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.
Current Courses Offered by Candace LaCosse
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…
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…
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…