Recently two of our lovely Brisbane store staff members Belle and Katie joined The Shoe Camaraderie for two very special sandal making workshops. We were super excited to be able to supply a bunch of our beautiful leathers for these workshops and can’t wait to introduce you to this opportunity to make your own shoes. Read on for a little chat with The Shoe Camaraderie founder Lisa Turnbull plus Katie and Belle’s workshop reviews. Something a little different for the blog this week, we hope you enjoy!
About | The Shoe Camaraderie – Brisbane
The Shoe Camaraderie was founded in Australia in late 2017 by shoemaker Lisa Turnbull, with the intention of offering a supportive setting for people to participate in the unique process of shoemaking, to create footwear that fits well, to connect with others through the shared experience and to deepen their appreciation of what goes into handmade goods. We absolutely love this paired-back approach to shoemaking and the simple way Lisa has aligned her teaching methods with the #memade and slow fashion movements.
We checked in with Lisa following her recent Brisbane workshops to find out a little more about The Shoe Camaraderie….
Brisbane Workshop Reviews | April 6th & 7th, 2019
Who: Katie from our Brisbane store
Style: Elodie in Forest Green Cowhide
A very unique experience which got me out of my comfort zone using specialised tools and materials.
Lisa guided the small group of 6 through with ease and wonderful guidance, taking time to move us along each step.
We were provided with pattern pieces unique to our measurements which we then cut out from our selected leathers.
It was fun learning the steps involved in sandal-making and I’m very happy with what I was able to accomplish with Lisa’s help. I am looking forward to the availability of the kits Lisa will be selling in the near future.
Who: Belle from our Brisbane store
Style: Freya in Black Suede
Loved the experience, Lisa is very knowledgeable and she taught us some great techniques that I’m going to be using in future leather projects. As soon as I got home from the class I was already looking up where to purchase the leather tools, so I can apply these techniques at home.
The hardest part of the experience was having to choose what style of shoe as all the styles looked so beautiful, in the end I decided to make the Freya style in Black suede. I’m very happy with the choice but I’m sure I would have been happy with any of the styles. Finishing the long day off with wine and cheese was a very nice touch, Lisa has such a beautiful nature, she really made the experience very comfortable and fun.
Want to try your hand at shoemaking? Head over to The Shoe Camaraderie and register your interest for upcoming workshops and locations, as well as the release of Lisa’s home kits! Share your makes with us on Instagram by tagging @wearethefabricstore or using #thefabricstore
P.s a little note on leather…
We understand that as an animal product, leather can sometimes be concerning, so we wanted to let you know that here at The Fabric Store, we take a mindful approach to sourcing our hides. We purchase our leather hides from high-end designers as end-of-line stock, and do not mill or dye any leather directly. For this reason, you’ll find a unique range of leather hides in various colours and finishes in each of our stores.
All photography courtesy of The Shoe Camaraderie.