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Express your Sole! DIY Espadrilles

November 4, 2023 - November 5, 2023

Weavers Guild of Greater Baltimore

Let your inner artist shine as you strut forward in your very own, one-of-a-kind pair of Espadrilles you have made yourself! Each pair will exemplify your intention and personal style. Handwoven fabric is ideal to use for this DIY project and encouraging you move with creativity and enthusiasm. The pattern is straight forward and only a firm woven 12” x 24” cloth is needed. You can use bias tape on the edges or a turned lining. Both techniques use a fusible woven interfacing.

This is a two-day workshop. The sewing circle style class will have us discussing and contemplating the role of shoes, sustainability, repurposing, handweaving, process, and friendship. Each pair will exemplify your intention and personal style. Basic machine sewing skills are needed and hand sewing is required.

Tools you will need:

  • Sewing Machine or access to one
  • Iron and Portable ironing board or access to one

Supplies and notions you need:

  • 12” x 24” woven fabric
  • 12” x 24” fusible woven pelon and 5 yards 3/8” pre-folded bias tape OR 12” x 24” fabric for lining
  • 6” length of 1/4” or 3/8” elastic
  • Sewing thread for machine
  • Scissors
  • Needle nose pliers if you have a pair
  • Straight Pins (Ball head is best)
  • Heavy duty large eye sharp needle (optional)
  • Leather thimble (optional, but my favorite)
  • A pair of Espadrille Soles. https://diegos.com/collections/espadrilles-soles. I use the Ballerina Sole. You will want these to fit snug, so follow the size chart on Diegos® website.

$10 Materials Fee includes:

  • Handouts, instructions and pattern
  • Extra sewing needles and thimbles
  • Thick sewing thread/cord
  • Extra pins

Maximum number of participants: 10

Student Requirements: Sturdy handwoven cloth, hand and machine sewing and a willingness to try something new!

Fee: $190

For information email programs@wggb.org.

Register on the WGGB website https://wggb.org/workshop-suzi-ballenger/.


November 4, 2023
November 5, 2023
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Howard County Arts Center
8510 High Ridge Road
Ellicott City, MD United States


Weavers Guild of Greater Baltimore
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