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Friday, 4 May 2018

Catskill NY Pattern Making Class and London Craft Week

Hello once more, gentle shoe folk of the world. We hope you have had a wonderful week and are looking forward to London Craft Week next week.

We are involved in four events during the week, culminating with the open day and launch party for our new Carreducker Shoe Making School in Shoreditch, London next Friday the 11th of May

The week starts with a bang on Tuesday with a drinks reception at Number 10 Downing St, hosted by the Prime Minister herself. We will be demonstrating shoemaking and displaying our bespoke shoes. Very exciting!


Wednesday sees us participating in a discussion session about the relationships between creatives and their mentors at the Leathersellers Hall in the City called Makers Stories Live. It is a free event and should be lively and interesting - and the Leathersellers Hall is an amazing venue, worth a visit in its own right

Thursday will see us demonstrating hand welting at James Purdey and Son Ltd on South Audley St in Mayfair. We have 3 time slots (11.00, 15.00 and 18.00) when we will be talking about handsewn shoe making and doing a few stitches. Come along and say hi if you are in the area



And then on Friday the 11th we will be hosting the open day and launch drinks at our new school in Shoreditch. We are both super excited about it and can't wait to start teaching classes there - watch this space!





This week also saw our Pattern Making For Bespoke Shoes class take place at the new venue in Catskill, NY.

Jesse Moore was the tutor and, having moved to Catskill from Williamsberg in Brooklyn to a beautiful art deco shop, it seemed a great idea to move the classes there to give a more rural feel to the week.

And to show curious neighbours what goes on in her shop, she put the daily progress in the window



So day 1 was about the basics of pattern making to set them up for  the rest of the week.

Getting started with some basics

She guided the students through the core skills of pattern making - taping the last, making a forme etc



And then went on to make several classic styles including the Oxford, the Derby, and a loafer.

Getting to grips with an Oxford pattern

She said the students were super able and fast and so they covered more than expected which is great. Well done guys!


Chelsea boot pattern, that's a first!



The last couple of days have been spent doing the Clicking and Closing Course, but more of that at another time.

So, if you are in the UK, we hope you enjoy the bank holiday and if not, then have a fabulous weekend. Until next week, happy shoemaking!