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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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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.

Staten Island, NY 10309
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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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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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Laura December 14, 2016
· Embroidery · In studio
Rhiannon is super nice, knowledgeable, and patient. It's hard to say much from the first lesson but I look forward to more!
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Rhiannon P.

Brooklyn, NY 11221
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About Shauna T.

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Harrison, NJ
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About Shauna
Hi! My name is Shauna, I am a 27 years of age and I love to crochet. I taught myself how to crochet about five years ago. I love yarn, kitties, painting, and gardening. :)
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Shauna T.

Harrison, NJ 07029
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About Rosanne M.

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New York, NY
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I'm a dedicated and passionate teacher of beginners and a knitting evangelist. My students typically rate me a "10" or "excellent" in my evaluations due to my commitment and hand-on personal attention to each student's needs.
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Megan February 21, 2017
· Knitting · In home
Rosanne was so nice and patient and really explained everything well. She was so helpful with my beanie project.
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Karen November 11, 2016
· Knitting · In studio
Very patient!
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Rosanne M.

Rosanne M.

New York, NY 10002
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About Preeti N.

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Astoria, NY
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About Preeti
Hi! My name is Preeti and I have been knitting and teaching others to knit since I was a teenager. I love the creative outlet of knitting and the joy of sharing that skill whether as a teacher or as the organizer of my friends' craft circle. I am a transplant from Chicago now living in New York for the last 6 years, where I just completed graduate studies at NYU.

My teaching style is hands-on and detailed and I can't wait to help you learn this amazing skill! I am available for in-home or online lessons at the basic or intermediate level. You can select from pre-made lesson plans or work with me to build your own lesson or tackle a project you've been wanting to try. You can be a total beginner or looking to learn a new technique, I am here to work with you!

Check out some sample lesson plans in my photos section to give you an ide
a of what you can expect from taking lessons with me! I look forward to meeting you.

Please note for in-home lessons for minors a parent or other authorized guardian must be at home.
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Neha June 26, 2016
· Knitting · Online
Preeti is an excellent teacher.
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Suman June 14, 2016
· Knitting · Online
My 14 year old daughter enjoyed Preeti's class and wants to take more classes from her. She is very patient and friendly.
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Laura April 26, 2016
· Knitting · In studio
Preeti is sp patient! She has an upbeat, positive attitude and is a great teacher.
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Preeti N.

Astoria, NY 11103
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About Amelie H.

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New York, NY
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Hi my name is Amelie and I have been teaching children how to sew since November of 2015. At my job I've helped my students perfect their craft of sewing from square one as well as creating costumes for school plays. I am a designer in the making and am in the process of creating a business and would love to teach others the art of sewing. I am very patient, reliable, prompt and can work with all age groups. I have also had my fingerprints done by the DOE and DOH (if I were to take on child students).
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Karena R. March 17, 2017
· Sewing · In home
Very knowledgeable teacher. Lovely person.
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Madison S. December 7, 2016
· Sewing · In home
This was only the first lesson but I found Amelie to be friendly, patient and knowledgeable. As far as scheduling is concerned she was very flexible and accommodating. Looking forward to more lessons with Amelie.
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Elijah H. June 29, 2016
· Sewing · In home
She is a nice caring person. I would recommend her to everyone she is the best!!!!
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Amelie H.

Amelie H.

New York, NY 10011
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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.

New York, NY 10024
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About Vena H.

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New York, NY

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My name is Vena. I'm a fashion designer, tailor, sewer, enthusiastic craft lover. I had worked at major fashion brands in NYC for more than 7 years with a fashion design degree from Parsons. My specialty is in sewing, patternmaking, draping, tailoring and fitting. I have a great passion in teaching and extremely patient. I provide the best quality and hands on sewing skills that we use in the industry. If you would like to learn how to draft a pattern from scratch to make your own clothes or alter your clothes that fit you, I will show you how to achieve that. The courses will design and cater to your needs. I look forward to having a great sewing time with you.
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Urvi August 22, 2017
· Sewing · Online
Vena is a phenomenal teacher. She really ensures that you understand the concepts fully when teaching and doesn't rush through anything to fit it within a certain time frame. In our first day, she helped me learn the semantics of patternmaking and sewing and apply it visually to a dress form! For any beginner or someone who needs to solidify their foundation, Vena is a great instructor!
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Nina B. July 28, 2017
· Sewing · In home
Had my first lesson today and Vena showed me many tips on how to lay out the pattern properly on the fabric and reviewed what the pattern symbols mean. I learned things I never knew and, as we went along, she gave me the reasons why things are done a certain way which is good so it'll make sense and I won't be as likely to forget them. I'm very happy and can't wait for Lesson 2.
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Vena H.

New York, NY 10018
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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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Julie September 18, 2017
· Chess · In home
I started working with John almost a year ago. I was completely new to chess and was interested in learning to play. John has done a great job teaching me the basics (and now some more advanced material) and has also gotten me really excited about the game. Lessons are a nice mix of tactics, broader strategy, and some chess history. It has been really wonderful taking lessons with John. Beyond providing great lessons, he is a really fun and enthusiastic person. It's hard not to be excited about chess when working with him. He is also a dedicated teacher and regularly follows up by email in between lessons, sending homework and lots of resources for outside work.
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Jessica August 23, 2017
· Chess · In studio
I have had the pleasure of being one of John's chess students for almost a year and half now, and I can confidently say I have improved leaps and bounds from where I started. While John always has an interactive and challenging lesson planned, I appreciate that the lesson is fluid and adaptable to my particular needs/interests that week, whether it be because I have questions about a specific tactical exercise or master game we are reviewing, or because I have experienced a particularly memorable success or failure in my chess-play that I would like to review. The lessons logically and effectively build upon themselves so that your basic skills are solidified and bolster you as you move on to more complex theories and exercises. As an adult, with a hectic job, I am immensely appreciative of John's flexibility when it comes to arranging lessons and his ability keep me challenged and developing into a more formidable chess player.
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Owen August 17, 2017
· Chess · Online
I first met John at an unrelated event, but he really got me interested in Chess, and it has become an activity that I really love and enjoy due to his instruction. John's lessons are engaging, substantive, and honestly fun, and he's helped me improve my game dramatically. John is a great guy and an excellent instructor, and I would encourage anyone with even a passing interest in Chess (no matter the skill level) to give him a try.
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John H.

Long Island City, NY 11101
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About Maxim D.

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New York, NY
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As a real chess professional who has competed on World championship level and was the best chess player in the world aged 15-20, I have immense experience in bringing our talent in all students. With enough dedication any of my students can reach the master level in two to three years.
I have an engaging style with a good sense of humor so kids and adults find the time spent with me entertaining and productive.
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Maxim D.

Maxim D.

New York, NY 10028
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$150 / 30-min

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