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Thanks for the Reviews

Posted on September 1, 2015 at 11:45 AM Comments comments (1)

I am currently rated number one sewing instructor in NYC on Thumbtack based on the reviews by my students. Thank you to all the students who have taken the time to leave me a review!!!


A new review

Posted on June 28, 2015 at 3:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Joshua Dieffenbacher:

Kim has endless amount of knowledge, patience and excels at teaching! I have been taking lessons for two years weekly and have completed numerous sewing projects! Including a pageant gown, jumpers, skirts, coats, capes, tops,sundresses, hats, pillows, bedding and stuffed animals! Thanks to her guidance.

Crochet Today Patterns

Posted on March 3, 2015 at 11:30 AM Comments comments (0)

I don't own the rights to distribute Crochet Today patterns.

You should contact

I think they own everything from CT.


Pattern support for "Dreamy Cocoons"

Posted on October 23, 2014 at 1:55 PM Comments comments (0)

The publisher provides free Technical Pattern Support:

To ask for assistance in understanding instructions for making a design from a Leisure Arts publication (please specify type of skill involved, such as knit, crochet, etc.).

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Reviews from Betterfly

Posted on February 8, 2014 at 3:35 PM Comments comments (2)

• 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...

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Granny Square Sweater Assembly

Posted on October 21, 2012 at 4:50 PM Comments comments (1)

Deby Wrote:

 I was crocheting the Granny Square Jacket from the Red Heart Pattern #WR1859. I've got the squares sewn together as shown on pattern, however, I cannot figure out how to layout the back, front, and sleeves to sew them together. Do you have a chart available for that process? It wasn't listed on website. Thank you,

My Reply:

There is a schematic on the second page of the pattern.The single square on the sleeve folds diagonally to make a guss...

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More on the Purple textures cocoon and Foundation Single Crochets

Posted on September 25, 2012 at 5:05 PM Comments comments (1)


Dana  wrote:

I am making your purple texture(s?) cocoon for my SIL's baby (she's due in October, but the shower is next week!). I am useing the pattern out of Donna Kooler's Encyclopedia of Crochet. I have never used a foundation chain, but that is not really the problem, it is the pattern I am having trouble is how it is written: " Rnd 1 (RS) With Purple Mist (that is the color) work 32 foundation single crochet (Fsc); do not join. Pla...

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Purple Textures Cocoon Continued

Posted on August 28, 2012 at 7:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Faye Wrote:

I have attempted Purple Textures from Dreamy Cocoons, 3 times, and cannot figure out the start. If yoy don't join, do you turn and go back with the sc's to end up with 32? Also, even after I started as best I could, the increases didn't seem to fall in the correct places.


Faye,The first thing you should do is get familiar with how to do foundation single crochets.There are some good videos on Youtube.These videos clearly shows how to work...

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Purple Textures Cocoon Pattern

Posted on May 8, 2012 at 1:40 AM Comments comments (2)

If you are having trouble with the first round of the Purple textures Cocoon pattern in Dreamy Cocoons, look up a stitch called the foundation single crochet.

Here are some videos that may help:

The increases are then worked like on the toe of a sock with some texture in between.

I hope this helps, 



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Mission Statement

Posted on November 10, 2011 at 5:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Recently, a couple college students have contacted me. The first was a fashion design student who needed a crochet sample maker. The second was a student working on her BFA who is interested in textiles and lace - how cool is that. As I read over my reply e-mail to the BFA student, I realized I had elements of a mission statement forming. I wrote:

I can teach you to make many kinds of hand made lace and about the structures of machine made lace. I am fascinated by all things lace. If I ...

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  • Arielle Apr 29, 2015


    Helpful, knowledgeable, and nice.

  • Patti Apr 27, 2015


    Kim helped me sew a skirt for my daughter. She was very knowledgeable, very nice and took the time to find my building and neighborhood. Kim loves sewing and all textile work, and shares her knowledge and enthusiasm generously.

  • Joy Aug 18, 2013


    Kim did a fantastic job teaching my daughter to sew. She saw it through beginning to end. I am extremely pleased with her service. Thank you.

  • Linda Aug 14, 2013


    Kim is a great teacher.Her patient and easy to understand style is only complemented by her extensive knowledge.Even though I have been crocheting for decades,she added,in just our first lesson,things I have never done before.I am looking forward to our future lessons with so much enthusiasm.Have not yet seen anything in her teaching style that needs improvement.I think she has the confidence and professionalism to do all that she aspires to.Absolutely impressed!

  • Jane Jun 5, 2013


    very friendly, very patient, sweet and informative. Definitely recommend!

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