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These Crafts & Hobbies teachers are highly rated by students in the Shandaken area, including Shokan, Elka Park, Glenford, East Jewett and Olivebridge.

About Jovan

I am FIDE and national chess master with FIDE rating 2310.
I have been teaching chess in New York City schools and individually for past 20 years .
Chess game should be fun for kids if is presented the right way.
I will bring to students my expertise and understanding for the game;
Many of my students continued to play chess trough their college years.
Learning chess is long process of playing practicing and correcting own mistakes.
Chess will help to improve concentration, learn sportsmanship, competition and improve memory.

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Jovan M.

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I've been sewing since I was 13. I've sewn things over the years such as dresses, pajamas. I do a lot of tailoring things too. I just love to sew, and I love teaching people to sew too!

The way that I teach is to help the student develop their own style. I have students work on their own individual projects that they pick out while asking me questions that they might have while they are doing their project.

However, if they would like there is an option for me to develop lessons for the student on certain sewing techniques that the student could learn. Although, be aware that learning how to sew takes time and that all the techniques of sewing cannot be done all at once.

Then, there is the third option that the lesson could be a mix of the student doing what they want (choosing their own project) and learning some pre-designed

techniques.

My first goal is to give my students all of the tools they need to feel confident from the very first lesson. I would like for all of my students within the first lesson to finish either of two basic projects (pajama pants or a draw string bag).

My lessons are not like videos you may find online. Meaning projects will take longer than you think they will. I will work with you to properly construct a quality finished project without too many frustrations and in a timely manner. I recommend buying lessons in 90 minute packages, since sewing always takes longer than expected.

THE BEGINNER SEWER

In these lessons we will go over the following, which can be adapted to how you want:

- Sewing safety and how to use a machine
- Learn about the sewing tools you'll be using
- How to read, cut out, layout, and follow a basic pattern instructions
- How to pin and sew a seam, finish seams and sew hems
- Learn to sew on an elastic band (to pajamas or for a tote).
- Learn how to unpick your projects when a mistake is made.
- Learn how to do a basic stitch and the gather stitch.
- TAKE AWAY PROJECTS:
- Pajamas
- Sewing Tote
- Basic Dress
- Pillow case

THE INTERMEDIATE SEWER
- Cement what you learned in the while a beginner.
- Learn to hand sew hems etc.
- Learn about different fabrics and when to use them.
- Sew a basic zipper onto clothes or bags.
- Learn about the different foots.
- Learn to do other stitches
-TAKE AWAY PROJECTS
- Intermediate Dresses/ Clothes
- Bags

Whether it is for a hobby, to decorate your house, to prepare for design school, or to make your own clothes, I can teach you from the very basic sewing skills, to more advance topics such as modifying your patterns to make clothes that fit.
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October 15, 2019
Travis H.
りりさん Is a great teacher I'm very excited for my second lesson! She's very focused on what you want to learn specifically and also helps you understand the basics. Sends you what you've learned so you can review it whenever!
October 6, 2019
Tori B.
She had a PowerPoint ready on the technique I wanted to learn.
September 6, 2019
Jerad

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About Lorena

I encourage adults, youth and kids to create fashion, learn to design, create their ideas and develop them from creative training.
Generations inherited, since I was a little girl, more than 20 years as a job, long experience doing what I love most... Creating fashion but the best and important it is to teach what I learned in my life.

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May 14, 2019
Hawa B.
I loved how she was soo detailed with it. And it wasn’t rushed she took her time to explain everything. If I was ever lost she would guide and I appreciate it.
March 22, 2019
Albertina
I really enjoy taking lessons with Lorena , she is a good teacher very professional and knows a lot about sewing. I made a skit from scratch and I enjoy every step, I will recommend her as a teacher for anyone how is serious about sewing.
March 20, 2019
Elona J.
Beautiful

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About Ryan

I've been playing and teaching the game of bridge for the past 26 years. I love this game, and I love introducing it to others so they can share in the joy of bridge. I've taught people from age 8 to age 88 and everywhere in between. My goal is to make the lessons fun because this is a game, and the only reason to play a game is to have fun.

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September 30, 2019
Judy
Ryan explains things well.
May 13, 2019
Cristina T.
Excellent, Ryan is very patient and has a lot of intuition.
April 29, 2019
Sallie K.
Ryan’s very patient and gives clear explanations.

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About Omar

As with anything else I teach It is important to understand the fundamentals and then gain knowledge from those experiences onward.

Learning and enjoying anything depends on practice experience as well as separate tactics that cause you to be unique and create an advantage only you have.

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February 13, 2019
Sairam M.
Omar is an awesome instructor to teach on Method Acting.He understands the student aspiration and train accordingly.he motivates the actor with his excellent advises and provide inspirational thoughts to the actor.I am sure he can make best actors/actresses/artists through his own specific ways of method acting skills.thank you Director:).
February 6, 2019
Craig
When I first began my search for an acting coach I was stressed out because I knew I needed help but I didn't know how to start. Luckily I found the Director, Omar. The Director began by interviewing me to see what my goals and potential were. He then developed a specific lesson plan designed around what he called "The Fundamentals" and I progressed since then. Now after a few months of the Directors support, I know confidently that I am an Actor. I learned things about human behavior and method acting that I couldn't find in any video or online source. The Director somehow made things simple to understand and I'm glad for it. I am not done with the lessons, but since he has supported me and shared his knowledge, the least I can do is share my experience. Thank you Director!

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About Tuwanda

Welcome future students! My name is Tuwanda and I want to help you learn how to recreate fabric based costumes of your favorite movie, video game or comic book character. I have 28 years of sewing experience and 11 of those years have been recreating cosplay costumes for clients.

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July 21, 2019
Brenda
Tuwanda is the best. She is very patient and pleasant to work with. She's also well informed and very skilled, which makes her highly instructive. I definitely recommend her.
April 27, 2019
Ayesha
She is very knowledgeable and goes step by step.
September 30, 2018
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 they 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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About Sonya

I have been sewing for over 30 years. I absolutely love sewing and want to share sewing with all who are interested. I have taught quilting, sewing clothing, sewing home decorating goods, and more.
I am interested in sharing this art with beginners as well as experienced sewers who want to learn a new skill.
Come join the sewing community! Let your inner creativity come out with fabric!

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September 10, 2019
Latonya
She is down to earth, knowledgeable, and tackled concerns I had with sewing a particular project. Will be paying for her services again very soon.
September 7, 2019
Avery W.
Sonya is wonderful! My daughter came hime after her first sewing lesson so excited about what she will learn. It took her 30 minutes, talking a mile a minute, to share every detail. Sonya made her feel comfortable and eager to learn more.
August 7, 2019
Emma
What an amazing job Sonya did teaching my daughter to sew. Sonya made each session exciting and motivated my daughter to want to learn more. My daughter is eager to take on bigger projects due to Sonya’s encouragement. Sonya is an excellent teacher!

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Sonya M.

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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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Debra Kimble
"My daughter Courtney is enjoying her sewing lessons with Ms Mya each week. I appreciate Ms. Mya"s patience with her students."
Ali
"The best"
Enrique
"Randy is a first rate coach. He is knowledgeable, experienced, and with an easy going natural style. Was very adaptable to my level of experience and was
patient - no question was too dumb. I highly recommend him without any reservation. I have already booked my next session."
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Angela R Joned
"The Instructor was excellent, knowledgeable, professional, friendly & acccomodating. Felicia went so far as to provide s crucial piece of equipment I was
missing."
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Hannah
"Cheryl is a great instructor! She is patient and moves at a speed you feel comfortable with. I would recommend her to any beginner who wants to take up cr
ocheting!"
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Rita
"Excellent teacher very patient, I felt really comfortable. Made me just want to get started on the next project."
Ann
"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."
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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Tracy
"I loved my first lesson with Mya. I feel confident to use my machine now as I was a total beginner. I feel like I accomplished so much in our first lesson
, and we are going to make a copy of my favorite pair of lounge pants at our next lesson. Mya is patient and relaxed and I really enjoyed our time together."
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