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These Crafts & Hobbies teachers are highly rated by students in the Hillside area, including Dobbs Ferry, White Plains, Whitestone, Ridgewood and Princeton Junction.

Melissa Q.

Staten Island, NY 10305

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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 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 or Woodbridge students, but please inquire before booking.

My studio space is located at Staten Island Dance and Art Center. It's a lovely, artsy space with bright yellow walls, six sewing machines, and 2 professional mannequins.
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August 13, 2019
Mike
Very professional, great teaching on machine , learned the basics to go on my own . Highly recommended.
April 17, 2018
Rose C.
It was good I feel so happy I know now how to use my machine and looking forward. To my next class .
March 26, 2018
Madison
My daughter had her first lesson and is off to a great start with Melissa

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Melissa Q.

Staten Island, NY

(12)

Howard B.

Howard Beach, NY 11414


About Howard

Have 40 years of chess playing with tournament and blitz activity. Average rating 1700--1800 and able to provide fundamental theory and tactics for beginners and intermediate players. Great fun and work with video, print and graphics to assist in teaching.

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Howard B.

Howard Beach, NY

Lily Q.

New York, NY 10036

(19)

About Lily

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 9years 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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September 12, 2019
Perlita
I enjoyed the session very much. The teacher was thorough and organize. The lesson was presented clearly and was easy to understand. I learned a lot in just 2 hours; looking forward to the next class
July 30, 2019
Isabel
We couldn't have imagined a more excellent instructor for our daughter. Lily has such a kind and pleasant demeanor. She is intelligent, patient, and is literally the best teacher that I have seen work with my daughter.

I give Lily my highest recommendation and always look forward to her coming and teaching my daughter. The relationship that they have formed is invaluable, beyond sewing. We are so appreciative and grateful to her.
May 24, 2019
Ann G.
Lily is very kind and knowledgeable. She was able to give constructive advice on projects I was having trouble with. Going to continue with her.

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Lily Q.

New York, NY

(19)

Vena H.

New York, NY 10018

(22)

About Vena

I'm a fashion designer and have been working in the fashion industry in NYC for more than 10 years with a fashion design degree from Parsons. I worked at companies such as DKNY, Elie Tahari, BLK DNM, Victoria's Secret. My specialty is patternmaking, draping, tailoring, sewing, and fitting. I have a great passion for 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 clothes that would fit you, I will show you how to achieve that step by step.

Classes Provide:
- In-depth knowledge of fitting, garment construction, sewing, and patternmaking
- Flat sketching
- Tech pack making
- Design portfolio building
- Garment production know-how

*** For the students who want to have in-home class,

please note I only travel to the students who live within Manhattan and Brooklyn along R train. I do not travel to Queens and NJ***

*** Due to recent increase inquires about embroidery machine, please kindly note that I do not teach embroidery machine***
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October 9, 2019
Maggie M.
Vena is a consummate professional. My son wanted to learn some basic sewing skills, as well as learn how to make clothes and accessories. In the first 1.5 hour lesson at our home, he completed a simple zipper bag. Over the course of six lessons he made a messenger bag, dress shirt and started on pants - which he finished while we were on vacation. Vena is an expert and also knows how to tailor her lessons to her individual students work style, needs and goals. I give her my highest recommendation. My son will be working with her again to learn how to design his own creations. Five stars all the way.
October 9, 2019
Marc
I think Vena is wonderful. She is patient, warm, supportive and knowledgeable. She can help you complete specific projects (make a dress or a stuffed animal), help you become a better sewer or teach you the art of pattern making. Also, I should mention, she work professionally in the fashion industry and give lots of great insight into how garments are designed. Love Her!
October 7, 2019
Shahida
I really enjoyed very helpful and knowledgeable!

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Vena H.

Brooklyn, NY

(22)

Erin R.

Jersey City, NJ 07306

(11)

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About Erin

I have been working with knitting and crochet since 2004. I am a craft yarn certified knitting and crochet instructor and have been teaching professionally since 2010. This includes locations such as Michaels Arts and Crafts as well as Bedford Stuyvesant Collegiate Charter School.

As my student, you can expect to learn basic through advanced skills crochet skills, including making a slip knot, single crochet, double crochet, triple crochet, how to make a granny square, crocheting in the round, and how to read patterns. In knitting, you will learn the skills of casting on stitches onto the needle, the garter and stockinette stitch, how to knit in the round using circular or double pointed needles, and how to read patterns.

No matter what your level, my goal is to make you feel confident and experienced enough for you to complete and cre

ate your own projects. Knitting and crochet are my passions and I am excited to help you reach your crafting goals. I look forward to working with you!
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October 18, 2019
Shari Binkney
Knowledgeable, easy to follow, and nice.
October 14, 2019
Natalie L.
Erin is an outstanding instructor. She is very, very knowledgeable. I have a pattern and it was poorly written. She was able to untangle it and explain it to me so that I can work on it independently. She is very patient. I would highly recommend her to anyone learning knitting, stuck on a pattern, or want to expand on their knitting skills. She has a lot of knowledge and can explain and impart this knowledge very well. She is a truly great instructor.
October 4, 2019
Shari Binkney
Erin is a great explainer and helps any way she can!

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Erin R.

Jersey City, NJ

(11)

Kathy S.

Brooklyn, NY 11215

(10)

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About Kathy

I’m Kathy and I am a professional artist in New York! I received my Masters of Fine Arts and the San Francisco Art Institute and my Bachelors degree at Skidmore College. I make painting and textile-based 3D installations and have shown widely in the Bay Area, New York, and Chicago. I was a past artist in residence at the Vermont Studio Center, Recology, and the Lucid Art Foundation. I’m passionate about arts education, interdisciplinary thinking, art history, ecological stewardship, and color theory. I love teaching art!

I’ve taught a variety of ages and skill levels and care about each student as an individual artist and human being. I design individualized lesson plans for each student with creative, engaging assignments that focus on both technical skill and personal expression. I love helping my students learn and grow as artists.

And I love little kids, so if you're a parent or guardian who just wants your child to have fun with art, I'm the teacher for you!

I’m passionate about art history and color theory. In our lessons, not only will you learn how to draw and paint, you will also learn the cultural history around the subject. I will show you historical and contemporary examples of artwork that fit thematically with our lessons. We will have engaging conversations about art while we draw and paint. I can also point you towards art openings happening around New York.

My personal teaching style is patient, constructive, and encouraging. With practice and hard work, I can help you achieve your goals.

Other things I love include: Spending time in the Great Outdoors, listening to Billie Holiday, and cooking elaborate meals!

Have a question? Don't be shy, send me a message and let's get started! I can't wait to meet you.
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June 18, 2019
Constance D.
My mother took her first art lesson with Kathy today! She was timely, attentive, thorough, and very encouraging. We're very glad to have found her!
March 2, 2019
Nolan & Nora S.
Kids loved the story based drawing fun!
February 19, 2019
Jan
Kathy has been a wonderful teacher and inspiration for our 10-year old daughter. Cora has learned so much and enjoyed every lesson with Kathy, who has been an affirming and talented teacher.

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Kathy S.

Brooklyn, NY

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Omer S.

New York, NY 10025

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About Omer

Been an artist for 30 years.

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August 16, 2018
Denise
Omer is a great origami teacher. His instructions and teaching techniques are excellent. he is very clear in his instruction. Not only does he teaches well but he also make sure he is understood. i feel i have made a lot of progress by learning from hi,

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Omer S.

New York, NY

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Ariann L.

Sunnyside, NY 11104

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About Ariann

Hello! My name is Ariann and I have 14 years of sewing experience. I began taking sewing lessons at 10 years old, which is what inspired me to teach others. I've made almost every type of garment you can imagine over the years and I went on to receive a degree in Fashion Design from the Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC. During my time in the program, I learned how to sketch, flat pattern and drape, and sew many different types of garment.

I really enjoy constructing a garment from start to finish and like to make my own patterns or customize store bought patterns. I would like to be able to teach this to my students and help them express their own style in clothes that they can wear proudly.

I am comfortable teaching all levels, so even if you've never touched a sewing machine before, please feel free to reach out!

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Karen
"Sabrina was the most incredibly knowledgeable, patient and helpful teacher. I had just a rudimentary understanding of sewing but with a few short lessons
she helped me so much to do so many things. Her knowledge of everything to do with sewing and fashion is just astonishing and her work is impeccable. I would highly recommend her to anyone who wants to learn more about sewing or construction."
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Wynndi
"Anne-Louise has a very intuitive approach to teaching which matched my kinesthetic learning style. She helped me learn how to use my machine and I will wo
rk on a project so she can help answer any questions at the next lesson. We were definitely a fit. Thanks."
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Laurie McGuire
"Eric has been super with my nephew Enzo. He is very knowledgeable, and is really good to work with younger learners. He is also willing to sit with the
rest of the family during the lesson so they can benefit from his knowledge as well!!"
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Susan
"Excellent teacher! Karl broke down elements of the game into digestible parts, explained logic and tactics very clearly. Very helpful doing simulation to
gether, so not talking at me as I think some instructors do. Engaging and patient...definitely recommend!"
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Ashlyn
"My daughter had her first session with Tuwanda yesterday and had an awesome session! Tuwanda is very personable and they clicked very quickly. After the
y reviewed what my daughter had done in the past they began a new project. My daughter is very excited for her future sessions! Tuwanda was great!"
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Chetana
"She had lot of techniques and ideas on how to accomplish various sewing objectives. She also was able to help me navigate the pattern to my coat which was
extremely helpful. Together we made very good progress. I am very happy."
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Amy
"Kaneshia is an awesome instructor! She had a great beginner lesson, making it easy to follow along! I’m super excited for the next lesson and more after!
She is a people person and very patient! I highly recommend!"
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Gina
"My first lesson with Josh was great. He is an amazing player and was very patient with me as I have not been playing chess for that long. He is very good
teacher! I look forward to my next lesson!"
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Ketan Ganatra
"Sid is an excellent chess coach. My two daughters benefitted from his style and experience in chess. Verrrry gentle with kids and that helps create an env
ironment where kids develop a love for the game. Sid is also easy to work with for parents."
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