Ah well, time flies when you're not making shoes ;) My december was pretty much social media free, but right now we might as well get to business as usual: shoemaking. It's a flash from the spring/summer of 2012 with the pair of black western styled heels I made.
The whole project was filled with a lot of experimenting on different techniques and methods. That means I'm not yet very comfortable with them and I would've done a lot of them differently to get a nicer outcome. But it's all for the learning.
|So here's where it's all happening: my lap. The shoe is tightly fixed between my knees with a leather belt which in turn can be tightened with my other foot.|
|Hmh, I didn't take any pictures of the needles. Oh well, the welt, the upper, the lining and the holdfast (?) is penetrated with a special curved awl to create a channel for the threads through the moistened leather.|
|A lockstitch is made. I can now see from this picture that I didn't do a proper job in waxing these threads.|
|Removing excess staples.|
|And the welt looks like this upside down.|
|And the shoe looks like this now.|
|Next, the cork fillings are cemented.|
|I wanted to try to make this special kind of ridge for an added visual candy.|
|On which the actual sole leather is pressed with contact cement.|