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THS Amazing Kids Profile: Lizzy

Posted by Eva Laverty-Wilson on Thu, Nov 01, 2012 @ 11:00 AM

lizzy1Meet Lizzy: This Amazing Kid (or rather, young woman) started at The Handwork Studio in elementary school and by 15 she had 4 years of our Fashion Boot Camp under her fabulous belt. Now Lizzy not only sews, but has her own fashion business; in her spare time she works for us here at the Studio!
 
How have you taken crafting or sewing to the next level?
After a year of machine sewing and four years of Fashion Boot Camp I have made dozens of dresses, jackets and other forms of apparel for many people, local consignment shops and have started my own clothing label Tres Lizzy. I also have made a pleather jacket for the lead singer of 30 Seconds to Mars, Jared Leto, and a silk kimono for a singer called Grimes. I now 
 
help out as an assistant at the Handwork Studio and have a work study at Moore College of Art & Design and an internship at the Villanova Theater costume shop. 
 
What is your first memory of The Handwork Studio? 
Knitting my white cat for my first knitting project and Miss Laura would read us a storybook.  
 
What do you like about the studio? 
It is a safe haven for creativity in all ways. The instructors are easy-going and understanding and the sky's the limit to the skills and projects you gain from the various classes. 
 
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What has been most influential to who you are today? 
Fashion Boot Camp and being in Crissy Phillips fashion show for the first time. 
 
What are you working on now? 
I am making a fuchsia corset ball gown, a kimono/dress for myself, and my friends' Halloween costumes for the month of October. I continue to sew and have also gone beyond that and now make jewelry for my creations. 

 

Tags: fiber arts, amazing kids, teen designers, Kids Stories, education Growing Up, The Handwork Studio

THS Amazing Kids Profile: Hana

Posted by Eva Laverty-Wilson on Thu, Oct 25, 2012 @ 06:12 PM

hanaGodspellcuttingMeet Hana: This week's Amazing Kid started camp at The Handwork Studio in 4th grade. She quickly excelled in handwork and machine sewing, incorporating unique creativity into all her work. We're proud to have had Hana as a counselor at the Studio for three summers, inspiring campers to get creative! 

 

How have you taken crafting or sewing to the next level?

About a year ago, I participated in a national competition for youth entrepreneurs.  I entered my sewing business Hanacorn and was one of eleven finalists. I now have an Etsy store, and it's doing really well, especially in the Halloween season. Another way I've taken sewing to the next level is that in my high school theater program, Players, I'm the head costume designer for our musical Godspell.


What is your first memory of The Handwork Studio?unicornhoodieback
I remember going to summer camp in Narberth. I was going into fourth grade. I was nervous that I wasn't going to be good enough. But I had a really awesome time there and started taking more and more classes.

What is it you like about the studio?

I like that they have amazing teachers who really know what they're doing and are incredibly friendly. They can always help me out. I feel like it's a community, not just a place to take classes. 


What was most influential to who you are today?

My three biggest influences that led me to begin to sew and have a love of design and costumes are Doe Deere who is a blogger, Lauren who is my costumes mentor, and all the amazing teachers at The Handwork Studio. All of these people have helped me learn and take my work to the next level. 


What are you working on now?
I'm the costume designer for Godspellat Lower Merion High School. So we're making the costumes and getting ready for our show in November. I'm making a lot of unicorn hoodies for Halloween which I sell on Etsy. And of course, I'm working on my Halloween costume!

GodspelldesignsOriginal designs from Hana and her Assistant Designer, Rosa,
for Lower Merion's Godspell, showing Nov. 15th-17th

Tags: crafts, creativity, fiber arts, Kids Stories, education Growing Up

Full Circle | Growing Up at The Handwork Studio

Posted by Julia Yosen on Mon, May 21, 2012 @ 10:31 PM

 

  Training 5/20

In the year of our 10th anniversary at The Handwork Studio we have a lot of amazing accomplishments to look back upon.  To me there is no bigger accomplishment and testament to our purpose than being able to watch a once tiny kindergartener become a mature, caring, and compassionate counselor.  

Over the past few years as many of our campers start to age out of our programs we have created a next step to allow our campers experience with us come full circle.  Now instead of coming as campers to The Handwork Studio, many of our teen and pre-teen campers will be spending a part of their summer vacation working with us.  When campers reach the age of 12 they can begin to volunteer and starting at 14, up to 17 they are Counselors in Training (CIT's).

This summer we will have 23, 12-17 year olds holding down these positions, our largest group as of yet!  They will be assisting in teaching our campers the same techniques that they had once learned when they went to The Handwork Studio; sewing, knitting, embroidery, crochet, friendship bracelets, etc.    

Like a mother hen I swell with pride to see many of our CIT's and Volunteers exhibit confidence and leadership abilities, they are passionate about working with children, and teaching the needle arts, and genuinely fun, happy, caring people.  I could not be more proud of this upcoming group of young people that are dedicated to helping us teach the next generation of needle-artists.

        Fashion Boot Camp Camper  Now a CIT

Bella has been with The Handwork Studio for 10 years.  Above she is pictured as a Fashion Boot Camp camper in 2007 and in 2011 Bellas was a JR. Counselor!   

Tags: Summer Camp, Kids Stories, Narberth, education Growing Up, Anniversary

Story Time at The Handwork Studio | A Time Out From Creating

Posted by Julia Yosen on Thu, Oct 20, 2011 @ 03:04 PM

Story time at The Handwork StudioParents ask us all the time when we run camp 6 hours a day, 5 days a week for approximately 20 weeks out of the year (that includes Winter, Spring and Summer break), Do they really craft all day?!?!?  


The truth is sometimes we have to pry the knitting needles out of their hands at the end of the day.  I will tell you nothing brings us more sincere happiness then to see a child who loves what they are doing.  However, I must confess that we do not craft for the entire six hours.   We do ask our campers to take a break to do things like eat and rest there hands.  During that down time we like to read.  


Over the years The Handwork Studio has accumulated quite a collection of story books that weave magnificent tales of silly sheep that won’t follow the flock, or a messy girl who has a room that looks like it is lived in by pigs, so of course she sews many pigs, and of a quilt that has been passed down from generation to generation.   

 

A Handwork Studio Favorite ReadOne of our favorite stories is "Farmer Brown Shears His Sheep, A Yarn about Wool”  by Teri Sloat and illustrated by the whimsical artist Nadine Bernard Wescott.  This simple funny rhyming story has proven to be a must read for all ages in our camps.  

 

The story begins when Farmer Brown shears his sheep in the chilly days of early spring. Much to their dismay these shivering sheep want their wool back!  As the story progresses the sheep follow Farmer Brown and watch as their wool is turned into something new.  Readers get to see the journey wool goes on from being cleaned and combed to dyed and spun and at the end you have happy sheep that get to see what their wool has become.

 

We feel nothing engages a child more than a good story and helps them to relate to the many different skills we teach at The Handwork Studio.  If you are interested in "Farmer Brown Shears His Sheep, A Yarn about Wool”or other fabulous stories we have at The Handwork Studio please contact us at anytime.

Happy reading!

Miss Julia

Tags: Story Time, Summer Camp, Kids Stories, Reccomendations, Sewing, Fun, kids, fun kids activities, Narberth kids' activities