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About Melissa Q.

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Staten Island, NY

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About Melissa
Hi there! I'm Melissa, and I am a fashion design and sewing teacher on Staten Island. I have been teaching children and adults how to sew since 2014. I've been sewing since I was a child, and I've been teaching since 2007.

I am mostly self-taught, and that, coupled with my youth, gives me a unique perspective when teaching. My first goal is to give my students all of the tools they need to feel confident from the very first lesson- almost all of my students finish the first hour with a handy drawstring bag to keep their new sewing supplies in. I have a specific sewing curriculum for the first 3-5 lessons that helps lay a groundwork for making more exciting things.

After we finish those steps, I work individually with students to make whatever they would like, from Halloween costumes to memory pillows to peplum tops. The choice is
yours. I'm not the kind of teacher that is going to make you spend hours mastering a straight hem because frankly, that's really boring. I want you to learn while working on projects you care about

My experience includes;

-I worked in a tutoring school teaching kids from ages 5-17 in all subjects.
-I designed a program called Creative Studios for creative writing, fashion design and fine art. I taught these subjects to students aged 8-12.
-I teach sewing and fashion design (including fashion drawing) to various students in a one on one format.
-I teach fashion design and sewing to tweens, teens, and adults at SI Dance and Arts Center
-I am a resident costumer for Sundog Theatre.
-I taught at the Harlem Educational Activities Fund Saturday Academy
-I am pursuing a Masters in Adolescent Education in Social Studies

Please note that I am located in Staten Island, NY. I may be able to accommodate some Brooklyn students, but please inquire before booking. I have locations in 10306 and 10309 that can accommodate students if you don't wish to learn in home.

My studio space is located at Staten Island Dance and Art Center. It's a lovely, artsy space with bright yellow walls, four sewing machines, 2 professional mannequins, and a closet full of fabric and notions!
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Laura July 19, 2017
· Sewing · In studio
My daughter loves the classes and is crazy about Melissa.
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Janelle I. September 23, 2016
· Sewing · In home
Melissa was a fantastic teacher. So pleasant to work with and very knowledgeable. I would highly recommend her.
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Joanie Galestro May 3, 2016
· Sewing · In home
Melissa was great! Patient, informative and I love my first project!
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Melissa Q.

Melissa Q.

Staten Island, NY 10309
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About Rhiannon P.

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Brooklyn, NY
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About Rhiannon
My name is Rhiannon and I am a third generation crafter. Originally I went to school for art history, all the while crafting. Eventually I had enough of studying other people's work and instead wanted to make my own and empower others to do the same.

I consider myself to be the "Swiss Army Knife" of crafters. I have delved into nearly every craft and love passing this knowledge onto my students. For these reasons I have a diverse range of crafts I can teach, including: knitting, crochet, embroidery, hairpin lace, needle felting, and shuttle tatting. In addition to my passion for a variety of crafts, I also love teaching a variety of skill levels, from students beginning their first stitch to someone who wants to redesign a pattern.

With a positive attitude and a willingness to learn I can teach you any of a variety of crafts.
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Janet February 8, 2017
· Crocheting · Online
Myself and a co-worker spent 3 lunch hours with Rhiannon learning the basics of crochet. Rhiannon taught us the various stitches and patiently worked with us until we were comfortable with each one. She also directed us to an online resource to support her instruction that we could refer to as needed. This was our first online lesson of any kind and we were extremely happy with what we learned and the convenience of learning it online. Thank you Rhiannon. :)
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Laura December 14, 2016
· Embroidery · In studio
Rhiannon is super nice, knowledgeable, and patient. It's hard to say much from the first lesson but I look forward to more!
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Yvonne R. June 17, 2016
· Embroidery · Online
I loved my class with Rhiannon. I was a little unsure about how an embroidery class would truly work online. However, my class was clear, enjoyable and I particularly liked how Rhiannon showed me how each stitch I learned today, can be used to create specific effects. She used her own embroidery projects to illustrate this for me.
I can't wait for my next class!
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Rhiannon P.

Brooklyn, NY 11221
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About Cathy G.

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Astoria, NY
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About Cathy
I teach sewing, mostly, but also design clothing and knitwear. I can drape and draft patterns, hand spin and weave, embroider, make lace, style wigs, and am an all-around crafty gal. I graduated with a degree in American Studies from Mount Holyoke College. My background includes over 20 years of building theatrical costumes, wardrobing Broadway shows and regional productions, restoring and reproducing museum textiles and costumes, and dressing the runway shows of NY Fashion Week. I believe we are what we make and glitter is evil. I live in New York City with her husband and their very spoiled Tibetan Spaniel mix Ollie.

I am currently working toward the completion of a Certificate in the Appraisal of Fine and Decorative Arts from NYU.

I am highly conscientious, focused, and competent, and well as thoroughly charming.
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Tim July 5, 2017
· Sewing · In home
Cathy arrived ahead of time, well prepared, friendly and motivated. Looking forward to the balance of lessons and expect to get a lot out of it.
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Lessie N. June 26, 2017
· Sewing · In home
Cathy was very pleasant, respectful, courteous and very proficient. She is very patient and very thorough which helped because I am a beginner. I would highly recommend this instructor. I am looking forward to more lessons! I am very please with my choice. Choose this instructor with confidence! A+++++++Teacher.
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Madison C. May 20, 2017
· Knitting · In home
My daughter loved her first lesson & she's looking forward to her second lesson already.
We will be booking a lot more till lil Madi become a pro just like Cathy. ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜Š
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Cathy G.

Astoria, NY 11106
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About Rosanne V.

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Armonk, NY
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About Rosanne
I am a life-long crocheter, having learned from my grandmother and the Girl Scouts as a child. I am beginning my coursework for certification as a Crochet Master by the Crochet Guild of America this fall. I can work from written instructions as well as charts and often create my own patterns. I have used all types of yarn from the bulkiest roving wool to the finest thread. Currently my focus is on baby clothes, toys and blankets - new generation coming in to my family! One of my primary life pleasures is gifting my creations.
I have enjoyed teaching crochet informally throughout my life to friends and friends of friends and am always thrilled when the skill takes root in another. I currently belong to a few local crochet / knit circles and attend CGOA conferences as regularly as possible.
If you're up for learning or honing your cro
chet while sharing knowledge, laughs and a yummy snack, I'm your gal.

NOTE: I am right-handed. It is sometimes difficult for a left-handed person to learn from a right-handed crocheter.
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Jeanne July 11, 2016
· Crocheting · In home
Roseanne is an excellent teacher with many years of experience. She is very patient
and kind with a great personality.
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Rosanne V.

Armonk, NY 10504
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About Tenneh W.

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Jersey City, NJ
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About Tenneh
After obtaining a bachelors in Fashion Design from the University of Rhode Island and Masters of Fine Arts in Fashion Design from the Academy of Arts University, I have worked for over 10 years as a design/sewing instructor, fashion designer, fashion illustrator, garment pattern maker, and technical designer.
I've taught children, teenagers and adults how to create garments from conception to a three dimensional product. My tutoring strategy is to encourage students to embrace their creativity and confidently express themselves through design. Creativity development may include pulling inspiration from nature, pop culture, society, world culture and inner self. Lessons plans are modified according to each student wants and needs. The lessons are designed to create an interactive and fun learning platform in which students can successfull
y achieve their goals. I look forward to helping you learn and accomplish your creative goals!
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Kormasa January 10, 2017
· Sewing · In studio
I love TJ teaching style. She is vety hands on and brings an energy into learning that I love. She quelled my fears about my the domestic side and now I can sew a button, hem pants and even repair a rip. I look forward to learning more through her courses. Now that I have gotten the basics I trust TJ will take me to the next level with ease.
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Ant K. January 9, 2017
· Fashion Design · In home
Feeling like I could take on the world of fashion!!!! Wanted to learn how to sew just so I could put together my own ensembles and save a couple of bucks but am now interested in furthering my education with TJ ( the sewin DJ ) to share the art. She had helped me work on the skill but more importantly has shot my confidence threw the roooooffff!!!!
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Franklin Kurtz January 9, 2017
· Sewing · In home
She's sooooooo amazing!!!!!! Encouraging, patient, and tactical in teaching sense.
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Tenneh W.

Jersey City, NJ 07305
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About LILY Q.

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New York, NY
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I am a fashion designer/instructor and former social worker. I am very patient with students and passionate about sewing. I get excited watching students build skills gradually from basic through advanced level techniques.
Also, I am one of the few teachers in the country who teaches the exclusive "Freehand" sewing, which is sewing without ready-made (commercial) pattern, like our grandparents did.
As a social worker, I taught participants in a homeless shelter, how to make various items geared towards independent living. For six years now, I've been teaching at a fabric store in East Harlem where patrons sign up for group sewing lessons as well as private lessons. I teach garment construction, alterations, home decor, and various sewing projects.
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Nikita April 4, 2017
· Sewing · In studio
Lily is an exceptional teacher. She is very passionate detailed, organized, and caring. I am a person that needs a lot of detail and ask a lot of questions and Lily was so paitent with me. Before meeting Lily I felt unsure of my abilities to sew, but with Lily's guidance on how she structures her lesson I was able to grasp what I was learning. I definitely will be registering with Lily for more courses she's Awesome!
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Nyima W. April 1, 2017
· Sewing · In studio
It was a wonderful experience and I was able to learn so fast. She is a good coach. Will definitely take more classes with her
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Theresa January 27, 2017
· Sewing · In studio
Whether you are a beginner or not.Lily is the best teacher. Patient and knowledgeable. I sew and I'm still learning๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜
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LILY Q.

LILY Q.

Irvington, NJ 07111
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About Vena H.

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New York, NY

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My name is Vena. I'm a fashion designer, tailor, sewer, enthusiastic craft lover. I had worked at major fashion brands in NYC for more than 7 years with a fashion design degree from Parsons. My specialty is in sewing, patternmaking, draping, tailoring and fitting. I have a great passion in teaching and extremely patient. I provide the best quality and hands on sewing skills that we use in the industry. If you would like to learn how to draft a pattern from scratch to make your own clothes or alter your clothes that fit you, I will show you how to achieve that. The courses will design and cater to your needs. I look forward to having a great sewing time with you.
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Nina B. July 28, 2017
· Sewing · In home
Had my first lesson today and Vena showed me many tips on how to lay out the pattern properly on the fabric and reviewed what the pattern symbols mean. I learned things I never knew and, as we went along, she gave me the reasons why things are done a certain way which is good so it'll make sense and I won't be as likely to forget them. I'm very happy and can't wait for Lesson 2.
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Vena H.

New York, NY 10018
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About Imani W.

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New York, NY

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I am a professional clothing and footwear designer who has worked for major brands sold in your local Macy's, Dillard's, Khol's and more. I have also been the head of my own clothing line for over 10 years. I have been sewing since the age of 10 years old and studied at Fashion Industries High School & Savannah College of Art & Design.

I have been a designer participant in NY Fashion Week, Louisiana Fashion Week, and more. I have worked with local designers to help develop their collections and continue to be a design consultant. I run a concierge tailoring business while continuing to work with private clients and teach sewing.

I can't wait to help your sewing dreams come true!

-Imani
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Imani W.

New York, NY 10027
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$34 / 30-min

About Jessica M.

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Staten Island, NY
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I am a yoga teacher, reiki healer and jewelry designer who loves connecting and helping people. I graduated from Laughing Lotus NYC in 2014 with a 200hr certification. I soon went on to explore inversions and recieved my 50hr FLY certificate. I am a Level 1 reiki healer.
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Chris Cordaro August 3, 2017
· Yoga · In studio
Incredible first lesson. Thank you so much.
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Jessica M.

Jessica M.

Staten Island, NY 10309
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$25 / 60-min

About John H.

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Long Island City, NY

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I am a chess teacher, tutor, singer, and Shakespearean actor in NYC! I guess you could say I wear a lot of hats.

I graduated with honors in 2009 from New York University with a BFA in Drama. I've been professionally teaching since 2012, but I have always loved sharing the game of chess with anyone who wants to learn (just ask my friends).

Students can expect to face new challenges and to improve each and every week. I am happy to work with students of all different ages and experience levels. As a teacher in the New York Public School system, I know how to make chess simple and friendly enough for Kindergartners, Senior Citizens, and everyone in between! And as an active tournament player (current rating 2000), I can offer great insight into the needs of any skill level. I am thrilled to work with ambitious tournament playe
rs and those who just want to learn how to beat their friends :).

Chess is a wonderful, challenging game, but I truly believe that anyone can learn to play if they are motivated. Come work with me and discover your new obsession!
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Owen August 17, 2017
· Chess · Online
I first met John at an unrelated event, but he really got me interested in Chess, and it has become an activity that I really love and enjoy due to his instruction. John's lessons are engaging, substantive, and honestly fun, and he's helped me improve my game dramatically. John is a great guy and an excellent instructor, and I would encourage anyone with even a passing interest in Chess (no matter the skill level) to give him a try.
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John H.

Long Island City, NY 11101
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