BECOME A TEACHER

Turn your passion into a business

I'm Kerry Kimber and having run my own successful small business teaching knitting classes since 2010, and as the creator of the award winning Kids Knit program for children, I specialise in training and supporting knitters to run their own successful businesses teaching knitting and crafting classes in their local areas, wherever in the world they may live. 

My 8 week live online step-by-step course guides you through the essential skills you need to start, launch, grow and sustain your business teaching knitting.

Starting on Wednesday 7th April and concluding on Wednesday 26th May, you will be ready to launch your new classes straight away. 

 

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Sharing the joy and pleasure of knitting and crafting skills, enabling others to release their creativity, is rewarding work. But anyone who has tried running a business teaching regular knitting classes will know there’s more involved than just yarn and needles. In fact, your own knitting expertise is just one skill among many required to deliver consistently successful, engaging and professional classes that keep customers coming back for more.

Coaching and business know-how form the backbone of my eight-week training course, and I provide hundreds of patterns, projects and activities using both UK and US knitting terminology, to enable teaching in a variety of settings. As teaching classes in person may not be possible for some months, we will also cover online teaching skills so that you can initially start to build your business virtually.

Every week I will host a live online class, featuring a presentation and discussion lasting approximately 2 hours. Recordings of every session will also be available so participants can catch up on anything they missed.

Weekly tasks and craft assignments will be set, with participants invited to join a homework discussion group.

The course and support materials are in English and most nationalities will find this course relevant and helpful. 

Live teaching enables interaction between students and allows real-time answers to your questions. Classes encourage discussion, peer support and a sense of community.

 

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Everything you need to run successful knitting classes that keep your customers coming back for more

 

Week 1

Wednesday 7th April, 5-7pm

Course orientation • KFA community • Mindset for success • Getting your business started.

Yarn challenge

 

Week 2 

Wednesday 14th April, 5-7pm

The Kids Knit Program & Teaching Resources. Discover how you can use my patterns, activity sheets and teaching resources to run successful knitting classes for children in schools, cafés, community rooms and other local venues.

Knitting challenge

 

Week 3

Wednesday 21st April, 5-7pm

Child protection • Classroom management • Working with schools. Essential information you need to know to enable you to create a safe environment for children so their creativity can flourish.

Sewing challenge

 

Week 4

Wednesday 28th April, 5-7pm

Young People Knit • Knit Night & Day • Teaching resources • Hospitality • Venues. Find out how you can use my patterns and activity resources to run successful groups for teens and adults and learn what makes a great venue for a knitting group.

Weaving challenge

 

Week 5

Wednesday 5th May, 5-7pm

Marketing your classes • Social Media • Content planning • Newsletters. Delve into online marketing using newsletters and social mdia and discover new ways to connect with potential customers.

Macramé challenge

 

Week 6

Wednesday 12th May, 5-7pm

Session 1 ­– Money management • What to charge • Keeping records

Session 2 – Craft Fairs • Selling kits • Parties

Felting challenge

 

Week 7

Wednesday 19th May, 5-7pm

Session 1 – Your terms and conditions • Risk assessments • Data Protection

Session 2 – Teaching Online

Knitting challenge

 

Week 8

Wednesday 26th May, 5-7pm

Session 1 – Creating classes around your interests & expertise • Preparing resources

Session 2 – Reviewing Goals • Knitting For All Membership*

 

Bonus session

(date to be confirmed)

How to start an online shop with Máire Hanley from Shopify

 

 

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*Knitting For All Membership

 

All teachers who complete Knitting For All training will be invited to become a member of the Knitting For All teaching community, at a cost of £10 a month.

Benefits include:

  • Regular updates to resources
  • Peer support in our exclusive membership Facebook group
  • Listing on www.knittingforall.com/find-a-teacher
  • Bespoke website page on knittingforall.com
  • Invitation to our annual gathering

....and other surprise perks!