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A Hand Stitched Farewell From Miss Megan

Posted by Megan DiFeo on Fri, Dec 11, 2015 @ 12:24 PM

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Dear Handwork Studio Families,

It is with a heavy heart that I share I will be moving on from The Handwork Studio after today. My 5-year journey with The Handwork Studio has been one of the most amazing experiences of my life and I'm truly grateful beyond measure to have spent this time with your family and our team.

Working with your children and creating a space where they can exercise their creativity, meet new friends, develop deeper relationships, and simply be who they are, has been something that has deeply touched me and deeply changed me throughout my tenure with the studio.

I remember peeking into the windows of our Narberth Studio over 5 years ago being totally entranced by what was happening in this cozy space. I vividly remember thinking, "Are they REALLY teaching kids how to knit and machine sew? I need to be a part of this!" This is when I knew I wanted to work with The Handwork Studio. I met with Miss Laura and Miss Julia and this wild working adventure began.

There are so many things I love about The Handwork Studio and I envision they are the same things you treasure as a parent. You see, while we teach these traditional needle arts skills, they are merely a vehicle for the bigger life skills we are trying to instill in your children. Things like creativity, confidence, empowerment, decision making, problem-solving, perseverance, kindness, acceptance and love are just a few that come to mind when I envision our classrooms. Our programs are built to accept every child, exactly as they are and exactly where they are. It's in the moments of seeing your child complete their first row, like pictured above, or trying on their first machine sewn project that my heart has simply burst into a million pieces - because these moments matter. For you, for your child and for us - It's why we do what we do here at THS - to teach and inspire your child.

I'm grateful to our wonderful team for all their tireless work to make our studio classes, workshops, parties as well as our amazing summer camp programs the best they can be for your kids. There are so many moving parts and people that it takes to run 40+ summer camp locations and a fully operational year round studio. I've been blessed and honored to work with what I believe to be the most passionate people in the summer camp and needle arts industries. I'm also immensely grateful to Laura Kelly, our CEO and Founder, for taking her vision and love for handwork to the masses and for inviting me to be a part of work that is so important and special.

The lovely part about being part of The Handwork Studio team is that it's a lifetime membership in friendship. The moments, memories, and feelings I've cultivated with you, your children and the entire THS team do not dissapear. We get to take these things with us as we move forward and for that I am so deeply grateful.

I sincerely can't wait to see all of you at the our annual Art Show in May and marvel at the amazing work your children have created in this year's session.

Thank you to each and every one of you for being such an integral fiber of this beautiful quilt of creativity we have stitched together over the years at The Handwork Studio.

With sincere gratitude,

Miss Megan

Winter Break Camp in Narberth Is Coming!

Posted by Megan DiFeo on Wed, Dec 09, 2015 @ 09:31 AM

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With December comes a flurry of excitement and your child's impending Winter Vacation Break! We are so delighted to be hosting our annual Winter Break Camp! We have opened up registration and can't wait to craft with your children.

NEW!! - Fashion & Machine Sewing Camp

We are elated to be offering a Fashion & Machine Sewing Camp option for Winter Break Camp! In this special one day camp program, campers will have the option of sewing one project each day. This program is for campers ages 9-15 and runs for a full day from 9 AM - 3PM. There are only 6 seats in this camp each day, be sure to reserve your child's seat today!

Pricing:
Full Day 9:00-3:00 - $105/day*

 

Register Now


Handwork Day Camp

Campers ages 5-12 can enjoy our project based where they will learn multiple techniques while creating their project and making memories with new and old friends! All projects are gender neutral and no previous experience is necessary.

Pricing:
Full Day 9:00-3:00 - $95/day*
Half Day 9:00-1:00 - $65/day*
Afternoon 1:00 - 3:00 - $45/day 

 

Register Now


Winter Camp 2015/2016 dates In Narberth, PA:

December 21st, 22nd, 23rd and 24th (Closed December 25th)

December 28th, 29th, 30th, and 31st (Closed January 1st)


*Full Day and Half Day campers should bring lunch and snack.

Tags: Winter Camp

This Week at our Narberth, PA Studio!

Posted by Megan DiFeo on Mon, Nov 02, 2015 @ 02:08 PM



Many schools are closed tomorrow for Election Day and we're offering our popular creative One Day Camp program at our Narberth, PA Studio.

We've got you covered with our unique, creative and entertaining programming. Campers will work on hand sewn, embellished projects to bring home at the end of their day.

Choose from a daily option that works best for your camper ages 5-12 years old!
Full Day* --- 9 AM - 3 PM --- $95
Half Day* --- 9 AM - 1 PM --- $65
Afternoon -- 1 PM - 3 PM --- $45

*Full Day and Half Day Campers should bring a lunch and snack.

Register Now







Friday, November 6th 6:30 - 8:00 PM        $45.00

Our Glamorize Your Doll Workshops offer your child the opportunity to design custom projects for their 18" Dolls. From purses to shoes, dresses, acccessories and more, this series of workshops is sure to create quite the collection of handmade, personalized gear while building on lifelong skills.

Register Now

 

Tags: Workshops, One Day Camp, Glamorize Your Doll

Staff Spotlight: Miss Ana + Miss Elanor

Posted by Megan DiFeo on Tue, Oct 20, 2015 @ 10:19 AM



Have your been to our studio in Narberth lately?

If you've visited us for a class, workshop or party recently, or maybe even over the last few weeks of summer camp, we're sure you've had the pleasure of meeting our Lead Instructor and Studio Administrator, Miss Ana. Miss Ana has been leading classes, camps and our day-to-day studio operations since February of this year. We are happy to annouce that Miss Ana has a new side-kick, Miss Elanor, our Studio Assistant. You'll see Miss Elanor in the studio throughout the week working with Miss Ana and then leading our studio classes on Sundays.

We are so excited to have these two lovely ladies leading us through our school year activities in our studio. We wanted to offer you an opportunity to get to know them a little bit more, so we've asked them some questions and we're sharing their answers below!


Miss Ana will go first on our Staff Spotlight:

What is your favorite past time? I love watching films and going to catch a movie with a friend. 
 
Where would you travel if you could go anywhere in the world for 5 days? Iceland! I'd love to see how gorgeous it is in person. 
 
Why do you love working at The Handwork Studio? It's amazing when a child turns an idea into a tangible thing. The entire process is beautiful, and they tend to treasure their creation more because they created it. I love being a part of that.

Who is your biggest inspiration in life? I cannot pick just one person, however, I think that I always have admired strong women artists in both music and visual arts who challenge our perception and way of thinking! Like Kate Bush or Eva Hesse. 

When you were young what did you want be when you grow up? I only ever really saw myself as wanting to be an artist for as long as I can remember. When I was a child I wanted to paint like Monet. 


And now for Miss Elanor:

What is your favorite past time?
I love creating things for my friends and family.  Most recently, I have been designing and screen printing greeting cards.
Where would you travel if you could go anywhere in the world for 5 days?
I would hop on a plane to Rome and spend 5 days backpacking around Italy.  
Why do you love working at The Handwork Studio?
I get to spend every day creating, getting my hands dirty and helping kids do the same.  I'm honored to be fostering the next generation of makers.

Who is your biggest inspiration in life?
My mom, Kelli, is my biggest inspiration and best friend.  She has taught me to be selfless, mindful, and strong.  

When you were young what did you want be when you grow up?
If you asked me when I was 5, I would have said a ballerina.  By 10, I realized it was more about the tutus and less about the dancing, so I would have answered a fashion designer. 


Wasn't that fun? We'll be highlighting different members of our staff each month so be sure to subscribe to our blog over on the sidebar --->

Are you ready to get to crafting with Miss Ana + Miss Elanor? Our Annual Halloween Candy Making Workshop is this week and we've got loads of creativity packed into our Fall Class Session.  We'd love to see you and your child in Narberth!





 

Tags: Narberth

We're Celebrating I <3 Yarn Day and #StitchItForward

Posted by Megan DiFeo on Thu, Oct 15, 2015 @ 11:57 AM


Do you love yarn? We do! And we are excited to share I <3 Yarn day with you!

I LOVE YARN DAY will turn five on Saturday, October 17th and this year’s industry-wide celebration is all about “paying it forward,” with yarn of course.

Fiber fans around the world are encouraged to share their affection for yarn and “stitch it forward” by teaching at least one newbie to yarn-craft and experience its feel good benefits. Whether people prefer to knit it, crochet it, spin it, weave it or bomb it, the goal is for every yarn-crafter to share their know-how with someone new on October 17th. And then post it, tweet it, pin it and share it on social media with the hashtags #stitchitforward and #ilyd2015 to celebrate and motivate others to join in the fun!


 

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“Most people can think back and remember that one person who taught them their first stitch or helped them complete their first project and how learning made them feel,” said Co-Executive Director of the Craft Yarn Council, Mary Colucci. “We want to encourage people to reminisce about that joyful moment when yarn-crafting “clicked” for them and pass that feeling along to someone else who could benefit from it – a win-win for all involved.”

There are many ways one can “stitch it forward” for I LOVE YARN DAY 2015. For inspiration, including the official celebration countdown and ideas and tips for teaching others how to knit and crochet, free patterns, yarn party ideas, contests with fiber-fabulous prizes, giveaways and more, people are encouraged to visit I LOVE YARN DAY 2015’s website at www.iloveyarnday.com and social media pages including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest regularly.

“People don’t have to be experts to be able to participate,” said Colucci. “This celebration is for everyone in the industry who experiences the feel-good facets of yarn – from individual yarn-crafters and yarn shops to designers and manufactures and more – to enjoy. All that’s required is a passion for yarn and a desire to have fun.”

Speaking of the feel-good aspect of yarn, it may motivate yarn crafters to know that practicing such skills could very well be benefiting their health. In addition to the plethora of studies and recent news articles revealing the positive affects yarn-crafting can have on one’s health, the Craft Yarn Council received some inspiring feedback from knitters and crocheters surveyed in a research review conducted in late 2014. Ninety-three percent of subjects reported the crafts gave them a feeling of accomplishment; 85% credited them for stress reduction and 68% praised the crafts’ powers to improve their mood. These results are just a few of many continuing to highlight the feel-good quality that comes from yarn crafting. All the more reason to “stitch it forward!”

For more details and updates about I LOVE YARN DAY 2015 visit www.iloveyarnday.com. For additional questions and/or to share how you plan to “stitch it forward” email info@iloveyarnday.com or post directly to www.craftyarncouncil.com/i-love-yarn-day-plans.

 



How we are celebrating at The Handwork Studio:

Throughout the next week, we'll be teaching our students about different types of yarn and how yarn can be used for various projects. Yarn is a versitle fiber and is woven into the foundation of what makes The Handwork Studio special. We've been stitching it forward for 15 years and we're excited to continue our mission to pass down traditional needle arts to today's creative kids.

Be sure to follow The Handwork Studio on Instagram and Facebook to see our celebratory "selfies" from class!

If you want to have your child join our session, classes are always enrolling. Simply pop over to this page, find a class that works best for your schedule and register online or by calling Miss Ana at 610-660-9600.

We are grateful for the opportunity to stitch it forward all year long with so many lovely young crafters.

Hope to see you in class soon!

Miss Megan + The Handwork Studio Team

P.S. Need a little more inspiration - check out our Yummy Yarn Pinterest Board

Follow The Handwork Studio's board Yummy Yarn on Pinterest.

 


 

Tags: Craft Yarn Council, I <3 Yarn Day

Get Started With Knitting by Casting On

Posted by Megan DiFeo on Thu, Oct 08, 2015 @ 11:39 AM



Are you ready to start knitting?

Maybe your friend knits, or you child has learned to knit with us at the studio. No matter where you find yourself on your creative journey, learning to knit can be a fun and relaxing way to stay creative. But first, you need to learn how to get started!  

Check out our video on how to cast on which is the first and fundamental step in knitting.


Tags: kids knitting, Knitting

More Locations Opening MONDAY!

Posted by Megan DiFeo on Fri, Jun 12, 2015 @ 12:40 PM

Summer Camp

More Locations Open Monday, June 15th!

Summer Camp has kicked off at The Handwork Studio! Our campers are learning new skills and building on previous ones with our brand new Summer 2015 curriculum. Our kind and caring counselors are working to help them create one-of-kind projects in a loving, creative and encouraging environment! 

We continue the fun by opening more locations and programs next Monday, June 15th! There is still plenty of time to register your child for any programs and locations listed below.

If you have any questions please contact us by replying to this email or by calling Miss Ana at the studio- 610.660.9600.

Locations Opening Next Week:
 

Location Programs Registration

Pennsylvania
   
 Rosemont College       Fashion Boot Camp          Register Now

Maryland
   
 Park School Handwork Day Camp
Machine Sewing Camp
Register Now





 






 

 
 

Tags: Handwork Day Camp, Summer Camp, Fashion & Machine Sewing, Location Spotlight, Summer Camp 2015

Fall Discount for Classes in Narberth

Posted by Megan DiFeo on Sat, May 23, 2015 @ 08:30 AM

Fall Class Discount

Even though Memorial Day Weekend is here, the weather is perfect and we're preparing for Summer Camp, we want to give you some extra time to think about our Fall Classes at our Narberth Studio. We're offering a 20% discount on all Fall Classes until June 30, 2015.  

 

Here are the classes you can choose from:

 

Handwork & Machine Sewing 
No matter your child's age or ability, kids are patiently taught various age appropriate handwork skills such as; knitting, crocheting, embroidery and embellishment techniques. Children get to personalize each project through color selection, technique and embellishments. Many different projects are accomplished during the year and as your child's skills grow so does the complexity of the projects.




Fashion & Machine Sewing 
Kids will get the basics of hand and machine sewing while making fabulous projects. They will learn real, practical skills that will last a lifetime while having fun and feeling good about themselves and their skills. Totally cool projects for today's totally cool kids.

Register Now

Open Knitting Studio 

Your teen or tween can take their yarn work skills to the next level in our Open Knitting Studio. Kids will select a knitting or crochet project of their choice. This is an ideal class for students interested in learning to work various stitches, multiple yarn colors and read knitting patterns. It you have ano experience knitting, we'll start you off on the right stitch with a project you can master with our our skilled instructors' guidance. Please come to class with an idea for your next handwork creation or choose from one of our many projects.

Register Now

Open Design Studio 
It is all about choice in this class designed especially for teens. During open studio time, the kids will select a project to sew and embellish the project the way they want! Perfect class for our experienced machine sewers who are looking to choose what they will make, however, no experience is necessary as instructors will help kids choose projects that will suit their skills. Please bring in a pattern or ideas of what to create, or choose from our many patterns.

Register Now
 

Need help deciding which one is best for your child? Give Miss Ana a call at the studio Monday - Friday 9 AM - 5 PM at 610-660-9660 to learn more and chat about your options! You can also send us a message.

Tags: Classes, Fall, Narberth

Craft Yarn Council Launches #StitchAwayStress Campaign

Posted by Megan DiFeo on Thu, May 14, 2015 @ 09:59 AM

Stitch Away StressIt's no secret that we love teaching kids how to knit and crochet.  We've been hearing it in recent months about the therapeutic affects that knitting and crochet have on humans. The Craft Yarn Council has launched a month long campaign to spread awareness of the mood boosting effects on the human body during National Stress Awareness month.

 

They'll be sharing projects and fun ways to use these craft techniques to live a more stress-free life.   Be sure to follow them throughout April on their InstagramFacebookPinterest and Twitter pages. You can also enter to win great giveaways and share your stories about how knitting or crochet has changed your life.




 

 

We see the positive effects of knitting and crochet all year round. Children and adults alike are able to relax, focus and create a sense of accomplishment and peace working through their projects.  Be sure to hop over and read the full details of the campaign here.

Tags: Knitting, Crochet, Craft Yarn Council, Campaign

Camp Location Spotlight: Foxcroft School

Posted by Megan DiFeo on Tue, May 12, 2015 @ 05:26 PM

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As we continue to grow, we are always looking for new locations that will host our camps and inspire our campers. We are thrilled to bring our camp programs to Foxcroft School in Middleburg, VA this summer. Our weekly programs will run from July 27th through August 14th. This beautiful campus coupled with our creative programs is sure to delight your child!

 

 

We'll be hosting two of our award winnning programs at Upland Country Day School this summer; Handwork Day Camp (ages 5-13) and Fashion & Machine Sewing (ages 9-15)

 

Handwork Day Camp

Option   

 Times         

Price   

  Full Day

     9:00 AM - 3:00 PM       

$425

  Half Day

     9:00 AM - 1:00 PM  

$300

  Afternoon

     1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

$175

  







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Fashion & Machine Sewing Camp

Option   

 Times         

Price   

  Full Day

     9:00 AM - 3:00 PM       

$475

  





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Tags: Handwork Day Camp, Summer Camp, Fashion & Machine Sewing, Location Spotlight, Summer Camp 2015