The Kotary Coterie


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.

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.).


If you have a webcam, you can schedule a private lesson with me." target="_blank" rel="nofollow">


If you do not have a webcam, I will try to answer your questions via email

when I have a free moment.


You may also get free help from other crocheters who have worked the pattern on Ravelry.


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, 



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 could afford to specialize more in lace related things, I would. My masters degree is in Museum Studies: Costume and Textile History and Conservation. My research and studies includes representations of lace in art, styles and uses of lace, and technological developments of lace making from the beginning of time through the industrial revolution to the mid 20th century when handmade lace techniques became crafts or hobbies. I learn and teach hand skills and techniques so that the knowledge won't die. 


I charge by the hour not by the student. You are welcome to coordinate a workshop and charge others to attend to cover my fees. I will custom design a workshop to suit your needs. I don't think of teaching the way professors do. I believe my students are customers paying for a service I am providing. I butted heads with a professor in graduate school who didn't teach me what I was paying to learn.


There isn't much lace making stuff up on my website because I can't afford to do things I'm not being paid to do. I gifted an incredible piece of Bedfordshire-Maltese style bobbin lace for a Van Dyke style c.16th century men's shirt collar. All I asked for in return was a photograph. I finished the lace in 2001 and I am still waiting on the photo.



I hope I can be of use to you in your studies.

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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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