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, 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.
Sewing Machines Store, Amsterdam
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.
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
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
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.
Lucile is a french fiber-artist based in Amsterdam. She created studio EKRU one year ago, which offers custom made items, finished products and macramé workshops. She offers personalized services tailored whether if it’s a business, a private customer or planning a wedding. Her handmade products with natural materials are available on the e-shop. And because fiber art is a craft that deserves to be shared, Lucile organizes macramé workshops throughout the year in Amsterdam or in France. www.studioekru.com
Born and raised in the Iran, Tehran, Aida Kasaei (1989) did her study in Amsterdam Fashion Institute. Her designs are characterised by traditional craft, mostly using embroidery techniques and creating simple shapes. Aida has a good eye for details. Designing clothes is a way for her to express her emotions and thoughts. What appeals to her especially when designing is the story behind every item of clothing. There are many sources of inspiration around us, but what she sees as a challenge is to translate these inspirations into ideas that form the basis for a new design. Her commitment to sustainability is evident throughout all her work. Her desire is to change the conditions of the current fashion system into a more eco-friendly way, by using craftsmanship.
Kathryn Tonk spent 2019 building TONKS Recycled Textiles from her studio in Amsterdam Noord, with the intention to create a platform that showcases the possibilities with up-cycling what we already have. The materials used are mostly from household origin (i.e curtains, tablecloths, tea towels) and embellished by the eccentricities found at flea markets. Since this year she is also hosting workshops at De Steek, with her own signature, and by using unconventional, second hand fabrics.
Leanne (English) Leanne van Steensel van der Aa is a 23 year old student from Amsterdam. She started sewing lingerie about three years ago at De Steek, and has been obsessed ever since. Since then, she’s taught herself all about lingerie pattern drafting, fitting, materials and design. Leanne recently launched my own brand: Lunar Laces. At De Steek Leanne shares her love of lingerie sewing by teaching you how to draft lingerie patterns to achieve the perfect fit, teach you about all the different lingerie materials and how to use them, and the techniques you need to know to create the lingerie of your dreams
Mariana is a masters student and early years teacher from Brazil. She has been an embroidery artist for almost five years, both self-taught and also being taught by amazing artists back home. Embroidery has been a crucial tool through her journey of self-knowledge, and it changed her relationship with creativity and self-esteem. It is an important part of routine, and a media for celebrating and healing, and it has become part of who Mariana is.