Archive for the ‘Other Projects’ Category

1570s Red Shoes

Monday, July 7th, 2014

Another fun pair, and my apologies for the poor picture quality. These were a bit of an experiment, though you can’t really tell from the fuzzy pic. In this case, I overlapped the vamp on top of the quarters and stitched through the quarters with a tunnel stitch so that the stitching does not show. You can still see a bit of tugging, but I like the look of the overlapped quarters. Additionally, I cut the insole about 1/8″ smaller than the last all the way around in an attempt to draw the welt underneath the shoe a bit more. It worked to a certain extent, but I think I’ll need to go at least to 1/4″ before I see some real undercutting of the welt.

1590s Shoes – Elizabeth I from Hardwick Hall

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

I’ve been pondering this particular project in my brain for some time, and I finally got around to sourcing the right raw materials. This is a pair based off of the painting of Elizabeth I currently located in Hardwick Hall, Derbyshire, dated to around 1599. Let me give you the original as well as the finished product and then tell you a little bit about the construction.

The most difficult thing about this pair, believe it or not, was actually finding the proper decorative elements.
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14th Century Punchwork Shoes

Friday, May 30th, 2014

A new pair of 14th century buckle shoes with a punchwork design of discs and diamonds. These are turn-welted with a pasted-in wool sock. A whipped-in stiffener and brass buckle complete the piece. Looking back, I think that these shoes would look better with a more pointed toe, but perhaps that is the medievalist in me jumping out =) In truth, there is evidence for a variety of shoe types in the 14th century, both round and pointed, but I must admit some partiality to the gothic points.

Viking Shoes based on finds in York…

Friday, May 9th, 2014

Jumping back several centuries, I present you a pair of Viking shoes based on finds in York. The leather was curried with cod liver oil and tallow, and I really like the way that they came together. It’s hard to see in this image, but the heel extends in a triangle in the back like many Viking shoes. There is a felt wool sock pasted in. A few interesting things on these shoes besides the currying – the straps are held in by tension alone – no sewing. That is, three slits are cut in the leather and the thongs are laced through them with a snug fit. This allows the wearer to adjust the position of both toggles and straps, and to easily replace them should they be torn or damaged. This technique was also done in the 16th century with shoes found on the Mary Rose, sunk off the Solent in 1545.