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Moccasin Making with Phil Cash Cash- Part 1 of 2

  • Feb 2, 2014 · 1:00 PM
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Greetings sojourners! Have you ever desired to learn to make leather hide moccasins as an important survival skill? Now is your chance. So I am very excited to offer this meetup! This meetup guides you on creating a basic set of hand sewn, Columbia Plateau style, side seam (one-piece) moccasins. In tribal life, men, women, and children were all skilled in making moccasins. In indigenous spiritual life, wearing moccasins are an essential item in all tribal ceremonies since it enhances one’s connection to mother earth.   

Two sessions are devoted to covering the fundamental elements of moccasin making, though in the later stages additional meetups may be planned as needed.  Each participant  will use his or her feet to make a pattern and set of moccasins.  Minimal sewing skills are required.  All materials for this meetup are self-provided, that is, you are responsible for acquiring and bringing your own moccasin making materials.  

Fee: $25-$50 per meetup session.  

Meetup Format

1st meetup will cover pattern making and the creation of moc-up moccasins.  All of the fitting and adjustments will be made here. 

2nd meetup will guide those who have acquired a leather hide to create the actual leather moccasins.  Additional meetups will be planned as needed.  

General Materials

Craft felt (or higher grade felt) - .5 yd to 1 yd size. Felt is for moc-up. I will have felt available for at least 10 people.  

Scissors - light weight shear and heavy duty type shear to cut leather.  

Thread snip (optional).

Sewing thread - 20 weight in polyester or similar.

Sharps needles, size 11. (for general sewing)

Glover needles, size 9 and/or 10. (for sewing hide leather)

Thimble (soft or hard).

Coin Thimble (soft thimble w/small hard insert). Recommended for leather sewing. Optional.

Beeswax. (for waxing thread)

Heavy paper of at least 1ft sq size and bigger. Paper sack or heavy art vellum paper is good. Patterns will be made from this paper.  

Pencils, pens, and/or sharpies.

Rulers (plastic see thru), flexible tape measure, and pins.

Xacto (pen size type) knife.  

Tanned leather hide. Plan to bring a hide for the 2nd meetup, but if you have one already please bring it. Preferred hides for moccasin making are hand made, brain-tanned hides.  However, due to their scarcity and high price, it is recommended that you use instead commercial tanned hide at 4oz to 6oz weight. Though most any hide can be used, a general rule of thumb is “thicker is often better.” The quality of hide needs to have few holes or deep surface scrapes and for tanneries this may mean #1 or #2 quality hide. Whole hides need not be purchased. Generally, you can get by with a 1 square foot hide for each moccasin (but if you have big feet you will need 1.5 square ft). So at a very minimum you will need at least 3-5 square ft of tanned leather hide to make a pair of basic moccasins. All of this and more will be discussed at the 1st meetup.   

Note: More details on hide type will be provided very soon! So keep an eye out for new information.  


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  • Lezli

    I very much enjoyed this first workshop. I am looking forward to the second, but cannot attend as I'm in the midst of midterms

    February 16, 2014

  • Quynn

    You are a wonderful teacher Phil! It is exciting to watch them come together step by step. :)

    February 2, 2014

  • Mandee K.

    This looks so amazing! I wish I could be there....

    February 2, 2014

  • Clay C.

    Wow PHIL! Beautiful!
    Thank you for sharing this experience.
    I have a "work" commitment or else I would
    be present for this!

    February 1, 2014

  • Gina

    Beautiful photo, I wish I'd be here for the subsequent meetups :(

    January 30, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry. Some other events arose.

    January 30, 2014

  • Phil

    Details are provided! Thanks everybody for your patience as I just recently returned from the frigid Northwest.

    1 · January 26, 2014

    • Phil

      Yes, it was a very good trip indeed. thanks :)

      January 28, 2014

  • Kathlene

    Sorry will not be in tucson that day

    January 28, 2014

  • Bonnie B.

    Regretfully I must withdraw from this wonderful workshop opportunity. Healing from an injury at the moment and unable to work this week. Need to make up the missed work beginning on the 2nd.
    May you all walk in beauty, now and in your new moccasins!

    January 27, 2014

  • Martha R.

    What is the cost plz & do we get to walk out with a pair?

    January 24, 2014

    • Quynn

      details will be shared once phil returns from Idaho.

      January 24, 2014

  • Bonnie B.

    I'll be looking forward to this! Thank you for offering this opportunity.

    January 22, 2014

  • Valerie K

    When's the second half? Any idea? Thanks!!

    January 21, 2014

    • Quynn

      yes, the 16th of feb.

      January 21, 2014

  • DeeAnn S.

    This is so exciting!

    January 20, 2014

    • Quynn

      I'm glad you will be there DeeAnn!

      January 21, 2014

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