Bespoke Shoes Unlaced – a shoemaker's blog

Friday, 7 September 2012

Spare Thread

Greetings shoe people of the world. Let's start with a great piece of news from the carréducker camp. We have been chosen to participate in an exhibition curated by the Crafts Council called Added Value? It aims to look at all the extra things that commissioning bespoke work gives the customer beyond the product itself by examining 6 varied and distinct bespoke companies, including us.
It will take place during London Design Week at Designjunction at the Sorting Office, 21-31 New Oxford St, London WC1A 1BA.

Entry is free but you need to go to  the website below to register.

You can also visit the Crafts Council  website to see more.

And this one to see a gorgeous portrait of Us in the studio.

Added Value? will then begin a world tour (hopefully) beginning in Hong Kong and Dubai. Exciting. If all goes well, we have been invited to go to Hong Kong with the exhibition. Now, how will Deborah and I decide who will have the honour of attending - it'll be a scrap!

Now, what do you do when you have a precious thread left over after welting or stitching? Obviously, this is only worth doing if the thread is about this long.

Waste not want not is our motto and here is what we do.

Take your saved thread and start at the heel where you would normally finish the welting (see last week).

Stitch round to the other side and then start the welting as normal.

Continue welting until the extra thread runs out. Make a last hole and pass the outside thread through it.

You should have two threads on the inside like this.

Tie a knot to secure it.

You will need your new thread at this point. Put the awl through the last whole you made, where the knot is.

Put just one of the bristles of the new thread through as you would normally. Pull it through to the midway point.

Then welt as normal.

You just go round the shoe as normal and finish where you started on the heel. And there you go, the whole shoe is welted and you haven't wasted a single bit of the threads you have made.

And that is our top time saving tip for this week.

Until next week, happy shoemaking!