Textile Café

Textile Café

NEW! Next to our lessons in our Sewing Café, we are now also hosting lessons for different textile techniques! What does this mean? This means you can follow these sessions to come with all your questions regarding your textile projects or you can just join to practice these arts together. It is possible to follow different sessions, like weaving, natural dyeing, knitting, crocheting, quilting and embroidery. It depends on the teacher which techniques you can follow. In the schedule you can see what teacher is coming and what type of lessons you can join. Beginners are also welcome. So if you never knitted or embroidered before, your teacher can also help you to make your first stitches!

Type of lessons that we are offering right now:
Knitting and crochet lessons by Mihaela Markovic. Follow these lessons to ask all of your knitting and crocheting questions! (Sunday afternoon)
Weaving lessons by Rosa Smits. Weaver Rosa helps you with all your weaving projects (or just join to practice this art together). (Monday evening)
Spinning and knitting lessons by Samm Lewis. Samm is also a knitter and spinning is also one of her specialties. (Monday evening)
Embroidery lessons by Ermelinda Jaku. Maybe you met Ermelinda in our Beginner Embroidery Workshop? Now you can return to her class to get her help with your own art work! (Saturdays)
Quilting Lessons by Lucinda Walker. Pop by and ask all your quilting questions to this pro quilter. (Saturdays)
See the full schedule here.

You can choose yourself how long you’ll attend the lesson (booking is by one or two hours, depending on the class). It costs around 10 euro per hour. Materials are not included, so you have to bring it yourself. We have two bins with yarns and leftover fabric for free use. Some materials are also for sale in our store. If you don’t know what to bring, send us an e-mail to info@desteekamsterdam.nl for advise.

Lesson costs:
1 credit (2 hours): 20,95 euro
4 credits (8 hours of lessons): 79,95 euro
6 credits (12 hours of lessons): 114,95 euro
8 credits (16 hours of lessons): 149,95 euro
Visit this page to purchase a package of lessons. It is possible to buy a single credit directly after login into your account in the schedule.

If you’re coming for weaving, it is possible to use our hand looms or table looms, but remember that you cannot leave your artwork on it for a longer time. But with knitting, crocheting and embroidery you have to bring your own needles. If you are joining for a quilting class you can of course use our sewing machines. On the bottom of this page you can see all the profiles of the teachers.

Do you want to join? Create an account on the page of the schedule (if you don’t have one yet) and book the sessions of you preference. Click here to go to the schedule.

Instructors
Rosa Smits

Rosa Smits

Rosa Smits

Rosa Smits

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

Samm Lewis

Samm Lewis

Samm Lewis

Samm Lewis

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.

Mihaela Markovic

Mihaela Markovic

Mihaela Markovic

Mihaela Markovic

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

Ermelinda Jaku

Ermelinda Jaku

Ermelinda Jaku

Ermelinda Jaku

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.

Lucinda Walker

Lucinda Walker

Lucinda Walker

Lucinda Walker

Lucinda Walker has enjoyed all varieties of crafts since childhood, and studied studio art at the California College of Arts and Crafts. Though she has worked in many different mediums including ceramic tile, paint, and fabric, she has remained consistently captivated by the landscape, the ocean, and the horizon as the subject of her art. She created her own quilt-making business where she designed and handcrafted modern home textiles inspired by the California coast. She continues to create modern quilts, which have received international recognition and awards. As a textile designer at Hoffman Fabrics, she designed digital prints for quilting, home-sewing, and apparel fabrics. She is currently immersing herself in the hand-sewing techniques of jogakbo (Korean patchwork) and sashiko (Japanese functional embroidery), and developing a new series of textile art. Lucinda hosts different workshops and lessons in quilting, but also in the technique sashiko.