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Expedition Footwear: Making Hide & Canvas Mukluks

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Course Overview

Remember the last time your feet were too cold to enjoy wonderful wintry weather? Do away with rigid, non-breathing footwear and discover the traditional footwear of the North: mukluks, the perfect footwear for your snowshoeing adventure. The flexibility of the natural materials used in construction allows the foot to generate heat, and a breathable layering system allows moisture to escape. Learn to make a mukluk pattern on your own foot, then use it to cut out the leather and canvas pieces (a technique that may apply to other footwear projects including slippers and liners). The leather will then be hand-stitched, and a sewing machine will help with the canvas seams. Jo has guided hundreds of students through the process of pattern making and handcrafting their own pair of mukluks with knee high or shorter uppers. The instructor will provide the leather (Moose or Elk hide), the canvas, and sewing materials. Sewing fear?  Not to worry.  Folks who have never sewed on a button have danced out of this class in their own new mukluks! This course is open to students ages 12+ if accompanied by an adult.

Required Tools

  • Boot liners (felted wool is best) and socks
  • Needle nose pliers or small nose pliers
  • Cloth tape measure
  • Ruler
  • Fine tip marker
  • A roll of Duct Tape - Regular silver or a light color
  • Pencil
  • 2 paper grocery bags
  • A plastic grocery type bag
  • A thimble (optional)

Optional Tools

  • Reading glasses if you need them
  • Leather awl
  • Canvas and fur to trim your mukluk uppers (see notes in your confirmation email regarding this)
  • Rick-rack or trim for the canvas uppers to personalize your mukluks & sewing machine thread to match the trim (@1 1/2 yards per pair)


Fri, Oct 28th, 2022  –  Sun, Oct 30th, 2022

Course Details

Hours: 9am-5pm each day
Tuition: $330.00
Materials fee: $105.00

Meet the Instructor

North House Folk School photo of instructor, Jo Wood
Jo Wood
Hovland, MN

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Expedition Footwear: Making Hide & Canvas Mukluks