Expedition Footwear: Making Hide & Canvas Mukluks
Remember the last time your feet were too cold to enjoy wonderful wintry weather? Do away with rigid unbreathable footwear and discover the traditional footwear of the north: mukluks. The flexibility of the natural materials used in construction allows the foot to generate heat, and a breathable layering system allows moisture to escape. In this course you’ll be guided through the process of pattern making, and handcraft your own pair of hide mukluks with knee high or shorter uppers. Booties or liners must be purchased or made before the workshop. Some sewing experience is helpful but not necessary.
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 the use of a sewing machine will help with the canvas seams and buttonholes. Sewing fear? Not to worry. Folks who have never sewed on a button have danced out of this class in their own new mukluks!
You will need the following tools for this class:
boot liners (felted wool is best) and socks
needle nose pliers
cloth tape measure
fine point marker
brown grocery bags (2)
plastic grocery bags (2)
Once registered, students will receive a confirmation email with further class information. Please call the front office if you have not received it within 24 hours.