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  1. Where is the year going?

    On Sunday 29th July, as part of the Sunday Specials Workshops I taught belt making at Queens Park Arts Centre. What a wonderful day and a great group of individuals who all made belts to fit themselves. If you enjoy crafts and creative activities then have a look at their programme. Paste this into your browser:

    https://www.qpc.org/Workshops.aspx?g=b9f167c3-4072-407b-af0f-a9d5aa77e8ad&/Sunday%20Specials%20Workshops

      QPAC Belts July 2018

     

     

     

     

  2. One of the things I have been thinking about it how to develop my shoe making. I am considering options, one of which is starting with slippers. In January 2018 I had the pleasure of meeting Ollie and Lucy from Ottowin footwear. They were running a course in London on making hand painted and decorated slippers. What a great idea! A little out of my comfort zone with having to produce some handiwork but this was a good challenge.

    handpainted inspiration  Ottowin course slippers 

    This course gave me the chance to think about where I can go next. I need soe more time to practice hand welting before starting to make for customers. I like this idea of painting and decorating the slippers. Everyone on the course had a different style. I also like the idea of making moccasins, possibly in Devon shearling. 

    At craft fairs the baby moccasins I have on my stall always draw the most comments and requests for adult sizes so I am thinking about starting there. I have also used my original lasts to try a slip on option too, see picture below. So watch this space for developments.

     bespoke leather slippers