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Teaching Shoemaking

IP - shoe tools

{Leather, tools and shoes}

Last weekend I ran my very first shoe making class.  Over the years I have attended a lot of craft classes.  However, this was my first experience of being a teacher rather than a student.  The workshop was held in beautiful Gembrook on my friend Kate Horne's 1/4 acre block.  It has gorgeous views of the mountains and backs onto beautiful bush.  On the last afternoon a wallaby popped past to say hello.  Stunning setting for a barefoot shoe making workshop, I'm sure you'll agree!

IP - Kate

{Kate making her shoes}

There were three students for the class - River, Kate and Jacqui.  Everyone already had some craft experience.  River is a free-from crochet queen, Kate makes gorgeous clothes and Jacqui does eco dyeing.  It was so much fun teaching what I knew and watching everyone as they created their shoes.  The most exciting time for me was on Sunday when the first shoe was sewn and fitted on to the foot!

IP - rivershoes

{River modelling her moccasins}

I'm so chuffed with the results.  The shoes look amazing and River and Kate got to go home wearing them.  How awesome is that?  Go away for a weekend and come home wearing a pair of shoes you have made with your very own two hands!

Don't worry if you missed out on this class.  I'm going to be running it again in November at the The Village Continuum.  Check out the courses page for more details.