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About Kim K.

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Ridgewood, NY

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About Kim
For creative people and makers, crafting is like going to the gym. You will find great fulfillment and a sense of accomplishment if you set aside time on a regular basis to nurture this very important part of what makes you who you are. Think of me like a personal trainer. I will encourage and inspire you while you develop your skills and express yourself through a variety of textile based media.

Private and group lessons or classes are provided in locations around the NYC area, in my space or via webcam. My focus is on providing an entertaining, relaxing and enjoyable experience as you learn a leisure time activity. I am extremely patient and detail oriented. When you let me know what you would like to learn or make, I will guide you through everything from selecting materials to fine tuning your technique. Take a lesson with me to fi
nd out why my students love me.

Teaching is a wonderful extension of my work as a professional crochet and knit designer and technical editor. A web search will reveal some of my published work over the last decade. As a craft teacher in the NYC area for over 8 years, I have worked with individuals, groups and classes of all ages and skill levels. Most of my experience focuses on working with older adults and people with special needs. Minors must have a supervising adult present. I do not work with groups of young children.

I have studied the history and mastered the skills to make and teach a vast variety of textile techniques. Please see my experience.

If you are using this site without the assistance of a TL Rep, I recommend the schedule as you go option. I often have openings in my calendar sooner than the site allows. After we make contact, we can choose the best date and time.

*** Lesson Details ***
Please let me know what you would like to learn or make before your lesson so that we may be fully prepared with any materials, tools, equipment, books or handouts. Students are expected to provide all their own tools and materials unless other arrangements are made.

Recommended duration for in-person lessons is 90 minutes. A surcharge may be added for travel outside of areas accessible by one MTA fare or expected travel time exceeding 90 minutes.

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Textile based crafts including crochet, knitting, embroidery, sewing, patchwork, plastic canvas, needlepoint, counted cross stitch, bobbin lace, historic textile and costume conservation and storage, and more.

I also love to research and develop craft projects for classes or master techniques students would like to learn.
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Eunita May 5, 2018
· Knitting · Online
I am a beginner knitter with an ambitious goal of learning how to knit wool socks. Kim was very patient, positive, and helpful.
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Dana April 28, 2018
· Knitting · Online
Absolutely wonderful! in 60 minutes I learned what I've been struggling with for six months! Thank you so much Kim!
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Carrie April 22, 2018
· Knitting · In home
Great!
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Kim K.

Kim K.

Ridgewood, NY 11385
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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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Rose C. April 17, 2018
· Sewing · In home
It was good I feel so happy I know now how to use my machine and looking forward. To my next class .
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Madison March 26, 2018
· Sewing · In home
My daughter had her first lesson and is off to a great start with Melissa
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Kathy September 6, 2017
· Sewing · In home
very patient with me!
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Melissa Q.

Melissa Q.

Staten Island, NY 10305
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About Patty L.

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Brooklyn, NY
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About Patty
PATTY L. is a nationally recognized knitting teacher and technique expert who has taught thousands on Craftsy, Interweave, Annie's and at knitting shows around the country
such as Vogue Knitting LIVE, Knit and Crochet Show (the official show of TKGA and CGOA), and STITCHES., Patty’s Craftsy class “Improve Your Knitting” was named Craftsy’s most popular class of 2013!

Patty's designs and knitting skill articles have been published in Vogue Knitting, Interweave Knits, Knit Purl, Knitter’s Magazine, Cast On, Knit Style, and Creative Knitting, magazines, where she also writes a knitter’s advice column called “Patty’s Purls of Wisdom”. Patty’s designs have also been included in pattern collections from Classic Elite, Noro, Cascade, Tahki Stacy Charles and Kollage Yarns.
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Ryan January 17, 2018
· Knitting · Online
She is awesome and explains wile asking each step of the way making sure I understood. She was open to answering all my questions and was very encouraging to continue in my knitting adventures down the road.
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Lisa March 27, 2016
· Knitting · Online
My session with Patty was extremely helpful. I really liked the online video format. I was able to correct some tension issues which I now need to practice. I'm looking forward to our next session!
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Andrea Miller March 16, 2016
· Knitting · Online
If you want to learn HOW to knit the best you can, and WHY the best way gives you the best result, it is Patty you want to learn from. She is able to scale her teaching to simplify and clarify, from first steps in yarn and needles to complex maneuvers, with excellent instinct for where the student's abilities currently lie, and to enhance the student's skill with immediately applicable takeaways. She teaches your knitting to soar. I am pumped and cannot wait for my next class!
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Patty L.

Patty L.

Brooklyn, NY 11215
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$45 / 30-min

About Emily P.

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Brooklyn, NY

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Woodwind instrumentalist Emily performs regularly in a range of styles including classical, jazz, rock, funk, Afrobeat, Third Stream, and musical theater. Emily holds her M.M. in Multiple Woodwind Performance from The Boston Conservatory with concentrations in saxophone, clarinet, and flute performance. She also holds a B.M. in Music Education from Ithaca College with an emphasis on jazz performance and pedagogy in addition to traditional studies in music education.

Emily has performed on tenor saxophone, alto saxophone, clarinet, bass, clarinet, and flute in Big League Productions' Broadway National Tour of the Frank Loesser classic "Guys and Dolls." Emily has also performed on alto saxophone, soprano saxophone, clarinet, flute, and piccolo in the Broadway National Tour of "How the Grinch Stole Christmas...the Musical!" She just retur
ned from the Broadway National Tour of "42nd Street," where she performed on tenor saxophone, alto saxophone, clarinet, flute, and piccolo.
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Peter F. February 28, 2018
· Clarinet · In home
A great first lesson. Hoping it continues.
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Lucia F. December 11, 2017
· Saxophone · In home
Emily is warm, energetic, very professional and talented.
We love her!!
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Cassel September 17, 2017
· Saxophone · In studio
My daughter had the most wonderful first lesson I could have hoped for! Thank you for making her education enjoyable.. it already left her wanting to come back !
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Emily P.

Emily P.

Brooklyn, NY 11207
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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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Melissa January 17, 2018
· Sewing · In home
SHe was absolutely the best! Kind and patient and definitely went above an beyond the call of duty!
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juice November 30, 2017
· Sewing · In home
Love having Ms. Lily give me lessons in my own home. My understanding of the lessons taught is very valuable.
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Shirley S. September 20, 2017
· Embroidery · In home
Omg such a pleasure to work with. Great personality and very patient. Love her teaching. Will def. Request her again.
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LILY Q.

LILY Q.

New York, NY 10029
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About Ellen D.

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New York, NY
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Whether you want to begin knitting or crocheting, or already love to, there’s always something new to learn. I love all aspects of knitting and crochet - color, texture, and creation. And I love sharing all this with my students. I personally enjoy the math of it, and can help make it easy if math is not your “thing”.

Would you like to learn basic skills, hone current ones , or enhance your experience with new techniques? If you're in the middle of a project and need help, or have specifice technique(s) you'd like to work on, consider booking a 15 minute class, or a series of them.

Choose from these subjects, or tell me what you’d like to work on:

• Reading the Yarn Ball Band - Why the information on it is helpful and important
• How to use Ravelry - A knitting community full of useful information
• Fiber Math…Yes you can
- How to understand gauge and yarn weights/quantities.
• How to Read and Translate Charts
• Help with a Current Project – Understanding a pattern, technique, or correcting a mistake
• Knitting Lace and Openwork Basics – How to do increases and decreases
• Bead Crochet – Crochet necklaces and bracelets, or embellish knitting or crochet projects with beads.
• Hyperbolic Crochet – For those that love math or want to learn how to crochet curves from a flat surface (think of coral, or the edge of a curly lettuce leaf like kale)
• Your wish list of knitting or crochet skills…

I have been teaching since 2012 and am available to teach lessons online and in NYC. I learned teaching skills from some of the most loved and respected teachers in well-known stores, teaching venues, and events. I look forward to working with you to achieve your goals, and have fun while we work together. As an added bonus, I teach both right and left handed as needed. Do you need a time, place, or topic not listed here? Just ask. We can probably work something out.

Enrich your fiber crafting experience. What would you like to learn? Contact me and let’s get started.
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Danielle June 2, 2017
· Knitting · In studio
Ellen is the best knitter/crocheter I've ever met. She's saved several of my projects. She's very patient, doesn't make me feel stupid and she's very helpful. I'd recommend her without reservation.
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Carol March 16, 2017
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Ellen is a great knitter and a great teacher. She has a lot of expertise and patience. She has been knitting for years and knows how to convey it to he students. I definitely recommend her!
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Ellen D.

Ellen D.

New York, NY 10023
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$15 / 15-min

About Vena H.

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New York, NY
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About Vena
I'm a fashion designer and have been working in fashion industry in NYC for more than 8 years with a fashion design degree from Parsons. I worked at companies such as DKNY, ELIE TAHARI, BLK DNM, VISTORIA’S SECRET. My specialty is sewing, patternmaking, draping, tailoring and fitting. I have a great passion in teaching and extremely patient. The courses provide the best quality and hands on sewing skills used in the industry. If you would like to learn how to draft a pattern from scratch or alter your own clothes that would fit you, I will show you how to achieve that step by step. I look forward to having a great sewing time with you.

*** Due to recent increase inquires about embroidery machine, please kindly note that I do not teach embroidery machine***
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Stephanie March 30, 2018
· Sewing · Online
Vena is very patient and knowledgeable and answers all the questions I have for her. We have very varied lessons and they are all very informative. I'm excited to continue my classes with her.
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James February 20, 2018
· Sewing · In studio
I have never sewn before and after two hours with Vena, I felt very confident in altering my pants. She has a great teaching style and an even better personalty. I am excited for my next lesson!
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Tammy February 17, 2018
· Sewing · Online
Very knowledgeable and patient...looking forward to the next class.
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Vena H.

Vena H.

Brooklyn, NY 11209
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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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Matt March 7, 2018
· Chess · Online
Well prepared, interesting, and highly qualified. Excellent for a player like me.
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Joey February 7, 2018
· Chess · Online
My son loves taking lessons from John
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George January 31, 2018
· Chess · Online
it was awesome.
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John H.

John H.

Long Island City, NY 11101
(10)
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$40 / 30-min

About Melissa C.

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Astoria, NY

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In addition to being a crafting junkie, I am an actor/writer living their second dream! Before moving to New York I served for six years in the Air Force and now I’m indulging my artistic soul. I was taught knitting by my grandmother when I was seven years old and haven’t stopped since! I have 25 years of knitting experience. My passion for the craft only grows with each project! I am also a seasoned teacher of all ages as a substitute teacher with Manhattan private schools and also a Musical Theatre and Acting Teaching Artist with The Secret Theatre in Queens. I have taught knitting independently for five years. I hold a Bachelors of English and a Conservatory Certification in Musical Theatre. I am currently pursuing my Knitting Instructor Certification with the Craft Yarn Council.

Hope to meet you and share our passion of knitt
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Heather January 15, 2018
· Knitting · In home
I can't say enough great things about Melissa. I had done some very basic knitting previously, and she taught me so many new tips and tricks in a very short amount of time. She's friendly, patient, and has a true passion for the art of knitting! It's inspiring to hear about the fun projects she's working on (usually as sweet gifts for other people). If you take a class from this super smart gal, you won't regret it!
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John January 6, 2018
· Knitting · In home
As a clueless knitter, she taught me how to start stitching and helped me make an awesome hat I still wear today!
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Sarah January 4, 2018
· Knitting · In home
Melissa was a great instructor for knitting. She walks you through each step and makes sure you completely understand the process. She walks you through casting a stitch, different stitches needed for each project, and how to go back and correct a dropped stitch. Her lessons are thorough and great for building the foundation needed for knitting well. She makes it simple enough for a beginner to understand and does so with humor and charm. I highly recommend Melissa!
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Melissa C.

Melissa C.

Astoria, NY 11106
(5)
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$50 / 60-min

About Adenike O.

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South Orange, NJ
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About Adenike
Hello,

My name is Adenike, you can call me Adé. I'm a trained fashion stylist and designer with a degree in Fashion Merchandising and Design from the University of Rhode Island.

I have taught sewing and design, to people of all ages, genders, and abilities throughout my professional career. It began in 2002 when I decided to work with the Americorps, Teach America program. There I created and executed a lesson plan that taught students how to sketch, render, sew, read patterns and adjusts garments for personal to suit their personal needs. The program incorporated science, math, and history so that they had a practical and anthropological approach to fashion design. It was great, and I discovered that one of my other joys in life is teaching.

Most recently, I've worked with Hobby Quest, where I teach children in an after schoo
l setting. Hobby Quest requires an extensive background check because of that fact that work is done with students on school grounds. I can supply references that will attest to my professionalism and easy going nature.

It's recommended that you schedule for a minimum of 60 minutes to get the most out of your lesson.

*IMPORTANT* Potential students interested in working on projects will be asked for project details and current sewing ability.
If a student is a beginner sewer, then he or she will be required to have a complete command of fundamental sewing as well as basic machine knowledge before introduction of project. There will be no exception to that rule.
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Melissa March 18, 2018
· Sewing · In studio
Adenike was well-prepared and very flexible to the situation and all my questions. She adopted my goal as her own and did everything possible to get us there--which she did! I look forward to our next lesson.
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Adenike O.

South Orange, NJ 07079
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