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About Kim K.

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Ridgewood, NY

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About Kim
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 textile based media.

Private and group lessons or classes are provided in locations around the NYC area, in my space or via webcam. 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 fi
nd out why my students love me.

Teaching is a wonderful extension of my work as a professional crochet and knit designer and technical editor. A web search will reveal some of my published work over the last decade. As a craft teacher in the NYC area for over 8 years, I have worked with individuals, groups and classes of all ages and skill levels. Most of my experience focuses on 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.

If you are using this site without the assistance of a TL Rep, I recommend the schedule as you go option. I often have openings in my calendar sooner than the site allows. After we make contact, we can choose the best date and time.

*** 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. Students are expected to provide all their own tools and materials unless other arrangements are made.

Recommended 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.

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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.
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Eunita May 5, 2018
· Knitting · Online
I am a beginner knitter with an ambitious goal of learning how to knit wool socks. Kim was very patient, positive, and helpful.
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Dana April 28, 2018
· Knitting · Online
Absolutely wonderful! in 60 minutes I learned what I've been struggling with for six months! Thank you so much Kim!
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Carrie April 22, 2018
· Knitting · In home
Great!
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Kim K.

Kim K.

Ridgewood, NY 11385
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Bronx, NY
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Fluent in American Sign Language
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Angela Theresa E.

Angela Theresa E.

Bronx, NY 10463
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$60 / 30-min

About Cathy G.

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Astoria, NY
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I teach sewing, mostly, but also design clothing and knitwear. I can drape and draft patterns, hand spin and weave, embroider, make lace, style wigs, and am an all-around crafty gal. I graduated with a degree in American Studies from Mount Holyoke College. My background includes over 20 years of building theatrical costumes, wardrobing Broadway shows and regional productions, restoring and reproducing museum textiles and costumes, and dressing the runway shows of NY Fashion Week. I believe we are what we make and glitter is evil. I live in New York City with her husband and their very spoiled Tibetan Spaniel mix Ollie.

I am currently working toward the completion of a Certificate in the Appraisal of Fine and Decorative Arts from NYU.

I am highly conscientious, focused, and competent, and well as thoroughly charming.
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Linda W. April 10, 2018
· Sewing · In studio
Today was my first lesson with Cathy and it was also my first time using Take Lessons. Everything went smoothly in signing up for a lesson. The lesson with Cathy went great!. Cathy is very experienced at sewing, she's also patient, warm, helpful and she explained things in detail which was very helpful. I liked that she welcomed my questions. She also made excellent suggestions, which was explained so that I learned from them. I like that Cathy had a very organized and practical approach to teaching and discussed my project in advance. I came to Cathy with plans to sew my mother a cape. I bought a Simplicity pattern along with a beautiful sheer fabric with embroidered butterflies on it, as well as a lining and fur trim that needed Cathy's profession attention. I learned the best way to sew this together. This was a challenging project and since I never worked with such delicate fabric I felt I needed Cathy's help. I learned quite a lot and it was great to see this great fabric transformed into an amazingly stunning cape. I have some finishing touches to complete, but after it's ready to go. I'm really looking forward to seeing my mother's reaction! I think she's going to love it! I would definitely take classes in the future with Cathy and I recommend her to anyone that would like to learn to sew from beginners to advanced. You'll learn a lot and will enjoy it in the process.
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Gianna D. April 3, 2018
· Sewing · In studio
I've only taken one class with Kathy and I can't wait to go back! She was very thorough, answered all my questions, and really knew how to break down sewing in a way that anyone can learn! I highly recommend and will definitely be going back.
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Andrea R. March 1, 2018
· Sewing · In home
I am a complete sewing beginner and taking lessons with Cathy has been great! We discussed an appropriate project to start and she's overseeing the whole process. I get to see and practice the way a professional does it. These are insights the pattern book doesn't give you. I am picking up best practices from the get go and setting a strong foundation and I also get a sense of accomplishment as I have the accountability to move forward. Cathy is patient and pleasant. It's easy to see she knows her stuff. I have no reason to stop taking lessons with her.
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Cathy G.

Cathy G.

Astoria, NY 11106
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$24 / 30-min

About Michael G.

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Oakland Gardens, NY

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I am passionate about teaching. I am well-informed in my areas of expertise, and truly enjoy imparting knowledge to my students. I have a variety of interests and areas of study and have had a lot of life experience. When dealing with my students I am kind, compassionate, and sensitive and I strive to make each lesson meaningful and fun. I am comfortable working with children, teens, and adults of all ages and backgrounds.
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Dan Underwood March 20, 2016
· Poker · Online
Great first class, left it at four stars to give him something to shoot for on next classes. :)
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Eric Kumasaka January 4, 2016
· Poker · Online
Michael is patient with my "noob" questions and he seems genuinely happy to teach others. Glad to have him as a teacher!
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Andy G. November 13, 2015
· Poker · Online
Michael is a great teacher!
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Michael G.

Michael G.

Oakland Gardens, NY 11364
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$30 / 30-min

About Jay P.

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Huntington, NY
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Are you interested in learning how to shoot pool, but need someone to show you the basics? Maybe you have a table at home and you're trying to take your game to the next level? I am a local pocket-billiards (pool) coach, that works with beginners, aspiring professionals, and everyone in between. I'm happy to help in any way i can. I have been playing competetively for 16 years and giving private lessons for 9. Let's arrange a time to meet that works with your schedule!
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Betty April 28, 2017
· Billiards · In studio
Jay is a great instructor - very knowledgeable, talented and friendly. Learned more in my first 2 hour lesson than I thought was possible. Can't wait for the next one!
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Jay P.

Huntington, NY 11743
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$80 / 60-min
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About Bingjie L.

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Great Neck, NY
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Hello I'm a 2122rated United States Chess Federation Expert in the top 5% of Chess players in the US. I have taught in different locations since 2007 including Gaos chess school in Flushing queens, Gold Coast Arts Center and Cumberland Center in Great Neck, Ny as well as private lessons in my home in Great Neck. I have learned from many grandmasters including Igor Smirnov, Giorgi Kacheishvili, Tamaz Gelashvili, Damian Lemos, Maxim Dlugy. I teach all aspects of chess ranging from beginners to advanced players. I will help meet your chess improvement needs. I'm happy to meet you, and I hope to improve your chess.
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Bingjie L.

Bingjie L.

Great Neck, NY 11021
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$50 / 30-min

About Dave M.

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Sayville, NY
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I consider myself a unique choice because I'm a former New York City school teacher. A natural problem solver with a meticulous eye for detail, I have been honing my craft for many years. Bad habits will be sought out, and destroyed! Certified by the Billiards Congress of America, I am an advanced pool/billiards instructor. (That just means I can create new instructors, and get them certified with the BCA.)

I am also a baseball coach, and single father of a wonderful 12 year old boy. Last but never least, I am legal guardian of my brother Michael, a special needs autistic adult.
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Dave M.

Dave M.

Sayville, NY 11782
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$125 / 120-min

About John H.

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Long Island City, NY

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I am a chess teacher, tutor, singer, and Shakespearean actor in NYC! I guess you could say I wear a lot of hats.

I graduated with honors in 2009 from New York University with a BFA in Drama. I've been professionally teaching since 2012, but I have always loved sharing the game of chess with anyone who wants to learn (just ask my friends).

Students can expect to face new challenges and to improve each and every week. I am happy to work with students of all different ages and experience levels. As a teacher in the New York Public School system, I know how to make chess simple and friendly enough for Kindergartners, Senior Citizens, and everyone in between! And as an active tournament player (current rating 2000), I can offer great insight into the needs of any skill level. I am thrilled to work with ambitious tournament playe
rs and those who just want to learn how to beat their friends :).

Chess is a wonderful, challenging game, but I truly believe that anyone can learn to play if they are motivated. Come work with me and discover your new obsession!
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Matt March 7, 2018
· Chess · Online
Well prepared, interesting, and highly qualified. Excellent for a player like me.
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Joey February 7, 2018
· Chess · Online
My son loves taking lessons from John
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George January 31, 2018
· Chess · Online
it was awesome.
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John H.

Long Island City, NY 11101
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$40 / 30-min

About Barbara T.

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Yonkers, NY

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Hello! I'm Barbara.

I am an entrepreneur, business owner, and designer. As a naturally gifted seamstress with some high school and college experience, I've been sewing for 15+ years now and I love it!

My mother first noticed my interest as a child when she saw me making my Barbie dolls clothing out of my old t-shirts. She purchased me my first sewing machine that I still own and use to this day. I've been sewing ever since!

Sewing is fun and easy when you have a great instructor. With me, you will have fun expressing your creativity while learning basic sewing skills at the same time.
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Barbara T.

Barbara T.

Yonkers, NY 10701
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$67 / 60-min

About Tasha S.

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Norwalk, CT

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I have been crocheting for more than 30 years. I was taught by my grandmother. I love to help you to explore crochet by making simple to more involved designs.
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Tasha S.

Tasha S.

Norwalk, CT 06854
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$25 / 30-min

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