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Megan DiFeo

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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.

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

 

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.

 


 

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.


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.

Summer Camp is Inching Closer!

Posted by Megan DiFeo on Wed, May 06, 2015 @ 09:49 AM

GEARING UP FOR SUMMER CAMP


With each day we inch closer to summer camp. It's our favorite time of year as we prepare to knit, crochet, sew, needle felt and craft with over 2,500 kids from June through September. As we get all the details in order we wanted to give you some updates on what's happening and some exciting annoucements!

 

New Locations!

We've added many new locations for Summer 2015. We heard the request for our programs to be in Brooklyn and we're happy to annouce we'll be there at Williamsburg Northside Lower School! Also you can check out our programs at an additional 13 sites this summer. Hope over to our locations page to find a location that works best for you and your child! 


New Programs!

We're returning to many locations with our award-winning programs. We're excited to bring a new program to select locations - Glamorize Your Doll! This 1-week camp is built for campers that want to create project for their 18" dolls! This program will be offered at Rosemont College, Sidwell Summer, and Temple Ambler Summer Camps.

 

New Projects!

 

Campers come back year after year and look forward to seeing which projects they can create with us. We've worked with all new curriculum together for each of our programs leaving plenty of choice and freedom in the program for your child to put their own design choices into each project they create. Don't worry about the projects repeating, we've got plenty of creativity to keep this creation train moving forward all summer long!

 

Bigger Sibling Discount!

Be sure to take advantage of our sibling discount which is now offered at 10% for your second and third child. To apply this discount, please call our studio at 610-660-9600.

 

Ready for Summer Camp? You can register online or call our studio at 610-660-9600. We look forward to the opportunity to craft with your children this summer!


Register Now

Summer Camp Counselors Wanted!

Posted by Megan DiFeo on Sat, Apr 25, 2015 @ 10:14 AM

WORK WITH US

What will you be doing this summer?  Have you thought about learning a new craft?  Maybe meeting some exceptionally talented people?  How about inspiring a generation of young artists?  Sound interesting? 

The Handwork Studio is looking for positive, upbeat, energetic, friendly, passionate, hard-working,  people to join our team of incredibly creative and hard-working folks that all share the belief that the needle-arts is an essential skill in enriching the lives of kids no matter what their age, gender, or abilities. Our summer camp programs are designed to inspire preschool to high school campers in practical crafting skills such as knitting, crochet, machine and hand sewing, fashion design, weaving and much more. 

We are hiring for our 45 different locations throughout the Mid-Atlantic, states include CT, DC, DE, MD, NJ, NY, PA, & VA

To find out more information and to apply, pop on over to fill out an application!

Apply Now


                                           

Creating Camp Spirit Through Crafts

Posted by Megan DiFeo on Thu, Mar 19, 2015 @ 12:00 AM

 

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Hi Everyone:

Miss Laura Here! We are having a great week at the American Camp Association Tri-State Conference in Atlantic City this week. We are honored once again to teach a class to our peers in the industry. I’m here with Miss Megan, Miss Amanda and Miss Meredith (Miss Julia is enjoying her last week of maternity leave with her new son Asher!) This year we are teaching Creating Camp Spirit Through Crafting. The purpose of the session is to make a team spirit scarf (see directions here) and to find some fun uses for those old camp tee shirts which keep campers connected all year long.

Below are some links to the projects we discussed in class:

Beginner:

 

 

Intermediate:

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If you are interested in bringing The Handwork Studio to your camp you can learn more here.

Update:  Here are some pictures of the awesome spirit scarves that were made at the session!

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Come Hang with us at The NW Philadelphia School & Camp Fair!

Posted by Megan DiFeo on Mon, Feb 23, 2015 @ 02:34 PM

Summer Camp FairLong days of sunshine are just around the corner – what do you have planned for your kids?

 

Solve all your summer camp and 2015-16 school year dilemmas with the NW Philadelphia School & Camp Fair on February 28, 2015, from 10 am – 1 pm. We'll be hanging out with a cool project for your kids!

 

Presented by Philadelphia Family magazine and hosted by Germantown Academy, the fair provides families with all the research they need in one easy and exciting afternoon! Save time and narrow your search for day camps, overnight camps, summer academic programs — not to mention amazing schools for the 2015-16 school year — by meeting with many of the area’s top destinations all in one, fun- filled day!

 

Collect information, ask questions, and learn more about The Handwork Studio! Plus, enter to win a free week of camp  from us at select locations— and more great giveaways from Philadelphia Family Magazine!  Register online for free now and we hope to see you there!

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