Kim K.

Kim K.

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Ridgewood, NY

About Kim K.

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Male Ages Taught: 5 and up
Female Ages Taught: 5 and up

Overview

As a craft teacher in the NYC area for over 6 years, I have worked with individuals, groups and classes of all ages and skill levels. I have a lot of experience working with older adults and people with special needs. Minors must have a supervising adult present. I do not work with groups of young children.

I have studied the history and mastered the skills to make and teach a vast variety of textile techniques. Please see my experience.

Private and group lessons or classes are provided in locations around the NYC area, in my space or via webcam. I charge by the hour, not by the person. You are welcome to share your lessons with others to divide the cost. My focus is on providing an entertaining, relaxing and enjoyable experience as you learn a leisure time activity. I am extremely patient and detail oriented. When you let me know what you would like to learn or make, I will guide you through everything from selecting materials to fine tuning your technique. Take a lesson with me to find out why my students love me.

For creative people and makers, crafting is like going to the gym. You will find great fulfillment and a sense of accomplishment if you set aside time on a regular basis to nurture this very important part of what makes you who you are. Think of me like a personal trainer. I will encourage and inspire you while you develop your skills and express yourself through a variety of physical media.

*** Lesson Details ***
Please let me know what you would like to learn or make before your lesson so that we may be fully prepared with any materials, tools, equipment, books or handouts.

Minimum duration for in-person lessons is 90 minutes. A surcharge may be added for travel outside of areas accessible by one MTA fare or expected travel time exceeding 90 minutes.

Minimum duration for lessons via webcam is 30 minutes.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Sewing machine
Knitting machine-bulky gauge
Ironing board and Iron
Cutting mat
and other miscellaneous craft tools, equipment and supplies.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Knitting needles, crochet hooks, stitch holders, scissors, knitting looms, glue guns, darning needles, sewing needles and thread and other miscellaneous crafting tools and supplies. I will travel with my sewing machine if cab fare is provided in both directions.

*** Specialties ***
Textile based crafts including crochet, knitting, embroidery, sewing, patchwork, plastic canvas, needlepoint, counted cross stitch, bobbin lace, historic textile and costume conservation and storage, and more.

I also love to research and develop craft projects for classes or master techniques students would like to learn.

Photos and Videos

Beginner Crochet Lesson

Experience

Craft Teacher Apr 2014 - Present
Project Find

"In Stitches...with Kim K"
Free Class for anyone over 60.
Join us for Monday afternoons 1:00-2:30 for some stitchin' and lively conversation. Learn, practice and share your Crochet, Knitting and Sewing skills in a fun and caring atmosphere. Make things for yourself, gifts for friends and family, or charity items. Get help with your own projects and learn new skills. But, most of all - be inspired, feed your creativity and meet some new friends. Tools and materials will be provided to work on projects at the center, or bring your own that you can work on at home. Upcoming projects will be selected and announced in class at least one week ahead.

Hacemos las puntadas en Español, también.

Kim K is a profession craft instructor with over seven years experience working with older adults. Students often comment on Kim's kind and patient teaching style. She is also a published crochet and knit designer, technical editor and CYC certified instructor. Google her to see some of Kim's work.

CLINTON SENIOR CENTER
530 W. 55th St., between 10th and 11th Aves. (it's on the ground floor of the NYCHA public housing residence; you'll want to turn into the courtyard and the door to the center will be on your right)

Director: Leslie McCalla (lmccalla@projectfind.org).
Please note that you will be asked to fill out a free membership application.

Textile Conservator Jan 2013 - Present
Kim K.

Textile conservator in private practice. My experience includes work on one of the largest privately held collections of kimonos in America. I restored the embroidery and stabilized areas of loss on kimonos averaging 150 years old.

I have also restored areas of loss and stabilized crocheted family heirlooms averaging 50 years old including lace tablecloths and afghans.

Photos are available upon request.

Craft Teacher Oct 2008 - Present
Making Art Work / ElderCraftsmen

Teach full day craft programs at Yonkers libraries several times each year. Participants craft items that are donated to Yonkers organizations like Head start and battered women's shelters.

The programs are free and open to adults over 55. Lunch is provided. Please contact me for more information.

Craft Teacher Sep 2007 - Present
Rutland Adult Day Care

Provide crafting activities for adults with special needs and a variety of skill levels.

Openings are currently available for afternoon and evening programs.

Crochet & Knit Teacher Jul 2007 - Present
Various

I have taught classes for various businesses and organizations including the Crochet Guild of America, the New York City Crochet Guild, Argyle Yarn Shop, Gumbo, 3rd Ward, Cassidy's Place, and more.

Craft teacher Jul 2007 - Present
Hudson Guild

Provide weekly craft classes free to anyone over age 55.
We currently rotate between knitting, crochet and sewing. The first hour of our class we have a group lesson or work on a group project. The second hour of our class is independent work time where anyone can get help with any project that interests them.

Tools and materials are provided to work on projects in class. If materials are provided, only completed projects may be taken home. If you want to work on your project at home, you must provide your own tools and materials.

Join us Wednesdays 2:30-4:30 @ 119 9th Avenue.
Please note that you will be asked to fill out a free membership application.

Freelance Crochet and Knit Professional Jun 2002 - Present
Kim K.

As a professional crochet and knit designer, I have designed, constructed and written patterns for more designs than I can count. I have worked with Vogue Knitting, Crochet Today, Your Knitting Life, Interweave Crochet, Family Circle, Knit 1, Crochet!, Crochet World and other magazines; Coats and Clark, Lion Brand, Caron and other yarn companies; Soho Publishing, Annie's Attic, Dynamic Resources Group (DRG), American School of Needlework, Leisure Arts and other publishing companies.

I have also worked as a technical editor in both crochet and knit for Soho Publishing, Crochet Today, Lion Brand, Interweave Crochet and private designers.

Assistant Workroom Supervisor Mar 2003 - Mar 2005
Penn & Fletcher

Supervised and worked with 8-12 embroidery artisans to produce high end embroidery for interior designers, theater costume and film. My personal work can be seen in "The Aviator" and "Memoirs of a Geisha," among others. My skills include hand embroidery and tambour work.

Photos of select work available upon request.

Museum Curator Jul 1994 - Aug 2000
Madison County Historical Society

My responsibilities included educational outreach programs, collections management, giving tours of an historic house museum, managing gift shop, research assistance, fund raising, grant writing, special event coordination, public relations, development, recruiting and supervising volunteers and interns, and general day-to-day management.

Education

MA in Museum Studies: Costume and Textile History and Conservation Aug 2000 - May 2002
Fashion Institute of Technology
BS in History Aug 1990 - May 1994
The King's College

Languages Spoken

Spanish Limited Proficiency

Certifications

Master Crocheter Sep 2012
Crochet Guild of America

Certified Instructor Sep 2007
Craft Yarn Council

Completed certified instructor programs in both crochet and knit.

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Kim A. September 2, 2014
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Kim is very patient and a great teacher. I didn't know how this online learning experience would work but it does work well. With my iPad I can see what she is doing and she can see me while I do it and gives constructive criticism while I work. Mistakes can be corrected promptly before bad habits set in. This has been a great learning experience for me. So glad I found me a good teacher!