Expedition Footwear: Making Hide & Canvas Mukluks
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 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 the use of a sewing machine will help with the canvas seams and buttonholes. 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.
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 (must bring!)
- needle nose pliers
- cloth tape measure
- fine point marker
- brown grocery bags (2)
- plastic grocery bags (2)
- duct tape
- reading glasses if you need them
- leather awl
- canvas (see notes from instructor once you have registered)
- 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)
- fur to trim your mukluk uppers (optional)
Once registered, students will receive a confirmation email with further class information. Please call us if you haven't received it within 24 hours.