Making Sandals At Home – A preview of my upcoming book

This is another preview into my upcoming e-book on making sandals at home. I’m in the finishing phase, it’s so exciting to finally come to an end with something I started 2 years ago!

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Sandals embroidered with a goat’s skin leather cord

How come I began making my own sandals? As with clothes I seldom found sandals, or shoes for that matter, that I really liked. I always had to settle for what was available.

One day I saw a book on shoemaking (in German) and felt the urge to buy it. That book got me started and here I am more than 10 years later writing myself a book on sandal making. That’s how much I love it. I want to share my enthusiasm for this wonderful craft, that isn’t much in fashion – yet.

Most people perceive shoe making as something that can’t be done at home, but it’s not difficult at all, once you know the basic techniques.

The book on sandal making will be available soon, so watch this space.

Update

The book How to make unique leather sandals is available now. Follow the link to find out more about it!

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Making Leather Cuff Bracelets – Tips How To Make Them

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I love making leather cuff bracelets, they make great presents and are quick to create. Leather is one of my favourite materials to work with.

I make rings, necklaces and earrings out of leather and draw on them with a pyrography tool (basically a hot pen), or decorate them using leather stamps, acrylic leather paints, rivets or charms.

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Stenciled Linen Top

Make your own stenciled fabrics

I love hand printed fabric. I often buy plain fabric to challenge myself finding ways to decorate it and give it some sparkle. I find stenciling fabrics an easy and fun way to beautify fabric. There are many ways to go about it. Here I did the most basic way of creating a stencil.

I used what I had around the house, paper, a craft knife, some textile paint and a piece of foam. I drew a design on paper, cut the stencil out with the craft knife and dabbed textile paint through it with a piece of foam. I then used a fabric paint pen to add a bit more colour.

I used red linen from Organic Textile Company, the binding is silk and the edge I crocheted with embroidery thread. The pattern is self drafted. I read this book to teach myself basic pattern making Design-It-Yourself Clothes: Patternmaking Simplified.

Sandal Making Book in progress – Writing an ebook

sandal making book sneak peek

I’m nearly finished writing an e-book on making your own sandals. These photos show one of the 8 sandal making projects I describe in the book.

sandal making book sneak peek

Although I’ve been making sandals for over 10 years now, I’ve learned so many new things while making the projects for the book, researching everything from scratch as if I was a beginner.

They say the best way to get familiar with a subject is to write a book about it, this is so true. It certainly has taken my sandal making to a new level.

But it’s not only the content of the book that has challenged me to go new ways, it’s also the technical side about self-publishing an e-book that opened a new world to me, I’m so fascinated by it all.

In the process of writing the book, I’ve taught myself product photography, in design and setting up a blog and landing page. Of course, there is no end to learning, something new to master always comes up.

I’m reading this book on the topic APE – How to Publish a Book.

Update

The book How to make unique leather sandals is available now! Follow the link to find out more about the book!

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