Purls of Wisdom

Agnes Irwin School Students Awarded The Handwork Studio Scholorships!

Posted by Megan DiFeo on Wed, May 28, 2014 @ 11:30 AM

Agnes Irwin School

Anna and Morgan, students at The Agnes Irwin School in Bryn Mawr,were selected as winners in the GenHERation pilot program. Anna was awarded The Handwork Studio $250 scholarship for an essay she wrote about creating a nonprofit organization to increase access to education in developing countries. Morgan won The Handwork Studio Design Challenge, which involved submitting a sketch of an article of clothing that promotes female empowerment. Her chic suit submission was inspired by the evolution of women’s clothing and will be made into a pattern that will be used at The Handwork Studio’s summer camps. We are so honored and grateful to have been a part of this amazing opportunity!

GenHERation is a female empowerment startup for millennial girls that was founded by Katlyn Grasso, a junior at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. GenHERation -provides girls the opportunity to work with national corporations and nonprofit organizations to implement their own advocacy campaigns to address community issues. Currently, GenHERation is running a pilot program with more than 200 girls in the Northeast area of the country. For more information about GenHERation visit www.genheration.com.

Tags: Design, Events, GenHERation, Summer Camp, education, Teen Fashion Bootcamp, The Handwork Studio, Summer, activities

Teaching Young Fashion Designers | Fashion Bootcamp

Posted by Megan DiFeo on Fri, Apr 04, 2014 @ 07:00 AM

Fashion Bootcamp with April Johnston

April Johnston, our Teen Fashion Bootcamp Instructor and Project Runway All Star, is back this week with more information on our popular Teen Fashion Bootcamp for kids ages 12-15. 

Today's video is all about why it's important to start teaching aspiring fashion designers at a young age. Our Teen Fashion Bootcamp is a 3-week immersion program taking campers through the entire process of building their own collections. Click here to watch her video!

April will be leading the program in our Rosemont location only and space is limited - 
register today to reserve your seat for this special fashion opportunity.  

Got questions? We've got answers. Simply pop open window down in the corner to chat live or drop us a message!
Know someone who might enjoy this video? Please share this post with them! You can also call Miss Alexis at the studio Monday-Friday from 11 am - 7pm at (610)-660-9600.

We'll see you next Friday with another video from Miss April.

Tags: Summer Camp, Kids Camp, Sewing, education, Teen Fashion Bootcamp, Fashion

Project Runway All Star leads Teen Fashion Bootcamp

Posted by Megan Collier on Sat, Mar 29, 2014 @ 01:15 PM

We are honored that national fashion designer and Project Runway All Star April Johnston will be taking the reigns of our popular Teen Fashion Bootcamp for kids ages 11-16.

We wanted to offer you the opportunity to get to know April a little better. Click the video below to see our Q+A session with her. We'll be sharing another video next Friday to talk about our Teen Fashion Bootcamp Program in more detail.

April will be leading the program in our Rosemont location only and space is limited - 
register today to reserve your seat for this special fashion opportunity.  

Got questions? We've got answers. Simply reply to this email and let us know how we can help! Know someone who might enjoy this video? Forward this message to a friend! You can also call us at the Studio Monday-Friday from 11 am - 7pm at (610)-660-9600.

Make sure your subscribe to our blog over on the right hand side to get all our blog updates and the next video from Miss April!

Tags: Summer Camp, Kids Camp, Sewing, education, Teen Fashion Bootcamp, Fashion

How Do You Teach Knitting & Machine Sewing to Kids?

Posted by Laura Kelly on Tue, Jan 22, 2013 @ 11:38 AM

Teaching Kids to KnitHow do you teach your child to knitt?  To machine sew?  To embroider?  It is really very simple and what we do everyday in classes, camps and workshops.  Hint: It isn't about crafting at all.  


  1. With patience - Try a new craft and you will remember how frightening it is, how much you don't want to make a mistake, how silly you feel when you don't get it right.  Kids feel all that too.  Make sure you let them know it is ok to make mistakes.  Everyone does.
  2. With love - Remember it is about passing something down, not about teaching perfection.  They will ALWAYS remember you were the one that taught them.
  3. With fun - Our philosophy is that if we make our classes fun, kids will keep coming back.  If kids keep coming back they will eventually learn with time, with age and with motor skills.  The goal is to keep them coming back!
We hope you will find time to craft with your kids.  You'll get more out of it then they will:)

Tags: kids knitting, education, Kids' craft class

American Camp Association National Conference-Getting Ready for Camp

Posted by Laura Kelly on Sat, Mar 03, 2012 @ 10:16 AM

American Camp Association Logo


Miss Julia and I went down to Atlanta last week to see and hear all the latest news that is the camping industry.  We did this so we would be up on the latest on camping trends for our kids' needle arts camp this summer. We spend 4 days listening to such wonderful distinguished speakers talk about child development, camp safety, business leadership and social media.  It was awe inspiring and an incredible wealth of information I wanted to share with you.  So over the next couple of days, since it is too long for one blog, I'll share some of the highlights.  And though you may not be a part of the camping industry, other than sending your kids to us, anyone would find this information useful.

First, Jenn Selke, told us all about the latest and greatest sites and iOS applications for productive camp directors (really for anyone looking for productivity tools: travel, webinars, podcasting, photos, web conference, personal finance management and so much more).  Here are the links to her slides and the audio.  If you are an app junkie, you won't be disappointed.  I'm not even and app junkie and I downloaded three apps sitting in the audience.  

I also spent an amazing three sessions with someone outside of the camp industry.  Kerry Plemmons is a Clinical Porfessor at Daniels School of Business at hte University of Denver and he was a regional manager for Starbucks.  I think the most important thing I learned from Kerry was don't be afraid to "love your team".  I have the MOST wonderful staff in all the world, truly - invested, smart, creative, forward thinking women who give thier heart and sole to the our mission and children.  However being a new business woman in the 80's we were taught to dress the part (blue suits), be man like, and unemotional.  Kerry reminded me that the authentic relationships that I have with the team will translate to authentic relationships with your kids.  


Tags: education