Norwegian Sewn Shoe Turorial I.

Before we jump in it – I must warn you – DO NOT START to make a Norwegian, if you don’t have any experience with hand-sewn techniques, because there will be a step, when you need a really steady hand and you can screw up your work with one little sloppy move. I warned you.

We attach the insole and make sure the shank part curls up – we want to make a shank support, so we might want to deal with the technical specification too. This will be educational I promise.

Trim the excess. Make sure you cut perpendicular, not following the last’s shape. These techniques (goiser and Norwegian needs this angle)

Then skive the shank part – remember? This will be a technical difficulty we have to deal with…

Form the edge with glass and hammer.

Then with a channel knife. (

Then score the inner channel – do not forget to take away the thickness of the stiffeners from width of the rounded parts – toe, heel area)

Open the channel with a bone folder to help the channel knife.

Channel knife comes again

And we came to the tricky part – making the holdfast at the shank. We use welting awl.

Make holes every centimeters. (a little less at the toe and heel)

Then mark the wholes with a pen, so they will be visible after the lasting. YOu don’t need to, but this might save you some time… and yes, it is traditional.

4 thoughts on “Norwegian Sewn Shoe Turorial I.

  1. You are a gifted instructor. These are very clear, precise and easy to follow instructions. Of course, after going over it, I can see why the warning about not doing this as a first hand sewn project. Good hand skills are required.

    So far, I am only doing out-sewn, machine sewn shoes from hand-carved flat bottomed lasts. I do get wearable, comfortable shoes that fit, but they are lacking in elegance for those special occasions.

    My hardest step is getting a last that will work with my feet. I want comfort as well as style.

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