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Expedition Footwear: Making Hide & Canvas Mukluks

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 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!

Dates

Fri, Mar 20th, 2020  –  Sun, Mar 22nd, 2020

Course Details

Length: 2½ Days
Skill Levels: Beginner to Advanced
Hours: 9am-5pm
Intergenerational age: N/A
Registration Cost: $345.00 *
* Early-Bird rate in effect until Fri, Feb 7th, 2020
Includes materials fee of $90.00

Required Tools

You will need the following tools for this class:

  • boot liners (felted wool is best) and socks
  • needle nose pliers
  • cloth tape measure
  • rule
  • pens
  • pencils
  • fine point marker
  • thimble
  • brown grocery bags (2)
  • plastic grocery bags (2)
  • duct tape
  • scissors

Optional Tools

  • reading glasses if you need them
  • leather awl
  • canvas (see note from the instructor in your registration email for sources)
  • 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 (see note from the instructor in your registration email for sources)

More Information

Once registered, students will receive a confirmation email with further class information. Please call us if you haven't received it within 24 hours.

Begin Registration

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* Early-Bird rate in effect until Fri, Feb 7th, 2020
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Cancellation Policy

If North House must cancel a course, students will receive a full refund of any payments made for that course.

Students who cancel their enrollment more than 21 days prior to the course will receive a refund less a $50 cancellation fee to cover administrative costs. In recognition of the time and energy instructors invest in preparing for courses, students who cancel their enrollment 21 days or less prior to the course are not eligible for a refund.

Certain classes have different cancellation policies. When this is the case, it will be noted in the Course Overview on this page. Please be sure that you are familiar with your class's cancellation policy, and contact us if you have any questions.