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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 to move with creativity and enthusiasm. The pattern is straight forward and only a firm woven 12” x 24” cloth is needed. We will use fusible woven interfacing and bias tape to prevent stretching and eliminate the need for machine stitching. 


This 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. 


A supplies list will be sent to students. 


When: Saturday, April 20, 2024     10 AM – 6 PM

Tuition: $95.00 plus $10.00 materials fee paid to the instructor for handouts (instructions and patterns), extra sewing needles and thimbles; thick sewing cord and extra pins


Limit: 8 students
















DIY Espadrilles with Suzi Ballenger

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    Suzi Ballenger was born and raised in Indiana. She completed her BA at Keene State College in New Hampshire and her MFA in Artisanry-Fibers from UMass-Dartmouth. She has worked in New England as a weaver and teaching artist since 1996 and currently serves on the Board of The Handweavers Guild of America.  Her work has been published in Handwoven Magazine, Surface Design Association, and The Textile Society of America. She has a curiosity for material that stimulates her woven language; believing the fullest expression of a fiber can be realized through observation, rhythm, and structure. When not in the studio, Suzi can be found outside in the garden, swimming in the ocean, or walking on local trails.

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