Make Your Own Shoes with Molly Grant of the Cordwainer Shop

Description: Make one-of-a-kind leather shoes for your feet using up to three colors of leather! Start with tin patterns for Pathfinder-style Oxford Shoes (designed in the 1920's by Edward Mathews, founder of the Cordwainer Shop), and learn the art of shoemaking by hand, including pattern making, leather cutting, hand-lacing, and lasting. You'll leave with unique, truly comfortable footwear that you'll wear proudly for years.

Molly Grant saw her first Cordwainer Shoes at the NH Craftsmen's Fair when she was 10 years old. She began her own leatherworking journey in her early 20's, first on her own and then as an apprentice at the Black Swan Leather Shop at Strawbery Banke Museum in Portsmouth New Hampshire. In 1989, she was juried into the League of NH Craftsmen, selling her handbags at the annual Fair. There she met Paul Mathews, owner of the Cordwainer Shop, and within months was learning the cordwainer craft. She still makes handbags, but these days her focus is on teaching shoemaking and handbag workshops across the country.

# of Participants: 8 maximum

Experience Level: All, but note that some hand strength is necessary for sewing.

Supply List: Notetaking materials.
Additional Supply Fee: $250 (cash or check) for instructor-provided supplies.
Student Scholarships: There is one student scholarship available for this workshop. Scholarship applications are due two weeks in advance of the workshop. Only deserving requests will be awarded; application does not ensure acceptance. Please note, there is a 15-hr volunteer commitment in exchange for the scholarship (3 hrs. per day of the workshop).

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October 29, 2018 -
November 02, 2018

Times: 09:30 AM - 04:30 PM

3420 W. Hospital Ave.
Suite 103
Chamblee, GA 30341