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About Molly C.

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Raised in New York city, I attended Stuyvesant High School, the jewel in the crown of the NYC public school system. Traditional academic achievement was not enough for me however, and I went on to study fashion design, honing my artistic skills at Drexel University. Call me a renaissance woman or a Jill-of-All-Trades, I've been employed in fashion houses, graphic design firms and visual effects shops. I've also made my way freelancing as a photographer, web designer, and writer. In addition to this variety of creative skills, I have a Bachelors in Business Administration, and training in Quickbooks. I recently scored a perfect 170 on the GRE verbal, and obtained admission into several competitive doctoral programs in Clinical Psychology.

I realize it is not enough to merely have skills or intelligence in order to be a tutor. One must
be able to convey them to the student in a way that is effective and (hopefully) enjoyable. From the helping students prepare a portfolio for undergraduate admission, to teaching the basics of essay writing, I have a warm attentive attitude that sets students of all ages at ease. My teaching style is focused on the learning style of the person I am working with, tailoring the exercises to help achieve specific goals.
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Ada June 11, 2018
· Sewing · In home
Punctual, kind and thoughtful sewing teacher. Highly recommend!
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michelle F. October 30, 2015
· Adobe Illustrator · Online
Molly is an outstanding teacher! She helped me learn Adobe Illustrator and now I am using it constantly! She was so easy to work with- flexible and very patient. She even helped me with a project that I was working on and was stuck with! I cannot thank her enough!!
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Lana Y. October 20, 2015
· Crocheting · Online
Molly was understanding in scheduling conflicts and worked with me so we could get our lessons done. She made sure that I understood each thing that we went over and gave me homework that helped me get some practice in that I needed. I made a blanket for my sister who just had a baby and it is a wonderful keepsake!

Thanks Molly!
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Molly C.

Molly C.

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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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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.

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About Milda B.

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Los Angeles, CA
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About Milda
I am located in Los Angeles for in-person lessons , BUT I teach online via Skype all over the U.S. Please indicate the type of lessons + subject you would like to learn when you contact me. I'm best to suited for beginners through intermediate. I am willing to travel outside my travel radius at $35/trip depending on distance. If outside my travel area, you must book at least a 2 hour lesson.

I'm a designer with extensive experience that you won't find elsewhere. I am not a simple sewing teacher- I customize all my lesson plans, prepare our projects to be of most benefit to your specific goals, and have a unique set of skills that the average sewing teacher doesn't. I don't compromise on my rates as I provide an extreme amount of value for what I offer. My resources and tips alone are great ways of to make you excel at your project goal
s a lot more quickly than with anyone else. I believe in a holistic approach to tackling your projects- not just isolating one way of accomplishing it.

I am a former Fashion Institute of Technology (F.I.T.) Professor, teaching sewing and fashion art, and in the fashion industry for over 16 years. I have worked at Target Stores, Federated Dept. stores, and Alexander McQueen, and have a very close working knowledge of industry standards and needs. I currently work as a costumer in Hollywood on films and television creating costumes for the stars. I facilitate students and fashion companies in the following areas:

-Sewing
-Patternmaking
-Illustration (computer or-hand-rendered)
- Fashion Portfolio Preparation.
- Hand Embroidery (I DO NOT operate Embroidery Machines)
- Graphic Design FOR BEGINNERS in Adobe Creative Suite (Illustrator and Photoshop); though I work with general graphic design, my specialty is fashion garment illustration.
- Consulting on how to produce your own clothing/accessories collection.
- Consulting on how to source and produce your Domestic and Overseas collection.
- How to create line sheets.
- How to create technical packets.
- How to create digital art for screenprinting.

OTHER:
-Computer Assistance for BEGINNERS- Learning to use the Computer, Basic Skills in MS Office, using the Web. etc.

REQUIREMENTS:
1.) You will have to have all your materials and most of your tools: sewing machine, computer with all installed programs or services, patternmaking tools and paper, fabrics, etc. I will bring some small materials to our first session to explain what tools to purchase.

2.) You must make yourself available for one email consult on lesson goals before scheduling your first lesson- please plan to do this at least one week to 2 days before you want to schedule your first lesson. We will discuss your lesson goals, and what materials to buy. You do need to allow time to purchase your materials, so please plan ahead. When you purchase your lessons, please email me a time and date (or several) to schedule this phone call.

3.) IMPORTANT:
Please schedule directly with me VIA EMAIL. I do have my general availability listed on schedule for everyday, However, I work with many students and teach classes that might not be reflected in this schedule. I will try my best to honor the time you request, but I cannot guarantee it. Please email me to confirm- I will also reach out to you via phone to confirm or reschedule a time if there is a conflict.

POLICIES:

- 24 hour cancellation policy/ no refunds given after this time.
- All sessions are a 1 hour minimum. Recommended time for sewing lessons is 1.5 - 2 hr increments.
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Angel April 15, 2018
· Adobe Illustrator · Online
One simple word, OUTSTANDING !!
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Dw March 29, 2018
· Sewing · In home
Paid and she canceled so ya really not helpful.
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nil March 7, 2018
· Sewing · Online
Thank you, Helpful lesson. Good instructor : )
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Milda B.

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About Kathleen S.

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Saint Paul, MN
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Hello! My name is Kathleen and I'm excited to share the magic of paper folding with you! I've been folding since I was in Elementary school and teaching formally since 2004. I really enjoy helping my students find success in origami. If you are a beginner or looking to learn a certain skill or model, I can help you reach your goal.
I am also a licensed teacher and have a degree in teaching Spanish. Teaching and tutoring Spanish is another passion of mine! I'm creative, patient, flexible and understanding.
I look forward to helping you realize your paper dreams and/or Spanish goals!
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Allison October 9, 2017
· Origami · Online
Great first lesson. Kathleen contacted me in advance to find out what I’d like to work on and she was prepared with several options tonight. Her helpful tips on folding and diagram reading were just what I was looking for. We agreed on the next piece and I’m already looking forward to our next lesson. Thank you!
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Sarah christian October 5, 2017
· Origami · Online
Kathleen is a very pleasant person to learn from. She is patient and very willing to redo if you need a rerun on a step. She is very knowledgeable and has a lot of learning things to share. I love my origami lessons, looking forward to each new experience. Kathleen is a very nice person.
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William August 11, 2017
· Origami ·
I was looking for a boost to my new hobby with origami, and have had two lessons so far with Kathleen. I couldn't be happier with the lesson experience; her approach is detailed, clear, easy to follow along with and relaxed. She was even folding upside down from her point of view so that I could see from across the table. I was really impressed. There's nothing like learning from a real person. Definitely looking forward to more lessons in the future.
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Kathleen S.

Kathleen S.

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About Linda S.

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Aston, PA
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Independent Arts and Crafts Professional with over 40 years experience who loves to make beautiful things. Love helping others embrace their creativity.

I have 5 sewing machines and you can use one of mine or bring your own. While most of my students are sewing students I love to incorporate jewelry making and accessories in with the sewing.

Currently I am offering individual and group instruction classes in sewing, cooking, jewelry making, mosaics, furniture refinishing, and origami in Aston, PA.

I encourage mother and daughter classes. Children 7-12 years old can share a class with a parent at **** no charge****.

My goal is to nurture a love for creativity and beauty.
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William-Wesley T. May 17, 2018
· Sewing · In home
Awesome teacher, very knowledgeable, skillful and has a lot of patience. Looking forward to future lessons and I would highly recommend her as a teacher.
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Teresa April 7, 2017
· Sewing · In studio
She was fabulous! Very accommodating, didn't rush, taught little tricks of the know and was GREAT with my mature 6 year old daughter. Patient and sought to involve her as much as possible
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Deja B. September 27, 2016
· Sewing · In studio
She is great. Very patience and nice. Deja looks forward to her classes with Linda.
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Aston, PA 19014
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About Mathew M.

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Norristown, PA

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I have been coaching chess for years. I have been passionately studying the game of chess for 13 years. I am currently a 1987 USCF player (Class A player). My highest rating was 2121 for chess.com blitz rating. But I am committed to go to 2200+ USCF player (National Master player). I have won several chess tournaments as well. I recently won the 2018 Philadelphia Open Chess Tournament.

I am currently coaching several students to go above and beyond their expectations. If you hire me as your coach, I will take you above and beyond your expectations in the game of chess. My coaching style is hands on, which means that I provide move by move feedback. My coaching philosophy is grounded in encouragement and meticulous game review. My one student that I have been coaching for 2 years went from never playing chess to a 1350 USCF chess rating
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I graduated from Kutztown University of PA in 2013 with a B.S. in Biology: Molecular/Micro/Cell with two Minors in Mathematics and Biochemistry. I have such a passion for math, science, and chess. And I try to live with that passion everyday and show that passion to people everyday.
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Shan April 23, 2018
· Chess · In studio
Dedicated and passionate chess guide. Great working with him.
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Mallik April 23, 2018
· Chess · Online
Matt is very good instructor. He works with the pace of the student at the same teaching new techniques. Would recommend to anyone learning chess at any level
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marion February 7, 2018
· Chess · In home
Matt is amazing. My husband and I never played chess before and after only four lessons we knew all the basics and could play a game. We were so delighted with our progress that we signed on for more. Matt is fun, friendly and a pleasure to learn from.
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Norristown, PA 19401
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About Tyra F.

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Washington, DC

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I graduated from Howard University with a Bachelor in Music Education and am getting my graduate degree in Music Education from the University of Maryland.
My primary instrument is clarinet and euphonium but am familiar with most instruments at a beginner to intermediate level.
As a woodwind specialist, I have taught clarinet, flute and saxophone during summer camps and programs for multiple years.
I'm currently the clarinet technique teacher at Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington, DC.

I have been knitting and crocheting for 12 years and have made a wide range of products from hair bows to sweaters.

I am patient and willing to teach all levels of students in a variety of subjects and am willing to cater the lessons to your needs.
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Sarah C. May 5, 2018
· Clarinet · In home
We really like Tyra. She is great with our daughter!
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Rhode December 28, 2017
· Crocheting · Online
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Tyra F.

Tyra F.

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About Terry S.

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Glenside, PA

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I learned to sew as a teenager. It became a hobby that I became passionate about that grew into a business when I decided to take an early retirement. I’m interested in helping others learn how to perfect their skills and and be proud of their work.

I’m familiar with the challenges that sewing can present and knows the patience that it can take. Some time you may need that extra help or opinion on how to get something done correctly. I would like to share my experience and lessons learned with you.
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Maxine May 8, 2018
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Terry is an excellent instructor and she was very patient and also very professional. She has all the latest equipment and machines to make your sewing experience very enjoyable. Everything is right at arm reach and very nice set up for your sewing lesson ......
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Glenside, PA 19038
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About Taryn H.

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Saint Petersburg, FL
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Taryn studied fashion design and art therapy at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She worked for Anna Sui and milliner Tracy Watts.

Taryn first started teaching sewing to displaced youth at Hollywood Arts 10+ years ago. She taught "R'ashion" (recycle fashion/sewing) at Environmental Charter High School for 5 years. She headlines EcoFashion workshops all around the world including Zambia, South Africa, and recently at the Green School in Bali. Jack Johnson has donated leftover Tour T-shirts so she could do upcycling workshops at schools. And she's had the opportunity to teach celebrities how to sew at the EcoDivas Upcycling Lab at Sundance. (DJ Aoki was the most fun.)

She taught “Sustainability and the Fashion Industry” at FIDM for 7 years. She is the founder of Beyond the Label, a charitable organization that gets people
to think about "What's in my tee?" She encourages people to think of fabric like ingredients and does whatever she can to relate food to fashion including making nutrition label T-shirts to show what's actually in the tee. Due to multiple allergies, you can learn healthy alternatives of what to put in and on your body.

She is on the Advisory Board for Fashion Revolution USA, and the Fashion Department at Santa Monica College AND LOVES TO NERD OUT ABOUT SUSTAINABLE FASHION AND HEALTHY FABRICS.
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Taryn H.

Taryn H.

Online
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