Friday, 16 October 2015

Making of the Mukluks Part One

What?!!! I'm actually writing a blog post?!!! A blog post that isn't Iron Craft?!!!

I know! Weird eh?

I just got myself a new toy - a laptop! :)

Check it out! Hmmmm..... well.... you can have a good look at my fingernail in the way of the camera as well. Sheesh. Anyhoo... Lane thinks I bought this laptop for her to play Bubble Santa in front of the TV. But I actually bought it to catch up on this blog among other things

So let me tell you about a class I've been taking to learn how to make mukluks from scratch. It's been such an awesome experience so far. The teacher has let us all pick out anything we wanted to make these boots. The leather colour, the fur colour, the bead colour, the weld colour, everything! She will even accommodate feathers or animal print. Crazy.

We've been working on beading. I have never beaded like this before and I'm loving it. I decided to put a little bit of my personality into my boots. So the toes will have a crochet hook with a yarn ball and knitting needles with a yarn ball.

I know that I don't know how to knit, but I thought that more people would connect all yarn arts with knitting more than crochet. 

For the uppers I'm adding my passion for sewing. I was sick today so I sat on the couch and beaded. Phew! It takes a lot of work to bead the picture that I want. As you can see from the photo below, it's turning out successful.

Right now I only have half of one of the uppers done. The thread and needle will be mirrored on the other side. This is the part that goes around my calf. I think the effect of the spool and the needle and thread will look cool going around my leg.

I'll  keep you updated on the progress. I am so excited for how these will turn out. I'm also debating whether or not I should make a pair for the kids and Terry as well. What do you think? Should I give it a try? The person teaching the class provides kits with the correct sized patterns traced on the pieces and the correct thread, needles and lacing, fur, leather, lining and rubber soles so it takes the guess work out of doing it myself while I'm just learning. Gotta love that!

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