Diary for the Prescott & Mackay Shoemaking Evening Class
Anyone still remembers the yellow thing I showed in the first class’ diary? Well its name is shoe last, and we are going to ‘last’ the shoe in two classes. I nail the prepared insole onto the shoe last first, put my chosen leather thong through the marked holes on the shoe, and then wrap it around the last:
Then we start lasting the lining first. Nails are put onto the leather bit by bit to fix it in place.
After making sure the position of the lining is completely alright, I apply glue between the lining and the insole and stick them together, then remove the nails – it looks like the picture below. How neat! (I couldn’t help being proud for a second…) If anybody wants to know what the white edge along the lining is, it’s called toe puff, which is also lasted onto the shoe, and it can help to keep the shoe in shape. There is the other one on the back of the shoe!
It’s the turn of the upper. Lasting is so important because it directly influences the comfort and beauty of the shoe – if you pull the leather too tight you may break the stitches or make bumps between the lining and the upper; if you pull it too loosely there will be wrinkles on the shoe.
Keep nailing and hammering….
Does anyone still remember the blue printed fabric that my classmate Dominique used for her shoes? Let’s have a look at her nearly finished upper lasting…
Well, everyone’s shoes look much much closer to their final designs! I look forward to the next class, which is our last class in this evening course! Getting too excited…