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Expedition Footwear: Making Hide & Canvas Mukluks

Remember the last time your feet were too cold to enjoy wonderful wintry weather? Do away with rigid unbreathable footwear and discover the traditional footwear of the north: mukluks. The flexibility of the natural materials used in construction allows the foot to generate heat, and a breathable layering system allows moisture to escape. In this course you’ll be guided through the process of pattern making, and handcraft your own pair of hide mukluks with knee high or shorter uppers. Booties or liners must be purchased or made before the workshop. Some sewing experience is helpful but not necessary.

You'll learn to make a mukluk pattern on your own foot, then use it to cut out the leather and canvas pieces (an technique that may apply to other footwear projects including slippers and liners). The leather will then be hand-stitched and use of a sewing machine will help with the canvas seams and buttonholes. Sewing fear? Not to worry. Folks who have never sewed on a button have danced out of this class in their own new mukluks!


Fri, Nov 11, 2016 - Sun, Nov 13, 2016 Course Full - Please call for wait list
(Early bird tuition deadline: 09/30/16)
New! Fri, Feb 03, 2017 - Sun, Feb 05, 2017
(Early bird tuition deadline: 12/23/16)

Course Details

Length in days:
2 1/2

Nov session Day 1: 3-7pm; Day 2/3: 9am-5pm; Feb Session: Days 1/2: 9am-5pm Day 3: 9am-1pm

$200.00 per student (Regular rate)
$190.00 per student (Early-bird rate)



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You will need the following tools for this class:

  1. boot liners (felted wool is best) and socks
  2. needle nose pliers
  3. cloth tape measure
  4. rule
  5. pens
  6. pencils
  7. fine point marker
  8. thimble
  9. brown grocery bags (2)
  10. plastic grocery bags (2)
  11. duct tape
Once registered, students will receive a confirmation packet in the mail that may offer additional optional tool recommendations and suggested reading.
Jo Wood Jo Wood

Jo loves gardening, walks in the woods, and every kind of textile art.  An award winning bead and fiber artist, she has practiced her skills with needle and thread for over 40 years, making everything from tipis to wedding ensembles. She has shared her knowledge and passion for hand stitching with students both regionally and nationally since 1997. Jo is a bead artist inspired by nature. Through her work she shares her connection with the abundance, peace and beauty of this place. Visit her website!

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Expedition Footwear: Making Hide & Canvas Mukluks

Expedition Footwear: Making Hide & Canvas Mukluks

Expedition Footwear: Making Hide & Canvas Mukluks