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Molly Grant

Deerfield, NH
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Molly began leatherworking in her early 20’s, first by working on her own and then by apprenticing at the Black Swan Leather Shop at Strawbery Banke Museum in Portsmouth, NH where she learned the basic skills of traditional leatherworking. In 1989, she became a juried member of the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen and while showing her line of handbags had the opportunity to meet Paul Mathews, owner of the Cordwainer Shop. Within a few months time Molly was traveling to national craft shows with Paul and learning the art of being a Cordwainer. The original patterns and designs that Paul and his father Edward Mathews designed beginning in the 1930’s are still used today. Molly continues to make handbags, but her main business is showing her line of custom handmade footwear and teaching shoemaking workshops at her shop in New Hampshire, as well as traveling nationally to craft schools to teach the art of shoemaking.

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Current Courses Offered by Molly Grant

3 Days
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Leather Handbag Design & Sewing

Where did you get that bag? You can make it! Leather handbags are both durable and fashionable and need not have a fancy name brand to reflect your personal taste and preferences. Design and sew your very own handbags in this hands-on course with Molly Grant, who has been designing…
Tue, May 12th, 2020  –  Thu, May 14th, 2020
9am-5pm
Instructor: Molly Grant
3½ Days
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Shoemaking with the Cordwainer Shop: The Pathfinder

Learn the age-old art of being a cordwainer. Using the original patterns designed in the mid-1930s by Paul and Edward Mathews of The Cordwainer Shop, Molly will teach you to hand-stitch and hand-lace your own pair of Cordwainer Classics of the same design worn by Hollywood legends such as Caesar…
Thu, May 7th, 2020  –  Sun, May 10th, 2020
Days 1-3: 9am-5pm; Day 4: 9am-1pm
Instructor: Molly Grant
3.5 Days
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Shoemaking with the Cordwainer Shop: The Squire Boot

If the shoe fits…maybe it’s because you made it yourself! Learn to make the Squire boot with professional shoemaker/cordwainer Molly Grant. Students will choose from an array of colors to make their own leather boots, learning a variety of leatherworking skills along the way, including skiving, folding, glueing, lining, lasting…
Sat, May 16th, 2020  –  Tue, May 19th, 2020
Days 1-3: 9am-5pm; Day 4: 9am-1pm
Instructor: Molly Grant