ARTIST INSTRUCTOR: CONNIE PUETZ
4 Day Summer Courses
August dates to be determined
Here are two potential dates, please email and let us know if you are interested in one of these dates!
August 2 - 5, 2021 - click here
August 23 - 26, 2021- click here
Learn the craft of shoe making in this challenging new four-day course, held in the Boots and Shoes department at the Stratford Festival.
Create a pair of basic leather oxfords for your own feet, based on personal measurements you provide in advance of the course. Patterns will be drafted for you, in accordance with these measurements.
The oxford provides the foundation for all styles of shoes; and skills you learn here may be applied to repairs on most theatrical or street shoes.
In this course students will learn and expand on the following skills:
Discover the anatomy of a shoe and learn how all the parts fit together
Cut pieces of leather for the upper of the shoes, and sew them together
Attach insoles to the lasts and pull the leather uppers over the lasts
Add soles and heels to the shoes
The end product will be a pair of oxfords students can proudly wear home.
Because of the specialized tools and machinery provided, class size will be limited to four students. Note: as a follow-up, shoes may also be sewn by hand, as long as the maker has the use of lasts.
Cost: - includes leather and materials needed to make a pair of shoes
Time: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Location: Boots & Shoes Department,
Stratford Festival Theatre
55 Queen St.
Stratford N5A 6V2
Target enrolment: 4 students
For more information, contact:
Susan Starkweather, Program Advisor