|Class set up and ready for action|
We're always delighted to see students get bitten by the shoemaking bug, so it was lovely to welcome three evening class students onto the pattern course this summer; Ardavan, Derrek and Frankey.
|Pattern tools at the ready|
|Fiona gets Femi, Ardavan, Derrek, Travers, Elizabeth and Frankey under way|
|Students can bring their own lasts to work on|
They started with a simple pump or court shoe pattern....
|A simple pump pattern on a ladies last|
|...which can easily be converted into a slipper pattern as the same principles apply|
|Ladies last and a court / pump pattern and slipper pattern|
Then they moved on to a classic Oxford shoe...
|Last taped, Oxford shoe contour lines drawn on and inside and outside sections|
|The full monty...a brogued Oxford with wingcap, counter and medallion|
|The Oxford standard with lasting allowance and pieces marked|
|The inside and outside quarters to accommodate differing ankle bone heights|
|Ardavan checking that the facings match|
|Oxford pattern finished|
|Positive and negative space|
Next up was a brogue Derby...
|Femi drawing on the Derby design...|
|and checking the balance|
|Travers and Fiona reviewing style lines on the Derby|
|Elizabeth sketching on her style lines|
|Femi, Ardavan, Derrek and Fiona getting to grips with the Derby|
The week has flown and it's hard to believe they only have an afternoon left, after a well-earned break this lunchtime at the Dickens Museum. No doubt there'll be a host of questions about adapting all they have learnt to their own designs. We can't wait to see the results.
Until next week, when we welcome back Femi and Elizabeth for the Intensive Shoemaking Course, happy shoemaking!