- Levels Taught:
- Beginner, Intermediate
I can help you make curtains, pillows, bags, aprons and other household items. If you want to make clothing, I will guide you through using a published pattern.
I have been sewing for over 30 years and was making my own clothes by the time I was in second grade. My lessons are not like reality TV. Projects take longer than you may think they will. I will work with you to properly construct a quality finished project.
Please note, I do not teach pattern making, draping, and advanced tailoring. My experience with serger/marrow machines is limited.
Students are expected to provide all tools and materials but I will help you find what you need for your project.
Recommend duration for in-person lessons is 90 minutes.
- Teaches students:
- Ages 8+ and special needs
- Teaching since:
- March 1984
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 find 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.
*** 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.
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.
Provide crafting activities for adults with special needs and a variety of skill levels.
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.
I have taught classes for various businesses and organizations
As a professional crochet and knit designer, I design, construct and write patterns. 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, Dover and private designers and artists.
"In Stitches...with Kim K"
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.
Hacemos las puntadas en Espanol, tambien.
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.
Continuing Education Intermediate Crochet Course
Teach full day craft programs at libraries several times each year. Senior Participants craft items that are donated to organizations like Head Start and battered women's shelters.
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.
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.+ Read More
Completed certified instructor programs in both crochet and knit.
Kim is very helpful and nice to work with. I enjoyed my lesson with her.
Kim was very patient, kind, and flexible! Thank you so much!
I'm very happy to have connected with Kim! She is a very patient, thorough, and kind instructor who has already made me feel more confident about sewing in just this first lesson. Kim is also a delightful person who put me at ease immediately at this first online session. Judy+ Read More
Kim is a natural. She listens to your questions and answers them and shows you how sewing techniques are done. I will be definitely be taking more classes with Kim. Thank you Kim so very much!
wonderful . knowledgable. thorough
My boyfriend very much enjoyed her class! Thank you.
Patient and personable!
Kim is very passionate about knitting and other needle crafts. She is very knowledgeable and freely imparts what she knows. She is friendly, flexible and patient.
Kim went out of her way to help me get started crocheting and with the computer!
Kim is amazing! Thorough, generous with her time, fun to work and chat with, and extremely clear and easy to follow. She is also fast at replying emails and providing additional information and advice outside the class time. I feel I'm getting great lessons and also making a friend in NYC over the internet!+ Read More
Very patient and very clear - she has been crocheting for a long time and her experience shows. Thank you Kim!!!!
Exactly what I was looking for. My daughter had surgery last week and I wanted her to be able to learn to knit while she's at home for the next ten days. Kim was upbeat and clearly competent. She also went out of her way to help me (a leftie knitter) learn how to help my daughter if she ran into snags. Thank you, Kim!+ Read More
I've worked with Kim before on knitting and I wanted to learn crochet so I contacted her again. I'm so glad I did because she is great. She has so much information and terrific helpful tips and advice.
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!
Thank you Kim! Amazing as always!
Best instruction ever (seriously). So easy to follow and makes class fun and easy to follow.
I just finished my first lesson with Kim and am looking forward to the next! She is very knowledgeable about crocheting and wants to make sure you understand. I was skeptical about doing an online class but I couldn't be happier! I am so glad I found Kim and look forward to continuing my classes.+ Read More
Kim is great, very specific for my first lesson giving me a lot of information and specifics before we started the knitting part, I found that into wonderful! The lesson for someone who has never picked up needles before was the perfect speed. I have the lessons recorded so I can watch while I practice. Kim if you're reading this, thank you for making feel so comfortable even when I was clumsy 🤗.+ Read More
Kim is an excellent teacher and she is very patient . Thanks to kim I was introduced to crochet and have thorough enjoyed it
Fabulous experience. Thoroughly enjoyable and Kim solved my knitting problem.
Kim is kind, patient and extremely knowledgeable. I did a knitting party for my 9 year old girl and it was a huge success. Thank you Kim!
Kim is fantastic! She worked with my 10-year old daughter who wanted to sew her own clothes. Kim was great about finding projects that were fun and accessible, and my daughter really learned a lot! We will definitely take lessons from Kim again!!
Very lovely person and patient to boot!
On time, upbeat and gave me some great pointers that I know I'll put to good use!
Will def. book another lesson with Kim.
I booked Kim for an in-person crotchet lesson and knew right away she was a good fit for me. Our first and second in-person lessons were learning the basics as I have no experience. I just finished my third lesson and I am already working on projects.
Kim is very kind, patient, incredibly knowledgeable, and flexible with booking and selecting projects of interest. She can anticipate your next move and is able to read her students very early on to know where they may struggle and/or have success. I recommend Kim to anyone who has a desire to learn!
Can't wait for my next class!!!
I had a great time learning with Kim. I am a total Newbie, Kim was very Knowledgeable and patient. While I learned the basics, she gave great advice, tips, & reviews of other stores and subjects. I highly recommend her to any one who is just beginning or trying to hone in on your craft.+ Read More
Kim, is exceptional!! She makes you feel so at at ease!! Very, very, smart and wise beyond her years. And so much fun to be with. Time flys by with her and she leaves you wanting more!!!! Lol there were times after she left that I could not put the crocheting tools down!! Love her and enjoy my lessons 5 stars for Kim!!!!!!+ Read More
Kim came to Manhattan for our lesson and was very promt and ready to teach a specific set of techniques that I wanted to learn to complete a Mother's Day project. She taught in a way that was easy to understand and I was able to catch on quickly. Kim is very personable and it's clear in her clean work that she has a lot of professional experience. I appreciate her knowledge and guidance in instruction. Thank you Kim!! I'm having fun with my new found craft/meditation!!+ Read More
Kim is great and she spent tons of time with me going over my lesson plans so I understood them. She is very patient and so knowledgeable I definitely will have more lessons in the future.
Kim was beyond wonderful! She was patient and very detail oriented. I can not wait for a second session. She went above and beyond.
Just had my first crocheting lesson with the fabulous Kim Kotary! She is an awesome instructor. I was very relaxed , and enjoyed what I was doing. She has a gift of knowledge. And I can't wait to have my next lesson with her. Thank you for having such a great instructor and a perfect match for my crocheting lessons 😊~Maggie+ Read More
Kim was terrific! It was great to go through the basics and actually have someone watch what I was doing. Now I'm not HOPING I'm doing it correctly, i KNOW I'm doing it correctly She's very good with the step-by-step verbals and visuals, and moves at a comfortable pace. Also, I learned a bunch of cool little tips from her. Added bonus: she's a super nice and interesting person; turns out we share many of the same interests, and what I'm looking to develop - sort of a little niche project thing - she's been doing for years. I'll definitely be taking additional lessons from her. Thanks, Kim!+ Read More
For many years I have wanted to sew and was too scared. After 1 lesson, Kim buit up my confidence enough so that I can sew seams forwards and backwards!! Threading the machine was challenging, I look forward to learning that and more next time, She is kind, ha a lot of patience and is very knowledgeable.+ Read More
Kim was recommended by a friend and I can see why. She was punctual, easy to communicate with even via email during the class with my many questions and very friendly. She gave my 8y old a sewing lessons and gave her (and me) many tips. She was very knowledgeable, clear, easy to follow and was even entertaining! My daughter learned a great deal andorrnimportantly acquired a lot of ease and confidence. We will use her again and I recommend her to anyone.+ Read More
I am so grateful for Kim. She gives explanations that are easy to grasp and stays with you until you feel confident. Thanks to Kim and to takinglessons!
Kim is fantastic and PATIENT! Highly recommended!!!
So far, after one lesson I've gathered that Kim is extremely spirited, knowledgeable and fun to work with. I'm an absolute, doe-eyed beginner and she even made going over the sewing machine instruction manual fun.
I didn't feel at all like I'm just another student. It seems, after first impressions that she genuinely cares about helping me reach my goals.
I love this way of taking lessons. Youtube doesn't allow for questions and it is SOO helpful to be doing it together and have questions answered immediately!
Kim is wonderful with very clear descriptions and amazingly patient, staying with me even when internet connections were iffy. Thank you so much!
She's super knowledgeable and a great teacher. I'm excited for my next lesson!
Kim is amazing and one of the most patient teachers! I have really enjoyed each of my lessons and I look forward to taking many more.
Kim is very knowledgeable and patient.
She was very knowledgeable, explained everything I needed to know and gave me a few tips as well. Excellent Teacher.
Always a wonderful lesson. Kim is patient and easy to work with! She has the ability to transfer her knowledge of sewing online, that makes it feel like she is in the room with you!
I went with Kim because of her ratings. I'm so happy I did! This was my first time sewing and after just 1 lesson I know how to use my machine!!! I had trouble with putting a pattern together but Kim was very patient with me and walked me through it. I like that she also took the time before hand to make a sample of the project I wanted to do. I wasn't able to finish my project online with her but she made sure I would be able to finish it with out her. Which I did! Another thing I liked about kim was she did not try to get me to buy more lessons. She didn't even mention it! I was so nervous about the whole online thing but she made me comfortable. I had so much fun and learned so much that I will defiantly be using her again! Thank you kim!!!!!+ Read More
Taking lessons with Kim has been a real treat! She is always willing to go the extra mile and help me during and between my lessons! She is very knowledgeable, but more importantly, she has a real passion for the work she does! Her lessons are so much fun and I'm learning really fast!!!+ Read More
I just had my first lesson with Kim and enjoyed every minute! I learned so much in my first lesson that now I want to know more so I bought more lessons! :-) Kim makes crocheting fun! Thanks Kim!
My first lesson with Kim will not be my last, for sure. I didn't want it to end because I enjoyed the learning experience so much. No pressure with a relaxed atmosphere made the lesson easier to concentrate. I am crocheting a baby blanket for my first grandchild and with the help and future lessons with Kim will be expanding my capabilities. I can't wait till the next lesson. So happy that Kim is sharing her knowledge with me.+ Read More
great lesson!!! Kim is a great person. I'm enjoying every minute! :)
My first lesson with Kim was fun, educational and oh yes, FUN!
I learned a lot (already made 2 beautiful necklaces) and I know I will learn a lot more.
Great class!! Highly recommended :)
I just had my first lesson with Kim today. She's amazing! I wasn't sure about a Skype lesson but Kim has the system down and it's obvious she has a lot of experience teaching. I can't wait till my next lesson!!
Kim is so patient and graciously put up with me using Skype on my cell phone.
I'm looking forward to my next lesson!
I really like learning with Kim. I have had some exposure with learning to crochet but very minimal. Somehow when she explains it, it is all coming together and sinking in - I can make sense of things now where I couldn't before. She takes you step by step and is VERY knowledgeable about the process of crocheting. I wasn't sure how I would feel about an online lesson but it is perfect for me. She will show you using large needles and bulky yarn thereby making it easier for you to see and understand. I highly recommend her.+ Read More
Great help with a crochet pattern that was very difficult to read. She also provided other helpful tips for my project. I would highly recommend her.
Kim was very helpful and accommodating. She answered every question I had and demonstrated the crochet stitches I was struggling with. I can't wait for our next lesson to learn more so I can complete my project.
Kim was patient and knowledgeable. She helped me with two projects where I'd run into trouble. I enjoyed my first lesson and look forward to more.
Far a first time online for me it was so helpful, I was nervous but I finally got the jest of Skype. Nest will be easier for me. Kim is great and patient!
Kim was very knowledgeable and forthcoming about sharing her expertise. I found her to be very warm, personable and an overall delight.
Kim is precious. She was very knowledgeable. And very patient. She has awesome teaching skills. I am very happy and so excited to continue with my new hobby.
Kim is very patient, very thorough, very courteous. Excellent instructor! And I'm a former teacher, so I recognize a good teacher!
Kim is patient, positive, and gave me great tips to fix mistakes in my crocheting. I was very happy.
I had a wonderful first lesson! Kim is a very fun and friendly instructor. I'm really looking forward to continued lessons.
My first lesson was most productive! Kim is very patient, I'm looking forward to the the next one.
Sharon M. Fisher
My first lesson was good. Kim was very knowledgably and patient. I was a little apprehensive of online classes and would rather do a face to face class here locally. I had to settle for online. We had several scheduling conflicts but finally it worked out. My first class she forgot to place me on both calendars so she wasn't expecting me but taught the lesson.+ Read More
Kim is an excellent teacher.She helped me to learn the basics very quick.I highly recommend her for anyone passionate about Crocheting.
Very patient and knows her stuff. She knows what mistakes beginners will make quite easily and teaches skills that should will last you longer than one project.
Kim is great. Very patient, helpful and personable. Taught me to cast on and start knitting slippers. Very glad to be learning from her.
Great lesson, thank you Kim. We are excited to learn more!!
Kim was extremely knowledgeable and patient. I was delighted to find her and my time with her was well spent and educational. I look forward to doing different projects with her.
Kim is great. Very patient. Thorough. It was so much fun!
Kim is very patient and understanding. She helped me get unstuck from a place in the knitting project pattern I'm working on. She also shared a couple of helpful tools that will help me in the future. Thanks Kim!
Kim is a wonderful instructor. Looking forward to my next lesson!
Kim is highly skilled and patient, very, very patient.
Kim is so knowledgeable and patient
Great experience with Kim!!! Looking forward to the next class!!!
She really takes her time with you and thoroughly explains how to do each technique.
Kim was very helpful with a pattern I was having trouble understanding. I highly recommend her.
had a great experience with Kim! she was able to assess my skill level, and meet me where I was at. she also provides a lot of information, so you are learning some fashion history as well. the truly valuable part of this lesson to me, is that she shows you how to use your machine, so you use it to it's full capacity. so improves the way you work so that you become more efficient.+ Read More
Great experience online! Learned some valuable tips. Looking forward to another lesson with Kim.
I have a pattern I was trying to figure out. Kim was very patient with me. I didn't do any of the pre-work she sent as I didn't see the email but she never commented on it. (I just found it).
She is clearly knowledgable and helped me, as a visual learner, walk through the steps I needed to learn. She was able to fit me in quickly which I really appreciated and helped me get back on track. Kim is truly able to meet you where you are in your learning experience.
Today was my first class with my teacher Kim. It was great experience learning from her. She helped me in every step in cutting fabric the right way using pattern.
After taking this class i have no doubt that I will be able to learn even with skype session as the teacher knows how to deliver her skills and knowledge even on Web cam.
Also i am not very good at speaking English because I am not native speaker and my mother tongue is different from English but still the teacher was able to make me understand how should I proceed my project of making wash day apron.
She is very nice and has very good communication skills along with the knowledge she has about her subject (Sewing etc)
I will recommend this teacher to others too.
She is remarkable. The most patient and great teacher. she is the best.
Kim was great! Personable, patient, and very knowledgable.
I love Kim. She is kind, patient, knowledgeable and talented!
Kim was very patient and personable. She made sure I knew how to read a pattern and gave me several tips along the way. I really appreciate her teaching style!
She was great and soooo helpful. Helped me with exactly what I needed. Looking forward to more lessons!
i've had 2 classes with kim and am very happy with her so far. i'm looking to work consistently with her because she is very knowledgeable about knitting and explains things very well. highly recommended.
Excellent teacher 😃😃
Kim is easy to work with. She makes learning to sew simple.
Best instructor ever, I'm learning so much so quickly!
GREAT TEACHER! GREAT PATIENCE! WONDERFUL PERSONALITY! A++++++++!
Fantastic teacher, I highly recommend! She was really helpful, and I learned way faster than I expected to!
I had my first lesson with Kim and am so tickled to be able to learn from her via Skype. She was able to clear up every question I had; brainstormed with me as to how to alter a pattern since the yarn I was using did not fit the gauge; and generally made me feel at ease. I'm looking forward to having future lessons with the ever-so- patient Kim! If you have taken knitting classes in a group and been disappointed, this style of one-on-one interaction will feel sublime! Can't recommend her enough!+ Read More
She is THE BEST!!!!
Kim is a wonderfully patient and great, sweet teacher. I enjoyed my first class very much and look forward to advancing with her.
This instructor surpassed my expectations. She should be teaching an entire class at FIT or Pratt because she is incredibly knowledgeable, skilled, patient and thorough. She is also responsible and clearly very passionate. She is interesting and after having sessions w/ Kim she has definitely sparked my interest in continuing and improving. Kim could probably teach physics to a monkey she is that good!+ Read More
Outstanding, knowledgeable, patient instructor! I LUCKED OUT! She's is the best and I am already, confidently knitting a scarf. I love this class and Kim made all the difference. Her costs are very reasonable and she is very reliable. If u r looking for an outstanding instructor, she's the one!+ Read More
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!+ Read More