'Ankle boots with laces, zipper or elastic' workshop

This master class allows students to create ankle boots either with zipper, eyelets or elastic. Students learn how to use the same pattern to make several different types of felted boots; master shoemaking skills to create felted orthopaedic shoes.

Workshop details

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    Difficulty level: Upper Intermediate

  • Optimal number of participants: 8-10

  • Timing: 8 hours/4 working days

Learning outcomes

Within workshop, students will learn:● how to take correct measurements of their feet;● how to build the template based on their own measurements;● how to make template bigger for shrinkage of wool;● about the different stages of the felting process (layout wool, the best way to work with short fibres, using sander, process of rolling, shrinkage of the product, building your felt piece in to 3D, details on how to work with mood (shoe last);● how to make boots with laces, zipper, elastic, based on this knowledge, they will be able to make other models of shoes;● how to make their own heel box (which provides form stability of the heel part, improving the consumer properties of shoes, and also serves to protect the feet from external mechanical influences);● process of installation of heel box, inner soles, detailed assembly of the upper part of the boots;● process of installation of soles;● how to prepare a boot for installing eyelets, installing eyelets.


Tentative program of the workshop

  • Day 1. Measurements & template

    • taking measurements;• building basic template for boots;• calculating % of shrinking wool;• the layout of wool (the sequence of the layout of the wool);• grind wool, working on the template;• giving volume to the workpiece;• rolling felt, working with the product to give shape.

  • Day 2. Shoelasts & heel box

    • shrinkage of workpiece to shoe size;• work on possible mistakes;• variety of shoelast and soles, how to select right shoe last and sole;• making heel box for boots;• preparing boots for installing the heel box and inner soles.

  • Day 3. Zipper, elastic or laces

    • explaining how to install zipper;• installing the insoles in the shoes;• leather décor installation;• preparing the boots to put on the soles.

  • Day 4. Soles & accessories

    • attaching soles to the shoe;• stitching soles;• installing eyelets, zipper, elastic.