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  1. Following on from the patternmaking for shoes post I then spent the next 12 days on the Carreducker intensive shoemaking course. The course is all about traditional shoemaking techniques and everything is worked in your lap. I wanted to know more about these methods of shoe making and wanted the chance to see if I could then build on this at home. Either way I would come away with a nice pair of shoes having had a good time, or, I would confirm that I wanted to do more shoemaking in the future. 

    More shoemaking it would be. Adding my heel lifts almost proved to be my nemesis. I found this very tricky and did almost turn them into flat shoes. Here is a picture of my finished shoes with hand welted and hand stitched soles (check out my first attempt at mirror shine!). If you like traditional techniques then this is a great course to select. James and Deborah are excellent teachers with an excellent knowledge base. I would also recommend the pattern making course too as this helps everyone begin to understand how shoes come together.

    We travelled up to Springline towards the end of August to get measured for lasts and start to choose a style of toe shape that I liked for my shoes.

    I thoroughly enjoyed my shoe making summer and look forwards to more shoe adventures.




  2. I have just completed a week-long pattern making course for shoes at Carreducker (Deborah Carre and James Ducker). What a fab week that I would recommend to anyone wanting to learn about shoemaking.

    Their website is

    Fiona  our tutor took us through making patterns for a court shoe, Oxford's, brogues and derby's. We used lasts to create the patterns and it is interesting to go between 2D and 3D as the process progresses. We covered all my favourite styles!

    Over the next two weeks I will be learning to make proper shoes. All very exciting!



    The two pictures here show the different stages of making a forme and then the completed brogue pattern.  


  3. For five sessions this year we were lucky enough to use St. Nicholas Kingsey as a BOS venure for a fourth year.BOS17 Flyer with website May 2017 update-1

    We welcomed 331 visitors and were able to donate a whopping £375 to the church from refreshment sales. A massive thank you to all who participated and visited, especially those people who are behind the scenes. Roll on 2018, our fifth year!