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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 Karl K.

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New York, NY

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Professional internationally touring musician for 20+ years, Classical, Broadway, Experimental, Early music. Bachelor of Music; Norwegian State Academy, Master's of Music; Mannes College of Music, Doctor of Musical Arts; Stony Brook University (expected completion Spring 2015). Faculty positions held at Rowan University, NJ, University of Tennessee, TN, University of Akron, OH, International Festival Institute, TX, Siena Summer Music, Siena, Italy
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Liz Sanders February 16, 2018
· Norwegian · In home
Awesome lesson! Really helpful intro to Norwegian in preparation for my trip.
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Denise November 3, 2017
· Bridge · Online
Karl was explained things in a way I completely understood. He patiently and thoroughly addressed all my questions; and, didn't mind my interruptions or requests to repeat himself.
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Ed October 6, 2017
· Bridge · In studio
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Karl K.

Karl K.

New York, NY 10034
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$40 / 30-min

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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Katy November 6, 2017
· Embroidery · In home
So much fun! I'm excited for my next lesson. Rhiannon is a great teacher.
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Rachel September 13, 2017
· Knitting · In home
My knitting lesson was wonderful! Rhiannon is a great teacher -- and a very skilled knitter. I highly recommend her.
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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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Rhiannon P.

Rhiannon P.

Brooklyn, NY 11221
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$50 / 60-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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Sarah June 19, 2018
· Sewing · In home
Lily is amazing!
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Juice R. May 30, 2018
· Sewing · In home
An absolutely good teacher. She knows her stuff.
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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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LILY Q.

LILY Q.

New York, NY 10029
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$30 / 30-min
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About Aliya P.

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New York, NY

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Hi, My name is Aliya Monique ! I am a fashion designer whose is in the fashion industry. I have been in the industry for a couple of years with a fashion design degree from Moore College of art and design. I've worked for a few companies and designers. My specialty is draping, pattern making, sewing, fitting and tailoring. I have a huge passion for creating things as well as teaching people on how to create what they imagine. I am an extremely passionate person, and love working with kids as well as adults. My courses will provide the best quality of sewing skills as well as basic sewing and construction skills. I will be able to teach you anything from sewing clothes from scratch such as, jackets, denim, to making bags. I will provided step by step construction skills. I am looking forward to all my new students .
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Aliya P.

Aliya P.

New York, NY 10030
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$34 / 30-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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Christina July 22, 2018
· Chess · Online
This is an update to my prior review. My reviews remain excellent! There was an error in posting and my prior review showed only one star which was a huge mistake! I meant to give 5 and if I could give him 10, I would. John is a terrific teacher!
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Felix H. June 18, 2018
· Chess · Online
John was great! My 10 year old son learned a lot and really enjoyed it.
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Nick June 13, 2018
· Chess · Online
John was terrific! He has a very nice way about him and the delivery of the information is understandable and fun. My son can’t wait for his next lesson. Thank you!
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John H.

John H.

Long Island City, NY 11101
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$50 / 45-min

About Angela V.

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Brooklyn, NY

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I taught Art to Middle School students for over 11 years before deciding to venture in other art centered careers. Since teaching art full time, I have been Project Manager for professional artists Steven & William Ladd, where I managed a large-scale collaborative permanent installation you can now see in Downtown Brooklyn as well as collaborating with over 4000 people of diverse ages and cultures in 4 different cities. I currently help teach Design elements at The Consortium for Research and Robotics to middle school students in the STEM program for Pratt Institute and am a Designer for a florist. Art is my life & I love sharing my passion with others!
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Angela V.

Angela V.

Brooklyn, NY 11207
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About Claudette B.

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Brooklyn, NY

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About Claudette
I have been crocheting, knitting and sewing since I was 8 years old. I studied fashion design at the Fashion Institute of Technology and design knitted, crochet and sewing garment.

Over the years I have taught adults and children and currently teach at an after-school program. Previously, I taught both group and private lessons at my yarn Slip Stitch Needlecraft. My years of teaching has give me insight on different learning styles, and adapt my lesson to each student so that they can learn in and enjoyable, stress-free manner.
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Michelle August 6, 2018
· Crocheting · In studio
Great crochet lesson from Claudette. I wanted more info on design and the lesson was tailored around specifics that I needed to help me design new garments and also improve my existing designs. Claudette is very friend and personable and hugely knowledgeable on crochet!
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Yvonne April 23, 2018
· Crocheting · In studio
Claudette has a vast wealth of knowledge in crochet, knitting. and garment design and is able to teach at all skill levels, from beginners to advanced. As a fellow teacher, I've learned from her as well.
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Cassandra April 23, 2018
· Crocheting · In studio
So patient and very nice. Hands on. And the i aslo learned about the history of yarn and the varous kinds. I would highly recommend.
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Claudette B.

Claudette B.

Brooklyn, NY 11238
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$25 / 30-min

About Barbara T.

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Yonkers, NY

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About Barbara
Hello! I'm Barbara.

I am an entrepreneur, business owner, and designer. As a naturally gifted seamstress with some high school and college experience, I've been sewing for 15+ years now and I love it!

My mother first noticed my interest as a child when she saw me making my Barbie dolls clothing out of my old t-shirts. She purchased me my first sewing machine that I still own and use to this day. I've been sewing ever since!

Sewing is fun and easy when you have a great instructor. With me, you will have fun expressing your creativity while learning basic sewing skills at the same time.
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Barbara T.

Barbara T.

Yonkers, NY 10701
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$67 / 60-min

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