Blog posting, Shoe Commissions, and One Awesome Pair Available!
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I had a fantastic Costume College with so many of you, and in many of the conversations, I was encouraged, nay, required to do at least a little bit of blog posting on my LJ account which has lain dormant for some time. So, going forward, in order to keep you in the loop, at a minimum I'll be cross posting my shoemaking blog posts here for your reference and enjoyment.

Most recently, I’ve decided that I will be taking a limited number of commissions on medieval turn shoes and renaissance welted shoes. I did some publicity at Costume College where I was sitting out and demonstrating the final stages of a pair of heels. I’ve made some literature available here, so please feel free to get in touch if you’d like to get some more information. Additionally, I currently have one pair of off-the-peg shoes available. These are 1600s shoes, similar to those in Lesson 8 on the blog, size 8.5 M/W, although a 9 might be able to fit. Again, do feel free to get in contact with me if you're interested in these or any other commission work.


In Search of Cinderella...
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Well, not really.  I just need someone with small, cute feet.  Hm - let me back up a bit.  One of the difficulties for every amateur and journeyman cordwainer is sizing - welted shoes, because they're made right side out, are less problematic than most, because they do not lose any sizing from the last.   However, turn shoes, because they're constructed inside out and then turned right side in, tend to lose about a size or two in the transition.  This one lost about a size and a half, and it's just uncomfortable enough for sarahbellem that they won't work.   So, I'm looking for a ladies size 5 who is keen on a pair of handmade 14th C. toggle shoes.  They're cute, and I made them with boar bristles - any takers? =)



Boar Bristles for the fold...
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If any of you are interested in 7-8" long boar bristles, do let me know.  I'm putting in a large order, so if you need some, now is the time!  

For those of you who don't know what I'm referring to, boar bristles are the gems plucked from the cheeks of sleeping boars by the stupidly brave who then have to run away, climb a tree, etc. to avoid getting gored.  The intelligent amongst us hunt the boars first, and then pull the bristles off. =)  Oh yeah, and they're used for shoemaking, brushes, bookbinding, etc...

Joining the Hive Mind
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Resistance is futile. I feel dirty. =)

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