Johanna Gruber

Johanna G.

Sherman Oaks, CA
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Johanna delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 8+ and special needs

Teaching since:
June 2011

Hi, my name's Johanna, and I am a friendly, easy-going, passionate 22 year old seamstress who has been sewing since age 15!

I began teaching sewing lessons at a needle arts shop, Stitchers' Dream, in my hometown in June 2010 when I was 15 years old. I taught informative and professional yet laidback and stress-free lessons to both children and adults of all age ranges and skill levels. Now, a graduate of Boston University living and working full-time in Los Angeles, I teach two kids' sewing classes every Saturday at Miss Shannon's Sewing in Valley Village, and am looking to expand my class schedule!

I am very knowledgeable about the art of sewing, can operate just about any type of sewing machine, and am extremely patient and dedicated to my students' success. Sewing students can work on my own personal machine (a Husqvarna Viking - a great quality machine!), or use their own if they have one. Students will learn everything from machine operation, cutting and reading patterns, garment construction, taking measurements, adding finishing touches, and so much more!

I sew my own clothing, accessories, and home decor for fun, and also have my own Etsy shop where I sell my handmade goods. In college, I was a costume designer for several theatrical productions, and made plenty of costumes for the shows. If you'd like to see some of my completed projects, don't hesitate to reach out - I'd be happy to show you photos!

Although I never officially taught knitting lessons at my old job at Stitchers' Dream, I am a skilled knitter who is able to provide beginner lessons to knitters. I taught several people the basics of knitting during high school, and have created several garments and accessories throughout the 8 years that I have been knitting, including headbands, hats, scarves, slippers, and a sweater. I am able to help students understand knitting patterns, and purchase the correct yarn and needles for their project.

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Experience

Kids/Teens Sewing Instructor
Sep 2017 - Present
Miss Shannon's Sewing

I teach two sewing classes on Saturdays to kids and teens, ages 5-16. Every student works on their own project, and I assist with each student as needed.

Kids and Adults Sewing Instructor
Jun 2010 - Sep 2015
Stitchers' Dream

I taught four 2-hour kids' sewing classes every week, as well as 1 adult sewing class per week. In every class, each student worked on their own project, and I assisted them where needed. I also trained a longtime student to become a teacher at the shop!

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Education

BA in English
Sep 2013 - Dec 2016
Boston University

Photos & Videos

The dress I made for my college graduation

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A breezy chiffon kimono cardigan I made with a self-drafted pattern (and have for sale on my Etsy!)

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A breezy knit kimono cardigan I made with a self-drafted pattern (and have for sale on my Etsy!)

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