About

A full-service studio that provides design, production, and educational services, with a focus on personalization and sustainable practices.

We provide a local resource for the development of custom-made items, and opportunities for kids and adults to learn about sewing.

Our aim is to provide:

  1. more opportunities to learn to sew to empower you to be able to create the things that you want
  2. greater accessibility to custom sewing to have unique items designed and crafted based on your specific needs

We offer complete design and sewing services for clothing & accessories, decor, items for pets, soft goods, fabric, and just about any custom sewing projects. We strive to provide high-quality and custom design, as well as options for sustainably sourced materials, and paths for refashioning and upcycling existing items.

Gain expert knowledge on how to make and repair sewn items in our sewing classes, or in personalized lessons that are tailored to exactly what you want to learn. We develop solutions for any learning experience, including one-on-one lessons, group classes, camps, and specialized instruction for other sewing businesses.


Who We Work With

We work with individuals and businesses to design and create custom pieces, provide sewing instruction, and collaborate with the broader sewing and design community.

Interior Designers & Decorators

Deliver personalized and one-of-a-kind decor with custom crafted items for home and office spaces. Learn more

Event, Party & Wedding Planners

Create unique experiences with custom decor, linens, gifts, clothing, and more. Learn more

Advertising & Marketing Agencies

Offer your clients new ways to share and interact with their brand with custom-designed, branded pieces. Learn more

Product Design & Engineering Firms

Get support with the development and construction of soft goods and projects that include textiles. Learn more

Designers, Creatives & Makers of Sewn Goods

We can take your ideas from pattern or sample piece to finished items, produce individual pieces, or manufacture your products. If you're an artist or designer, we can provide new ways for you to share your creative work. Learn more

Learn to Sew

Sewing classes and lessons for anyone who already sews or wants to learn to sew. Learn more



Who We Are

Ronkita Design was started by husband and wife team Michael and Vanessa, who both have a passion for design and crafting in a wide variety of different mediums.


Vanessa

SEW | DESIGN | TEACH | REPAIR

Vanessa started sewing as a way to express her style wherever she could, understand where materials are sourced from, and create quality items that will last.

She's a professional seamstress with 20+ years experience in marketing, animal welfare, teaching, and creative roles. For several years she was an instructor at Stitch Lab where she taught children and adults intro and specialty sewing classes, gave private lessons, hosted parties, and ran summer camps.

In addition to sewing, Vanessa has also taught art, English and grammar, and her experience extends overseas when she was in the Peace Corps. Vanessa has taught adults and kids of all ages, and especially likes seeing how everyone applies their newfound sewing skills to express themselves.

Always yearning to learn as much as possible, she trained under, and eventually became, the lead technician at Stitch Lab. There she performed all of the cleanings, repairs, and maintenance as part of the sewing machine repair service. Since then she has worked on hundreds of machines, new and old, gaining intimate knowledge of overall machine functions and performance.


Michael

STRATEGY | DESIGN | OPERATIONS | BUILD

Michael began his career as a graphic designer, building upon his drawing and painting experience from a young age.

He has 20+ years experience in marketing, web design, and development. Before starting Ronkita Design with Vanessa, Michael was the Global Marketing Director at a marketing research organization where he led digital strategy and operations. Through his career he's had the opportunity develop websites, design for print, web, and video, direct live events, work with people around the world, deploy global campaigns, and manage talented teams of other designers and developers.

Not satisfied to only design and build in front of a screen, Michael applies the same approach and tenacity to wood working where he builds furniture and makes never-ending modifications to their home. Sustainability is a consistent thread here too, where projects often include scrap and reclaimed lumber.

Sewing enables another extension of Michael's design and development skills, both through the production of physical items and exciting advancements in the integration of digital components.



When We're Not Working

We stay busy and open to any new opportunities and challenges where we can be active and creative.

We love the outdoors - hiking, camping, and winter sports - and when we can we take our dogs with us.

We draw inspiration from the places we visit and the people we meet, and continuously look for new things to learn and ways to push ourselves. We try to live a low-impact lifestyle with gardening, composting, and creating stuff we need, like clothing, accessories, home decor, and even furniture.

This all opens up experiences where we can explore new activities, techniques, and resources, enabling us to integrate these into the work we do and keep progressing.



Ronkita Origin Story

The name Ronkita originates from the Spanish word roncar. It's a nickname Vanessa's parents gave her when she was growing up that stuck with her, and she eventually adopted it as her identity.

When her sewing progressed from a part-time hobby to a full-time passion, we setup an online portfolio site under the name Ronkita where Vanessa could share all the items she was creating for herself and others. As demand for her work grew we seized the opportunity to establish a business, and Vanessa's portfolio and everything she was doing with sewing, teaching, and servicing machines evolved into what is now Ronkita Custom Sewing & Design.



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