Felicia Alston

Felicia A.

Chicago, IL

About Felicia A.

Felicia teaches: Ages 10 and up
Special needs
Teaching since: January 2013
Last sign in: Last week

Overview

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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Experience

Mobile Sewing Arts and Crafts Coordinator

Jan 2014 - Present
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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 Spoken

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
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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
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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
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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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7 Reviews on Felicia A.

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Latanya Aug 14, 2016
Sewing · In studio
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.
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Olabisi A. Mar 31, 2016
Sewing · In home
Verified Student
Felicia teaches very well she is very very explanatory and patient to teach you to your understanding I Am giving her Five stars.
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Tiffany Mar 22, 2016
Sewing · In studio
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!!!
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Tiffany Gunn Mar 13, 2016
Sewing · In studio
Verified Student
Felicia was extremely knowledgeable and patient. I couldn't be happier with my experience and I look forward to my next lesson!!!
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Carolyn Aug 16, 2015
Sewing · In studio
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!
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Robyn Jul 27, 2015
Sewing · In studio
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.
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Toni Jul 26, 2015
Sewing · In studio
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.
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