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About Melissa Q.

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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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Kathy September 6, 2017
· Sewing · In home
very patient with me!
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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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Melissa Q.

Melissa Q.

Staten Island, NY 10305
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About Cathy G.

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Astoria, NY
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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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susan January 18, 2018
· Sewing · In studio
Cathy was great. I had a project that I was working on and she was very willing to work with me on it vs. a fixed curriculum. She taught be botton hole making as well as how to use different aspects of my machine. I was really happy with the lesson and look forward to the next one. Thanks so much Cathy.
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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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Cathy G.

Astoria, NY 11106
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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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About Mark P.

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New York, NY
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Hi, I am Grandmaster Mark P., I am teaching chess for almost 10 years, I can also help you in every aspect in the game of chess.
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Mark P.

New York, NY 10011
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$50 / 30-min

About Rebecca S.

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New York, NY

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About Rebecca
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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About Gil M.

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Eatontown, NJ

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I am a Professional Billiards Instructors Association (PBIA) certified instructor. I have been playing pool seriously since 2009. To ensure I am qualified to be a billiards instructor I have taken instruction from a PBIA master instructor to learn the science of billiards.

NOTE: Students are responsible for billiards table rental time when lessons are at billiards hall/cafe.
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Gil M.

Gil M.

Middletown, NJ 07748
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About Vena H.

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New York, NY

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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.
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Annalise L. January 4, 2018
· Sewing · Online
Great lesson. Vena was very patient and instructive. She answered all my questions and made it easy for me to remember.
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Nicollette December 3, 2017
· Sewing · Online
She is awesome!
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naomi November 12, 2017
· Sewing · In home
very good teacher! thanks
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Vena H.

Vena H.

Brooklyn, NY 11209
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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 Erin R.

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Jersey City, NJ

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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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Annette November 3, 2017
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Erin was one of my trainers for an Online ESL company. She is vivacious and committed to her students. She takes time to thoroughly explain all new material. Student comments were always positive. I highly recommend Erin for anything that she teaches.
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Erin R.

Jersey City, NJ 07307
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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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