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Monday, 20 August 2012

August '12 Shoemaking Course - Day 7

And so week 2 starts with a major drop in temperature and some serious stitching. The honest truth is that there was not much for me to do today except monitor; jump in to save a few threads; and encourage them.

Stitching two shoes in quick succession is tiring and hard on the hands. But after the exertions of week one (the welting) it is a gentle downhill glide from here, with the odd undulation to keep it challenging.

I must say at this point that this is a lovely group, seven hard working and charming people - this summer we have Ukrainian, Italian, Norwegian, French and British students. Is it that shoemaking attracts nice people? Or are we just lucky?

Here are a few pics of what we did today

A quiet class stitching diligently

A finished sole

Lovely straight stitches (almost)

Flattening the stitches with the bone

Tomorrow we will finish the soles; close down the channels; and start the heels - excellent. I look forward to it. I like teaching!

We hope this inspires you to learn shoemaking

Until tomorrow, happy shoemaking

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