Felicia Alston

Felicia A.

Chicago, IL
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
As a sewing instructor, I aim to give beginner and intermediate students the time, attention, and encouragement needed to complete their projects so that they have the best experience possible. My goal is to teach you at your individual pace and level so you are comfortable with your sewing materials and equipment. You will be introduced to the sewing supplies needed at your instructional level such as commercial patterns, sewing kits, sewing machines, and more.

Online students receive a introductory call to discuss project goals and materials needed prior to class.

Look forward to creating with you all!

About Felicia A.

I learned to sew in Vacation Bible School at my church when I was in 7th grade. I made my first pair of overalls and was on top of the world. That began my love of sewing and all things crafty. Today I love working as a special education teacher. But my first love is teaching beginner and intermediate level sewing to kids and adults. I have two children (1 in college and 1 in 10th grade) and when I'm not working or sewing I help my husband at his sports training facility.

My Crafty Table Sewing and Craft Studio teaches children how to use math skills to sew. All of our "leveled" projects are connected to national learning standards and offers a wide range of opportunities for all ability levels for kids 10 years old and up. Our local classes uses a children's sewing curriculum, while our online classes uses commercial patterns. Students learn hand and machine sewing, sewing vocabulary and techniques, and various equipment and and safety usage. We host a small, friendly, relaxed setting which is what I find allows children to have the courage to explore, make mistakes, and discover their talents.

My Crafty Table isn't just for kids! I welcome adults who are looking to learn to sew or enhance their current skills. Whether you are looking to create something to wear or something to beautify your home, we can teach you how to bring your ideas to reality. Our online and live classes utilize commercial patterns, sewing machines, and a variety of supplies based on projects being completed. We guide you every step of the way from selecting materials to recommending supplies. The only question you need to answer now is: SEW what"s next?

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Tiffany
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Love her!!!

Posted Feb 7, 2020
Mandel
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Very welcoming. Very patient. Answered all of my questions.

Posted Aug 25, 2019
Kenya
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Knowledgeable and patient teacher

Posted Aug 18, 2019
larnell
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Felicia is an great teacher. Her training room has everything you need and more. When I first started class, she greeted me with a smile that made me feel comfortable. Her knowledge and experience of sewing is remarkable. Great teacher and great class, if you dont take her class, you are missing out on a true talent.

Posted Aug 7, 2018
Angela R Joned
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The Instructor was excellent, knowledgeable, professional, friendly & acccomodating. Felicia went so far as to provide s crucial piece of equipment I was missing.

Posted Jul 20, 2018
Angela R Joned
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my instructor Felicia was fantastic. She was knowledgeable, patient & extremely helpful. I learned so much in the half hour class. She was able to improvise when I was missing an important component to my machine. She truly is a genius. I scheduled another session at the conclusion of my 1st class, but find I must cancel due to physical problems. I am disabled with severe arthritis & her class is on the 3 rd floor. She carried my machine up for me & I made it up the stairs but when I got home later that evening my knees were so swollen I had to ice them & take pain medication. I know I cannot do that again & will let my instructor know it is not het fault.

Posted Jul 19, 2018
Kathleen
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I enrolled my 11-year old daughter in Felicia's Saturday sewing class. Because the lesson is some distance from our house, I stuck around and observed the lessons. Felicia is unfailingly patient, kind and unhurried. She does not jump in and take over if something goes wrong; she teaches the child to cut, measure, stitch, etc. and expects the child to master and complete the task alone. Her classes are fun and my daughter has taken a real interest in sewing.

Posted Apr 10, 2018
Caressa L.
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So far I love it! She take her time with you and will answer all your questions and concerns. She's very knowledgeable about sewing.

Posted Feb 5, 2018
angela C.
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excellent lesson - felicia is a a delight to work with

Posted Jan 30, 2018
Latanya
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Felicia is absolutely amazing. My daughter has learned so much in the short time that she has been taking classes. She loves every minute of it and makes sure she is at every class.

If you are looking to take sewing classes you definitely want her as your instructor.

Posted Aug 14, 2016
Olabisi A.
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Felicia teaches very well she is very very explanatory and patient to teach you to your understanding I Am giving her Five stars.

Posted Mar 31, 2016
Tiffany
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I can't express how grateful I am to have Felicia as a Sewing Instructor! I've purchased numerous online sewing classes and its not like having an instructor by your side watching and correcting your sewing techniques! Thank you so much!!!

Posted Mar 22, 2016
Tiffany Gunn
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Felicia was extremely knowledgeable and patient. I couldn't be happier with my experience and I look forward to my next lesson!!!

Posted Mar 13, 2016
Carolyn
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My grand-daughters (10-14) visited Crafty Table during the Thanksgiving Holiday of 2014 when they traveled to Chicago from Phoenix, Az. They were introduced to hand-stitching & how to thread a sewing machine. They made wallets& pillows from a wide variety of fabrics & stuffing material. They arrived hesitant of their skills but left capable of describing their projects in-depth. Using millinery terms. They even helped me to construct a beautiful pillow that I treasure from that day. The Crafty Table Sewing Day with their Chicago Grandma ranked higher than Navy Pier in their memory banks!

Posted Aug 16, 2015
Robyn
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Crafty Table provides an enriched learning environment especially for young beginners. My daughter enjoys not only learning the fundamentals, she is also pleased with her creations.

Posted Jul 27, 2015
Toni
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Felicia teaches sewing to students at all levels and ages. My daughter was an older beginner. She brings an enthusiasm that keeps students wanting to learn more. She's very flexible with scheduling class times. I would highly recommend her classes.

Posted Jul 26, 2015

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Experience

Mobile Sewing Arts and Crafts Coordinator
Jan 2014 - Present

My Crafty Table Sewing and Crafts

I have worked with a variety of churches and local kids groups to offer mobile arts and crafts activities and sewing lessons to small and mid sized groups. I select age appropriate projects based on the organizations goals and themes. Each student is given the opportunity to individualize their creations while learning basic sewing skills.

Education

Fashion Merchandising and Retail
Oct 2013 - May 2014

Illinois Institute of Art

Learning Disabilities
Sep 1993 - May 1997

University of Illinois @ Chicago

Fashion Merchandising and Design
Sep 1989 - May 1992

Chicago State University

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Certifications

LIcensed Kids Can Sew Instructor
Jan 2013

Kids Can Sew Corporation

This children's sewing curriculum in used in our local classes and is used for our "young designer" program. This 12 month curriculum culminates with a 'student showcase" and awards luncheon.

Affiliations

American Sewing Guild, The
Jan 2013
ASG is a membership organization that welcomes sewing enthusiasts of all skill levels and from many different walks of life. Chapters are located in cities all across the country and members meet monthly to learn new sewing skills, network with others who share an interest in sewing and participate in community service sewing projects. Membership in the Guild gives you an opportunity to experience your love of any type of home sewing with others who share your interest.
National Association of Professional Women
Jan 2012
As one of seven culturally distinct websites in The Professional Diversity Network provides a professional network for diverse talent that is far more engaging and welcoming than a typical job board. The affinity of culture shared by members encourages valuable relationships with peers and mentors who are invested in each other’s success and are happy to help them improve their career skills and their access to opportunity. ProDivNet has taken the job search from what is all too often, a lonely and discouraging experience to a communal one that motivates and inspires members along their journey to achieve their life goals.
American Federation of Teachers
Jan 2008
The American Federation of Teachers is a union of professionals that champions fairness; democracy; economic opportunity; and high-quality public education, healthcare and public services for our students, their families and our communities. We are committed to advancing these principles through community engagement, organizing, collective bargaining and political activism, and especially through the work our members do.

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