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Another Look at Kenneth D. King's Sewing Space


In Threads #169 (October/November 2013), we paid a visit to the amazing sewing space used by designer and Threads contributing editor Kenneth D. King. His studio is in the Flatiron district of New York City.

Kenneth's space is compact - a little more than 500 square feet - but it's where he creates custom garments for clients, works on his books, articles, and blog tutorials, as well as designs and sews many of his own accessories and garments. It's a space packed with tools, materials, and inspiration. 

machines Take a look at more sewing studios and spaces:

• More Images from Louise Cutting's Sewing Room
• An Inside Look at Mary Ray's Sewing Studio
• Ruth Ciemnoczolowski's Sewing Room
• Helen Haughey's Favorite Tools and Storage Solutions

In the published article, we promised more photographs from Kenneth's studio. Here they are, with some of Kenneth's anecdotes and history about each. Don't miss other sewing rooms by ordering a subscription of Threads magazine. Print subscribtions come with FREE access to our tablet editions.

More from Kenneth:

This table surface is indeed tiled in little brass plaques!  These were salvaged from a sign shop that closed in the 1980s – I found them in a Dumpster when they were closing, and saved them for the perfect use.


The top of this commode table had a wrecked veneer, and after pricing a piece of marble cut to fit, decided to use these plaques.

From a distance it reads as tile, but up close is fun and whimsical.  

I like the sentence: "Police will be called in all cases of annoyance."

I have a thing for clocks and watches, as well as over-ornamentation.


This collection of clocks is mostly French, though the clock in the wooden box marked "Elgin" is a ship's clock, mounted on gambrels so as to make it always sit flat while the ship is in motion.

Isn't he exquisite?  He's on a gilded bronze clock from the mid 1800s, and is beautifully rendered.  If you look at his hands there are even tiny fingernails.


When he came to me, his hands were empty. I needed to give him something to hold, so I made him a sword.

His sword is actually a cocktail skewer, originally plastic, cast in sterling silver.

Something to know – if you have an object that is hard plastic, you can cast it like lost wax, and get the item in sterling silver.



This coat, which a friend says looks like Cher's hair, is monkey fur.  The original was a vintage coat that I bought years ago at the flea market, and took apart to recycle.


The shoulders on the original were blown out from years of hanging on a hanger, so I took the entire thing apart, and designed the yoke in embossed leather to replace the damaged fur.  

The leather is stitched to the fur with a herringbone stitch using a double strand of ribbon floss.  



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Comments (5)

user-2382509 user-2382509 writes: my subscription to Threads and the club or whatever it is, is worth every penny to read/hear about your sewing kit, sewing space and machines, not to mention the fab tools. i would never have thought to pull the blade out of a knife, even tho i have some which have fallen apart (?). it takes a creative mind like yours...thank you for sharing. the most entertainment i've had for a while. and i love your clothes.
Posted: 9:51 pm on October 21st

user-1138219 user-1138219 writes: Absolutely wonderful as usual!!!!! I appreciate all the classes, videos, articles and all the other that you do for us who are learning, fortunately from a master and yes you are amazing!!!!
Posted: 2:32 pm on October 14th

StashaNovak StashaNovak writes: Thank you so much for this gem. It appears it was hidden under "notions" not fairyland.

Thank you Kenneth for inviting us to your studio, feast for my eyes. To create beauty, one has to surround with beauty to feel at home and nourish creative spirit.

Your seam ripper is like hand of "femme fatale." As always, it can be small detail that transform "utility " objects to decorative art.

Thank you ,
Posted: 6:12 am on November 22nd

CGinColorado CGinColorado writes: Thanks so much for the extra pictures! I love the brass plaques, and especially the knife handle idea.
Posted: 7:24 pm on October 1st

squeakacola squeakacola writes: I love your gorgeous sewing implements!! What a great idea with the "My Size Barbie"! I will be on the lookout @ my local thrift shops!
Posted: 4:56 pm on August 23rd

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