Dawn Zillich
Bristol, CT
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Dawn Zillich

Dawn Z.

Bristol, CT
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
This is not a machine embroidery class. Get ready to move beyond the basic cross stitch (by hand). Let me coach you on specialty stitches such as satin, queen, eyelets, Rhodes, French knots and more. Let me repeat, this will not be a machine embroidery class, every stitch will be made by hand!

I've been cross stitching since 1983 and teaching it for over 10 years. Within the first few lessons, you'll learn how to organize your material for easier sewing, master basic stitches, and as time goes on you'll be able to tackle complicated stitches and designs. I specialize in counted cross stitch, but also have experience with redwork, drawnwork, Bargello, pulled thread, hardanger, and canvaswork. Typically, I use The Cross Stitcher's Bible by Jane Greenoff but can recommend other helpful resources. I love working with students of all ages and experience levels and I can't wait to meet you!

Group pricing available, please contact customer service for more details on how to set up group lessons.

About Dawn Z.

High school librarian by day, crafter for life. I'm an award winning embroider, quilter and knitter. I advise a high school sewing club as well as volunteer with Days for Girls and church prayer shawl ministry. Please note, during the summers my schedule is more flexible when school is not in session.

Students will find I'm passionate about all needle arts and want to pass that along to all generations and skill levels.

Learning to sew, knit or hand embroider can be intimidating, but with the right support can become a lifelong hobby that provides joy to your life. Let me show you how to get started.

I look forward to helping you exercise your creative side.


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40 Reviews
Profile-location-online Online

Dawn has wonderful instruction and is quite patient with new beginners like myself! Explanation is clear and she has a freakin wealth of knowledge about sewing, patterns, tips and tricks to make the outcome much neater, and starts off with the perfect projects for a beginner. Def a five start rating! :-)

Posted Oct 19, 2021
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Dawn is awesome! Very thorough with her explanations and really customizes lessons to my goals. She’s very encouraging and always reachable for questions outside of classes. Her hardware set up was conducive to on line lessons so it felt as much of an in person class as it could get. The lessons have really prepared me and got me excited for many more sewing projects!

Posted Oct 19, 2021
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SHE WAS GREAT! Dawn knows so much and help guide me in making a cute quilt for my son!

Posted Sep 20, 2021
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Dawn is an awesome knitting teacher. She is patient, friendly, communicates well with my teenaged daughter. My daughter really enjoyed each lesson and learned a lot. Even though this is an online lesson, it really doesn't affect Dawn's teaching quality. I highly recommend Dawn to whoever is interested in learning how to knit.

Posted Sep 10, 2021
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I have been taking quilting lessons from Dawn for many months now and I have found her to be a kind, patient and compassionate teacher. She is so helpful between lessons with questions and has videos to help. Being an older student with medical issues comes with challenges but she faces them with grace and compassion.

Posted Jul 20, 2021
Maahalakshmi V.
Profile-location-online Online

It was great

Posted Jul 5, 2021
Roanna (12) and Ellen (11) B.
Profile-location-online Online

Our first lesson with Dawn was great. She is patient and very thorough, and covers a lot of ground in a short amount of time. An amazing value, and superb teacher!

Posted Jun 25, 2021
Profile-location-online Online

Honestly, she is so kind and has a soft voice. She's the best teacher you can have!

Posted Jun 20, 2021
Profile-location-online Online

Great teacher. Very Patient with my daughter.

Posted Jun 1, 2021
Profile-location-online Online

Dawn is a great teacher. She is very clear and was patient with me at the beginning. I highly recommend her.

Posted May 26, 2021
Profile-location-online Online

My first class was excellent; I learned several new things from Dawn. She taught me how to use several of the feet for my sewing machine as well as several straight line designs I can use while quilting. Thank you Dawn for your patience and willingness to share your knowledge.

Posted Apr 28, 2021
Profile-location-online Online

Very knowledgable and patient. Easy to ask questions from. Will help you with whatever problem you are having.

Posted Apr 1, 2021
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Dawn is an amazing instructor. She goes above and beyond to teach you at your level. She is very patient and kind. She has a delightful personality. After only 4 lessons my quilting skills have improved immensely. I plan on continuing my lessons indefinitely with her.

Posted Mar 3, 2021
Profile-location-online Online

great teacher and fun class

Posted Feb 27, 2021
Jenny J.
Profile-location-online Online

Dawn was wonderful. I had a laptop issue and she called to see if everything was okay. She explained everything in detail. She is very patient. I can see myself taking more classes from her in the future.

Posted Feb 22, 2021
Profile-location-online Online

Dawn is an excellent quilting teacher. She came to my lesson well prepared and gave me numerous tips and then E-mailed me them so I would not forget them. She taught me the basics of piecing and why this is important for your block to look nice. Her visual aids are good. She is very friendly and patient to learn with. I now plan on booking lesson weekly.

Posted Feb 3, 2021
Profile-location-online Online

She is just amazing. Very patient with my 12 years old daughter. Highly recommend!

Posted Jan 24, 2021
Suellyn M.
Profile-location-online Online

I’m really enjoying my lessons with Dawn, she’s a great teacher and very patient with me. She explains things in an easy way to comprehend. Dawn is also very knowledgeable about teaching on Zoom and makes sure I can see what she’s explaining, switching camera views with ease. I’m so glad I signed up for these sewing lessons!

Posted Nov 16, 2020
Elizabeth K.
Profile-location-online Online

I loved It and can’t wait to learn!

Posted Nov 15, 2020
Profile-location-online Online

My first lesson was super exciting!! I have zero knowledge about sewing machines. Dawn went over the parts and was very patient with me. I’m really looking forward to learning how to master this new skill!!

Posted Nov 9, 2020
Profile-location-online Online

Dawn is so patient. She is starting from the VERY beginning with my daughter and we couldn't be happier.

Posted Nov 5, 2020
Laura C.
Profile-location-online Online

My daughter (11) and I just had our first lesson with Dawn and it was VERY good. I was not sure how the online aspect would work but it was super easy. She gave us homework to do this week and we can wait for our next lesson!

Posted Oct 29, 2020
Teodora S.
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I was so excited for my first lesson with Dawn ! She showed me everything step by step with so much patience and so much attention . She is so nice and so smiling! I can’t wait to take my next embroidery lesson !

Posted Oct 28, 2020
Profile-location-online Online

Dawn is a great teacher. She's taught me how the sewing machine works. Knowing how to use a machine is better than being 'stuck' sewing by hand [never took home-ec!] As I said, she's great!

Posted Oct 22, 2020
Profile-location-online Online

She is very pleasant and she has a lot of patience. I will like to continue my seasons with her.

Posted Oct 19, 2020
Profile-location-online Online

It was apparent that Dawn understands how to teach using video conference technology and the best visual technique to ensure I could see every step. I really believe I received the best one on one teaching experience.

Posted Oct 18, 2020
Jennifer D.
Profile-location-online Online

Dawn was very patient and friendly, which was much appreciated!

Posted Oct 8, 2020
Esther S.
Profile-location-online Online

It's like you've got an instructor right by your side! 😄

At first, I was unsure of how online sewing lessons would work out, but if I had the opportunity again, I would definitely sign-up with lessons from Ms. Dawn,
especially if your looking for thorough, well-explained lessons then I would encourage you to sign-up. With the skills that I've learned during these past few weeks, I can now see great improvement in my sewing and it's all thanks to the time and effort put forth by her dedicated instruction. Thank you for reading, and happy sewing!!

Posted Sep 20, 2020
Profile-location-online Online

I had a very positive first experience with sewing lessons and am very excited to continue learning from Dawn. She’s extremely knowledgeable and very friendly!

Posted Sep 8, 2020
Tanushri S.
Profile-location-online Online

Dawn was giving embroidery lessons to my 10 yr old daughter over summer. Every week, over the course of 8 weeks my daughter worked on a new project or new stitch. Dawn was very patient with her and my daughter enjoyed the lessons a lot. Dawn got her so much interested that she diligently finished her homework and was always looking forward to her next class.

Posted Jul 28, 2020
Profile-location-online Online

Amazing teacher! Takes the time to explain everything , very kind and patient

Posted Jul 8, 2020
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Dawn is very patient with us in our classes and gives very clear instructions to make us become better at it. She also comes up with new fun ideas for us to do for a sewing project. With her help, you can practically make anything

Posted May 18, 2020
Spirit Y.
Profile-location-online Online

Patient, fun, detail and solution oriented. The lessons are for our 15 year old daughter who is completely engaged in each lesson.

Posted Apr 15, 2020
Bridget B.
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

Wonderful person and great teacher!! Very experienced sewer and very good at explaining how to do different sewing methods to my daughter. Highly recommend!

Posted Apr 1, 2020
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

I loved having dawn as an instructor. She had no quit in her even when I did! She knows an amazing amount about the craft. Glad to have her as a teacher.

Posted Mar 30, 2020
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

Dawn was wonderful! She's an excellent teacher: knowledgeable, a clear and concise communicator, and a lovely person. I learned a lot and had a good time.

Posted Aug 8, 2019
Angela V.
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

I just had my first lesson and I'm SO happy that I found Dawn. She's GREAT!!!
To be honest, I was a little afraid to book lessons online with all the scammers out there. But she is wonderful and I know I'm going to want more lessons with her. I could finally make the sewing project I want to make knowing that I have her there for assistance. Thank you SO much Dawn!! I'm looking forward to our next class.

Posted Aug 8, 2019
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

Dawn is the best! She has a lifetime of knowledge, so every lesson is jam packed with learning.

Posted Nov 19, 2018
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We've had Dawn teach a variety of classes at the Simsbury Public Library (CT). Our most popular is the arm knitting class we open to Teens & Adults. Everyone gets to take home an infinity scarf and they all leave learning a new skill. Dawn works well with all ages, is patient, and really enthusiastic about teaching what she loves. We can't wait to have Dawn back to teach more classes this Fall!

Posted May 31, 2018
Profile-location-home Student's Home

Dawn is an amazing sewing instructor. She taught my 8 year old daughter to sew her first quilt, which later won first prize at the Terryville Fair. Dawn is punctual, energetic, and patient. My daughter enjoyed every lesson and learned the fundamentals of sewing, cutting, and following patterns. Lessons were effective and fun.

Posted May 28, 2018

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Craft instructor
Oct 2018 - Present

Plainville Public Library

Occasional program leader in hand sewing, arm knitting and other crafts.

Craft instructor
Aug 2016 - Present

Simsbury Public Library

Have taught sewing (hand and machine), arm knitting, origami, paracord knot bracelets and other craft classes at the library.

Craft instructor
May 2015 - Present

Bristol Public Library

Occasional program provider. Past programs include a mother-daughter arm knitting lesson, no sew pilliow, arm knit cowl and fabric origami star.


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