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  1. Oh Shoes! Heels and more heels

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    Last summer after discovering that I have a passion for designing shoes, as much I like making them, so I set about looking for some training that came to fruition in December when I had the pleasure of having a workshop with Hetty Rose Shoemaker at the start of the month, and then later in the month at the London College of Fashion. I thoroughly enjoyed designing the shoes on another short course at Central St. Martins last August. The heels rather took me by surprise to say the least.


    Making with Hetty Rose

    Hetty uses kimono fabric to make beautiful shoes. She has some amazing examples of her shoes on her website

    Here are some photos of the pair I made. Hetty prepares the fabric uppers so that you focus on the construction during the workshop. This was fascinating for me. There is definitely engineering in ladies heels! Hetty is very knowledgeable and a great teacher.





    London College of Fashion 

    I also attended another course at the London College of Fashion making pumps or heels, part of their short course programme. This time I designed the shoe, made the patterns, constructed the shoe and added some embroidery to the heels - a taste of things to come. There is a lot to learn in a week, but what a week! If you like learning have a look at the short course programme, there is so much to do.



  2. Slippers

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    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