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Sandal Making Workshop at Ojai, CA at Cattywampus Crafts on Sat March 16, 2019 11-4

Sandal Making Workshop at Ojai, CA at Cattywampus Crafts on Sat March 16, 2019 11-4


Sign up for this class HERE

Handcrafting leather sandals is a traditional way of shoemaking that has been practiced for centuries all around the world. Come learn how to do this special craft yourself!  Join Stace at  Cattywampus Crafts for a day of sandal making.  No experience is necessary, Stace will provide all the tools & supplies.  See photos of past workshops & student-made sandals HERE and read student testimonials HERE

In this workshop you will learn to make your own custom pair of sandals made from sturdy leather soles, 0.5” stacked leather heels and supple leather straps and insoles.  Together we will explore the sandal-making process, from cutting the straps to fitting them to your own feet. Over the course of making your sandals, you will also learn the basics of leather crafting and you will become familiar with the essential tools and supplies of shoemaking.

We will reference a handful of simple sandal designs as a jumping off point for making your pair of dream sandals. You can choose to keep it simple and make a design as-is, or modify & customize your design to your heart’s content! If you are set on creating a specific design, we can usually make it happen.

I’ll bring the basic leather colors: black, espresso, caramel, and natural vegetable tanned leather, as well as an assortment of colorful leather to use for your straps, embellishments and design elements on your sandals.

At the end of the day we will sand down the edges of your sandals on the belt sander, refining the fit and finishing the edges.  Your will be able to walk home wearing your newly made custom leather sandals!


Where: Cattywampus Crafts, 209 W Ojai Ave, Ojai, CA 93023

When: Saturday, March 16, 2019 from 11am - 4pm (some of you may finish a little earlier or later) we will take about 20 minutes for a lunch break.

What to bring: working hands and outfits!  We will be cutting, kneeling, bending and standing during the sandal making process so wear something comfortable.  It’s best to wear sandals as we will be getting in and out of shoes during the fitting process. Bring a water bottle and snacks to keep you going, and pack a lunch if you don’t want to leave during our lunch break.  It’s a good idea to bring a face mask f you would like to try using the belt sander at the end of class, or if you are sensitive to strong fumes (the glue we use is strong; we will be using it outside with plenty of ventilation)

Workshop Fee: $225, includes everything you need to create your very own pair of handmade sandals.  All tools, leather, patterns, supplies, and materials will be provided. Sign up HERE

Take Away: handmade sandals; made with a round-toe leather sole, leather heels and leather uppers.  You’ll also take home an outline of the sandal making process that includes ‘care and feeding’ of your new sandals and a list of local leather and shoe supply resources, if you wish to continue sandalmaking after the workshop.

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