Bespoke leather sandal making


Duration: 1 day

Price: £120

Run by: Nia Denman
at Studio ND

07767441167

Y Winllan
Brechfa
Carmarthen
Carmarthenshire
SA32 7QZ

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About the Course

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 these you will cut your uppers and soles, choosing your leather from a selection of handpicked colours and weights. Soles will be cut from compact rubber soling material available in 3 colours.

No previous experience is necessary but confidence with hand tools would be beneficial.

9am - 5pm

Age 14+ (Accompanied by adult)
16+ (Unaccompanied)

About Studio ND
Studio ND started when I met a sandal maker in London. I couldn’t believe that she was making shoes by herself in a tiny space. I had always felt like shoes were a mystical object that came from a factory somewhere (mostly from factories with sub standard working conditions and illegally low wages). It hadn’t occurred to me that I could make them in my bedroom with a knife and some glue. So I started doing some research.

I discovered a quick and experimental process that allows freedom of creativity with consistently good results. Although my skills have moved forward from there, this is the workshop I now teach.

My sandal making workshops are for beginners and start with just a knife, glue and some leather. I’ve attended workshops where I’ve left with something beautiful and handmade only to get home and realise I have none of the tools or materials I need to make it again. For my own workshops I aim to keep it simple. In all honesty, all of the information and tools you need can be found online if you look hard enough. But I might be able to save you a bit of frustration.

Like that whole day I spent researching glue.

The leather I use is hand selected. I travel to London and Northampton and choose whatever looks and feels good. So although the leather will change from one workshop to the next, you will always have a pick of high quality leather in a beautiful range of colours.

I don’t want people to feel intimidated by making. I think making should not only be about creating and owning beautiful objects that enhance your life, but also about feeling empowered and independent. At the risk of feeling a little exposed, I think making has changed the course of my life for the better and that is something that should be shared.

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 are included in the price and sandal making kits are available to buy at the end of the day should you want to have a go at home.
Tea, coffee and snacks available. Lunch is not included and there is nowhere to buy food nearby so please bring a packed lunch.


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Course Start Dates

Saturday 17th March 2018
Sunday 22nd April 2018

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  • Suitable for beginners
  • Suitable for events & groups
  • Teen friendly