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Shoe making courses

Shoe making courses, workshops and classes. Learn the techniques to craft your own pair of boots, pumps, sandals, heels, moccasins or clogs and walk away in your own handcrafted shoes.

Bristol - Next course on 12th February 2019
Make your own small shoulder bag from leather with no stitching. Using only rivets and lacing techniques this is a great introduction to leatherwork. You will be able to choose from a selection of Italian vegetable tanned leather and to emboss it with your name or other words to personalise it. The bags are small shoulder style bags, made from hard vegetable tanned leather and are unlined. You can also make stitchless small leathergoods -...
Devon - Next course on 9th February 2019
One Day Workshops Maximum of 5 students on each workshop. What Can I Make? This fun workshop is suitable for complete beginners and gives all the support, tuition and materials you need to make your very own pair of simple shoes or sandals from our range. Sole For unique style and total comfort, you will use a natural crepe sole (either Traditional Crepe soles - flat with a low heel, or a Crepe Wedge). We...
cumbria - Next course on 26th January 2019
This course is for experts and beginners. I will show you how to create a wonderfully woolly warm pair of slippers fitted to your own feet. We will employ the wet felting method of felting using colourful merino fleece dyed with non toxic dye from a choice of several beautiful colours. This method is very easy but does require some elbow grease! Stage by stage I will show you all you need to know on...
Gloucestershire - Next course on 12th January 2019
Discover how to make a pair of cosy felt slippers which mould to your feet, and are wonderfully comfortable. Learn how to make the template which you will use as the former, then how to adapt it and decorate it to suit your own design, and how to build up layers of wool to felt into a seamless pair of slippers, ready to decorate .
This class is an introduction to designing and making your own bespoke sandals at home using easily accessible tools and equipment. Using basic tools such as a craft knife, hole punch, hammer and a bench sander you will be walked through the steps to creating a pair of well fitted shoes that you can be proud of. You will be making your patterns from a few key designs that Nia has in the workshop. From...
On this workshop, you’ll design your slippers, measure your feet and make a pattern from resist material, after calculating shrinkage rates. You’ll use Piiku wool (which you can buy at the studio) to make your slippers as it’s a tough and durable wool that felts very easily. Once you’ve felted and fulled your slippers, you will be able to embellish them with beads, flowers etc, and add a sew-on, non-slip sole (extra cost). The studio...
Cumbria - Next course on 19th March 2019
Learn how to make a pair of your very own seamless felt slippers, moulded cleverly to your feet, unique and warm in every way. Make them as plain or as fancy as you like! About Marieke- Marieke is a very talented and largely self-taught felt artist who happened upon the history of felt and felting whilst examining the use of wool in sustainable living and her environment workshops. She loves the fact that many fleeces...
10 days of traditional bespoke shoe making (cement sole construction) -learning to alter last for bespoke fit -in-depth patterning making (any design you want!) -clicking leather and closing with an industrial post bed machine -traditional hand lasting of upper and lining to a soak and moulded texon midsole. -corking, shanking and attaching randing -soling with choice of soling materail, (6mm leather bend/ coloured Micro soling sheeting.) -hand made heel stacking and finishing, using industrial sanding...
Northamptonshire - Next course on 26th April 2019
The Nene Valley in Northamptonshire is renowned for its long history of making hand-crafted footwear and we are delighted to offer a unique course that helps to maintain the area’s proud heritage. The course takes beginners though the complete process of making a pair of cemented Chukka Boots by hand. The concept of the course is to learn the first steps of making simple unlined styles of footwear using everyday hand tools and only limited...