A BIT ABOUT ME and MY NEW SHOEMAKING BOOK
My book How to Make Ecological Simple Shoes for Women with your Own Two Hands! is now ready for purchase in my etsy shop. It has directions for making derby, flat one-piece and center seam shoes and patterns for each in women's sizes 6 - 10. And, each of these patterns has multiple variations, so you could be making a variety of shoes in a relatively short time - you'll be a shoemaker! These shoes might be useful in starting a local shoemaking business for you.
Twenty-five years ago I was living with my husband and daughter in a commune in the UK, where hand-made shoes were on the feet of gardeners, potters and other residents. Realizing that it was possible to make footwear was the moment my life transformed!
Now I want to help other people become shoemakers "for fun or profit" by offering books, videos, online workshops and shoemaking kits. I am intent of helping people develop local shoe and sandal-making businesses, using truly "green" practices.
All of the processes that I teach avoid toxic shoe cements, new petroleum-based soling, and use vegetable-tanned or scrap leather. It's about being "part of the solution (no matter how small) instead of part of the problem." It feels so good to be on this path - please join me!