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Kim Kotary

Kim Kotary

Online & Ridgewood, NY

" Sewing, Crochet, Knitting Lessons in New York"

Services: Crocheting, Embroidery And Needlepoint, Felting, Knitting, Sewing

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I am a professional freelance crochet and knitting designer and teacher with years of experience. My rates are by the hour - recruit a friend and split the fee!

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  • Ginnette M. January 31, 2013

    "This was my first time using Skype. I used the webcam in my laptop and a mic I had lying around. I think it was easier doing the class on Skype because I could see Kim doing the stitches better, Taking the class via webcam is so convenient!!!! It was super easy to schedule. I am definitely going to continue taking knitting classes via webcam with Kim...then crochet....."

  • Ginnette M. January 31, 2013

    "Taking the class via skype is a great option!!! It was my first time using skype, and it was super easy!!! I really liked doing the class via webcam. I used the webcam from my laptop and a $10 microphone I got from Walmart for a class. Take advantage of the free class to make sure the technology works. I really liked doing the class online. It seemed easier to see the stitches, and after one class I am knitting!!!!! I will be doing many more classes via webcam. It is so convenient!!! Kim is a great instructor. Once I get more practice knitting, I will begin crochet!!!! Check out her website to see some of her work. It is amazing. "

  • Rhonda R. November 26, 2012

    "She is a good instructor and would use again."

  • Denise A. July 15, 2012

    "Kim is very personable, very talented at designing, and very helpful at explaining. She designed a lovely sweater which I am crocheting. Since it is my first sweater, I was a bit confused about the schematic.
    Kim met with me over Skype and explained things very well, informing not only my understanding about the pattern in question, but about crochet and garment construction in general.
    She also took the time to answer questions about a random free scarf pattern I'd downloaded, and was able to look at the pattern for less than a minute, explain what was going on with it, and what I needed to look out for. It was very informative and reassuring.
    Best of all, Kim gave me this lesson for free! I wish I lived in her area so I could take all her classes. If she ever gives an online one, I'll attend, for sure!"

  • mea M. March 12, 2012

    "I had the pleasure of taking a 4 week knitting class with Kim Kotary at 3rd ward in brooklyn, ny. I have taken many classes there and this one has been the best. It is clear that Kim is a professional textile expert (is that the right title?) and experienced instructor. She is extremely patient and helpful. She is also very friendly and a solid conversationalist - which is important when your sitting around for 3 hours at a time knitting together. :)

    The class far exceeded my expectations. The class structure let me work at my own pace and choose which projects and subjects i wanted to learn to create. The class was small so there was a lot of personalized one on one instruction. In a 4 session class (each 3 hours) I learned knit, purl, stockinette, garter, ribbing, cable knitting, cast on, bind off, increase, decrease, how to read pattern, how to knit in the round and how to integrate additional colors into a project. I finished a ribbed scarf, cable knit hat, started two cowls and started mittens (with dpns!).

    I highly recommend Kim Kotary. (I plan on taking private lessons with her in the future.)
    :) "

  • carole V. November 16, 2011

    "Kim is the BEST!. I'm a first time Tunisian crocheter and being such I could not figure out the next step in the instructions. I emailed Kim and within a day she gave me the answer to my question. Having a senior moment I still didn't understand so once again I emailed Kim. Like the first time she quickly emailed me back and very patiently gave me detailed round by round instruction showing the "pattern" that was taking place. She is an excellent teacher and I would not hesitate to attempt any of her other patterns. "

  • Amelia's M. October 29, 2011

    "Kim was the best knitting coach for a girl's birthday party. She arrive on time and prepared with all the materials, and she was very patient with all of the kids. For most of the kids, it was their first time knitting. They all had a great time! I would highly recommend her for a private party."

  • Jolie H. April 26, 2011

    "Kim is a gifted and talented teacher with gobs and gobs of patience! I am really enjoying having her as a sewing teacher. In one try, she taught me to thread my serger and to be able to change thread colors....a feat that even my own sister could not do!

    I totally recommend Kim!"

  • Jolie H. April 19, 2011

    "She is a wonderful teacher, knowledge and most patient! I enjoy every moment and never feel overwhelmed!

  • Jolie H. April 5, 2011

    "Truly fabulous! We will continue classes on a weekly or bi-monthly basis depending on schedules. I am looking forward to our next time of working together! She even has me putting together lists of projects in progress, projects with all supplies, and dream projects!"

  • Susan M. March 14, 2011

    "I am a new to crochet person and was having trouble figuring out how to read a pattern to assemble my first sweater. I contacted Kim through a crochet forum and she explained what I needed to do and just how to do it making what was a frustrating experience into a happy success.
    I have no webcam or microphone so she did all this in writing (not so easy to do) and was endlessly patient and very kind.
    I was just plain lucky, I hit the jackpot when I found her name and asked for help.
    She was wonderful!"

  • Katherine G. February 23, 2011

    "I took class with Kim in Brooklyn and on the web via video chat. She's really good at explaining how to crochet! And she has a good sense of humor. I really enjoyed working with her--and best of all I actually learned how to crochet! I'm working on my second hat right now. Fun!"

  • Erica F. September 30, 2010

    "I highly recommend Kim Kotary as a crochet and knitting instructor. Her patience, knowledge, expertise, resourcefulness and kindness have no limit. She is extremely reliable and professional in every respect. "

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