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)
Instead of our normal sewing lessons, you can 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.
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. (starting December 2018)
Our schedule is variable. In the schedule you can see which lessons are still available and which are not. By logging in with your own account you can book these lessons. Don’t forget to buy ‘credits’ first. You can chose to buy 1, 4, 6 or 8 lessons in one time. After payment you can book the lessons that suit you best. Credits are registered as ‘points’ in your account. One point is enough to book one lesson of 2 hours. Did you make a reservation but suddenly you’re not able to come anymore? You can still cancel or change your lesson latest 24 hours before the lesson starts without losing your ‘point’. Go to the schedule page to buy & book these classes. Your credits are valid for 3 months.
Costs sewing course
Single lesson of 2 hours: 19,95 euro
4 lessons of 2 hours: 72,80 euro
6 lessons of 2 hours: 104,70 euro
8 lessons of 2 hours: 135,60 euro
Never touched a sewing machine before? No problem, you can always start with the regular sewing lessons from our schedule. Not sure what to buy for your first lesson? It is also ok if you don’t bring anything to your first lesson. Options are: either we start with the pattern of a simple garment in your first lesson and we can give you advise what to bring the second time, or you can start with a beginners project like a simple tote bag. For 15 euro’s we are selling a starters package, including materials and pattern for this bag.
On Wednesdays, we’re also offering sewing lessons for kids and teenagers. We have an 8 week course for children between 8 and 12 years old, more info here. And we have a separate weekly course for teenagers (12-17 years old), more info here.
We also offer one-day workshops and workshop series in making clothes. For example we offer a basic pattern drawing course, a lingerie course and one-day workshops for beginners. Check our workshop page for all previous and upcoming workshops. For requests for group workshops or private lessons, you can send us an e-mail at email@example.com.
We are extending our offer in organic and surplus textiles, tools and patterns. We try to be plastic free and vegan if possible. Materials will also be available in our new webshop soon.
From January 9, 2019, our shop will be open between 10.00 AM – 6.00 PM (Tuesday till Sunday). Until then, it is also possible to purchase materials during the lessons.
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.
This Amsterdam-based fashion designer describes herself as an eclectic Fashion Designer. Sabine & Natalie met each other at the Bachelor of Fashion Design at Utrecht School of Arts (HKU), which they both finished. Studio Sabine Staartjes was founded in 2012 by Sabine Staartjes. Check the website of Sabine Staartjes for one of a kind collections, jewellery and accessories! Sabine Staartjes is specialized in working with lycra and other stretchy-materials. Key-items in her work are the leggings, bomber jackets and kaftans. At De Steek she hosts workshops in which you can make a piece like that in one day. She also guides for example our teenage sewing lessons and coat workshop series. www.sabinestaartjes.com
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 works most of the time in the sewing café, but she also teaches other workshops/lessons like beginners sewing classes, children's sewing lessons and one-day workshops. 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. Every month she is hosting an embroidery porn workshop at De Steek (and other embroidery workshops in the future). 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