Purls of Wisdom

How To Continue Creative Projects During The School Year

Posted by Libby Foxman on Tue, Oct 18, 2016 @ 11:00 AM

How To Continue Creative Projects During The School Year


            Now that the school year is in full swing, children have much more responsibility and work to do everyday. However, this does not mean that the fun, creative projects they were able to do all summer have to come to an end. You can incorporate fun projects into the schoolwork, use them as a way to de-stress, or enroll in year round classes.


Incorporate them into schoolwork

            There are many ways to incorporate creative crafts into your schoolwork, whether it is by making or decorating school supplies or using it to help you study. For an upcoming quiz in any subject, the use of color has proven benefits to increase memorization. Decorate your notecards with colored patterns to help you remember events or definitions. Orange is beneficial to memory and analytical thinking. If you make this one of your key colors on notecards, it may help you when it comes time to be tested. Children can also continue their creative projects during the school year by making their school supplies. They can decorate their backpacks with tags. The Handwork Studio’s How-To-Tuesday Luggage Tag video can also be used to make backpack or gym bag tags!


Creative Crafts to De-Stress

            Between homework, upcoming tests, and after-school activities, the school year is a stressful time for many students. It is important for them to have an outlet where they can disconnect from these requirements and clear their minds. Handwork crafts have been proven to be beneficial to de-stressing. The repetitive motions required for sewing, knitting, or weaving prompts relaxation because it is not a difficult process where you need to be constantly on your toes. Occupying your mind with these activities will allow you to come back to your work refreshed and reenergized.


Year Round Classes

            One of the best ways to continue creative crafts during the school year is to look into year-round classes. These classes will allow students to get instruction and advice from seasoned professionals. They will also have scheduled time to do these projects rather trying to fit it in between everything else. The atmosphere of being in a non-stressful environment will give kids some well needed down time.

            If your child is interested in continuing their creative projects through out the school year, The Handwork Studio offers workshop, one-day classes, and winter and spring break camp year round. Head to their website to check out the programs and register there or by calling (610) 660-9600.

Tags: Machine Sewing, Workshops, Sewing, kids

Sew Tech Workshop

Posted by Libby Foxman on Tue, Oct 04, 2016 @ 11:00 AM

Sew Tech Workshop

            Handwork skills are a very practical thing to have because they are applicable in so many aspects of our lives. Whether you are planning to make clothes, curtains, accessories, toys, or make a gift for a friend, you can always find a reason to learn to sew, knit, weave, or embroider. Like handwork skills, we also find uses for technology in our everyday lives. Learning the basics of technology, such as creating a battery pack, connecting circuits or using conductor thread, will give you a greater understanding of how electronics work and possibly how to fix them. The Handwork Studio’s Sew Tech Workshop combines handwork skills and technology to give kids, ages 8 and older, a practical understanding of both while activating the left and right sides of their brain.


Right Brain

            The right side of a person’s brain is in touch with a person’s creative side. The fine motor skills needed for any arts, especially handwork arts, are controlled by this side of the brain. Being in control of your fine motor skills will allow you to do the little movements needed for sewing or weaving. The right side of the brain is also controls the imagination. Having a good imagination is a huge aspect of creativity. Both scientists and artists use their imagination to build or create something new or further develop an already existing invention. The use of your fine motor skills and imagination in handwork projects will help you with your technique and making unique projects.

Left Brain

            The left side of the brain is much more logical, dealing with science and mathematics. It also helps us with reasoning. When using technology such as circuit boards or creating battery packs, logic and reasoning will help you understand why certain technological aspects of the Sew Tech projects only work when they are set up in a particular way. Although many schools are catered towards left-brain thinkers due to the critical thought needed in many classes, The Handwork Studio’s Sew Tech Workshop creates projects that both left and right brain thinkers can excel at.


            Whether your interest is in science or arts, Sew Tech Workshop has something for everyone. The projects will all be handwork based. Kids can make stuffed animals, accessories, and more. Technology will be incorporated into the projects. Students can put LED lights, sound machines, and motors into their projects while learning how to create and use circuit boards to power them. In a world where technology plays are role in almost everything that we do, the introduction to the basics of technology in Sew Tech will give kids an understanding of how the world works.


            If you have a scientist, artist, or a child who is eager to learn, head to The Handwork Studio’s website or call (610) 660-9600 to get more information about the unique experience that is Sew Tech Workshop.

Tags: Machine Sewing, Workshops, Sewing, sew tech

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.



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.



            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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This Week at our Narberth, PA Studio!

Posted by Megan DiFeo on Mon, Nov 02, 2015 @ 02:08 PM

Many schools are closed tomorrow for Election Day and we're offering our popular creative One Day Camp program at our Narberth, PA Studio.

We've got you covered with our unique, creative and entertaining programming. Campers will work on hand sewn, embellished projects to bring home at the end of their day.

Choose from a daily option that works best for your camper ages 5-12 years old!
Full Day* --- 9 AM - 3 PM --- $95
Half Day* --- 9 AM - 1 PM --- $65
Afternoon -- 1 PM - 3 PM --- $45

*Full Day and Half Day Campers should bring a lunch and snack.

Register Now

Friday, November 6th 6:30 - 8:00 PM        $45.00

Our Glamorize Your Doll Workshops offer your child the opportunity to design custom projects for their 18" Dolls. From purses to shoes, dresses, acccessories and more, this series of workshops is sure to create quite the collection of handmade, personalized gear while building on lifelong skills.

Register Now


Tags: Workshops, One Day Camp, Glamorize Your Doll

Spring Into A New Workshop | Ages 5-12

Posted by Megan Collier on Tue, Mar 25, 2014 @ 09:00 AM

As the temperatures start to rise, so does our excitement here at the studio. We are thrilled to host our annual Spring Workshop on Sunday, March 30th from 3:00 - 5:30 PM. The workshop fee is $45 and includes all the supplies kids will need to create a unique and beautiful spring-inspired project.


We know this workshop is simply the perfect way to channel your child's creativity through handwork. We are looking for young artists ages 5-12 to join us!
Advance registration is requested and you can register online or by calling Miss Alexis at the studio at 610-660-9600.

As a friendly reminder, we are also hosting Spring Break Camp for Public Schools. You can get all the information by clicking here

We look forward to seeing you and your child soon!

Tags: spring, creativity, Workshops, activities, Handwork

Spring Classes Have Sprung | The Handwork Studio

Posted by Megan Collier on Thu, Apr 05, 2012 @ 08:00 AM

Now that spring camp is over in Pittsburgh, DC, and Narberth it’s time for spring classes!

Here in DC we will be doing our classes once again at Potomac School in McLean, VA. We’ve been here since the fall teaching Potomac students all about machine and hand sewing, knitting, crafting and more!

Students Knitting

Each season brings new projects - like the spiders during Halloween or the bathrobes for the winter, but it also brings new student s as well! It’s been such a pleasure to work with the staff, students, and families of Potomac since September. We were able to use Mrs. Rothman’s art room, met some of the fun kids in after-care, and bonded with the auxiliary program staff (hi Mimsy!). And what’s great about that relationship is that we get to continue it into the summer! We will be working with Mimsy and her staff at Potomac from June 18th to July 6th and then hopping over to Madeira from July 9th to August 17th allowing us to create stronger relationships and even more amazing projects!

Other schools that I’ve been fortunate enough to work with areBullis in Potomac, MD and Sidwell on their DC and Bethesda campuses. We participated in a camp fair hosted by Bullis (what a beautiful campus!) and had the pleasure of returning to Sidwell for workshops, winter camp, and just last week spring break camp. I was so happy to see campers that I had last summer return again for winter and spring camp – allowing us to catch up throughout the school year! We are racking up the projects together and I can’t wait to get to work on the new and interesting things that we are rolling out for summer 2012!! 

Make sure you stop by our Summer Camp page to learn about our programs.  You can register online or by contacting us!

Have you joined us for classes, workshops or camp before?  We'd love to hear what you or your child's favorite project was. Simply post them in the comments below!  

Happy Spring,

Miss Amanda

Tags: Workshops, Classes

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! 

Tags: Workshops, National Craft Month, Summer Camp

Welcome to Our New Site | The Handwork Studio

Posted by Laura Kelly on Wed, Aug 31, 2011 @ 08:36 PM

Happy CampersWelcome!

In an attempt to provide you with the most current information on kids and needle arts education, we've been working over the last few months to build an updated home for The Handwork Studio on the web.  We are very happy to unveil this new design to you!

The site is built around making information easily accessible to you.  You can find information on all of our kids workshops, camps, and birthday parties by the navigation at the top of our page.  This blog will be used to share information, tips, techniques, and much more! We would love for you to subscribe to our RSS feed to stay in touch with our blog updates!

We are grateful for the opportunity to work with you and your children both in our camp and studio settings and look forward to hearing all your feedback on our updated website!

We want things to be as easy and informative for you as possible.  If you have any comments or suggestions about our new design, please feel free to contact us or leave them in the comments section below!


Miss Laura

Tags: Workshops, website, Fun, camp