May & Summer Holiday Fun!

May Half Term 

30th May – 2nd June

Summer Holiday Dates:

Week 1 – 10th – 14th July

Week 2 17th- 21st July

Week 3 – 24th – 28th July

Week 4 – 31st July – 4th August

29th August – 1st September (4 day week)

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Class Times & Fees:

9am-4pm / 9am-12pm / PM 1-4pm

£225 Mo-Fri 9-4pm (full week)

or £120 Mo-Fri 9-12 noon or 1-4pm (half week)

or £180 for 4-full days / £96 for 4-half days

(materials included)

Ages: 6-8 years and 8-18 years

Call 02074310573  or email to book!

 Summer 2017 is fast approaching! Our May half term and Summer Holiday Courses are the hottest ticket in town! They get booked up in a flash so don’t delay, book your child in today!

The Little Hands Summer 2017 theme is Festival and Beachwear, so amongst other projects we’ve got a whole host to really celebrate the most enjoyable time of year. (Let’s hope the weather is on our side too!)

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Join the Little Hands Design Summer Camps for that unique designer summer that you are craving! We have everything that is required to provide your kids, tweens and teens with the fashion forward quirky experience that fits into all the current events that are happening in London right now.

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The LHD teachers are a team of fashion and textile industry experts- the perfect people to introduce you to technical techniques and making ideas. It is an experience that is truly hands-on where students are able to design at their level and collaborate with everyone working on individual projects!

There are sewing machines, hardware tools, computer aided design and much more! Whether you are a starter, have sewn before or need to learn some new techniques, we have just the right thing for you! Imagine saying to your friends: ‘Yeah, I made this myself!’

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There will also be a chance to enter our termly design and skills competition if you create your own festival or beachwear style item.

Looking forward to a holiday camp of buzzing creativity, busy hands, loads of giggles and new friends – join the Little Hands Community today!!

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Don’t just take our word for it here’s what other parents have to say:

“My son loves going to Little Hands. He made great projects and enjoyed his time there. He immediately picked up tips and tricks about pinning, cutting and sewing that he kept talking about, at home. He learnt about not wasting fabric, recycling it into new projects, looking after the sewing machines,etc. The fact that he gets to use the sewing machines is the coolest thing ever for a 7yrs old boy!!!!  According to him:  “it is real fun and the scissors go ‘snip snip’ and I love the sound!!!”He gets to choose the fabric for his projects and even the colour of the thread for his hand sewing. He really feels that the projects are his own creation from the beginning to the end.”
(Parent of 7 year old.)

“Astrid and her team have created an exhilarating, enjoyable, and edifying little world, where my daughter aged 8 has been inspired and illuminated with every visit. Currently enjoying a week-long course during the school holidays, she skips home in new clothes and accessories that she has both designed and made. I would totally recommend this amazing microcosm, located in Belsize Park NW3 to anyone looking for activities for their kids during the school holidays.”
(Parent of 8 year old.)

Frequently Asked Questions

What will my child learn?

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We teach everyone how to thread and use a sewing machine, as well as cutting. pinning and ironing skills and a whole host of sewing and design tips and tricks!  These will vary in complexity depending on the age and ability of the individual child. We have projects and exercises to suit 6 to 18 year olds! We prepare a different ‘Collection’ every term so there is always a new and exciting wide range of projects to choose from!

Projects might also include, printing, embroidery, hardware, computer aided design. Our fashion fun holiday camps are a great place to get immersed in the art of fashion and clothes making.

Why choose a whole week?

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Getting immersed in our world of sewing for a whole week has great benefits, we see a great sense of achievement in those who have the time to work on longer projects and improve their skills from Monday to Friday. Having a full week with us will open your eyes to all the amazing creations that are possible within our ‘set programme’ and you will have the choice of simple or advanced projects dependent on your level!!

 For students that can only attend odd days, we will have a list of ‘LHD Specials’- these are projects that we feel are achievable in the shorter amount of time, that will provide satisfaction, fun and learning. Unfortunately we cannot offer as wide a range as the full week, as our main aim is that all are left with products that are complete whilst having fun and not rushing leading to a ‘fast fashion’ atmosphere.

Can they bring in their own designs?

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We love to see young minds being creative and coming up with their own designs!  The best thing to do is pop us an email with details before the course to give us a little time to prepare ourselves for how we can help!

We do need to manage expectations that if it’s someone’s first time sewing they won’t be able to make a ball gown! As they say, you need to walk before you can run. If we think something is too tricky we will of course explain our reasoning. Sometimes it’s best to practise basic skills with easier projects and build up to that dream item!

How is the week Structured?

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Day One is all about getting to grips with the machine and health and safety in the room! We provide a small selection of simple introductory projects that take half or a  full day to complete. (Depending on ability) This means we can get something fun and quick done and the teachers can assess the level of each child. They will also take this day to choose what they want to make for the rest of the week, we will send them home with fabric if it needs to washed to prevent shrinkage!

The Middle of the week everyone works on their own chosen project, adding their own individual flair!

The Last Day we call our Hands On Designer Day! We have a number of set quick and simple but effective projects on offer, (which the children vote on earlier in the week). If they are there for the full day they choose 2 or 1 for half a day! A great and refreshing end to the week! (Not in weeks with Bank Holidays!)  Kids (and teachers!) are also asked to wear what they’ve made to celebrate the amazing achievements of the week!

Fashion: Vulgar, Empowering, and More

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From an early age, women of all backgrounds have heard the same word: no. Don’t say that, it’s crude. Don’t wear that, it’s too revealing. Don’t sit like that, it’s not ladylike. The list goes on. The cycle repeats. In the end, women are left with only one question: why?

The way women present themselves has been scrutinized throughout history. Those who dared to step outside the norm were called crude, raunchy, and vulgar. “The Vulgar: Fashion Redefined,” an art exhibition at the Barbican from October 2016 to last February, “is the first exhibition to consider this inherently challenging but utterly compelling territory of taste” according to the Barbican.

The definition of what’s vulgar is subjective: something that was vulgar 50 years ago is probably not considered vulgar today. Judith Clark and Adam Phillips, the creators of The Vulgar, question this complex phenomenon in their exhibition. The Barbican says “the exhibition exposes ‘the vulgar’, like its counterpoint ‘good taste’, to be ultimately all about perspective – something to fear and something to enjoy.” The Barbican also says the exhibit considers how “what was once associated with vulgarity is re-conjured by designers to become the height of fashion.” Perhaps vulgarity and fashion are more closely linked than people think.

Vulgarity may be fluid, but society is still rigid. Those who choose to step outside the norm are taking a fashion risk. Today’s fashion magazines are filled with articles that list fashion risks for women to test out, subtly telling women what they’re not “supposed” to do. An article from Bustle titled “11 Fashion Risks Every Woman & Feminine Person Should Take In Their Lifetime” tells its readers to “wear a crop top, no matter your body type,” “try an intense lip color,” and “go sans bra.” Who knows: in 50 years, these “risks” may seem as absurd as having to wear tight corsets and skirts that go past the knee.

Fashion is often full of restrictions and arbitrary expectations. NY Mag editorial director Stella Bugbee says “women are under so much more scrutiny and so much more self-imposed pressure to look their best and to translate that through clothing” than men are. Society’s fashion rules are constantly changing, so perfecting the supposedly ideal look can be exhausting. It’s time for society to give women a break.

Ironically, fashion can be used to defy its own limiting rules. In a 2014 Vogue article, Maya Singer quotes writer Lucy Grealy, who says “”having a sense of style is not selling out the sisterhood.” A sense of style can be empowering for women. In 1993, Senator Barbara Mikulski and Senator Nancy Kassebaum protested the fashion rule that prohibited female senators from wearing pants. According to The Washington Post, the two senators simply “wore pants and told female staffers to do the same,” but that’s all it took to create change.

Getting dressed in the morning is stressful for many women, but that’s not how things should be: the need to be cute and pretty is learned, not inherent. It’s time we stop teaching little girls to be self conscious about their bodies and start empowering them. At Little Hands Design, we teach our students to develop their personal sense of style and self confidence. We encourage our younger students to express themselves through fashion and leave negativity behind. Girls who come to class at Little Hands can make anything, whether it be a mermaid tail or a customized Judo outfit.

Slowly but surely, women are tired of hearing the word no. Women are taking advantage of fashion’s unpredictable nature to stand up for themselves. The once rock solid foundation of vulgarity is starting to crack. Hopefully, one day, the concept will completely fade away.

 

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This Student has been Sewing with us for 6 years and She’s Still Going Strong!

Some of our students start with us when they are teeny tiny and grow up with is into amazing sewers! Here’s a little diary from one of our loyal students!

I first went to Little Hands on a school trip when I was in Year 3. Now, nearly six years on, I go every week and continue to sew at home. Over the years, I’ve learnt a lot of helpful skills, and not just how to sew.

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You first learn basic machine skills, like learning how to thread and sew straight and curvy lines. There’s a free choice of what you want to make from the board, and you get support from the teachers when you struggle.

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Also, you develop the ability to think for your self, as the teachers help you to work out what the instructions mean, rather then telling you and not letting you learn. We learn lots of techniques on finishing projects, even a beginner can make their project look professional.

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There are a whole range of projects and techniques to do, so you not only don’t get board of doing one thing over and over again, you can make things that you wouldn’t normally make and enjoy it.eleanor-tues-2

Also Little Hands encourages creativity by introducing free design projects, where you can either start with a half made garment donated by Ted Baker or your own imagination and create something.

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It could be something to wear, or to use, or just for decoration. Also, the projects aren’t set, you can add extra finishes or decoration in any way you are able to.

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Another good thing at Little Hands is that you can work at your own pace. It doesn’t matter how slow or quick you are, you’ll get the support you need.

I’ve really enjoyed working at Little Hands and have created lots of great things.

If you’re a little hands student and you want to share your story get in touch and you can write you’re own diary blog!

Atheleisure Competition Winners!

Our sports and atheleisure competition has been a runaway success, quite literally! Our students are now out and about getting active in their very own custom made sportswear! From hoodies to gymnast suits, this term has really captured the imagination of our young and active sewers!

First of all we want to say a  huge thank you to fantastic UK based stretch fabric wholesaler  Freidmans who donated offcuts of their amazing brightly coloured and super shiny lycras! These really made the projects pop!!

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We are also excited to announce the judges this term from are from local Belsize Park branch of luxury sportswear brand Sweaty Betty! Sweaty Betty with their unique and fun take on sportswear making it fashionable in day to day life as well as at the gym, have been a huge inspiration this term.

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Our competitions are never based on natural ability or ‘prettiness’ It’s a competition against yourself not the others around you.  We put people on the shortlist who have really challenged themselves or we’ve seen amazing improvements in design or making skills! We had some amazing entries, it was tough for the Little Hands Teachers to narrow down the short list. 

 Here it is, are you on it??

Shortlist 

A – Custom designed leggings and running top – Age 14

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T – Hooded Poncho, Leggings and Outfit!- Age 9

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R – Customised Poncho – Age 10

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Own design 2 layer top – Age 11

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K + O + R Group gymnastics suit – ages 9 & 10

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C – Customised poncho – Age 12

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G -Poncho with lining – Age 11

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D + I Base Ball Caps Team work – Age 10

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E- Tennis skirt with free machine embroidered decoration – Age 13

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Teamwork comercial pattern hoodie – Age 9 – 10

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E- Commercial Pattern Top – Age 12

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L – Running Outfit – Age 9

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Here’s what the judges have to say: 

We loved all of the entries so much and we are so impressed by what has been achieved by a group of such young girls! The variety and creativity is amazing to see and we are so glad Sweaty Betty as a brand has inspired your sewers/designers to push themselves, try something new and create beautiful pieces from it. All the outfits that have been created are totally fit for purpose and some have really shown great commercial awareness in terms of colour pallet, design and practicality.

The Winners

First Prize!

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What we had to say:

A used our patterns as base for leggings and running top and adapted adding different sections and different colours. Made herself a new pattern. Top is reversible!! Worked out how to change pattern with very minimal help from teachers. Well sewn and fitted to body. Has been a student for about 4 years. Advanced sewing skills, design are beginning to matching up, has been a little shy in the past to stray away from patterns and instructions, so we are very impressed she is letting her imagination run!!

What the judges had to say:

We chose this outfit firstly because of the design – they have clearly taken a pattern as a base and adapted it to work for them. Good commercial colour palette that would sell. Also highly practical – here at Sweaty Betty we love a reversible garment. 


Second Prize!

E!

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What we said:  E Used her own commercial pattern from home. It has interesting details and a bit of a tricky pattern She showed great accuracy with this project! Sometimes gets over excited to finish but worked hard to make this perfect using decorative stitches. has been sewing for about 6 years. 

What the judges said: Using her own commercial pattern from home is very creative and we like the idea of choosing a style that is slightly different. It has been effective in this case. The colour way is complimentary and the shape works well too.

 

Third 

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We said: Used our pattern for both but worked very accurately and carefully something she has struggled with in the past, rushing to finish or getting bored half way through. Worked hard to make it neat and perfect!

The judges said: We love the bold matching outfit as a combination! It is very Sweaty Betty and it is very practical in terms of use for a runner.

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Runner Up

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K and O and R – Group gymnastics suit – age 9 and 10

We say: Used our pattern, chose fabrics well. O has sewn before but first time at little hands, K and R have been coming during hols for about a year! Warned it would be quite a challenge but were very keen and tackled it like pros! used a range of techniques between them. Putting in normal and invisible zips, sleeves, k made matching shorts. They worked really well together helping each other when they got stuck and the results are amazing and they all fit perfectly.

The judges say: We are impressed with how well they worked as a team to make a variety of outfits (matching shorts as well as leotards). They have shown good use of product knowledge, using the right fabrics that look professional. 

 

Runner Up

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We say: Used our pattern and adapted making sleeves longer, good choice of fabric. is really developing good design skills and personal style! Student for about 2/3 years.

The judges say: We love the shape and design on the poncho, the colour way works well and we think it would sell. They have also understood the right fabric that is needed for this kind of garment.

Runner Up

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We say: For hoody used our pattern but patched the fabric together to make them fit, great choice of fabrics and sewn quite well. Also made her own superhero leggings with elastic at the waist and made a running top and shorts – very accurate sewing and skills really improving. Student for 4 years. Worked really hard this term! We were very impressed!

 

Lotus Bag

Sew along with one of our 11 year old students and make this handy lotus bag. It is perfect for keeping trinkets or small items safe, it’s versatile and can be made in any thin fabrics, we’ve recycled some jersey offcuts!

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You will need:

  • 2 squares of fabric (Ours were 50cm x 50cm but you can do any size!)
  • Drawstring or ribbon
  • Thread
  • Sewing machine
  • Safety pin
  • Iron

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With right sides of the fabric together pin all the way around your squares. Leave a small gap in the middle of one side.

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Sew around the outside with a 1.5cm seam allowance.

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Cut off the corners, be careful not to cut the stitching.

Pull the fabric through the gap to turn the square the right way around, make sure you poke out the corners and iron flat.
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Turn your square at an angle so that it looks like a diamond. Fold each corner inwards until they are touching the centre.

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Pin each of the 4 seams together and sew about halfway up the line.

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Take the unsewn flap ends and fold back this creates the petals of the flower. Iron.

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Pin the flaps in place along the top edge and sew along 2-3cm from the edge to make tunnels.

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Take your cord or jersey drawstring and thread through the tunnels using a safety pin. Go around tunnels twice then knot ends together.

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Pull your bag and it will look like a lotus flower!

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It’s Fashion Revolution Week!

It’s Fashion Revolution Week! “Fashion Revolution is a global movement calling for greater transparency, sustainability and ethics in the fashion industry.”

It began in commemoration of the devastating Rana Plaza factory collapse that happened on 24th April 2013, where where 1,138 garment factory workers were killed and many more injured.

The idea is to ask brands ‘Who made my clothes? and demand greater transparency in the fashion supply chain. #whomademyclothes

“It’s all about uniting the fashion industry and igniting a revolution to radically change the way our clothes are sourced, produced and purchased, so that what the world wears has been made in a safe, clean and fair way!!”

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Sounds good to us! We’re super excited here at Little Hands! As we are firm believers that teaching people clothes making skills is a huge step along the path to a fashion revolution!

Firstly it gives people the power to make what they want and not be a slave to the high street, secondly you can update and remake items and keep them for longer, and thirdly it gives people an inherent understanding of the effort that goes into making clothes. Our students know that the people who make them should be treated with kindness and respect and a fair wage!

We talk to all of our students about these issues, making the young people we teach aware that they can have the power in fashion the choices they make. They will be the revolution!!

Reduce and Reuse

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Most of the fabrics and materials we use here come from industry waste! A great thing for big companies to donate, meaning less materials go to landfill.  We are very lucky to have donations from Ted Baker as well as many other generous which is great as we are a non profit making community interest company.

Get Involved!

There are loads of ways to get involved with events happening all over the world. Just take a look at the Fashion Revolution Website.

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The simplest way is to take a photo of yourself wearing an item of clothing inside out and tweet or instagram the brand that made it and ask them “Who Made My Clothes?” remember to tag @fash_rev and #whomademyclothes?

Or you can make a Haulternative like we did below!

 

 

Haul videos are big ‘thing’ on Youtube with people showing off their ‘hauls’ from high street shops, the epitome of fast, disposal fashion! So Fashion Revolution are asking people who make Haulternatives, showing ways you can update your wardrobe with out buying new! Whether that’s thrifting or DIY.

Our videos feature some of our lovely students their homemade outfits and talking about why they love making their own clothes!

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Get inspired and creative and get involved in the Fashion Revolution!

Parenting Trends: How They Shape Our Children and Their Futures

Modern parenting trends have changed the relationship between parents and children. To foster positive child development development, parents should focus on spending quality time with their children.

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Father and son having some creative fun

Parenting styles include several different types of relationships between parents and children. For example, parents often see their children as extensions of themselves, their friend, or a reflection of their own success. However, because none of these parenting styles involve treating children as children, “young children’s natural developmental processes and learning dispositions are being compromised” (savechildhood.net).

The more that parents see their child as part of themselves, the greater the likelihood of them wanting their offspring to fulfil their own failed dreams” (Collins). Children with this type of parents struggle to develop individuality and independence because their parents are “”living vicariously through their children” (Collins).

Thousands of parents are having a ‘negative influence’ on their children by attempting to treat them as friends” (Paton). “Parents’ desire to react quickly in a crisis or to make their children feel better…often manifests itself as an expression of solidarity,” which teaches children “it’s okay not to bother” when encountering challenges. This causes children to be less likely to work to overcome difficulties in the future.

Parents who view their children as a reflection of their own success push their “trophy children” to achieve “to enhance [their] esteem and inflate their social standing” (Castelloe). Trophy children are taught to “[rely] on [their parents] to make their decisions,” so they often lack independence and problem solving skills (Elmaleh).

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Mum and daughter bonding over a mutual hobby in class at Little Hands

Because “the relationship between adults and children has changed dramatically…children have less and less opportunities to develop” (Zips). German child psychiatrist Michael Winterhoff warns that “children…are increasingly becoming tyrants – because parents have no limits” (Zip). As a result, children whose parents immediately fulfill their wishes “become very addicted to other things” later in life (Zip).

The Save Childhood Movement considers the “growing concerns over the state of modern childhood,” including “profoundly compromised child well-being” caused by different parenting trends (Steiner Waldorf). The movement “promotes the concept of the child as a citizen with unique developmental rights that need to be protected,” which helps parents understand how their parenting style affects children’s “sustainable wellbeing” (savechildhood.net).

“The way we raise our children…has been changing and developing for a considerable time” (Edwards). For example, discipline “has seen a massive change”over time (Edwards). More specifically, parents are more likely to “explain to children why they are being told off rather than just shouting at them and sending them to their room” (Edwards).

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Mother of LHD student wearing the skirt and scarf her daughter made for her in class at Little Hands

Parents should spend more quality time with children” to develop their relationship with them (Akkoc). Quality time includes a wide range of things, such as reading, sports, or creative activities. The most important thing is to “enhance parent/child interaction” through quality time (Akkoc).

Different relationships between parents and children can have many consequences for child development. Regardless of the relationship between parents and children, it’s essential for parents to spend quality time with their children to develop their relationship.

 

 

Festival & Beach Wear Summer Term Theme!!

We LOVE LOVE LOVE the summer! Such a great time to show off your sewing skills with light and airy fabrics, bright colours and patterns, our imaginations run wide! We’ve come up with the summeriest theme at Little Hands yet.

It’s Festival and Beachwear!

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Come up with your own design or have a personal take on one of our patterns and be in with a chance to win our termly Design Competition. Check out last terms winners here!

Our competitions are never based on natural ability or ‘prettiness’ It’s a competition against yourself not the others around you.  The Little Hands teaching team will then pick the shortlist of people who really challenge themselves or we’ve seen amazing improvements in design or making skills.

Then we always have an industry judge to cast impartial eye and pick the overall winners.

Anyone from 6 year old beginners to our experienced adult students can give it a go!

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We’ve got gorgeous lycra fabrics you can have a go at making your own swimwear!

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Chanel your inner hippy with harem pants in crazy fabrics and colours!

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Add tassels to everything and anything! Who can come up with the craziest tassel idea?

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What about an accessory? Could you make your own fabric flower headband?!

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Go crazy and sparkly for that festival look!

We can’t wait to see what the creative minds come up with, the competition lasts all term with winners chosen at the end. There will also be a chance to enter over our summer holiday and may half term course!

 

 

Join Our Eggsellent Easter Half Term!

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Easter Holiday Dates:

Mini Holiday 1: 27th – 31st March 1 group of 10 students (5-day week)

Half-Term Week 1: 3rd – 7th of April (5-day week)

Half-Term Week 2: 10th – 13th April (4-day week)

Mini Holiday 2: 18th – 21st April – 1 group of 10 students (4-day week)

Class Times & Fees:

9am-4pm / 9am-12pm / PM 1-4pm

£225 Mo-Fri 9-4pm (full week)

or £120 Mo-Fri 9-12 noon or 1-4pm (half week)

or £180 for 4-full days / £96 for 4-half days

(materials included)

Ages: 6-8 years and 8-18 years

Call 02074310573  or email to book!

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Spaces are going fast for our Easter half term holiday course, book your child on now to avoid disappointment!

Doesn’t time fly? Nearly half way through the school year. Get a creative fix this Easter half term holiday at our eggsellent Easter Half term sewing course! 

Your child can make new key pieces for their summer wardrobe, or how about some gorgeous easter gifts for all their friends and family, like these lovely easter baskets.

The LHD team of fashion and textile industry experts – from men’s tailoring, womenswear, fashion and textile design, cover all the bases!

Get involved with this term’s design competition, we are focusing on sportswear, come up with a design and we’ll help you put it into practice! This is an entry from our February half term course. 

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We are looking forward to a holiday course of buzzing creativity, busy hands, loads of giggles and new friends – join the Little Hands Community.

 

Don’t just take our word for it here’s what other parents have to say:

“My daughter was so happy of the experience that she’ll certainly come back for more sessions. You’ve turned up a passion! That’s impressive. The Teen camp with freedom @ lunchtime is perfectly suited also for older girls. Overall a very good experience!”
(Parent of 14 year old.)

“Astrid and her team have created an exhilarating, enjoyable, and edifying little world, where my daughter aged 8 has been inspired and illuminated with every visit. Currently enjoying a week-long course during the school holidays, she skips home in new clothes and accessories that she has both designed and made. I would totally recommend this amazing microcosm, located in Belsize Park NW3 to anyone looking for activities for their kids during the school holidays.”
(Parent of 8 year old.)

“My daughter has just completed a half term workshop at Little Hands. She was so inspired and excited to get up and go every morning. They really let the child lead on their own creative projects and the results all round were fab. We will be back. Thanks!
(Parent of  8 year old)

Frequently Asked Questions

What will my child learn?

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We teach everyone how to thread and use a sewing machine, as well as cutting. pinning and ironing skills and a whole host of sewing and design tips and tricks!  These will vary in complexity depending on the age and ability of the individual child. We have projects and exercises to suit 6 to 18 year olds! We prepare a different ‘Collection’ every term so there is always a new and exciting wide range of projects to choose from!

Projects might also include, printing, embroidery, hardware, computer aided design. Our fashion fun holiday camps are a great place to get immersed in the art of fashion and clothes making.

Why choose a whole week?

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Getting immersed in our world of sewing for a whole week has great benefits, we see a great sense of achievement in those who have the time to work on longer projects and improve their skills from Monday to Friday. Having a full week with us will open your eyes to all the amazing creations that are possible within our ‘set programme’ and you will have the choice of simple or advanced projects dependent on your level!!

 For students that can only attend odd days, we will have a list of ‘LHD Specials’- these are projects that we feel are achievable in the shorter amount of time, that will provide satisfaction, fun and learning. Unfortunately we cannot offer as wide a range as the full week, as our main aim is that all are left with products that are complete whilst having fun and not rushing leading to a ‘fast fashion’ atmosphere.

Can they bring in their own designs?

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We love to see young minds being creative and coming up with their own designs!  The best thing to do is pop us an email with details before the course to give us a little time to prepare ourselves for how we can help!

We do need to manage expectations that if it’s someone’s first time sewing they won’t be able to make a ball gown! As they say, you need to walk before you can run. If we think something is too tricky we will of course explain our reasoning. Sometimes it’s best to practise basic skills with easier projects and build up to that dream item!

 

How is the week Structured?

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Day One is all about getting to grips with the machine and health and safety in the room! We provide a small selection of simple introductory projects that take half or a  full day to complete. (Depending on ability) This means we can get something fun and quick done and the teachers can assess the level of each child. They will also take this day to choose what they want to make for the rest of the week, we will send them home with fabric if it needs to washed to prevent shrinkage!

The Middle of the week everyone works on their own chosen project, adding their own individual flair!

The Last Day we call our Hands On Designer Day! We have a number of set quick and simple but effective projects on offer, (which the children vote on earlier in the week). If they are there for the full day they choose 2 or 1 for half a day! A great and refreshing end to the week! (Not in weeks with Bank Holidays!)  Kids (and teachers!) are also asked to wear what they’ve made to celebrate the amazing achievements of the week!