Showing posts with label handmade shoes. Show all posts
Showing posts with label handmade shoes. Show all posts

Nov 30, 2013

Black Friday Sale and Making Heel Cover Tutorial

My current work schedule feels like one long working day, balancing between making my own shoe orders, shoemaking courses and freelance collaborations takes time, so each day I am thankful that I do what I love, because there is no way I would be able or willing to do anything else. This post was a long coming and I have a lot  to share with you .

I am very proud to announce that, last week " VIRTUAL SHOE MUSEUM" posted a blog post about  "shoemaking courses online" . Very detailed, great post , and it was kind of a weird for me , in a good sense, as a longtime follower of this website to be on it. Not just with my shoes, that  were listed on this website recently as well, but with what I do with this blog and with Shoemaking courses online, something that I am very proud of, something that I invested all of myself and I believe makes a change.  Thanks to that post, since last week, shoemaking courses online getting a massive flow of new members and interest of fashion bloggers, who discover this website for the first time, and that is just great. Big thank you to Liza Snouk, who runs "Virtual Shoe Museum".
 You welcome to read the post in the link below.
My YouTube channel consist more then 40 tutorials and it's easy to get lost, specially with a new YouTube layout. Although I already published a post to help you find my old tutorials on making shoes and you can find it here " Here is a Post That Will Help You Find my Older Tutorials" I still have been asked to show tips and tricks that I already did, so here is the link again.
Recently I was asked by a member to show how to make a pattern and actually to create heel cover from leather. My answer to him was, that I already did, in  " How To Make Rihanna 2012 X Factor Shoes by Yourself " but he couldn't find it, and when he did, said it was too fast for him and he is use to normal speed tutorials that I have on the platform and why there is no voice over, just music.
 It made me think on all of the changes that happened since I started this blog and maybe there is a problem, specially with my long tutorials that I made and I defiantly need to take care of it. So here you go, a short ( 20 min) tutorial on "How to Make a leather cover for a heel".  It's in a normal speed, but there is no me talking like on my courses, maybe next time.

Nov 1, 2013

Great Shoemaking Solutions and Launching New Shoemakers Tools Store Online

Let's say you lasted your shoes, you made your heels, attached your outsoles, you have your new, done, finished pair of shoes. Only thing left to do is to take them off the last. Last week as I finished my Ballerina Shoes Course I encounter a dilemma, maybe not a dilemma, but I wanted to figure out a simple solution for my students to take the shoes off. Now, if you don't have the proper shoemakers tool you can use the hook method: you make a hole in the last, place the hook inside it and using the strength of your feet and rope ,you pull the last out. I find that method not that comfortable to say the least. I wanted to come up with something that anyone can make in their home fast, simple and cheap. So in my last lesson of the Ballerina Course I drilled a hole in a side of my old, heavy sewing machine and placed through it, 12 cm screw with 1 cm thickness, so it will fit the top hole in my last. That's it, simple is this.

You need screw and something heavy, so it will not move when you will pull the shoe. I know many shoemakers with their own solutions and tools for this and other process. So if you have, or come up with your own solution for this or other problems, you are welcome to share it on this blog.
Now as I promised shoemaking courses online platform will launch online store for shoemaking tools and supplies by the end of this week. As I still working on assembling more tools and more suppliers to enrich the platform more products will be added in the next two weeks.

In the online store you will find items like knifes, shank board, texon board, reinforcement tape, topline tape, awl, hammer, shoemakers rasp, lasting pincers and shoe lasts. More products will be added as we go and depending on the demand.
On the launch day of the store I will place 3 types of used lasts on sale in very low price. When I say used, I mean that some worked been done with them, so there are traces of nails and few scratches here and there. You can judge by yourself on the pictures below.

Mar 6, 2013



Today, I have a special treat for you and I know that many of you been asking me to do this one for a long time so here it is , my new tutorial for "Flat Women Peep Toe Shoes". This is a complete tutorial from drawing on the last to complete pair of shoes. You will find the full and exclusive tutorial below but first I have few announcements that I'm sure you'll be interest in .

Oct 5, 2012

My Secret Skeletons & bridges shoes project and incredible designer Koji Horigome

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  My  Secret Skeletons & bridges shoes project and incredible designer Koji Horigome

Slow and steady wins the race. It's about me, in the sense that the slower I do things, I'm  moving  far away from the goal. According to the plan I had already done the following model from my project "skeletons and bridges." But I only now started to create it. Thank God that I made the pattern pretty quickly. 


Oct 2, 2012

My first online eBook and Tracey Neuls amazing shoe lasts

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My first online eBook and Tracey Neuls amazing shoe lasts

Finally I made my first eBook. Initially, It took me a lot of time to decide go for it and find the time for it, especially because I wanted to include a video too. Because I wanted it to be a very detailed and understandable guide. to show how to make a quick and accurate pattern for pumps with a heel of 5 cm idea to create it. My husband gave me the idea , Because he saw that people are interested and consult with me through my YouTube's channel. Thanks to this guide I have had ideas to write other tutorial books that I'm going to do, when I'll find the time in my busy schedule. This book is available for free at my new web site .

Bordo Shoes

Then came the fall to Israel,  if it can be called that, "there is a little breeze", which replaced the unbearable heat Therefore, I was able to show off my new shoes, which I made for myself for the fall collection. This model called "Bordo" it  is from my new collection.

 Designer talk

Today I want to talk about one designer shoes, which I love and which I discovered to my shame recently. This is a designer from London, I'm absolutely sure that everybody on the planet, except me  know her and her name is Tracey Neuls. She has two lines of shoes, one called by her name, another 29TN. Her shoes are always very concise, and at first glance it may seem simple. But this simplicity is, in my opinion, simply brilliant. She always finds a very interesting solution in design, joining upper with sole and heel. For example, just by painting toecap and heel, covering the sole and heel.

Source: via Svetlana on Pinterest

 It's so simple and beautiful. She also has wonderfully beautiful heels that are an integral part of all shoes and almost major structural ornament of her shoes. Heels resemble historic 18th century, but more
delicate and are very skillful addition of uppers on the inside of the heel, or on the top of it. In this way emphasizes the plasticity of fine heel shoes and the whole shoes becomes a rounded appearance. It itself is a work of art.

But that's not all. I also like Tracy shoe lasts. They are an interesting shape and seems to be a  lot of comfort. The first time I saw her shoes, the shape of shoes reminded me of the museum's 19th-century shoes, which took the form of its owner feet. That is, Tracey Neuls shoe lasts has a form used shoes, only a very stylistically overdone and skillfully shaped the design of the shoe upper.

I find it very interesting and new, and probably that's why shoes look not only beautiful, but comfortable . She is also experimenting a lot with materials and the leather, adding a custom materials to shoes.

Have a nice week and see you soon!

In this post I talk about:

1. My first e-book
2. My husband gave me the idea
2. Making a video tutorial.
3. New pic from my fall collection.
4. Designer talk with Tracey Neuls 

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Sep 4, 2012

The battle : men shoes vs women shoes

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          The battle :  men shoes vs women shoes

I've always thought of men's shoes as a limited piece of footwear design and never paid special attention to it. Therefore, it was difficult to adjust to its specificity, different from women's shoes, when I worked for the past two weeks to create a men's collection of shoes for one company. By the way why this is why, I did not write my regular weekly post, my apologies , but I was too busy.
At first, all the shoes looked too feminine, just much bigger. After an exhausting day of working long hours, I finally got to shift to male shoe design, first glimmers of hope appeared that I could still make the best of it. Then I came to enjoy designing this kind of footwear and now I find men's shoes ,of course not all of them, very interesting, so much so that it in many ways superior to women footwear design. First of all the upper shoe pattern in men's shoes is divided into multiple geometric elements, which in women's shoes is very rare and if you do find it, then it looks just a little bit over the top, in my opinion. Can also be created fairly clean and minimalistic design with some main, unusual element, which may be just an interesting stitch or a rich pattern leather. I just love the use of different seams in men's shoes, which can be rough from thick thread or an ordinary one, but sewn on such interesting lines in the pattern, which makes this shoes to be masterpieces. For example, I love the inverted rough seams, as well as logo printing that together is changing the look of a shoe, and I would love to adopt and use in women footwear design, but in more naturale way, and without excesses, like in men's shoes. 

 I also love the elegant men shoes, which at first glance appear to be identical and of the same type, but in fact have very many differences. Just look at the leather, which is used in expensive luxury men's shoes, all kinds of shades of brown and genuine luster.  

See some amazing men shoes on my pinterest board

 If you look at men's hand-made shoes, you will be blown away just from it looks and quality. It made in conjunction with the shape of shoes, leather and finishing, you can totally fall in love with a man's shoes and wear only that.
No, I'm not going to make men's shoes now, but I will try to take all the unique elements to my future collections.I suggest you take a look  at this wonderful creation process  of men's amazing footwear by Berluti.

Berluti from Art of Craftsmanship on Vimeo.

Have a nice week!

Jul 4, 2012

Shoes, smell of glue, hello fresh ideas!

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    ! Shoes, smell of glue, hello fresh ideas  

Today, I reminisce a time when I was in Italy. I lived in a small village called San Mauro Pascoli , the core of Italian shoe brands, such as Pollini, Vicini, Casadei, Sergio Rossi. Unfortunately, in addition to these Pattractions and beautiful sights, this town couldn't offer anything else. Giuseppe Zanotti himself, The big chief of shoe styles and global commercial success gave us, greenhorn students, lectures. I rented a room at some designer villa, right in front Sergio Rossi and Pollini family houses. When meeting new people was silly to ask what they do, because 90% of the local population were cooked in the shoe business. In short, wherever you look, everywhere, there were the smell of glue, and people, so simple and uncomplicated. This was, of course, a wonderful time, but if I was there again, I would have done things differently. I would, for example, in addition to tuition and indispensable practice at the plant would go as an apprentice to some old shoemaker. To one of those who all their lives making shoes, like they used to make them, all handmade from beginning to the end.
 I always love learning something new, and even now, after many years, I continue to accumulate knowledge in the field of hand-made shoes and thankful for any information. Lately I find a lot of good and quality information in the video tutorials by  Marcell Mrsan, in which, as always, I came across recently on the net. I like his blog and his
and his YouTube channel with tutorials  on creating hand-made shoes. This is probably one of the best sources in this field, which I found on the Internet. Everyone who interested in shoes, I suggest to check out Marcell Mrsan tutorials. For myself, I found many tips!
Happy browsing. See you soon!A

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