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5 Ways to Celebrate National Craft Month with Kids' Crafts

Posted by Megan DiFeo on Mon, Mar 09, 2015 @ 11:58 AM

National Craft Month

Did you know it is National Craft Month and this Thursday is National Children's Crafting Day?  We absolutely love that there is a month to honor crafting and a special day dedicated just to celebrating kid's crafts! How cool is that?


We put together a list of some ways you and your children can celebrate National Craft Month during March. 

1. Join our March Workshop - We're stitching a fabulous funt time for our March kids' workshop. Join us on Sunday, March 15 from 3:00 - 5:30 PM as we make awesome handmade hats! Save your seat today!
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2. Browse our Pinterst Boards for Ideas - Looking for some crafts to do at home? We have board full of fun ideas over on Pinterest. Check it out and follow us, we'd love to share some creative goodness with you and your kids!
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3. Celebrate by thinking about Summer Camps - We believe in crafting all year round and so why not celebrate the month by registering for camp? Who said all your crafting had to be done in one month? Join us for one or many weeks of camp as we craft our way through the warmest months of the year creating fabulous memories, projects and friendships!
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4. Learn a new technique - Did you know we have a YouTube channel with tons of how-to videos. You can learn to knit, crochet, wonderknit, weave and so much more by watching our tutotiral videos. Is there something missing? Let us know, we'll create a new video and post it!
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5. Stock up with new tools  - Ever wonder where we get our cool tools from? Well wonder no more! You can bring our tools home by shopping in our online store! We've got everything you need to keep crafting long after National Craft Month has passed. We also have video to match the tools you buy! Get on our our creativity train.
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Need help? Have more questions? We'd love to chat. Simply contact us and we can share ideas, talk about upcoming events, or answer any questions. 

Stay Crafty,

Miss Megan 

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FiberPhiladelphia 2012

Posted by Melissa Haims on Wed, Mar 21, 2012 @ 06:30 AM

Hi there! Miss Melissa here for a double shot of blog posts. Last week I wrote about the American Camp Association's Tri State Camp Conference and while I was there I talked A LOT about FiberPhiladelphia and promised to share more details... Here they are:

FiberPhiladelphia 2012 is an international biennial and regional festival for innovative fiber/textile art. Exhibitions are happening at more than 40 locations including major institutions and independent venues during the event. They will include work by renowned international artists and a new generation of artists breaking into the field. The first shows began in January and they stretch until June.

Now, if you've been reading our blog, you'll know that March is National Craft Month. But did you know that on March 2nd May Michael Nutter declared by official proclamation that March is Fiber Arts Month in Philadelphia? Well, friends, it's true. At the opening ceremony which was held at Moore College of Art and Design we were treated to a welcome address by Mayor Nutter (at a yarn bombed microphone), an introduction by Dr. Happy Fernandez (President of Moore), another intro by Amy Orr (Executive Director of FiberPhiladelphia 2012) and finally, a keynote lecture by Elissa Auther. She is the author of String, Felt, Thread: The Hierarchy of Art and Craft in American Art (Minnesota, 2010). Click here to see photos of this amazing event and the opening that occurred afterward at the Crane Arts BUilding! 

Miss Melissa yarn bombing Mayor Nutter's microphone.  Mayor Nutter at said Microphone.

Yes, that's me yarn bombing the microphone that Mayor Nutter, et al, spoke at.

Now, at this point, you may be asking yourself why I am writing about this. What's the tie back to The Handwork Studio? Here's the deal: I work for The Handwork Studio year round as the Director of Curriculum and Education, but I'm also a fiber artist who makes and shows work in galleries. I was drawn to FiberPhiladelphia in January 2011 by a fellow fiber artist and the next thing I knew I found myself on the Executive Board of this fabulous festival surrounded by the most amazing individuals: artists, curators, students, designers and volunteers. Together, we created the single most important Fiber Arts event in Philadelphia in the last 20 years. I am so proud to be a part of this group and promote the exhibitions, support our business sponsors and spread the word.

So please stop by The Handwork Studio and pick up one of our directories and plan your visit to our shows around the city today! You can also find them at many locations around town; check the website for a list of our exhibitions and support your local fiber artists!

Full Disclosure / Shameless Plug:

I have a number of shows during the festival that I would love for you to share with your children, friends and family. Click here for the full exhibitions list and search for "Melissa". You can see some of the work I do when I'm not knitting bunnies and sewing marshmallows!

If you're reading this, chances are you have a little fiber artist at home and in that case I would strongly recommend that if you're in the Philadelphia area between now and the end of April, take them to see Cold Comfort at The Schuylkill Center for Envrionmental Education. This show has been delighting the little ones (and not so little ones) since January and is a real treat, both indoors and out!

little tree hugger at Cold Comfort.


Miss Melissa


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March is National Craft Month | Craft Projects For Kids

Posted by Laura Kelly on Fri, Mar 09, 2012 @ 06:06 PM

Greetings fellow crafters (or soon to be crafters!) I’m Amanda and I am a Handwork Instructor for the Handwork Studio down in DC! And if you weren’t aware it’s actually National Craft Month! So turn off the computer and get crafting! Some amazing reasons to start crafting this month, you can:
Nuturing Children's Creativity 

Bond with your child! Curl up with your child and learn a skill together.  Most kids and adults we speak to will tell you of their fond memories of learning to craft with their mom (or grandmom).


Try something new! You can start crafting right now if you’ve never crafted before or learn a new skill.  You know how to knit? Maybe try crochet!


Finish that project that’s been sitting in your closet since last spring!

Use it to de-stress! Take your mind off of things and focus on your project at hand.

Do a craft together! Everyone can do a small piece of a project and then put it together at the end!

Make something for the spring or summer! A light scarf, a new purse, a cool headband, the sky’s the limit!

 National Craft Month LogoAnd so in honor of National Craft Month we will be going to the American Camp Association’s Tri-State Conference next week with crafty projects to share with our new ACA friends. Well be teaching a class "Purls of Wisdom: Easy Camp Projects to Take Back to Camp. And what we will be bringing back from them can’t really be put in a Handwork Studio backpack. We will be learning how to make our camp the best camp it can be, for you, and your families. We are just as excited to share our unique crafting skills and programming with them as learning as much as we can about making our camp even better! 

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