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Narberth Holiday Family Events & Activities

Posted by Julia Yosen on Sat, Dec 01, 2018 @ 12:31 AM

Family Holiday Events in December Around Narberth

If you have yearning to go local this holiday season, we’ve compiled a helpful guide to all the great events/activities happening around Narberth and slightly beyond to make your holiday season extra special.

1. Clover Market

clover market philly

Dec. 1 & 2, 10am-5pm, located, at Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts (PAFA), Hamilton Building, 128 N. Broad Street, Philadelphia. A 2-day craft-aganza, featuring 75 vendors with high quality, beautifully presented products Both days will include, free craft-making activities, food, drinks and of course shopping! FREE EVENT

2. Dickens Festival

Dickens Festival

Dec. 2, 12-4pm, located in downtown Narberth between Haverford and Narberth Avenue. Spend a magical afternoon in Narberth filled with hot toddies (hot chocolate for the kids!), grumpy Scrooge sitings, holiday shopping, and even a scavenger hunt for the kids with prizes! FREE EVENT

3. Shop and Let the Kids Craft

Visit downtown Narberth and see a variety of local shops. Let the kids join a Handwork Studio crafting class. You can even try the first one for free! 

  • Winter Classes @ The Handwork StudioStarting Dec. 4 and goes to Feb. 24th. Join 10-weeks after-school and weekend classes.

  • Phavorite Philly Sports PJ's Workshop: Dec. 15th, 3:30-6:00pm: Choose from Eagles, Flyers, 76ers, or Phillies fabric to make into your own jammies. No experience necessary. Ages 8-15.  Cost: $40pp

  • Winter Break CampNeed nurturing care for your creative kids? Join for a half or full day of camp from Dec. 24th - Jan. 3rd at The Handwork Studio 

4. Hanukkah Menorah Lighting


Dec. 6, 5:45-6:30pm, located at the circle in front of Narberth Train Station, 211 Elmwood Avenue. Synagogues and Jewish organizations across the Main Line invite everyone to gather together to celebrate Hanukkah.  FREE EVENT

5. First Friday Narberth

Dec. 7 6:00-9:00pm, located at Sweet Mabel Store, 235 Haverford Ave, Narberth, PA 19072.  Opening Reception for the annual Art Under $100 Show. Meet the artists and enjoy refreshments and merriment. FREE EVENT

6. ALSF Charity Sewing Event @ The Handwork Studio

ALSF Charity Sewing Event

Dec. 7 6:30-8:30pm, at our Narberth Studio, 35 N. Narberth Avenue, Narberth, PA 19072. Help prep and sew quilts to be donated to families in need and auctioned off to raise money for  Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF). No experience necessary. Space is limited must reserve your spot.

7. Nutcracker on Ice

Dec. 8th, 5pm, at Philadelphia Skating Club & Humane Society, 220 Holland Ave., Ardmore. Watch talented skaters perform selections from the Nutcracker. FREE EVENT

8. Santa at The Train Station

narb santa

Dec. 16th, at the Narberth Train Station circle, Santa arrives on the train to lead a sing-a-long to Christmas carols, music, and of course cookies and hot chocolate.  FREE EVENT

We hope you enjoy all the great events and activities with family and friends this season!

If you are still looking for more opportunities for your kids to engage in creative activities this holiday season, we have workshops, classes, and winter break camp all coming up this month too! 

Wishing you and yours a holiday season filled with happiness and a little craftiness!




Handwork Day Camp - Kumi-What?

Posted by Julia Yosen on Fri, Jun 05, 2015 @ 12:07 AM

kumi himo bracelet

The past few years we have been throwing around a funny word at the studio. KUMIHIMO (koo-me-he-mo). Most of the time we get Kumi-what?? I thought it is about time we pay homage to a fun technique that thousands of children have learned in our camps.

KumiHimo Loom

The origins of Kumihimo dates back to approximately 1200's during the rise of the Samurai warriors in Japan. Kumihimo quite simply means to braid cord, kumi means "to braid" and himo is "cord". The purpose of Kumihimo originally was for Samurai warriors to lace and decorate their armor and scabbards (the sheaths for holding something like a sword). How cool is that?! In our Handwork Studio Day Camps we do not deal much with samurai so instead we have incorporated the Kumihimo technique as a fun and interesting way to make cool friendship bracelets. Today we use small round looms with 32 notches for our string to set into. Then by following a few simple steps kids of all ages are able to complete the basic Kumihimo pattern that makes the cords twist into a spiral. In traditional Kumihimo the ropes are created on different types of stands. The one most similar to our handheld boards is called marudai which literally means round stand.

In our classes we have foam boards that we purchase. You can also make your very own Kumihimo board at home too. All you need is some cardboard, a ruler, and sharp scissors and or an exacto knife (we highly recommend parent supervision when creating you these boards). 



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 We have camps running in over 40 locations this summer and we open camp next week! Check out our locations page to find the best location for you. You can learn more about Handwork Day Camp over here. If you have questions, don't hestitate to call our studio at 610-660-9600.

My Visit to Hole in the Wall Gang Camp

Posted by Julia Yosen on Mon, Nov 12, 2012 @ 10:22 AM

I left Narberth this past Friday to head to Ashford, CT. This tiny little town is located in the Northeast region of the state and is home to Hole in the Wall Gang Camp.  

HWG Theater

I was introduced to Hole in the Wall Gang Camp by Laura Kelly, the owner of The Handwork Studio after she watched a segment on CBS Sunday Morning Show documenting the camps 25th Anniversary.  Hole in the Wall Gang camp was founded by actor/philanthropist Paul Newman and has been thriving for the past 25 years.  During the first camp season in 1988 it took in 288 kids it now runs year round and sees 1,000's of children in their camp programs.

After Laura viewed this segment she announced that we are going to bring needle arts to Hole in the Wall Camp!  She showed us the powerful video that brought tears to our eyes. Not because it was sad but because it was happy.  This was a place for kids, who deal with the realities of serious illnesses such as, cancer, hemophilia, sickle cell anemia and other medical conditions, to just be kids while still being in a safe environment.   

Since summer is now months away you would think going to camp would have to wait, but at Hole in the Wall Gang, camp does not end because the weather gets cold.  They run weekend camp getaways in the fall and spring for families, siblings, and campers to have reunions.  I participated in a camper weekend.

I packed The Handwork Mobile full of crafty goodness; fluff, and floss,  fabric, and thread, sewing machines, needles, buttons, and much, much, more.  Campers were going to make teddy bears with The Handwork Studio this weekend.  I was excited and nervous.  I was not really sure what to expect. 

When I arrived I was warmly greeted by the counselors who help out year round at Hole in the Wall.  I sat around the indoor fireplace "campfire" with 50 campers coming from all over the Northeast region.  They told stories and we ate s'mores.  To the unknowing eye this place seemed like any other camp. They have enormous totem poles, cabins for campers to sleep in during the summer months, a pool, a lake for fishing and boating, a cool treehouse, and a spacious dining hall where you eat family style. When you take a closer look you can see that the pool is zero entry so wheelchairs have access and the temperature is always a warm 98 degrees so kids with Sickle Cell can swim too.  Cabins are equipped with air conditioning so campers can remain comfortable in the hot summer months, and my favorite part of camp was the treehouse, the largest wheelchair accessible treehouse in North America, where kids can hang out and play games, and look out over the lake.  It is beautiful.  Truly a place you can appreciate whether you are ill, healthy, young, or old.

HWG Lake   

Totem Pole





Saturday morning, camp was up bright and early.  We all gathered for breakfast in the dining hall; eggs, bacon, pancakes, and even VEGGIE SAUSAGE!!  I was thrilled!   I filled up quickly and then walked over to the Arts and Crafts Center that transports me to the old west in reference to Paul Newman's movie "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid".  The Arts and Crafts Center is a place for kids to learn how to throw on the wheel, sand and saw in the woodshop, paint murals, and this weekend, SEW!

A C Center

Many of the campers and counselors have never sewn and were excited to make their own teddy bears from scratch. They traced, snapped in eyes and noses, sewed on the machine, stuffed and decorated their bears.  By the time lunch rolled around the Arts and Crafts Center was buzzing with boys and girls sewing, stuffing and stitching some of the most creative teddy bears I have ever seen.  

Gangsta Bear  Princess Bear  Tie bear  

HWG- Buttons

We headed to lunch and had another great meal but during this meal it was an interactive experience.  In true tradition of camp they sang songs, danced, and bantered back and forth between rival tables.  After being taught by some of the campers and counselors I was even able to bust a few dance moves and sing some songs.  

As the day was quickly moving along by late afternoon we went back to our activities and continued our bear creating.  The kids came in and out until dinner time and left with their bears.  We had gangsta bear, pretty pink princess bear, Buttons the Bear, and the businessman bear to name just a few.  

Our crafting time was over for the day but the evening was marked by a camp wide game the included costumes, Disney trivia and human size Hungry Hungry Hippos!  By 10pm it was lights out for campers and I fell into bed too.  

Sunday morning we had one last crafting session before parents came to pick up their kids. Campers and counselors stopped in to add finishing touches to their bears or to make one for their siblings at home and to give me a quick hug.  

In our short amount of time I felt I became apart of the family and was sad to see the weekend coming to an end.  Lunch time was our final chance to say our goodbyes.   I sat with campers and the conversation consisted mostly of making plans on how they can stay forever.  I would too. The past 36 hours have been nonstop fun. We all enjoyed dancing, playing, creating, and making new friends.  I feel fortunate to be apart of that experience and I am in awe of the love and compassion everyone shows for one another. I hope in some way I can incorporate a little Hole in the Wall Gang into my life and The Handwork Studio.