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Candace LaCosse

Duluth, MN
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With an eclectic professional background in journalism, education, and art, Candace strives for sustainability and life-long learning. Following her 2012 internship at North House, she apprenticed with shoemaker Molly Grant at The Cordwainer Shop in Deerfield, New Hampshire. She currently works from her studio in downtown Duluth making shoes and other leather goods for her business Hemlocks Leatherworks. Her other areas of interest include wood-fired baking, food fermentation, simple shelters, black ash basketry, and traditional cultures around the world.

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Current Courses Offered by Candace LaCosse

2 Days
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Custom Leather Sandal Construction

A pair of sandals that fits just right is a highly prized possession—and all the better if they are attractive and one-of-a-kind. Create a pair of custom hand-stitched leather sandals to enjoy for years to come. Students will sketch ideas and discuss execution, working from a few basic designs the…
Sat, Apr 14th, 2018  –  Sun, Apr 15th, 2018
Instructor: Candace LaCosse
1 day
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Hand-sewn Leather Hat

Hang on to your hat! This course moves fast: start by custom fitting a pattern to fit your head, then pick from a variety of leather colors, and finally cut and stitch the pieces together. By the end of the day, you’ll have an understanding of some of the elements…
Sat, Sep 16th, 2017
Instructor: Candace LaCosse
2 days
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Hand-Sewn Leather Slippers

Forget about stepping out of bed onto cold floors on wintery mornings—these hand-crafted cozy slippers will keep your feet toasty all year long. Sew your own custom pair of leather slippers, lined with soft fur and finished with non-slip soles to make them perfect house shoes. Leatherworking and shoemaking techniques…
Sat, Nov 11th, 2017  –  Sun, Nov 12th, 2017
Instructor: Candace LaCosse
1½ Days
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Hand-Sewn Leather Tote Bag

A beautiful and sturdy leather tote can last a lifetime. This class will introduce leatherworking skills and design techniques that may be applied to a variety of future projects. In this class, we will make a hand-stitched, leather tote – perfect for toting a laptop or several books. The finished…
Sat, Aug 19th, 2017  –  Sun, Aug 20th, 2017
Instructor: Candace LaCosse
Sat, Feb 3rd, 2018  –  Sun, Feb 4th, 2018
Instructor: Candace LaCosse