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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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Amy August 20, 2017
· Crocheting · In home
It was a pleasure to take my first crochet lesson from Kim. She is knowledgeable, patient and shared technical instruction in a way that was easy to understand and follow. I'll definitely be scheduling more lessons with Kim!
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Candice August 2, 2017
· Sewing · Online
Thank you Kim! Amazing as always!
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Stephanie July 17, 2017
· Crocheting · Online
Best instruction ever (seriously). So easy to follow and makes class fun and easy to follow.
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Kim K.

Kim K.

Ridgewood, NY 11385
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About Rhiannon P.

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Brooklyn, NY
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About Rhiannon
My name is Rhiannon and I am a third generation crafter. Originally I went to school for art history, all the while crafting. Eventually I had enough of studying other people's work and instead wanted to make my own and empower others to do the same.

I consider myself to be the "Swiss Army Knife" of crafters. I have delved into nearly every craft and love passing this knowledge onto my students. For these reasons I have a diverse range of crafts I can teach, including: knitting, crochet, embroidery, hairpin lace, needle felting, and shuttle tatting. In addition to my passion for a variety of crafts, I also love teaching a variety of skill levels, from students beginning their first stitch to someone who wants to redesign a pattern.

With a positive attitude and a willingness to learn I can teach you any of a variety of crafts.
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Janet February 8, 2017
· Crocheting · Online
Myself and a co-worker spent 3 lunch hours with Rhiannon learning the basics of crochet. Rhiannon taught us the various stitches and patiently worked with us until we were comfortable with each one. She also directed us to an online resource to support her instruction that we could refer to as needed. This was our first online lesson of any kind and we were extremely happy with what we learned and the convenience of learning it online. Thank you Rhiannon. :)
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Laura December 14, 2016
· Embroidery · In studio
Rhiannon is super nice, knowledgeable, and patient. It's hard to say much from the first lesson but I look forward to more!
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Yvonne R. June 17, 2016
· Embroidery · Online
I loved my class with Rhiannon. I was a little unsure about how an embroidery class would truly work online. However, my class was clear, enjoyable and I particularly liked how Rhiannon showed me how each stitch I learned today, can be used to create specific effects. She used her own embroidery projects to illustrate this for me.
I can't wait for my next class!
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Rhiannon P.

Rhiannon P.

Brooklyn, NY 11221
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About Cathy G.

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Astoria, NY
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About Cathy
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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Tim July 5, 2017
· Sewing · In home
Cathy arrived ahead of time, well prepared, friendly and motivated. Looking forward to the balance of lessons and expect to get a lot out of it.
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Lessie N. June 26, 2017
· Sewing · In home
Cathy was very pleasant, respectful, courteous and very proficient. She is very patient and very thorough which helped because I am a beginner. I would highly recommend this instructor. I am looking forward to more lessons! I am very please with my choice. Choose this instructor with confidence! A+++++++Teacher.
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Madison C. May 20, 2017
· Knitting · In home
My daughter loved her first lesson & she's looking forward to her second lesson already.
We will be booking a lot more till lil Madi become a pro just like Cathy. 😊😍😊
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Cathy G.

Cathy G.

Astoria, NY 11106
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About Patty L.

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Brooklyn, NY
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About Patty
PATTY L. is a nationally recognized knitting teacher and technique expert who has taught thousands on Craftsy, Interweave, Annie's and at knitting shows around the country
such as Vogue Knitting LIVE, Knit and Crochet Show (the official show of TKGA and CGOA), and STITCHES., Patty’s Craftsy class “Improve Your Knitting” was named Craftsy’s most popular class of 2013!

Patty's designs and knitting skill articles have been published in Vogue Knitting, Interweave Knits, Knit Purl, Knitter’s Magazine, Cast On, Knit Style, and Creative Knitting, magazines, where she also writes a knitter’s advice column called “Patty’s Purls of Wisdom”. Patty’s designs have also been included in pattern collections from Classic Elite, Noro, Cascade, Tahki Stacy Charles and Kollage Yarns.
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Lisa March 27, 2016
· Knitting · Online
My session with Patty was extremely helpful. I really liked the online video format. I was able to correct some tension issues which I now need to practice. I'm looking forward to our next session!
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Andrea Miller March 16, 2016
· Knitting · Online
If you want to learn HOW to knit the best you can, and WHY the best way gives you the best result, it is Patty you want to learn from. She is able to scale her teaching to simplify and clarify, from first steps in yarn and needles to complex maneuvers, with excellent instinct for where the student's abilities currently lie, and to enhance the student's skill with immediately applicable takeaways. She teaches your knitting to soar. I am pumped and cannot wait for my next class!
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Gail Brousal February 13, 2016
· Knitting · In studio
I am a self-taught, long time knitter with the most basic knowledge. I have eschewed many patterns that require advanced techniques. One session with Patty was revelatory about the why of doing. I left with greater confidence, eager for my next lesson.
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Patty L.

Patty L.

Brooklyn, NY 11215
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About Amelie H.

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New York, NY
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About Amelie
Hi my name is Amelie and I have been teaching children how to sew since November of 2015. At my job I've helped my students perfect their craft of sewing from square one as well as creating costumes for school plays. I am a designer in the making and am in the process of creating a business and would love to teach others the art of sewing. I am very patient, reliable, prompt and can work with all age groups. I have also had my fingerprints done by the DOE and DOH (if I were to take on child students).
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Karena R. March 17, 2017
· Sewing · In home
Very knowledgeable teacher. Lovely person.
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Madison S. December 7, 2016
· Sewing · In home
This was only the first lesson but I found Amelie to be friendly, patient and knowledgeable. As far as scheduling is concerned she was very flexible and accommodating. Looking forward to more lessons with Amelie.
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Elijah H. June 29, 2016
· Sewing · In home
She is a nice caring person. I would recommend her to everyone she is the best!!!!
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Amelie H.

Amelie H.

New York, NY 10011
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About LILY Q.

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New York, NY
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I am a fashion designer/instructor and former social worker. I am very patient with students and passionate about sewing. I get excited watching students build skills gradually from basic through advanced level techniques.
Also, I am one of the few teachers in the country who teaches the exclusive "Freehand" sewing, which is sewing without ready-made (commercial) pattern, like our grandparents did.
As a social worker, I taught participants in a homeless shelter, how to make various items geared towards independent living. For six years now, I've been teaching at a fabric store in East Harlem where patrons sign up for group sewing lessons as well as private lessons. I teach garment construction, alterations, home decor, and various sewing projects.
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Nikita April 4, 2017
· Sewing · In studio
Lily is an exceptional teacher. She is very passionate detailed, organized, and caring. I am a person that needs a lot of detail and ask a lot of questions and Lily was so paitent with me. Before meeting Lily I felt unsure of my abilities to sew, but with Lily's guidance on how she structures her lesson I was able to grasp what I was learning. I definitely will be registering with Lily for more courses she's Awesome!
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Nyima W. April 1, 2017
· Sewing · In studio
It was a wonderful experience and I was able to learn so fast. She is a good coach. Will definitely take more classes with her
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Theresa January 27, 2017
· Sewing · In studio
Whether you are a beginner or not.Lily is the best teacher. Patient and knowledgeable. I sew and I'm still learning😁😁😁😁
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LILY Q.

LILY Q.

Irvington, NJ 07111
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$30 / 30-min

About Arin L.

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Brooklyn, NY
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About Arin
Hi! My name is Arin and I am passionate about practicing and teaching several different forms of creative outlet (music, crafts, writing) and would love to work with you on whatever your interests are.

I've been crocheting since I was 10 years old and knitting since I was 18 and I've been teaching crafts (and more) since 2009. I have my own accessories design company where I sell jewelry and knit/crochet accessories and more.

I attended Howard and Stanford Universities where I majored in English, with a concentration in creative writing, so I also love helping students find and strengthen their unique voices via creative writing.

And last, but not least, I'm a singer/songwriter and regular performer and recording artist. I've been singing since I could talk and love helping my voice students with breathing, technique, and most o
f all confidence.

I hope to have you in one of my classes soon!
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Arin L.

Arin L.

Brooklyn, NY 11238
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$20 / 30-min

About Vena H.

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New York, NY

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My name is Vena. I'm a fashion designer, tailor, sewer, enthusiastic craft lover. I had worked at major fashion brands in NYC for more than 7 years with a fashion design degree from Parsons. My specialty is in sewing, patternmaking, draping, tailoring and fitting. I have a great passion in teaching and extremely patient. I provide the best quality and hands on sewing skills that we use in the industry. If you would like to learn how to draft a pattern from scratch to make your own clothes or alter your clothes that fit you, I will show you how to achieve that. The courses will design and cater to your needs. I look forward to having a great sewing time with you.
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Urvi August 22, 2017
· Sewing · Online
Vena is a phenomenal teacher. She really ensures that you understand the concepts fully when teaching and doesn't rush through anything to fit it within a certain time frame. In our first day, she helped me learn the semantics of patternmaking and sewing and apply it visually to a dress form! For any beginner or someone who needs to solidify their foundation, Vena is a great instructor!
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Nina B. July 28, 2017
· Sewing · In home
Had my first lesson today and Vena showed me many tips on how to lay out the pattern properly on the fabric and reviewed what the pattern symbols mean. I learned things I never knew and, as we went along, she gave me the reasons why things are done a certain way which is good so it'll make sense and I won't be as likely to forget them. I'm very happy and can't wait for Lesson 2.
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Vena H.

Vena H.

New York, NY 10018
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About Imani W.

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New York, NY

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I am a professional clothing and footwear designer who has worked for major brands sold in your local Macy's, Dillard's, Khol's and more. I have also been the head of my own clothing line for over 10 years. I have been sewing since the age of 10 years old and studied at Fashion Industries High School & Savannah College of Art & Design.

I have been a designer participant in NY Fashion Week, Louisiana Fashion Week, and more. I have worked with local designers to help develop their collections and continue to be a design consultant. I run a concierge tailoring business while continuing to work with private clients and teach sewing.

I can't wait to help your sewing dreams come true!

-Imani
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Imani W.

Imani W.

New York, NY 10027
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$34 / 30-min

About Jessica M.

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Staten Island, NY
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I am a yoga teacher, reiki healer and jewelry designer who loves connecting and helping people. I graduated from Laughing Lotus NYC in 2014 with a 200hr certification. I soon went on to explore inversions and recieved my 50hr FLY certificate. I am a Level 1 reiki healer.
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Chris Cordaro August 3, 2017
· Yoga · In studio
Incredible first lesson. Thank you so much.
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Jessica M.

Jessica M.

Staten Island, NY 10309
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