September and October have been busy months for teaching at Queens Park Arts Centre. Making purses and belts, and new for October guitar straps. In the background there are also the commissions I have been working on, everything from altering clothes to making altar frontals!
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:
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.
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.