Let's see where did we last leave off...? Ah, yes, Miss Alisha and I were enjoying a lovely week of sun, surf, yarn, and sewing in Avalon, NJ up until July 6th. We ate our fill of bayside seafood and partook in other essential shore activities like riding a surrey (a 4 person bike!). As the end of the end of the week quickly approached we knew looming in the not too distant future was a difficult fact we had to face. We had to pass the Avalon torch to Miss Meredith and Miss Jamie who will continue to run Avalon camps until July 27th. Alisha and I will need to both move on AND seperate our supplies and part ways!
During the month of July The Handwork Studio will be in 13 different locations! We have 10 teams that will be covering our camps from Pennsylvania, in locations at Rosemont College, our Narberth Studio, Episcopal Academy, Springside Chestnut Hill Academy, Friends Select School, and Shady Side Academy. We also visit Delaware for the first time the week of July 9th, at the Tatnall School. We hold strong in Washington, DC, at Sidwell Friends School and in Virginia, at three locations, Potomac School, Madeira School, and Flint Hill School. We cannot forget Maryland either, we are at Bullis School for the secod year, and last but not least, New Jersey, in Avalon.
In order to run all these different locations during the month Miss Alisha and I must now set out solo to stitch our own paths and teach Handwork Studio camp on our own (well not really alone). July 9th, 2012 marked a sad day where we both drove to our respective camp sites with empty passenger seats. Miss Alisha made her way to set-up camp at Flint Hill School in Oakton, VA. With the help of our local DC/MD/VA staff, Amanda, Kati, and Judith, Miss Alisha taught the needlecrafts to many new and enthusiastic campers.
Back on the otherside of road tour land I ventured back to the Bullis School in Potomac, MD. This is our second year there. Last year we started with one week and this year I will be spending 3 out of the 4 weeks helping to run camp. Without my travel partner I will tell you that it was wonderful to see some familiar faces of returning campers excited to learn more! I am even more thrilled to have such an exceptional team to work with, Miss Syreeta, Miss Samantha, and Miss Emily. They have been nothing short of amazing!
This week as I continue to hold steady at Bullis, Miss Alisha and her new travel companion Miss Allison set out the mountains of Pennsylvania. They will both be at Camp Pine Forest and Timber Tops in the Poconos. For two days they will work with over 200 campers embroidering and sewing all day long!
Though our travels will now sew around different corners we know our common thread is to teach campers of the joys of needlework. Really the toughest part of seperating is who gets Sheepy???