Expedition Footwear: Fancy Hide & Canvas Mukluks
A simple pair of hide and canvas mukluks is a joy to wear. A fancy pair trimmed with colorful braid, rick-rack, tassels, pompoms, or strips of fur is something to behold! This course provides an opportunity to create your own pair of hide footwear with enough time for the addition of a variety of decorative accents to the canvas upper. Mukluks are flexible winter footwear, allowing your foot to generate heat. Their breathable layering system allows moisture to escape, keeping your feet comfortably dry and warm in the wintery weather. They are a perfect choice for snowshoeing and a winter dance!
In dozens of Mukluk classes over the years at North House instructor Jo Wood has guided students through pattern making, hand stitching leather, and sewing canvas for their custom fitted mukluks. In this extended session we’ll move beyond the basics to learn pattern making (a technique that may apply to other footwear projects including slippers, moccasins, and liners), a variety of hand-stitching techniques and the best practices for cutting leather (elk or moose hide). Students learn how a sewing machine can be used to stitch canvas uppers (knee high or shorter) as well as for the addition of some decorative elements. Some hand sewing experience is helpful. Note: Boot liners must be purchased by each participant before the class.
You will need the following tools for this class:
- Boot Liners- Felted Wool is best - and socks
- rick-rack, braid, or trim for decorating the canvas uppers (some choices available in the school store)
- needle nose pliers
- cloth tape measure
- rule or yard stick
- fine point marker
- brown grocery bags (2)
- plastic grocery bags (2)
- duct tape
- reading glasses if you need them
- leather awl
Feel free to bring your favorite tools and whatever materials you might feel appropriate for this course.
- decorative buttons or medallions
- fur to trim your mukluk uppers. Jo recommends fox, raccoon, coyote, or beaver. Rabbit tends to shed profusely and rapidly. She will show you how to cut and stitch the fur in class.You will need enough to make 2 strips around your leg (loosely) at @ 1 1/2” wide or less. For example, you should be able to cut 2 strips from a medium size raccoon hide.
- Yarn for tassels - if there is a color you prefer, bring it. Jo will have a small selection of yarn for the class
- Let your imagination be your guide!
Once registered, students will receive a confirmation email with further class information. Please call us if you haven't received it within 24 hours.