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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visit our store for the best organic and surplus textiles, tools 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.
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
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.
Fashion designer and woman of the world, Alba Tijm happily joined De Steek recently and is working in the Sewing Cafe. She finished her studies a few years ago in fashion design (ROC Amsterdam) and after some time at AMFI and working on her own label WKNDMMARKET, she decided to go on a world trip. The last couple of months she travelled multiple countries and has driven on a motor all through India. Before she moves to Australia after Summer you will meet her on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday in the Sewing Cafe!