Somewhere a wingtip derby take a special place in our heart, reserved for those day, when we need a little attention to our footwear. this will get that for sure. Recently I met a famous fashion designer – we have regularly some of those at the college I work for – and I have seen… Read More
Recently I receive a mail from a former student, about struggling the heel and sole edge finishing. Let me share a few tricks and a story. Years ago, I was considering myself a decent craftsman, not a great one (I still don’t) So, I met an old master, who offered some tools, lasts, leather for… Read More
Let’s make the next steps. Design and create! We make 3 simple designs – you can choose which one you like, but just for practice, we are going to make all three, OK? Read the whole lesson before you start. 1. Cut out the sole shape you made from a piece of (preferably a bit… Read More
… which is not that easy, as it seems. So, let’s do it! 1. step – step on a piece of paper, like this:
You asked about, where you can join to the Facebook community. Here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/128266510546383/ Why it is good? Because we can communicate, because more than 800 soulmate can help in resources and some encouraging words, and because I can comment your progress. For the hesitating ones: Facebook use ONLY those information, what YOU provide them. And… Read More
First of all a little warmup – a flip flop. I know it sounds simple, but.. it can be artistic, sophisticated and comfortable, also a great present for the family and finally: people make living of it, so why not? Let’s make flip flops! Before we would start let me suggest to buy a few… Read More
I can imagine, you are somewhere between “made some shoes” and “soon I am gonna make shoes like professional” in your carrier. Trust me, I know how it feels, I did not born with a gift to be able to make shoes. It took me years to get here. Several years. The problem, if you… Read More
Let’s talk about this a little bit. Why we have to see all the layers? Maybe it is a mold shoe heel, so they just want to fake leather layers – in this case it isn’t our business. But sometimes our handmade end up like this. What we can do against it?
Let’s start to make some more difficult patterns – a derby this time. What we have to know about a derby shoe? – Casual and not a dress shoe, so a real gentleman would’t wear it at evening. – relatively easy to find the lines – as this is the school-example for the pattern guidelines… Read More
OK, I won’t post a lot of pictures this time, but I believe this will not going to be that difficult. Usually I teach a flip-flop making for to make students understand about the cemented construction, and how to get the product from scratch to finish. Step 1. – pattern Flip-flop is most probably the… Read More
Before you start to make button shoes, make sure you have these two pliers: The first one makes the holes (I don’t think that you can’t make it by a knife and a hole punch, but perfectionism.. you know what I mean)
I decided to make an online pattern making course, but I just realized, that it is too much work to organize the payments (though it would be good now), and the whole administration. So enjoy – free. And thanks for staying with me, even if I am pretty inactive recently.
if you don’t mind… It is a bit too many pics, so I just insert a gallery here – forgive me for that, but WordPress is not too friendly, if you want to post long tutorials, and I just don’t have long hours for this post. I believe you will understand it anyway.
Attach the metal shank and the bottom fillers. Yes the metal shank is a must – you don’t want to make a shoe which collapses after a few times on your customer’s foot, right?
Trim it back to the holdfast… then …
Start from here. Remove the nails to the ball point.
Before we jump into the middle – I guess you have questions, right? …and I believe I know the first: why is that that your sole edge is not that shiny and hard? Well.. that is the welt. You can’t just use any of the leftover crap you find in the corner – welt is… Read More
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. Read More
Here’s the most recent ad about my courses. And the finished shoes:
I started to make some boots to my girlfriend, who was continuously complain that she hasn’t got enough footwear from the workshop… (BTW can any woman read define me, what you ladies mean “enough” if it is about footwear? 🙂 ) Never mind, so after the red high heel this is the new piece –… Read More
Well, sooner or later this part should come, no? I decided not to waste your time with all the details of heel building, but I promise I will post some pictures about the ready made product. So next steps. We need to fix the heel part before we attach the heel layers. After making the holes (slightly… Read More
Channel scraper – this little guy will make your stitches perfectly hidden and the sole flat.
IMPORTANT: I do not approve to use this tutorial in any blogs, forums, websites or any printed or broadcasted form. This is created only for personal educational purposes. Foot measurement is always a question I got from student. I know ways to measure feet, but somehow I always had to tell them, that you, as a shoemaker, not… Read More
Apparently I didn’t generate too much interest with my question, but from the number of the silent visitors on this site, I assume there will be some people, who are interested seeing some pics and notes about crimping. So, what is crimping? When you create.. let’s say a riding boot, you will face a geometrical problem: the vamp is impossible… Read More