by Jamie Grace-Duff. She is a graduate of the Fashion Design program of Drexel Univeristy, Custom Designer, Patternmaker, and long time member of The Handwork Studio Team. Grace-Duff recently wrapped up working as a Visiting Professor of Costume Technology at Louisiana State University.

Over the course of the immersion-style camp, Miss Jamie taught campers about the inspiration process real-world designers utilize -- including trips to visual stimulators like Philadelphia’s Fabric Row and New York City’s Mood -- as well ashow to apply it to sketch their very own collection. The students then got to bring these ideas to life, selecting two outfits to cut, sew, tailor, and finally present duringa cumulative fashion show. The camp also offered a workshop with Jay McCarroll, Season 1 winner of the hit show Project Runway.  

Teen Fashion Bootcamp was offered three times during summer and we were so impressed by each of the designers that came through the program this year. We have lots of photos on our Facebook Page here so be sure to jump over and check them out.

Thank you to each of our Fashion Bootcampers for bringing so much creativity, inspiration and style to this year's camp. We are so proud of your achievements!


Tags: Fashion Bootcamp

Two More Weeks of Summer Camp!

Posted by Megan DiFeo on Thu, Aug 14, 2014 @ 10:01 AM

Summer Camp Machine Sewing Handwork


We're not ready to go back to school yet. We still have a couple more week of summer camp at our Narbeth location. At our Montclair and Chestnut Hill locations we have one more week.

If you are looking to fill up your child's last weeks of summer with a creative day camp option, consider our Handwork Day Camp Program for campers ages 5-12 or our Fashion and Machine Sewing program for campers ages 10-15. Camp includes all the supplies your child will need to make fabulous projects and we've included pricing for each program below.

Handwork Day Camp:

  • $425 - Full Day......9:00am-3:00pm

  • $300 - Half Day......9:00am-1:00pm

  • $175 - Afternoon....1:00-3:00pm

Fashion & Machine Sewing Camp:

  • $475 - 9:00am-3:00pm

We still have availability but spots are filling up quickly. You can register online, by contacting Miss Alexis at the studio- 610.660.9600 or simply send us a message here.

We hope to end to summer crafting away with your child!

Tags: Montclair, Chestnut Hill, Summer Camp, Narberth

Summer Camp and Fall Classes

Posted by Megan DiFeo on Thu, Aug 07, 2014 @ 10:39 AM

Fall Class in NarberthWhile you may be starting to think about Fall Classes, we are still here for camp if you need us until August 29th. We've expanded our space to accommodate our parents who need help that last week at our Narberth location only. Space is filling up fast though, so be sure to reach out to Miss Alexis at 610-660-9600 to save your child's seat for the last week of camp!

It's hard not to notice that the summer weeks are winding down. School supplies are out in the stores and the mad rush is on to get those summer projects completed. While we've been hosting over 2,000 of your children in camp this summmer, we've also been quitely stitching together plans for our year-round programming. Our Fall Session of classes begins September 16th and run through November 23rd. We'll be hosting three of our very treasured programs: Handwork And Machine Sewing, Fashion and Machine Sewing and Open Design Studio.  You can read full class descriptions here.

Whether or not your child has enjoyed summer camp or previous programming at the studio, they will surely enjoy our upcoming year-round programs. We've been pouring over plans for  new projects that your children will love creating and will treasure for years to come!

Registration is ongoing for our class sessions, so it's never to late to sign up. You can register online or by contacting Miss Alexis at the studio Monday-Friday 8 AM - 4 PM. If you have any questions, you can call or reach us via our contact form here.

Tags: Machine Sewing, Classes, Fall, Open Design Studio, Summer Camp, Summer, Handwork