Molly Grant 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. She became a juried member in 1989 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 the1930’s are still used today. Molly continues to make handbags, but her main business is showing her line of custom hand made 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.
Current Courses Offered by Molly Grant
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…
Shoemaking with the Cordwainer Shop
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…