Craft With Kim Kotary

Craft With Kim Kotary

5.0 (1)
1 employee
16 years in business

About this pro

As a teacher and textile professional I am very detail oriented. I can look at your hands and your work and tell you exactly what will help you improve. I am noted for my extreme patience and kindness as a teacher while inspiring creativity and the desire to make things. I learned many hand crafting skills from books and I know sometimes it is difficult to learn from a book or video. It is so much easier and fun to have a person who can give you immediate feedback and advice. It is also important to me to preserve hand crafting skills by passing them along for future generations.

As a professional crafter, I have over 11 years experience teaching private lessons and classes in NYC and over 40 years crafting experience. I am a CYC certified instructor and a published knit and crochet designer. You can see some of my published work on my designer page on Ravelry.com. My MA from FIT is in Museum Costume and Textile History and Conservation.

Look me up at:

http://kkotary.webs.com/

https://www.facebook.com/CraftwithKimKotary/

https://www.ravelry.com/designers/kim-kotary

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Credentials

Ridgewood, NY 11385
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1 Review

5.0

  • Ginnette Moskowitz

    She is able to make you feel like she is right with you. I took classes online and she helped improve my knitting so much!!



FAQs


What is your typical process for working with a new student?

After we make contact, we will discuss your goals and project interests. We will make sure you have all the tools and materials you need to get started. Then we will set up a date, time and location.


What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

As a professional crafter, I have over 11 years teaching experience and over 40 years crafting experience. I am a CYC certified instructor and a published knit and crochet designer. You can see some of my published work on my designer page on Ravelry.com. My MA from FIT is in Museum Costume and Textile History and Conservation.


Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

I charge by the hour, not by the person. If you would like to share your lesson, you can split the cost with friends. You can also create your own class by suggesting a topic and recruiting students.


How did you get started teaching?

I started teaching in museums during and after college. After Graduate school I did some networking to get work in the knitting and crochet publishing industry. This networking led to teaching opportunities and connections with websites like this one to help me connect with students.


What types of students have you worked with?

I have worked with people aged 6 to 100, Girls and Boys, Women and Men, English and Spanish speakers, people with cognitive and physical disabilities. Although I prefer one on one lessons, I have worked with groups of 30 or more


Describe a recent event you are fond of.

It teach classes for the United Federation of Teachers. These retired teachers are some of the most skilled needle workers I have every worked with. They really challenge me to find challenging projects for them. At the end of each semester there is a luncheon where all the classes display or demonstrate what they have done in their classes. It fills me with pride to see the work of my students displayed together.


What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

Communicate exactly what you want and need. I am very flexible, patient and creative. I have a vast range of skills, talents and knowledge. If I can't meet your needs, I will try to help you find some else who can.

Shop around, read reviews, compare prices, class sizes, locations and schedules. If a class is in a store are they going to make you buy expensive materials? Are you going to be sharing the teacher with a dozen or more other students? Do you want the social atmosphere of a class?  Are you shy and uncomfortable asking questions when you need help in group settings? Do you need more time to complete a project after a class has finished? Do you complete those projects or stuff them in a drawer and forget about them? Do you need some encouragement to complete your project?

Is English your second language? I regularly work with students who speak a variety of languages. I am trying to learn Spanish. I am specifically focusing on the words used by crocheters in all the different dialects and regional accents of Latin America.


What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

Is your project too ambitious for your skill level? For example start with a tote bag not a ball gown if you have never touched a sewing machine before.

Can you finish your project within a reasonable amount of time? Are you committed to finishing your project?

If you are making an afghan, it will probably take more than 40 hours to complete.

Do you want to work on your project between lessons?


Lessons offered

Sewing Classes Craft Classes Crocheting Classes Embroidery Classes Fabric Arts Lessons Needlework Classes Quilting Classes