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Modern Craft Workshop | Make your own leather sneakers with Esther Keen

  • The Forge Colston Yard Bristol United Kingdom (map)

Would you like to make your own unique pair of leather sneakers?  Make a pair of shoes that fit beautifully and say "I made these!"  Join Esther Keen, leatherworker for a day at the Forge doing just that. 

For this workshop you can choose from 4 styles of sneaker (low top, high top and two styles of cut out summer sneakers) and loads of coloured leather.  You will learn how to craft your own leather sneakers completely by hand with no machines. And just so everyone knows you made them, you will be able to emboss the shoes with your name or initials!

You will learn how to :

cut leather from a pattern

prepare leather ready for sewing

hand sew leather using specialist thread and needles 

set eyelets

emboss leather to personalise it with your name or initials

use a variety of traditional leatherwork tools

This is an intensive days work, and is a great introduction to working with leather and to shoe making.  At the end of the day, you will have gained so many new skills AND you will have made yourself a beautiful new pair of custom-made leather sneakers.

Carefully sourced full grain vegetable tanned leather means that each piece handmade in a Leather Needle Thread workshop will be full of integrity and long lasting.

Shoe sizes from and including EU36 (UK 3.5) and EU47 (UK 14.5) 

About Esther

Esther has been a leatherworker for over 10 years and studied bag design and construction at the London College of Fashion before going on to work in the industry as a leatherworker and sample maker.  

I love leather, designing and sewing.  Each workshop has been thoughtfully designed to enable leathercraft beginners and people who have a little experience with leather and sewing to hand make beautiful, functional leather bags, small accessories and shoes in just a few hours using simple techniques, and a few key leatherwork tools. I want to give people the skills and knowledge so that they can recreate what they've learnt at home.”    

You can find Esther here and here

Earlier Event: 13 December
The Forge Christmas Party