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Shoemaking Workshop


Last weekend Rachel and I spent a delightful couple of days learning how to make our own shoes!  Amanda who runs the I can make shoes in East London got in contact and asked if we’d like to join one of her classes. We spent a long time picking which one we wanted to do and decided on the fabulous flats. We were asked to send over our shoe size along with an image of something we wanted to make. This really excited us as I thought we’d all be making the same thing. After a lot of internet trawling we sent over a couple of images and when we arrived on the course a pattern had been cut for us.

The course ran for two days,  there are 4/5 people in each class and two teachers, so you really get a lot on 1-2-1 help and advice at each step. The first day was quite intense you are cutting out the body of your shoes, the  and starting to piece it together. It’s quite demanding on your hands as you are trying to force the material over a curved surface. The second day was all about the sole of the shoe and adding the final touches including a monogramming our initials onto the shoes.

In full disclosure we were gifted the class, but not asked to write a blog about it. We has such an inspiring weekend we thought you like to see what you can make in a couple of days..


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