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Celebrate National Sewing Month

Posted by Libby Foxman on Tue, Aug 30, 2016 @ 11:00 AM

Celebrate National Sewing Month!

            September celebrates National Sewing Month and The Handwork Studio wants to help you celebrate! Since the sewing machine was invented in 1846, people have been able to make their own clothes, accessories, and home décor in a manner and speed that they had not been able to before. At The Handwork Studio, we teach kids how to use a sewing machine and the different projects you can make with it. To help you celebrate, we have complied videos from our How-To-Tuesdays to make your National Sewing Machine Month the best one yet!

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            Before you get started on any of your projects, it is very important to know how to use a sewing machine. We understand that it may be tricky if you are new to sewing, so Miss Alisha takes you step-by-step to show you how to thread your sewing machine. Once you have your machine threaded, it will be ready to go and you can start a project of your choice

 

            Since National Sewing Month is celebrated at the same time the school year starts, making school supplies is a great project. While the school probably provides a list of what students need for classes, you still need to find backpacks, gym shoes and clothes, and lunch boxes. To help you with this dilemma, The Handwork Studio shows you how to make your own reusable sandwich bag with a sewing machine. All that you need is a sewing machine and fabric. However, if your child wants, they can decorate the finished sandwich bag with jewels, buttons, or more fabric.

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            If your child is interested in celebrating National Sewing Month with The Handwork Studio, we offer classes beginning in September. Visit our website or call (610) 660 9600 for more information or to register now! We also have plenty of more projects for sewing machines on our YouTube page.

 

           

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Sewing Classes For The Fashion Focused

Posted by Libby Foxman on Tue, Aug 23, 2016 @ 11:00 AM

Fostering creativity from a young age will help children find their passions early on. By discovering what they are interested in early on in their lives will give them time to explore this area and develop the skills needed for it. The fashion industry is a difficult one to get into, especially as a designer. The glitz and glamour of the fashion industry you see on reality TV is very different for real life. Anyone in the industry can tell you fashion is a tough business. Exposing your kids to what it really entails can give help them make the right college career choice. If you child has an interest in fashion, here are some things they should know.

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What Fashion sewing classes include

            A great place to get started is by learning the techniques needed to make your own designs. Whether this is sketching, sewing, or fabric draping, any fashion or sewing camp will teach you these skills. Sewing classes will give campers an introduction to everything they need to know about the skill. They will be taught both hand and machine sewing, how to thread a sewing machine, and the various kinds of stitches. This introduction will give campers the confidence to continue to use these techniques to help them pursue their interests.

           

Where you can find sewing classes

            It is easy to find these fashion oriented sewing classes wherever you are. During the summer months, many camps, both day camp and specialty camps, will offer instruction to their campers. Fabric stores also offer introductory classes through out the year.

 

Fashion Camp

After you’ve tried your hand at fashion classes, get a more in depth study at fashion camp. Camp will give you more time to explore fashion design in depth. Find a camp where your child can learn about inspirations, sketch a collection, learn about fabrics and tools of the trade, sew a collection, and put on a fashion show. Going to camp will also give them pieces for their college portfolios that will help them get into fashion school.

            The Handwork Studio is a kid’s needle arts, machine sewing, and fashion camp. During both the summer and school year, this camp offers Fashion and Machine Sewing and Fashion Boot Camp. Fashion and Machine Sewing is a great introduction to machine sewing for any camper. They will learn the basics of machine sewing, including how to set up the sewing machine and then how to piece together their own clothing. Fashion Boot Camp is a 3-week program that will teach campers how to put together their own collection through sketching, draping, sewing, and modeling. Both of these programs end their sessions with a fashion show. Campers are given the opportunity to show off what they have learned and their amazing designs.

 

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Lizzy Gee

            Before she became the head designer of Tres Lizzy, Lizzy Gee was a camper and counselor at The Handwork Studio. While there, she learned “the process of design and basic sewing skills.” She had taken Fashion Boot Camp four times, allowing her to discover her dream of creating clothing line. Lizzy began taking classes at The Handwork Studio when she was eight years old. Of her time there, she said, “The teachers were all very encouraging and gave me confidence I otherwise may have struggled to attain since no one in my family sewed or pursued anything in the arts. The studio helped me prove fashion design wasn't just a hobby for me.” Since her time at The Handwork Studio, Lizzy has attended the Pratt Institute, has been featured in over twelve shows, and has been a participant in Philadelphia Fashion Week. Lizzy has also designed clothes for celebrities, such as Jared Leto, Grimes, and Kyle Monaghan. Lizzy’s time at The Handwork Studio taught her not only “the basis of fashion design but how to love the sewing process, which for most is the toughest.”

 

If you child has an interest in the fashion industry or just wants to create their own designs for fun, The Handwork Studio offers Fashion and Machine Sewing and Fashion Boot Camp, as well as their other programs, year round. Go to their website or call (610) 660-9600 to get more information or register.

 

 

 

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Counselor Spotlight

Posted by Libby Foxman on Tue, Aug 16, 2016 @ 11:00 AM

The Handwork Studio employs creative and passionate people every year. These people are often artists, teachers, students, or anyone with an interest in helping children develop amazing handwork skills that kids will find useful in every aspect of their lives. Miss Caelie is a first year junior counselor but has been a part of The Handwork Studio family for many years.

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            Before Miss Caelie was a counselor at The Handwork Studio, she had been a camper for many years. Like many of the campers we have at The Handwork Studio, when she started, she did not have previous experience with any of the techniques. She is now a junior counselor, teaching all new and old campers how to sew, knit, weave, and more. She loves the sense of community that is present at The Handwork Studio. Everyone is supportive of one another and all hold similar passions.

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            At The Handwork Studio’s Narberth location, Miss Caelie assists the lead instructor, Miss Alyssa, at Handwork Day Camp. Handwork Day Camp is for children aged 5 to 12. At this program, campers get an introduction to hand and machine sewing, knitting, weaving, and wet felting. Miss Caelie’s favorite project at Handwork Day Camp is the stuffed owl. Campers cut out a stencil of an owl, stuff it, and hand sew it together. They also get to decorate their own project with needle felting. The introduction to these techniques will allow campers to successfully go onto The Handwork Studio’s other camps, including Fashion and Machine Sewing, Glamorize Your Doll, Sew Tech, and Fashion Boot Camp.

            When Miss Caelie is not at The Handwork Studio she loves acting and reading. Like the work done at The Handwork Studio, these two activities provide Miss Caelie with a creative and relaxing outlet. Miss Caelie is going to begin her sophomore year of college this fall where she is pursuing a degree in science. While she plans to get her PhD before settling into a career, she hopes to be a science teacher and thinks that her time working at The Handwork Studio will help her discover her teaching style and give her the confidence to continue on this career path. The campers at The Handwork Studio are very well supported by counselors, like Miss Caelie. They are constantly encouraging campers to challenge themselves and help them with whatever they need.
           If you are interested in The Handwork Studio as a place for your child to learn useful handwork skills from great counselors like Miss Caelie, head to our website to register.

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How skills learned at summer camp can be applied during the school year

Posted by Libby Foxman on Tue, Aug 09, 2016 @ 11:00 AM

It is important to not lose the skills learned at summer camp during the school year. Similar to how students are required to do summer work so that they do not forget their math or reading skills, it is also important to keep practicing summer camp skills during the school year. The easiest way to do this is to incorporate it into your weekly activities. Use these tips to continue practicing all of your skills from summer!

 

Take a break from homework and go outside to practice sports:

            Whether your camper attended a sports camp where they got an introduction to many different sports or it was specialty one where they really developed their skills, encourage them to get outside and practice after school. Taking a break from homework, especially when it is getting overwhelming, is the perfect time to get some fresh air and practice the new techniques you learned at sports camp. Not only will the fresh air have you feeling refreshed when you go back inside, but you will have the chance to practice the skills you learned at summer camp. As they say, practice makes perfect. By continually practicing anything, you will only get better at it.

 

Practice handwork and art skills by decorating your school supplies:

            Lets be honest, most notebooks and binders students have to get for school are pretty boring and you can bet that at least one other student has the same one. A great way to make your school supplies unique while also practicing art skills is to decorate them! You can decorate your notebooks or binders with puffy paint or stamps, creating fun designs so that it is easily recognizable. Decorate your backpack or pencil case by sewing on patchwork or sewing on fun designs. This is a sure way to liven up the school day. Practicing these skills from art camp will allow you to become even better at them and make your school supplies stand out.

 

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Enroll in after school classes:

            Why should camp only be for the summer? Year round camps are a great way to continue practicing the skills you learned at summer camp during the school year. By working with knowledgeable instructors, students will be able to really hone the skills they learned during summer camp. It is also a great way to stay in contact with friends met at summer camp. Like year round art camps, a great way for those who attended sports camp to continue to develop their skills, is to sign them up for an intermural year round team. They will get to practice every week and make new friends.

 

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            The Handwork Studio is a kid’s needle arts, machine sewing, and fashion camp. During the summer they have locations in 10 states but during the school year, they offer spring break and winter break camps, as well as classes, workshops and birthday parties at the Narberth, PA location. The Handwork Studio offers classes year round so that their students can turn handwork skills in to a passion, not just a summer hobby.

 

            If you think your child would be interested in year round classes with The Handwork Studio, visit their website or call 610-660-9600 for more information.

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Why summer camp is the perfect place for kids to discover their true passions

Posted by Libby Foxman on Tue, Aug 02, 2016 @ 11:00 AM

It is typical of children to have a new interest every week. They are constantly exposed to new and exciting things. However, it is also during this period that a lot of children find their true passions. At summer camps, children are exposed to a lot of new activities where they are constantly learning things, which make it a great place to discover what they are truly passionate about.

 

They Will Try Many New Things

            At any type of summer camp, whether it is a sleep away camp, day camp, or specialty camp, campers will constantly be exposed to new things. This can include sports, arts, theatre, and even people. The exposure to new activities and people will allow young campers to learn about things that they haven’t before. As they see their new friends at camp trying the new activities, they will be encouraged to do the same. Hopefully one of the new activities will become a life long passion for a camper.

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Creative and fun environment

            Summer camp is supposed to be a fun and stress free environment. This atmosphere allows children to try new things without having to worry about being tested on it. The fresh, exciting atmosphere of summer camp will encourage children’s creativity so that they are able to really explore all of the new things they are participating in. In this creative and supportive environment, campers may experience a new excitement for any activity they try. This environment won’t make children feel self-conscious when they are trying something that they don’t know how to do. Instead, both counselors and campers will support them in the new activity by providing guidance and encouragement.

 

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They are out of their comfort zone

            Great things can happen when a person ventures outside their comfort zone. For a lot of young children, going to camp is one of the first times they are away from home. They are in a new setting with new people participating in new activities. For these reasons, summer camp is a great place to do things you are not accustomed to doing. Whether it is trying out for the camp play or playing a new sport, campers are required to do something where they are not comfortable. While this may be scary at first, once they decide to try, they may find that they love it.

 

            At The Handwork Studio, campers are taught new skills and are given the chance to create their own handmade projects to bring home. These skills can give them a great introduction into needle art, machine sewing, and fashion. If you think your child would be interested in any of The Handwork Studio’s programs, visit our website or call 610-660-9600 to get more information.

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