individual, private lessons in sewing, knitting, and other fiber arts

If you want to take your first steps into learning the world of fiber arts, or dive head first into a fibery project – this page is for you.

I teach private sewing and knitting lessons all over New York City, and my students walk away with the skills and confidence to continue making long after our lessons are complete.

What do you want to learn?

I teach sewing & knitting at any skill level and all particular project oddness. Plus alterations and mending for people who don’t want to sew their own clothing but do want to take back control of their wardrobes.

As well as the occasional beginning crochet, embroidery, spinning, weaving, beading, or bead crochet lesson for students who really connect with my teaching style and just want a little nudge getting going.

What level are you?

Never touched these material in your life? Lets dive in.
Kinda sorta know what your doing? We can work with that.
Know the basics but want to advance? Lets do it.

Learned when you were a kid and haven’t used those skills since? You might remember more than you think you do.

How do you want to learn?

Do you want to make a particular project? Or learn a particular skill?
We can base your lessons around either a project or a skill – both ways of learning have unique advantages.

If you’re not sure what you want to learn, or you’re new to this whole making thing, I’d suggest project based lessons – they create small wins that help you stick with the learning process.

If you’re a more intermediate maker and looking to learn specific skills to take your crafting to a whole other level – we can absolutely do skill intensives, designed to practice one particular skill until you’ve got it firmly under your belt.

Know what you’re looking for?
Contact me to schedule your lesson.

“I was given 2 yards of African Print fabric and I desperately wanted to sew a circle skirt. Moreover, I have had my sewing machine for more than 7 years in my closet and it was time to actually put it to use. I wanted to learn from a teacher how the sewing machine works. And I wanted to actually finish a garment. If you ask, I’d say, ‘Go take a private class with Holly. She is very knowledgeable and you will have a fun experience.'”  -Nancy Ricci, Knitwear Designer

How does this work?

I come to you, and teach individualized, single person, private lessons, all over New York City.

I tailor my teaching to you – what you want to learn, at your pace, taught in a way that makes sense for you. With this in mind my teachings and schedules are incredibly flexible.

We can do on-going lessons so you can level up your making. Or one time lessons focused around one specific skill.

I teach (and charge) in half hour increments with a 1 hour minimum. Lessons are $60 per student per hour ($30 for half an hour).

If you want to learn a new craft, or level up your making, I’d suggest on-going lessons – either 1 hour, 1.5 hours or 2 hours each week.

If you want to learn a single specific skill, I’d suggest a long one-time lesson – a 2 or 3 hour one-time intensive lesson.

If you want to make a specific project, we can do either a one-time lesson, or on going lessons, depending on: the size of the project, the complexity of the project, and your schedule.

Shoot me an email telling me what you want to learn.
We’ll create a plan just for you.

“Holly was my introduction to sewing!
We meet while she was studying for her degree in design at my local yarn shop.  Her intricate designs,color sense and personal style always impressed me.  So when thinking about who I would want to work with, her name was at the top of my list.  She is always prepared prompt and patient-additionally her sense of humor made it fun…. You can’t go wrong with Holly” – Sara S.


Usually, I come to you and we have our lesson in your home.

Especially for sewing lessons, this comes with the tremendous advantage of you being able to learn on and become familiar with your sewing machine. Without you having to tote it all over the city.

Knitting lessons have a little more location flexibility.

Little lost?

Here’s how to figure out what to ask for:

1. What craft do you want to learn? Knitting, sewing, mending & altering, etc.
2. Do you have something specific in mind? Yes. No. Kinda-sorta.
3. Do you want a one-time lesson, or on-going lessons?
4. What does your schedule look like?

Email me, so we can create a lesson plan just for you.
(holly AT chayes DOT org)

Payment, Cancellation, Rescheduling & Multiple Student Policies:

Payment: Lessons are $60/hour ($30/half-hour) and are billed in 30 minute increments. Payment is expected promptly at the end of each lesson. Cash or all major credit cards are accepted. If you wish to pay by credit card, a Paypal Invoice will be sent at the end of the lesson, you do not need a Paypal account to pay this invoice, just a credit or debit card. No personal checks accepted.

Cancellations & Rescheduling: Life happens.

With at least 24 hours notice: Lessons cancelled or rescheduled with 24 hours notice will not be subject to any cancellation fees.

With less than 24 hours notice: Lessons cancelled with less than 24 hours notice will be charged for the full lesson. Lessons rescheduled with less than 24 hours notice will be charged a 50% rescheduling fee.

No-Shows: “No-shows” are upsetting. If the teacher arrives and the student is not there, the teacher will wait for 10 minutes past the scheduled start time of the lesson. After 10 minutes the student will be considered a “no-show.” “No-Shows” will be treated as a lesson cancelled with less than 24 hours notice.

Multiple Students: Lessons with multiple students are $60 per student per hour. The maximum number of students per lesson are 2 sewing students. Or 3 knitting students.

Young Students: for all lessons with younger students, an adult must be present for the duration of the lesson for students under the age of 18.

Ready to learn? Shoot me an email.
(holly AT chayes DOT org)