9 left in stock
Class meets: 06/06/20, 11am - 4pm
Please note: To guarantee your spot in the sandal making workshop, you must sign up for class through Fancy Tiger Crafts and pay for materials and submit your shoe size HERE. There are NO refunds or store credit given at any time for classes with out of town instructors and special guest instructors. Your seat may be transferred to a friend if you cannot attend.
Learn to make your own pair of handmade leather sandals in this one-day workshop led by Stace Fulwiler Wood. No previous experience necessary, and this class is open to women, men and children as young as 12 (accompanied by an adult).
Leather sandals have been worn for centuries, and for good reason: they are durable, breathable, comfortable, repairable and grow more beautiful with wear and age. Sandalmaking shops once dotted coastal towns throughout California, though this craft has become rare as shoe production has moved away from artisan methods & materials. Stace has been working to revive this craft by teaching sandal making workshops, showing others that they can make their own shoes in one day.
You will start by choosing from a handful of simple sandal designs. You will learn how to modify the design to your unique feet, taking into consideration your bone structure and arch height. You will learn how to shape the leather soles to your arch, attach a stacked leather heel, and use leather-working tools to cut your insoles and straps.
Stace will bring a selection of neutral leather colors (browns, black, tan, caramel) as well as more colorful pieces to accent your sandals. Mixing and matching is encouraged! You will learn how to strategically place your sandal straps to create the most comfortable sandal for your unique foot, and how to select the correct weight of leather for your specific sandal design.
You will learn how to use shoe glue and brass tacks to securely attach your straps, insoles and soles, resulting in a sturdy pair of sandals that you can wear for years to come. Once your sandals are assembled, Stace will finish them outside on a belt sander and.... Voilà! You’ve made your first pair of leather sandals. You will be able to walk out of the workshop wearing your new shoes.
In addition to your handmade sandals, you will also take home an outline of the sandal making process, including a list of local resources for shoemaking if you want to replicate the process at home. Stace will also provide instructions for ‘care and feeding’ of your sandals.
Workshop meets: 06/06/20, 11am - 4pm. Some of you may finish earlier. We will take about 30 minutes for a lunch break, feel free to bring a lunch or there are options for snacks & coffee nearby.
Workshop Fee: $175 plus $75 for materials. This includes everything you need to create your very own pair of handmade sandals. All tools, leather, patterns, and supplies will be provided. Purchase your materials and submit your size HERE.
What to bring: Bring a water bottle and snacks to keep you going. It’s best to wear sandals, since we will be getting barefoot during the fitting process. We will be bending, kneeling, and crouching during the making process so wear clothing that is comfortable to work in. We will use the shoe glue outside, so bring extra sun protection if you prefer.
What we will make: Leather sandals made with round-toe leather soles, a 3/8” stacked leather heel, and leather uppers. There will be approximately 6 sandal designs to choose from.
About your Instructor:
Stace Fulwiler Wood makes leather sandals by hand. Driven by sustainability and a ‘less, but better’ approach, she seeks to share the magic of wearing a signature pair of handmade leather sandals. She is interested in the body and the somatic relationship to the garments and accessories we favor over the other items in our closet. Stace began making sandals in 2013 and fell in love with the craft and the process; working to realize ideas using the body, leather, patterns and tools to create something sublime, personal, and evolving. She continues to learn through experimentation with new designs, reading old books, and talking to shoemakers in her travels. Stace teaches sandal making workshops in an effort to revive and demystify the lost art of sandal making, and to enable others to reclaim the joy of using their own two hands (and two feet) to finish a project in one day. Her workshops are open to everyone, however most of her students are women. She loves empowering women to learn the craft of shoemaking; a profession where women are historically underrepresented though they are the primary consumers.