It is nice to remember warmer times at this, the coldest and bleakest time of the year in New England! Here are some photos from last year’s show in Holyoke at the Paper City Studios gallery.
I am late for work, Jesse Moore
Heartbroke Lovestruck, Anne Marika Verploegh Chasse
What is involved in making a pair of handmade welted shoes? Here is a photo of the hand-stitched seam binding a leather strip (the welt) to the insole through the leather “uppers”. A curved awl is used to punch the holes through this thick leather. The seam is sewn with one continuous waxed thread. Sewing in this way uses some strange inner shoulder muscles, as the pulls to get the seam nice and tight require a lot of strength.
This next photo shows the welt sticking out from under the bottom of the shoe, ready to have the sole attached and then sewn together.…