"Thank you so much Ellie! We really had an amazing time. All intimidation melted away within minutes of your instruction. You're an awesome and inspirational teacher. "

— D.L.

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“I travelled to Portland to take two classes: the Crash Course Sew, and the Design and Sew Fremont Tote. Ellie offers a special combination of designer aesthetics (I'm so elated to be carrying away beautiful products expressly designed by her for class), business experience, and a passion for teaching. It is truly unique and worth traveling for!!! Klum House itself is a well-appointed space with a wonderful sense of community, and in a cool area— offering a great introduction to Portland's maker culture. Thank you for the invaluable experience, Ellie and Klum House!”

— S.T.

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“The sewing workshop I took from Lydia It was great!! I still can't believe I was able to make what I did. Thanks to Lydia and her great directions, guidance and patience. Thank you, thank you!!”

— Britanie Kessler

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“I really enjoyed the sewing class I took with Ellie. She is an incredible teacher who is patient, really takes the time to make sure you understand every step and why you do things, and has a strong interest in helping you succeed.

I loved the location of the class, it is extremely convenient and is also a great creative environment to be in. She gave me the confidence to take on more projects and just try things! I am now working on so many projects at home and with the skills she taught me, am able to make some pretty cool stuff that I never would have thought I could make!”

— Caitlin M.

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“I recently attended the Portsmith Canvas Tote bag class. It was loads of fun and I walked out with a beautiful, completed bag. Lydia’s instructions were organized and clear. She has a great ability to support all skill levels. The work space was beautiful and functional. I am already planning to take more classes at Klum House. Thank-you so much!”

— Mira E.

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"Words can't explain it. You have to come to Klum House + sign up for a workshop to believe that a place like this exists in the world. Absolutely amazing."

Stephanie Cassidy

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“The projects Ellie taught at our Intro To Sewing course were the perfect introduction to sewing. They had the perfect level of difficulty where I felt challenged but not discouraged. It was great that they were useful too! As a visual learner, watching Ellie complete the project first then recite the steps back to her was the perfect way to fully understand what I was doing. She finds ways to make the steps "stick" whether it's by word or visual association.”

— Ashley Brandl

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"I took the Sew Like A Boss workshop yesterday. I definitely feel MUCH more confident! I was easily able to create another bag at home with all the skills I have learned. The instructors were so supportive and thorough. Thank you!!"

— Brittany M.

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"I liked how Ellie already had an agenda in place for the class, but was flexible with our questions. She has a great welcoming personality which works well for us 'new-to-sewing' types that may feel a bit overwhelmed getting started. I liked her style so much and learned so much that I signed up for more classes. Thank you Ellie!"

— Jen Grossman

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“Lydia did a fantastic job teaching the class and left me really looking forward to parts two and three. She was a great teacher, and I'm a former teacher, so I would know - teaching is hard! Lydia's approach made the information quite accessible and helped me establish a solid foundation such that I feel quite confident and excited about tackling the projects we have ahead of us.”

Simone Pasquinelli

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“I'm pretty shy & I was nervous about taking a group class, but it was really fun! The teacher was patient with mistakes or problems & I learned a lot about troubleshooting when working with heavy fabrics. I love that I came how with a finished product. And that her dog Winston hung out with us!"

Cheryl Farris

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"After completing Ellie's sewing class, I feel a lot more confident. I've always been afraid to touch a sewing machine— Now I feel like I can tackle some projects. I really feel like I have a basic understanding of sewing now." 

 Jayne Liu

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"Ellie is such an encouraging teacher and clear as a bell in her instruction. She broke complex information down into understandable bits, and explained the why's as much as the how's."
 — Katelyn MacKenzie

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"I liked that the class was small, so I was able to ask questions. I loved that there were choices in color & snaps! I'm so happy I can thread a sewing machine now!"

— Desiree Montoya

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"Ellie is casually professional, you can tell she knows her shit but still has a relaxed attitude. I also enjoyed that she will let you try a few times first before stepping in. I felt comfortable and confident that I could complete the project after her thorough explanation and demonstration." — Brian Hanley

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"Where to begin! This is such a special and welcoming place, especially to someone with no previous sewing experience. Ellie made the learning process super easy and her dedication to the craft and love of teaching really shined through. The class and guidance was thoughtful, enlightening, entertaining, and at the end I left knowing how to use a sewing machine and with something I made myself! How rad is that? I couldn't recommend this experience more and I can't wait to go back myself for another class!"

 — Ben Adams

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"Getting personalized help and feedback was really wonderful. With the small class sizes, I really learned a lot. Ellis is patient and really helps me understand how and why we are doing things certain ways, so it's easier to replicate the bag on my own. Plus it's AWESOME to go home with a finished project."

— Courtney Bailey

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