Purls of Wisdom

Get Creative In Your Everyday Life

Posted by Libby Foxman on Tue, Oct 25, 2016 @ 11:00 AM

It is important for everyone to be able to express their creativity in their everyday lives. It gives people the opportunity to disconnect from what is causing stress, whether that is work, school, or their personal lives. Creative projects are also a great way to save money and increase your confidence. Rather than spending money on clothes or bags, some creative projects allow you to repurpose things or make your own. It can increase your sense of confidence because you are the only person responsible for the success of these creative activities.

 

Check out these 3 ways to get creative every day!

 

Cook your own meals:

            Rather than spending your money on your favorite take out, head to the grocery store and pick up the ingredients to make it yourself and put your own unique spin on the recipe! The bright colors of the fruits and vegetables are sure to brighten up your day and the new spices you add to the recipe will make the take out seem boring in comparison. Cooking your own meals is a great way to build up your independence. It will give you more confidence in the kitchen and the ability to survive on your own. Be sure to get creative with the presentation of the meal. Think of yourself as a master chef in a five star restaurant!

 

Get outside:

            A great way to de-stress after a long work or school week is to head outdoors and instead of sticking with your usual walking, running, hiking, or biking route, mix it up! Get creative with your workout routines by finding a new trail or trying a different workout. This will allow you to discover new things. Maybe there is a great park or café around the corner that you have never discovered before because you always stick to the same routine. Heading outside for some fresh air has been proven to improve your attention span, happiness, and overall productivity. By getting creative when you are outside, whether that be switching up your usual route or participating in a new activity, you are setting yourself up for success when you head back in to do your work. So really, there is no reason to not get up and go outside!

 

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Design, Create, Repurpose:

            You know those great patchwork jeans you saw in the department store that cost over $100? Why not make your own pair using some old jeans. Making your own clothes is a great way to save some money and develop new, life-long skills that you can easily pass onto others. A sewing machine is a great investment- you can even purchase second-hand ones- because you make or fix your own clothes, accessories, and drapery. Curtain panels are an extremely easy project to do on your own rather than buying them. There is nothing easier than sewing a straight line, whether it is by hand or with a sewing machine. An added bonus to making you own clothes or drapery is that you can design it in whatever way you want, using whatever you want.

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The Handwork Studio is a kid’s needle arts, machine sewing, and fashion camp. The creative counselors will teach you the skills needed to enhance your everyday creativity. This fall, The Handwork Studio is offering their first ever Crafts and Cooking Workshop. Head to our website or call (610) 660-9600 for more information and to register.

Tags: crafts, Kids Camp, Machine Sewing, Sewing, Fun, Design

How To Continue Creative Projects During The School Year

Posted by Libby Foxman on Tue, Oct 18, 2016 @ 11:00 AM

How To Continue Creative Projects During The School Year

 

            Now that the school year is in full swing, children have much more responsibility and work to do everyday. However, this does not mean that the fun, creative projects they were able to do all summer have to come to an end. You can incorporate fun projects into the schoolwork, use them as a way to de-stress, or enroll in year round classes.

 

Incorporate them into schoolwork

            There are many ways to incorporate creative crafts into your schoolwork, whether it is by making or decorating school supplies or using it to help you study. For an upcoming quiz in any subject, the use of color has proven benefits to increase memorization. Decorate your notecards with colored patterns to help you remember events or definitions. Orange is beneficial to memory and analytical thinking. If you make this one of your key colors on notecards, it may help you when it comes time to be tested. Children can also continue their creative projects during the school year by making their school supplies. They can decorate their backpacks with tags. The Handwork Studio’s How-To-Tuesday Luggage Tag video can also be used to make backpack or gym bag tags!

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Creative Crafts to De-Stress

            Between homework, upcoming tests, and after-school activities, the school year is a stressful time for many students. It is important for them to have an outlet where they can disconnect from these requirements and clear their minds. Handwork crafts have been proven to be beneficial to de-stressing. The repetitive motions required for sewing, knitting, or weaving prompts relaxation because it is not a difficult process where you need to be constantly on your toes. Occupying your mind with these activities will allow you to come back to your work refreshed and reenergized.

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Year Round Classes

            One of the best ways to continue creative crafts during the school year is to look into year-round classes. These classes will allow students to get instruction and advice from seasoned professionals. They will also have scheduled time to do these projects rather trying to fit it in between everything else. The atmosphere of being in a non-stressful environment will give kids some well needed down time.

            If your child is interested in continuing their creative projects through out the school year, The Handwork Studio offers workshop, one-day classes, and winter and spring break camp year round. Head to their website to check out the programs and register there or by calling (610) 660-9600.

Tags: Sewing, Machine Sewing, kids, Workshops

How Sewing Helps You Relax

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

            Sewing is an extremely useful skill to have as you grow up. It can help instill independence by giving you the skills to make or fix your own clothes. It can also be a useful technique to diminish stress. The concentration needed for the repetitive nature of sewing will allow you to only focus on the act at hand rather than everything else that is going on in your life. The confidence you gain when you finish a project or learn a new technique will have you feeling refreshed when you get back to work.

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Repetitive

            The repetitive nature of sewing makes it productive activity that will allow you to disconnect from the stresses of your everyday life. Repetitive activities that use fine motor skills have been known to decrease anxiety. While repetition of a movement does not require serious thought, it gives you something to focus on. The continuous motions will keep your mind occupied on sewing rather than on the work that is causing you stress.

 

Concentration

The concentration needed to keep good technique will force you to shut off your brain and only focus on the task at hand. Especially with sharp tools, such as sewing needles, it is important to stay focused so that you do not get hurt. While you may think multi-tasking is time efficient, it is known to be a leading cause of stress. With sewing, your hands and mind are occupied and it is not possible to do another activity while sewing. This allows you to disconnect from work, school, or personal relationships that might be the cause of your stress.

  

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Builds Confidence

            Sewing is a great activity to do whenever you doubt your abilities in work or school. Not only is it a productive way to take a break from other assignments, when you complete your project or learn a new stitch, you will feel more confident. Whether it was a project that has taken you weeks or a small one you did during a one-hour break, the self-esteem boost you get when you complete it will leave you feeling ready to take on new challenges. As you head back to work or school assignments, you can take the confidence gained from sewing and apply it there.

            If you think your child could benefit from the stress-reducing aspects of sewing, The Handwork Studio, a kid’s needle arts, machine sewing, and fashion camp, offer classes year-round. Visit their website or call (610) 660-9600 for more information or to register.

Tags: Sewing, Machine Sewing, The Handwork Studio, crafts, creativity

Sew Tech Workshop

Posted by Libby Foxman on Tue, Oct 04, 2016 @ 11:00 AM

Sew Tech Workshop

            Handwork skills are a very practical thing to have because they are applicable in so many aspects of our lives. Whether you are planning to make clothes, curtains, accessories, toys, or make a gift for a friend, you can always find a reason to learn to sew, knit, weave, or embroider. Like handwork skills, we also find uses for technology in our everyday lives. Learning the basics of technology, such as creating a battery pack, connecting circuits or using conductor thread, will give you a greater understanding of how electronics work and possibly how to fix them. The Handwork Studio’s Sew Tech Workshop combines handwork skills and technology to give kids, ages 8 and older, a practical understanding of both while activating the left and right sides of their brain.

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Right Brain

            The right side of a person’s brain is in touch with a person’s creative side. The fine motor skills needed for any arts, especially handwork arts, are controlled by this side of the brain. Being in control of your fine motor skills will allow you to do the little movements needed for sewing or weaving. The right side of the brain is also controls the imagination. Having a good imagination is a huge aspect of creativity. Both scientists and artists use their imagination to build or create something new or further develop an already existing invention. The use of your fine motor skills and imagination in handwork projects will help you with your technique and making unique projects.

Left Brain

            The left side of the brain is much more logical, dealing with science and mathematics. It also helps us with reasoning. When using technology such as circuit boards or creating battery packs, logic and reasoning will help you understand why certain technological aspects of the Sew Tech projects only work when they are set up in a particular way. Although many schools are catered towards left-brain thinkers due to the critical thought needed in many classes, The Handwork Studio’s Sew Tech Workshop creates projects that both left and right brain thinkers can excel at.

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            Whether your interest is in science or arts, Sew Tech Workshop has something for everyone. The projects will all be handwork based. Kids can make stuffed animals, accessories, and more. Technology will be incorporated into the projects. Students can put LED lights, sound machines, and motors into their projects while learning how to create and use circuit boards to power them. In a world where technology plays are role in almost everything that we do, the introduction to the basics of technology in Sew Tech will give kids an understanding of how the world works.

 

            If you have a scientist, artist, or a child who is eager to learn, head to The Handwork Studio’s website or call (610) 660-9600 to get more information about the unique experience that is Sew Tech Workshop.

Tags: sew tech, Sewing, Machine Sewing, Workshops