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Clothing & Jewelry

Felt Your Feet: Slippers or Boot Liners

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Course Overview

Warm up winter by making your own woolen slippers or short boot liners. Using the ancient no-knitting wet felting technique, you will make a cozy, warm pair of slippers or boot liners. The craft hasn’t changed in centuries except we now use soap instead of ash or urine. It’s a simple, almost magical technique that transforms fluffy wool into a durable thick material that is sculpted to the owner’s foot through patient, energetic agitation. We will discuss options for adding soles. Supposedly, the all-wool liners are warmer than the poly fiber mix that is so prevalent, but you’ll have to be the judge of that yourself. Students who choose to make slippers rather than boot liners can anticipate completing the project by early to mid afternoon on day 2 and can choose to make a small felted project, learn needle felting slipper and sock repair or leave a bit early. Be prepared for physical exertion and being on your feet for this project. There will be a $35-$60 material fee payable to the instructor during class. 

 

Tools

  • Two large towels
  • a bag to carry home wet supplies
  • a large sponge
  • comfortable shoes for standing 

Optional Tools

  • If you'd like to use your own wool, you may bring it and we will test its suitability for the project. 

Session Information

Students interested in making boot liners for a fully handmade set of mukluks should consider registering for the Expedition Footwear: Canvas and Hide mukluks course offered immediately following this course. 

 

This course is part of Winterer's Gathering 2021! Plan to stick around for a weekend filled with northern stores, films, and more. The event begins on Friday, November 19 and concludes on Sunday, November 21. 

 

Required Tools

  • Two large towels
  • a bag to carry home wet supplies
  • a large sponge
  • comfortable shoes for standing.  

Optional Tools

If you'd like to use your own wool, you may bring it and we will test its suitability for the project. 

Dates

Wed, Nov 17th, 2021  –  Thu, Nov 18th, 2021

Course Details

Hours: 9am-5pm
Tuition: $180.00

Meet the Instructor

North House Folk School photo of instructor, Elise Kyllo
Elise Kyllo
Grand Marais, MN

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