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.
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.
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.