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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.

*** Specialties ***
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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Karen January 15, 2018
· Sewing · Online
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Victoria January 14, 2018
· Crocheting · Online
Kim went out of her way to help me get started crocheting and with the computer!
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Claire January 11, 2018
· Crocheting · Online
Kim is amazing! Thorough, generous with her time, fun to work and chat with, and extremely clear and easy to follow. She is also fast at replying emails and providing additional information and advice outside the class time. I feel I'm getting great lessons and also making a friend in NYC over the internet!
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Kim K.

Kim K.

Ridgewood, NY 11385
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About Hasaan R.

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New York, NY
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About Hasaan
I have obtained a degree in Menswear Design and Marketing from Fashion Institute of Technology and a degree in Applied Science Visual Communications from Katharine Gibbs School. I’ve taught garment construction, sketching and CAD design classes (Adobe Suite) for five years and have over 17 years of experience in the fashion industry. I have taught these skills to adolescents and adults in various programs including: Day and evening classes in afterschool s, summer programs
As a teacher, my main goal is to motivate students to do their best and extend their own personal limits. I devise programs, according to syllabus requirements, that expand on previous knowledge and encourage students to explore new and interesting possibilities. I encourage students to construct their own learning in an environment that stimulates and helps student
s to realize their full potential. I have had some excellent results with students who have a history of poor performance.
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Lauren Stein August 26, 2016
· Fashion Design · In home
I had a tight time schedule to finish a summer project before I went in for surgery and Hasaan was very sensitive to that. He was able to teach me new skills in pattern making and cutting that made the process easier/ more accurate as well as sewing techniques. I would say my experience with him was very positive and he was always cheerful and and in a great mood and helped me out a lot with my project. I would definitely recommend using him for lessons.
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Betty L. September 23, 2015
· Sewing · In home
Hassan was a pleasure, he was patient and was able to teach my daughter was she wanted to learn. I would highly recommend him to anyone looking for a teacher in this field.
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Heather September 2, 2015
· Fashion Design · In studio
Hasaan Roselle has taught and directed our summer camp program, Camp Fashion Design for four years now. His passion for fashion is clearly evident as he steps our campers through the basics of sketching and fashion construction. Girls are intrigued and motivated as he shares with them his knowledge of fashion and his many years of experience in the industry. Moreover, his easy going personality and his attention to every detail make him a wonderful choice for a fashion design instructor. We have found him to be patient, caring and considerate with our students as they learn the intricate ins and outs of this sometimes overwhelming industry. Not only is he encouraging, he also allows students to step 'outside of the box' and to explore new ideas instead of always following the conventional path. We like that a lot. This is how the next generation of new, young designers is created! We highly recommend his services and we look forward to him joining us once again next summer at Camp Fashion Design!
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Hasaan R.

Hasaan R.

New York, NY 10009
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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. 😊😍😊
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Cathy G.

Cathy G.

Astoria, NY 11106
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$24 / 30-min

About Michael G.

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Oakland Gardens, NY

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I am passionate about teaching. I am well-informed in my areas of expertise, and truly enjoy imparting knowledge to my students. I have a variety of interests and areas of study and have had a lot of life experience. When dealing with my students I am kind, compassionate, and sensitive and I strive to make each lesson meaningful and fun. I am comfortable working with children, teens, and adults of all ages and backgrounds.
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Dan Underwood March 20, 2016
· Poker · Online
Great first class, left it at four stars to give him something to shoot for on next classes. :)
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Eric Kumasaka January 4, 2016
· Poker · Online
Michael is patient with my "noob" questions and he seems genuinely happy to teach others. Glad to have him as a teacher!
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Andy Gershenzon November 13, 2015
· Poker · Online
Michael is a great teacher!
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Michael G.

Michael G.

Oakland Gardens, NY 11364
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$30 / 30-min

About Rebecca S.

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New York, NY

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Hello! Thank you for coming to view my profile! I am a junior at the Mannes School of Music studying Flute Performance with Judith Mendenhall. I graduated from Great Neck South High School and Manhattan School of Music Precollege. I have had a wide age range of flute students whom I taught how to read music as well as the flute itself. These students then went on to participate in NYSSMA. I have always had a passion for learning and teaching and hope to instill my passion upon you! Don't hesitate to send me any questions you may have!

**The availability drop down is a bit confusing. During the winter and summer, I will be able to teach in/around Great Neck AND in NYC, whereas during the Fall and the Spring I will be living in NYC and ONLY able to teach there. If you have any questions, please send me a message and we can work out our a
vailability through the message system. In the photos section of the profile, I have posted my free hours from August 28th - December 20th. Hopefully this also helps!

Thank you again for taking interest in my profile!
Rebecca
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Micah F. January 6, 2018
· Flute · In home
Our son really enjoyed his lesson and we saw immediate improvement. We are looking forward to having Rebecca back! She is an excellent teacher and really understood how to engage our son.
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ameet December 4, 2017
· Flute · Online
i love her
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ameet December 3, 2017
· Flute · Online
i like her
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Rebecca S.

Rebecca S.

New York, NY 10011
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$35 / 30-min
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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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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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Shantell August 24, 2017
· Sewing · In home
Ms. Lily came to my house to give me my lesson and she came right on time. During my first lesson, I just learned the basics of threading the bobbin and the machine and I practiced how to do different stitches. She was very patient and helpful and is VERY knowledgeable of the sewing machine! I look forward to more lessons with her!
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LILY Q.

LILY Q.

Irvington, NJ 07111
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$50 / 45-min

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 10024
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$15 / 15-min

About Rachael W.

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Brooklyn, NY

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I am a knitwear designer living in working in Brooklyn, NY. I run my own sustainable knitwear and homegoods brand right here in Brooklyn! I graduated from Vassar College and went on to receive my MA both the Glasgow School of Art and The University for the Arts in London, UK in 2005.

I studied fine art and photography during college, but incorporated my love of fiber arts into my work since I was a very young child. I first learned to crochet when I was 10 years old! I was a practicing photographer in the world of music and conceptual portraiture for years before switching over to starting my knitwear brand in 2009. My company are venture fellows at the Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator, a hub for sustainable fashion, and is a proud member of the Ethical Fashion Forum's Fellowship 500 as a leader in a diverse group of brands
and manufacturers committed to sustainable production. We work with local hand-knitters here in Brooklyn, as well as artisans and artisan-owned workshops in Peru, Bolivia and Uruguay specializing in alpaca and merino knitting, as well as with local yarn spinners and weavers.

My company has been featured in Elle, Teen Vogue, Marie Claire, Real Simple, Women’s Health, Seventeen, Self Magazine, Lou Lou, & Time Out print publications and online at Chictopia, Ok Magazine, Refinery 29, Runway Hippie & Daily Candy to name a few. Our collections have been sold everywhere from Barney's Tokyo, American Rag CIE, ASOS and Henri Bendel in NYC.

My personal passion is knitwear and crocheting, but I firmly believe I firmly believe that great technique is essential to any fiber art. I'm very personable and excited to teach people of all ages this functional, creative skill in a fun, laid back environment! I look forward to meeting you and helping you to become a better crocheter and designer!
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Rachael W.

Rachael W.

Brooklyn, NY 11221
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$30 / 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
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$50 / 60-min

About Mark P.

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Elmhurst, NY
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Hi I am Grandmaster Mark Paragua currently living at New York City, I teach chess at any level, been produced many talent and aspiring players.

teaching chess to everyone who wants to improve level of understanding of the chess and in general to develop intellection.
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Mark P.

Mark P.

Elmhurst, NY 11373
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$50 / 30-min

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