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Celebrate National Sewing Month

Posted by Libby Foxman on Tue, Aug 30, 2016 @ 11:00 AM

Celebrate National Sewing Month!

            September celebrates National Sewing Month and The Handwork Studio wants to help you celebrate! Since the sewing machine was invented in 1846, people have been able to make their own clothes, accessories, and home décor in a manner and speed that they had not been able to before. At The Handwork Studio, we teach kids how to use a sewing machine and the different projects you can make with it. To help you celebrate, we have complied videos from our How-To-Tuesdays to make your National Sewing Machine Month the best one yet!

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            Before you get started on any of your projects, it is very important to know how to use a sewing machine. We understand that it may be tricky if you are new to sewing, so Miss Alisha takes you step-by-step to show you how to thread your sewing machine. Once you have your machine threaded, it will be ready to go and you can start a project of your choice

 

            Since National Sewing Month is celebrated at the same time the school year starts, making school supplies is a great project. While the school probably provides a list of what students need for classes, you still need to find backpacks, gym shoes and clothes, and lunch boxes. To help you with this dilemma, The Handwork Studio shows you how to make your own reusable sandwich bag with a sewing machine. All that you need is a sewing machine and fabric. However, if your child wants, they can decorate the finished sandwich bag with jewels, buttons, or more fabric.

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            If your child is interested in celebrating National Sewing Month with The Handwork Studio, we offer classes beginning in September. Visit our website or call (610) 660 9600 for more information or to register now! We also have plenty of more projects for sewing machines on our YouTube page.

 

           

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Counselor Spotlight

Posted by Libby Foxman on Tue, Aug 16, 2016 @ 11:00 AM

The Handwork Studio employs creative and passionate people every year. These people are often artists, teachers, students, or anyone with an interest in helping children develop amazing handwork skills that kids will find useful in every aspect of their lives. Miss Caelie is a first year junior counselor but has been a part of The Handwork Studio family for many years.

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            Before Miss Caelie was a counselor at The Handwork Studio, she had been a camper for many years. Like many of the campers we have at The Handwork Studio, when she started, she did not have previous experience with any of the techniques. She is now a junior counselor, teaching all new and old campers how to sew, knit, weave, and more. She loves the sense of community that is present at The Handwork Studio. Everyone is supportive of one another and all hold similar passions.

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            At The Handwork Studio’s Narberth location, Miss Caelie assists the lead instructor, Miss Alyssa, at Handwork Day Camp. Handwork Day Camp is for children aged 5 to 12. At this program, campers get an introduction to hand and machine sewing, knitting, weaving, and wet felting. Miss Caelie’s favorite project at Handwork Day Camp is the stuffed owl. Campers cut out a stencil of an owl, stuff it, and hand sew it together. They also get to decorate their own project with needle felting. The introduction to these techniques will allow campers to successfully go onto The Handwork Studio’s other camps, including Fashion and Machine Sewing, Glamorize Your Doll, Sew Tech, and Fashion Boot Camp.

            When Miss Caelie is not at The Handwork Studio she loves acting and reading. Like the work done at The Handwork Studio, these two activities provide Miss Caelie with a creative and relaxing outlet. Miss Caelie is going to begin her sophomore year of college this fall where she is pursuing a degree in science. While she plans to get her PhD before settling into a career, she hopes to be a science teacher and thinks that her time working at The Handwork Studio will help her discover her teaching style and give her the confidence to continue on this career path. The campers at The Handwork Studio are very well supported by counselors, like Miss Caelie. They are constantly encouraging campers to challenge themselves and help them with whatever they need.
           If you are interested in The Handwork Studio as a place for your child to learn useful handwork skills from great counselors like Miss Caelie, head to our website to register.

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How skills learned at summer camp can be applied during the school year

Posted by Libby Foxman on Tue, Aug 09, 2016 @ 11:00 AM

It is important to not lose the skills learned at summer camp during the school year. Similar to how students are required to do summer work so that they do not forget their math or reading skills, it is also important to keep practicing summer camp skills during the school year. The easiest way to do this is to incorporate it into your weekly activities. Use these tips to continue practicing all of your skills from summer!

 

Take a break from homework and go outside to practice sports:

            Whether your camper attended a sports camp where they got an introduction to many different sports or it was specialty one where they really developed their skills, encourage them to get outside and practice after school. Taking a break from homework, especially when it is getting overwhelming, is the perfect time to get some fresh air and practice the new techniques you learned at sports camp. Not only will the fresh air have you feeling refreshed when you go back inside, but you will have the chance to practice the skills you learned at summer camp. As they say, practice makes perfect. By continually practicing anything, you will only get better at it.

 

Practice handwork and art skills by decorating your school supplies:

            Lets be honest, most notebooks and binders students have to get for school are pretty boring and you can bet that at least one other student has the same one. A great way to make your school supplies unique while also practicing art skills is to decorate them! You can decorate your notebooks or binders with puffy paint or stamps, creating fun designs so that it is easily recognizable. Decorate your backpack or pencil case by sewing on patchwork or sewing on fun designs. This is a sure way to liven up the school day. Practicing these skills from art camp will allow you to become even better at them and make your school supplies stand out.

 

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Enroll in after school classes:

            Why should camp only be for the summer? Year round camps are a great way to continue practicing the skills you learned at summer camp during the school year. By working with knowledgeable instructors, students will be able to really hone the skills they learned during summer camp. It is also a great way to stay in contact with friends met at summer camp. Like year round art camps, a great way for those who attended sports camp to continue to develop their skills, is to sign them up for an intermural year round team. They will get to practice every week and make new friends.

 

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            The Handwork Studio is a kid’s needle arts, machine sewing, and fashion camp. During the summer they have locations in 10 states but during the school year, they offer spring break and winter break camps, as well as classes, workshops and birthday parties at the Narberth, PA location. The Handwork Studio offers classes year round so that their students can turn handwork skills in to a passion, not just a summer hobby.

 

            If you think your child would be interested in year round classes with The Handwork Studio, visit their website or call 610-660-9600 for more information.

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Why summer camp is the perfect place for kids to discover their true passions

Posted by Libby Foxman on Tue, Aug 02, 2016 @ 11:00 AM

It is typical of children to have a new interest every week. They are constantly exposed to new and exciting things. However, it is also during this period that a lot of children find their true passions. At summer camps, children are exposed to a lot of new activities where they are constantly learning things, which make it a great place to discover what they are truly passionate about.

 

They Will Try Many New Things

            At any type of summer camp, whether it is a sleep away camp, day camp, or specialty camp, campers will constantly be exposed to new things. This can include sports, arts, theatre, and even people. The exposure to new activities and people will allow young campers to learn about things that they haven’t before. As they see their new friends at camp trying the new activities, they will be encouraged to do the same. Hopefully one of the new activities will become a life long passion for a camper.

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Creative and fun environment

            Summer camp is supposed to be a fun and stress free environment. This atmosphere allows children to try new things without having to worry about being tested on it. The fresh, exciting atmosphere of summer camp will encourage children’s creativity so that they are able to really explore all of the new things they are participating in. In this creative and supportive environment, campers may experience a new excitement for any activity they try. This environment won’t make children feel self-conscious when they are trying something that they don’t know how to do. Instead, both counselors and campers will support them in the new activity by providing guidance and encouragement.

 

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They are out of their comfort zone

            Great things can happen when a person ventures outside their comfort zone. For a lot of young children, going to camp is one of the first times they are away from home. They are in a new setting with new people participating in new activities. For these reasons, summer camp is a great place to do things you are not accustomed to doing. Whether it is trying out for the camp play or playing a new sport, campers are required to do something where they are not comfortable. While this may be scary at first, once they decide to try, they may find that they love it.

 

            At The Handwork Studio, campers are taught new skills and are given the chance to create their own handmade projects to bring home. These skills can give them a great introduction into needle art, machine sewing, and fashion. If you think your child would be interested in any of The Handwork Studio’s programs, visit our website or call 610-660-9600 to get more information.

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Why summer is the perfect opportunity to learn things you don't in school:

Posted by Libby Foxman on Tue, Jul 12, 2016 @ 11:00 AM

Through out the school year, students are required to follow a set curriculum. They will cover math, english, science, history, art, and P.E. during the day and with afternoons focused on homework, there is little time to dedicate to learning something new. Whether that is sports, arts, theatre, or cooking, in the summer children have the free time needed to devote to life-enriching activities. Summer is a great time for your child to learn things that they don’t have the opportunity to learn during the school year.

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Plenty of Free Time

            Spending the entire day at school and usually a few hours in the afternoon doing homework and participating in a sport, it’s hard to find the time to pick up a new hobby. However, with summer comes a lot of free time that can be dedicated to picking up a new hobby. Besides going to camp during the day, children have the opportunity to take advantage of their free time to pick up a new activity. Whether they are interested in art, cooking, or learning a new language, it is easy to schedule in time either on the Internet, at camp, or in books.

 

Warm Weather Puts You In A Better Mood

            There are many studies that prove good weather improves your mood. So, what better time to learn something new than when you’re feeling good? Trying something new is always nerve-wracking. You don’t know if you will be good at it or if you will like it but with a positive attitude due to the warm weather, you will be more open to giving it a try. This will keep you optimistic when it gets difficult and you get frustrated. Keeping a positive attitude when trying something new is extremely important. It will encourage you to not give up and look on the bright side even when you are feeling discouraged.

 

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Stress Free Environment

            Summer is a time to have fun! There are no tests, quizzes, or homework to worry about so taking the time during the summer to learn something new should be stress free. If you can, get outside to do your new activity. The fresh air will inspire and increase creativity. It is also important to only focus on learning one new thing at a time. Besides the fact that you need to focus on the new activity if you want a genuine understanding of it, multi-tasking is also a big cause of stress. If you take the time to dedicate your focus to one activity at a time, not only will you be better at it, but you will also be able to enjoy it more. Take advantage of your stress free summer by learning a new activity and possibly finding a new passion.

 

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            It’s important to take time during the summer doing something you’re passionate about or to explore a new activity. It can be draining during the school year when you only focus on what you have to, rather than something that excites you. Spend your summer learning something new that you don’t have to opportunity to learn during the school year. The stress free, open schedule, and good weather of summer makes it the perfect time to do so!

 

If your children are not already signed up for a camp, you can look into specialty camps. These camps will focus on one specific activity so that campers can really perfect new skills. The Handwork Studio is a specialty camp with a focus in kids’ needle arts, machine sewing, and fashion. With multiple classes offered through out the summer and school year, The Handwork Studio works to instill a love of handwork arts in your children and teaches them skills that will last a lifetime.

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Why Working At Summer Camp is a Great Place to Learn Leadership Skills

Posted by Libby Foxman on Tue, Jul 05, 2016 @ 11:00 AM

It is important for young adults to develop leadership skills before they head off to work or college. These skills will teach them communication skills, to be hard working, dedicated, and able to be assertive in their workplace. One of the best ways to develop these skills is to look into counselor-in-training (CIT) programs at local summer camps. To be a part of the CIT program, you are usually a few years older than the oldest age group at the camp. You will assist the lead and junior counselors with the campers, usually picking up their lunches or taking them to the bathroom or to different activities through out the day. However, the responsibility and assertiveness you must have to be respected in this position will teach you great leadership skills that can be applicable in every stage of life.

 

You are responsible for children

            Although, as a CIT you are not solely in charge of a group of campers, there will be times where you have to take the campers from activity to activity without an older supervisor. Due to this, you need to have a sense of responsibility. You’ll have to know how many campers you have and where they are. Parents and lead counselors are leaving these campers in your care so you need to show that you are responsible enough for this position. Probably the biggest responsibility a CIT will have is their campers’ safety. Since they are in your care, you have to ensure that they are returned to their parents happy and healthy at the end of the day. Once in the workplace, leaders take responsibility for their actions and manage their own time and work.

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You have to set an example for your campers

At camp, you are one of the leaders of the group and due to this, you have to set an example for what is acceptable behavior. Young campers are extremely impressionable and will look to you for clues on how they are meant to act in certain situations. If you are setting a bad example through your language or behavior, they will mimic that. This teaches all CITs to be aware of their surroundings and who is listening. This awareness will be beneficial once you begin working in an office environment. Knowing how to behave in different environments will make you an attractive employee.

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You have to work with others

            In a camp setting, you are constantly surrounded by people, both counselors and campers, who need your attention. This will require you to not only create a balance between where you are needed but also to learn how to communicate effectively. While being in charge of young children, it will be crucial for you to communicate with lead counselors to let them know what you are doing. Lead counselors are in a position of authority, so you cannot speak to them as if they are one of your friends. Learning how to communicate with lead counselors will be good practice for when you have to communicate with your boss. Learning how to differentiate who you are talking whether it’s a supervisors and camper is a valuable skill to have.

            If you are interested in gaining these leadership skills, visit The Handwork Studio’s job listings page to see what is available or call 610-660-9600 for more information.

 

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4 Projects to Get Ready For Summer

Posted by Libby Foxman on Tue, Jun 21, 2016 @ 11:00 AM


As the weather continues to heat up, we know that summer is here and with that comes a whole handful of preparations to make sure that your kids are ready for the beach, camp and whatever else you have planned. Here a 4 fun ways to get your kids ready the summer:

 

Tie-Dye Your Own Beach Towel:

            Rather than going out to buy brand new beach towels that you threw away last summer, find an old white one (or even some old bed sheets) in your linen closet and tie-dye it! You can roll up the towels however you want and tie it up into sections with rubber bands. Once that is done, get your tie-dye ready – it is probably easier to buy some at a store but there are ways to make your own using food coloring. Now that everything is prepped, put on your gloves and you can start tie dying by squeezing the dye into the each section of the towel! Make it as colorful and crazy as you want but be sure to let it dry for 6-8 hours before untying it and rinsing it off with a hose.

 

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Make a Pillowcase:

            When going away to sleep away camp, its always comforting to bring something personal from home. A great project to do with your camper before they leave for the summer is to make a pillowcase. All you need is two pieces of fabric, needle, thread, and whatever you want to use to decorate your pillowcase. The fabric can come from an old blanket or you can buy it at your local crafts store. To make the pillowcase, measure out the two pieces fabric to be the same size – or a little bit bigger- than your pillow. With your needle and thread, sew three sides of the pillowcase together, leaving one opening at the top for the pillow to fit into. Now that your pillowcase is made, you can decorate it by sewing on other patches of fabric or get iron-on patches. This is a great way to send your kid off to sleep away camp with a little bit of home.

 

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Decorate Your Backpack:

            At summer camp, whether it is sleep away or day camp, campers’ bags usually get thrown in with everyone else’s. So what better way to make your camper’s bag stand out than by decorating it with some patchwork? This is very easy to do and you hardly need to buy anything! You can use the same backpack from the school year and some old t-shirts or blankets. Along with these supplies, you’ll need a sewing needle and thread. Cut up your old t-shirts and blankets into shapes or letters and then sew them directly onto your backpack. This is a great project to get your kid ready and excited for camp this summer!

 

Make Your Own Sleeping Mask:

            A camper’s bunk at sleep away camp is usually nothing like their bedroom at home. They will probably be in a cabin with the rest of their age group who might be using night-lights and flashlights late into the night. A great project to do before they leave for camp is to make their own sleep mask. It will be a thoughtful reminder of home and help make the night a bit more peaceful. All you’ll need is two pieces of fabric, a piece of elastic, and two cut outs shaped like you mask and then you are ready to sew it all together either with a sewing machine or by hand. Click the image of the sleeping mask to be linked to The Handwork Studio’s How-To-Tuesday video to get a step-by-step tutorial on how to make your own!

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If your child has an interest in sewing, design, or any other handwork crafts, go to The Handwork Studio website for our fall and summer camp schedule and live chat with Miss Catalina or call 610.660.9600 to see what would be best for your camper!

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Agnes Irwin School Students Awarded The Handwork Studio Scholorships!

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

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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.

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Fashion, Crafting and Machine Sewing Camp Launches Summer 2013

Posted by Laura Kelly on Tue, Jan 15, 2013 @ 10:08 AM

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Tomorrow Marks the Launch of Summer Camp 2013!

We've been working very hard the past few months to continue to make our programs better and better for you and your children. We know as a parent, you have lots of choices for your kids so we want to wow you by teaching your kids to make really cool projects, have them learn something new, create an environment where they will have a really fun time, and make sure they feel valued and loved with our amazing team of counselors.  We hope you join us!

 

New Exciting Happenings for Summer 2013:
1) We've kept our full day 2012 pricing the same for the summer 2013 in most all of our locations!  
2) Added New Locations - This year we are happy to work with:
  • Germantown Academy in Fort Washington, PA
  • Park School in Baltimore, MD
  • Lawrenceville Day School in Lawrenceville NJ
  • College of St. Elizabeth in Morristown NJ
  • St. Stephen's and St. Agnes School in Alexandria VA
  • Congressional School in Falls Church VA
  • and back to Newtown Friends School in Newtown PA
3) Of our 26 locations, now 16 of them have before and aftercare!
4) For our Fashion and Machine Sewing Camp,  we will continue to use Simplicity Creative Design Group patterns as well as teach from Brett Bara's book Sewing In a Straight Line.  Brett is a author, television host, blogger and designer and every camper in this program will receive an autographed copy of her book!
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5) Fashion Bootcamp this year continues to offer unique opportunities for young designers interested in the fashion world.  We will again give them access to the industry:
  • meet and talk with designer Tamar Daniel
  • brown bag lunch and discussion with Brett Bara (see above) in NYC and receive an autographed copy of her book
  • tour of the Philadelphia Museum of Fine Arts summer fashion exhibition
  • learn to walk the runway with a fashion model
  • meet with designer Jay McCarroll, season one winner of Project Runway and Fashion Professor at University of Philadelphia.
  • and our annual tours of Philadelphia's Fabric Row and NYC's fashion district  
Our long time student, Lizzy at Miss Crissy's Fashion Show
Miss Eva is in the office Monday-Friday to answer all your questions and help you to register (610)660-9600.  We look forward to working with your kids this summer.  

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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. 

 

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