1 day basic shoe making course


Duration: 1 Day 9.30am - 4.00pm

Price: £80

Run by: Judi Cook
at Judi Cook Shoe Workshops

07584 492660

The Green Road
Ashbourne
Derbyshire
DE6 1EE

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About the Course

One day shoe making course in the historic market town of Ashbourne in Derbyshire.

The course is led by Judi Cook an award winning shoe designer, who has worked for internationally renowned footwear companies in the UK and abroad. She has also lectured at Leicester Polytechnic (now De Montfort University).

The course is for ladies with no prior knowledge of shoe making but who love crafting, and are handy with a pair of scissors and glue. It is a very simplified method; full instruction is given to small classes of up to 3 people. At the end of the day you will have your own pair of lightweight, leather-lined, fabric mules, with a thin EVA sole suitable for indoors or light outdoor wear. Judi wears them as "posh" slippers.

If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above or telephone us. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.

What's included in the price?

All materials and tools are supplied for the course. There are a wide selection of fabrics and leathers to choose from; but if you have a fabric of your own bring it along to see if it is suitable. Wooden lasts are supplied - I will need to know the size you require when you are booking your course.

During the day there will be mid-morning and afternoon breaks with free tea or coffee and cake. There will be a break of 45 mins for lunch, there are several delicious cafes nearby. Parking can be found on some roads free of charge, or in pay and display car parks.

If the course is already full it may be possible to organise an alternative date, or if 2 - 3 friends want to do a course together, please phone the course tutor.


Want to review this course?

Had an absolutely wonderful time on this course! Judi is a brilliant teacher and made me feel
super confident. I am now making my own shoes at home and that’s all thanks to this course. Try it - you won’t regret it :)

- - #15025

What a lovely day!
I made beautiful slippers with Judi's excellent guidance and left with enough confidence to have a go at home.
I was so impressed that I intend to enrol my daughters for a course in the Autumn.

- - #14968

A fantastic day making lovely slippers. Amazed by the many elements involved. A great day to relax and achieve something different. Truly recommend.
Thank you judi.

- - #14394

I had a fantastic day with Judi yesterday, I absolutely love the slippers I made, so impressed that I made them in a one day workshop. I really hope Judi runs some more workshops making Bally pumps that we spoke about yesterday as I would definitely return. Judi is a lovely lady and the lemon drizzle cake was lovely too. Thank you Judi.

- - #14261

Judi's one day course was fantastic, relaxing and fun, at the end of the day I took home a beautiful pair of slippers. Wirksworth in itself is a quirky village with lots of interesting shops and cafes. Highly recommend this course for its content and its surroundings.

- - #11347

Judi's workshop was a really nice and relaxing day. I had no idea that there were so many components to making a slipper!!!
Excellent guidance & patience from Judi as she talked us through the various steps required in the art of slipper manufacture!!
All to soon we were putting our finished slippers in a drawstring bag. How quickly a day passes when your having fun!

- - #10602

I would highly recommend this course to anyone who anyone. Lovely setting and the whole day has a very relaxed atmosphere. Judi is incredibly skilled and knowledgeable in her craft and that shines through in her manner and teaching. A wonderful way to spend a day and I got to take home a wonderful pair of slippers.

- - #10515

Judi's one day workshop was just what I was looking for and more. I came from London and stayed at a lovely BB in the town, kindly recommended by Judi, only a five minutes walk in the morning. Judi was very informative, a brilliant teacher, so helpful and relaxed. All the materials were provided - cake and coffee as well. It was fabulous to finish the day with a wonderful pair of shoes. All my friends were very impressed. Thank you Judi.

- - #10497

Great way to spend a day. Judi was very helpful and informative and I went home with beautiful pair of slippers . I would recommend this course to anyone with an interest in crafts and learning something new.

- - #8924

Good fun and the reward of a lovely pair of slippers to take home.
Judi is very patient, and willing to share her considerable knowledge.
(Makes a mean cake too!)

- - #7492

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Course Start Dates

Saturday 1st September 2018
Tuesday 4th September 2018
Tuesday 11th September 2018
Saturday 6th October 2018
Tuesday 9th October 2018
Saturday 20th October 2018
Tuesday 23rd October 2018
Tuesday 6th November 2018
Tuesday 27th November 2018

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