Welcome at De Steek! De Steek is a fusion between the companies I am Nold (used to be the company with sewing lessons & workshops) and PULP (used to be a pop-up shop company with organic & surplus fabrics). Natalie de Koning is the founder of De Steek. Our new location, Van Der Hoopstraat 70HS in Staatsliedenbuurt Amsterdam, has everything you need as a ‘maker’ in (sustainable) fashion & textiles. Follow sewing lessons in our sewing café, book a specific workshop or course or visit our shop to get the nicest organic materials, patterns & sewing supplies.
The Sewing Café (sewing lessons)
It is possible to book a time slot in our sewing café. Like a normal sewing lesson we have 6 tables available with all (new) tools and machines. Also guidance of a fashion designer or seamstress is present to help you with your own projects. Go to our Sewing Lesson Page to learn more about the lessons.
The sewing café is open at Tuesday till Thursday from 10.00 AM till 10.00 PM and Friday till Sunday from 10.00 AM till 6.00 PM.
Workshops & Courses
We also offer one-day workshops and workshop series in fashion and textiles hosted by local designers. For example we offer a basic pattern drawing course, a lingerie course and one-day workshops. Check our workshop-page for future one-day workshops or go to the courses-page to learn more about long-term courses.
If you are interested in group workshops or private lessons, send us an e-mail at email@example.com.
Visit our store for the best organic and surplus textiles, tools, kits and patterns. We try to be plastic free and vegan if possible. Materials will also be available in our webshop soon.
Our store is open between 10.00 AM – 6.00 PM (Tuesday till Sunday). It is also possible to purchase materials during the sewing lessons or courses.
Natalie de Koning is fashion and textile designer and founder of De Steek. She studied Fashion Design at HKU and graduated in 2011. After her studies she started the company I am Nold, with which she is already giving weekly sewing lessons, courses and one-day workshop for almost 6 years. Next to this, after my Master studie Fashion Design at ArteZ, she started to organize pop-up stores with sustainable and surplus fabrics with a concept called PULP (www.pulpfabrics.org). With De Steek, these to concept are fused together. Natalie is working on every aspect of the company, but you will also see her as a teacher in the sewing café, lingerie courses and one-day workshops.
Elysanne Schuurman is a freelance fashion designer and illustrator. She also studied Fashion Design at Utrecht School of Arts (HKU) and graduated in 2015. The third year of her bachelor she studied Illustration & Textiles abroad at RMIT in Australia. After her bachelor she got the opportunity to work for Walter van Beirendonck & Mart Visser. Being a part of MOAM Collective in 2016, she met fashion designers Maartje Janse & Nikki Duijst. Together with them she started her own label, named M.E.N. Last summer they presented their collection at Amsterdam Fashion Week. In 2019 Elysanne will be back with for example illustration or one-day (design) workshops. www.studiomen.nl
Maartje Janse graduated with a bachelor fashion design at ArtEZ in 2015. While she participated in Moam Collective 2016, she met designers Nikki Duijst & (former teacher) Elysanne Schuurman. Together they initiated Studio MEN. Last year Studio Men was for example part of Amsterdam Fashion Week. Maartje Janse is hosting our pattern drawing courses and one-day workshops. www.studiomen.nl
Selly Muntslag is educated as a seamstress. Next to 'De Steek' she is working on her own label 'Hecreatesshemakes'. She is specialized in skirts, dresses, but also for example men's suits. With her own label she does custom made designs by order. Selly is a substitute teacher in the Sewing Café or for the kids lessons, but she also teaches private lessons. https://www.instagram.com/hecreatesshemakes/
Artisan Jana Chocholackova (originally from Slovakia) is educated as fashion designer (Rietveld). Since 2012 she started working in an authentic shoemaking place in Amsterdam. She is a daughter of a shoe making family. She is approaching craftsmanship as an alchemist by transforming materials and, with this, creating exciting products, like bags, shoes, belts, key chains etc. Her studio CHOCHO LA CKOVA is an independent atelier specialized in the design and production of high-end leather/non-leather products. Jana guides different one-day workshops in the making of accessories at De Steek. www.chocholackova.com
Bho Roosterman graduated at the Film Academy in 2001 in product design and with an extra graduation project in costume design. Since, she is working as a full time costume designer for film & television (her first series was called “De Meiden van de Wit”). Besides her work, Bho is already doing embroidery since she was little. When she was 12 years old her grand mother teached her how to do it. While doing a shoot with Linda.tv, she came across the idea to embroider something differently than normal (to make it more inspiring after years of embroidering). This is when Embroidery Porn emerged. Bho's porn embroidery kits are for sale in the store of De Steek. www.allsheeverwanted.nl
Iris Nijenhuis is an Amsterdam based designer with a passion for laser cutting and a wide interest in experimental shapes and structures. She graduated from the Amsterdam Fashion Institute. By experimenting with laser cutting she developed a technique in which the fabric is cut into small puzzle pieces that form the basis of the design process. By connecting the puzzle pieces together manually, inspiring shapes and structures are created that can form various products such as bracelets, necklaces and earrings. www.irisnijenhuis.com
Rosa Smits is a textile artist/designer who graduated recently from the Gerrit Rietveld Academie. She also has a background in fashion and she gets excited when different fields like textile, performance, philosophy and art overlap. She loves to travel and to learn about textile traditions and stories from different cultures. Weaving is her main medium to explore, and often she uses it during travels to connect to a place, the materials they have to offer and the people. Rosa is now a freelance artist/designer and she will give weaving lessons on a regular basis at de Steek. www.rosasmits.com
Nathalie Goedegebuure is a fashion designer with a Bachelor in Fashion Design (HKU). With her company Souz Atelier she designs her own swimwear collections. She started with her own swimwear during her internship at Gori de Palma in Barcelona. In 2012 she presented her first swimwear collection at hotel W Barcelona. Her other passion next to swimwear is upcycling. She changes the look of old clothes or changes them in something completely different. At De Steek she is hosting one-day upcycling workshops, a swimwear course and you will also meet her in the Sewing Café on Wednesdays. www.souz.nl
Samm has recently moved to Amsterdam from London. She used to work as a paralegal in fashion brands and charities, until she realised how unsustainable that lifestyle is. Through her intuitive, scientific, and experimental approach she has taught herself how to spin, knit, weave, dye, print, drawn then cut patterns and sew clothing. Samm's focus is sustainability and sees a connection between food, medicine and fashion in the form of plants. She is developing colour pallets based on plants that meet at least fashion and one of the above two classifications. She is looking for communal garden spaces to share her colour palettes. Along side designing her genderless clothing brand, Maantha, she teaches spinning and knitting classes. She established the New Independent Spinners' Society (NISS) to share the meditative art of spinning yarn with others to inspire a found form of independence within the NISS community.
Destiny van Vliet is a freelance fashion designer. She graduated as a denim designer/developer at Jean School Amsterdam. At the moment she is also working as a brand manager at the company Ink Inklusive. She started here as an intern during her studies. In this company she learned a lot about sustainability and over-production in the denim industry. During her study she developed her passion for denim and she loves to learn people about it, because it needs such a specific way of handling. Destiny is denim expert at De Steek and gives different denim courses. She loves to tell you everything about it.
Alice Tsibulsky is a textile artist with a background in cultural and environmental anthropology. She completed a Fibre Arts certificate course in Canada and has worked at a sewing studio in Toronto for several years. She likes making all different things, but lately her focus has been on (hand) quilting and natural dyeing as means of slowing down and enjoying the process of her craft. Alice is hosting workshops and courses with these two techniques at De Steek. www.instagram.com/alice_tsky
Nastia Rouge – graduated as a Bachelor of Fashion Design in 2017, currently a freelance fashion designer and stylist. Started her professional career in early 2011 as a protege of Ukrainian painter/textile designer while learning academic art at the Artist Union of Kiev. In 2012 got a university grant to study textile design but quit after one year to move to the EU for a fashion design studies. Mostly interested in conceptual fashion and wearable avant-garde. Created a full collection inspired by Russian prison tattoos. She believes in a power of inspiration and a creative state of mind. Nastia teaches different fashion design workshops & courses at De Steek. www.instagram.com/nastiarouge
Nina Wagner is a Freelance Fashion-, Product Stylist and Costume Designer based in Amsterdam. After attending a creative propaedeutic class at the Design Academy Eindhoven in 2012/13, Nina successfully completed her fashion studies in 2017 at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts in Basel, Switzerland. In order to specialize in textiles and fashion, Nina was working as a trainee in the material development of the underwear company Calida. Complementary to her trainee program, Nina studied Sustainability Management in Textiles at the STF in Zurich. Thereafter, Nina was working as a Studio Assistant in the field of product management and design at the sustainable fashion company Studio Elsien Gringhuis based in Arnhem. Nina organizes lectures about sustainable fashion at De Steek.
Marlies van Stolk is a festival and performance wear designer selling her clothing around the world at music festivals and to performing artists. She did her internship at Pam Hogg in London and graduated from fashion and textile design at the KABK, den Haag in 2016. Since then she has been a freelance designer and developing her label own label. Working with alternative stretch fabrics such as neoprene, latex, pvc lycras, and velour with her own sublimation prints she has developed a unique taste in material combinations. Aside from her own designs she has a passion for vintage and upcycling which she fulfilled at Emporium of Wonders until this year. Now she will be joining De Steek giving sewing classes in the Sewing Cafe, and other workshops in the future. www.vanstolked.com
Mihaela Markovic, creative designer of knitwear, is dedicated to creating high-quality knitted pieces that last and become better over time. She studied in the field of fashion design at the prestigious Istituto Marangoni in Milan, but only after completing a master’s degree in the heart of England (Nottingham Trent University), began to think about writing her own fashion story. She started her own label Studio Markovic. She likes to use upcycling in her work as well. Mihaela hosts different workshops at De Steek in crochet and knitwear. www.mihaelamarkovic.com
Since she was little, Tara was always creating, so she already started sewing at an early age. So naturally she decided to study fashion design at Amsterdam Fashion Institute (AMFI). After working in a different profession for a while she decided to return to her passion as fashion designer. You can meet Tara weekly in the Sewing Café a teacher.
Ayla is graduated from AMFI in Fashion Design. She is specialized in the translation from flat sketches to three-dimensional products. Her focus lies on finding the most interesting constructions to support and enforce design. Ayla has experience in men’s- and women’s clothing and accessories. In the past years she gained over five years of experience as a creative pattern maker and seamstress with various designers and worked three years as a Product Developer in a commercial environment. Ayla van Maarschalkerweerd is teaching our Pattern Workshop Series 2.0 and the Coat Workshop Series and One-day Workshops at De Steek and sometimes you will meet her in the Sewing Cafe as substitute teacher. www.andayla.com
Ermelinda has an academic background in science, but her creative and curious attitude has always pushed her towards diverse interests across numerous domains. She’s got a multi-cultural identity, growing up in four different countries, which shaped the way she approaches life and sees art. The love of transforming materials, combining imagination and manual work, is what brought her to dedicate herself to the art of embroidery. Based on her own drawings, she produces personalized clothing items, that aim to promote creativity and enhance self-expression.Ermelinda hosts embroidery workshops at De Steek, one of them is our Beginner Embroidery Workshop.