Oxford Summer School

Stitched Paper Shoes

Saturday 13th August for 1 day — Cost: £52

Tutor: Jennifer Collier

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Inspired by Jennifer's work you will create decorative paper shoes from beautiful vintage, found and recycled papers. You will have a choice of four different types of shoes to make; a stiletto, a sandal, a lace up shoe or an 'Alice' style T Bar shoe. You will be shown every step of the process, from choosing your papers, constructing and manipulation these to form the shapes and also a range of techniques, including paper roses, covered buttons and Suffolk Puffs to decorate them.

This course will also focus on learning how to hand stitch paper and you will be shown a range of traditional hand stitches such as Cross Stitch, Running Stitch, Backstitch, Blanket Stitch, and a beautifully intricate Venetian Needle Lace Stitch to further embellish the shoes. Jennifer will show you lots of cheats and tips for successfully hand stitching paper without tearing it, and promises to get you hooked on sewing paper. You will also have the option of decorating a handmade shoebox to accompany with your beautiful handmade paper shoes.

All materials are provided but do bring along your own special papers, books or maps to personalise your work.