Moccasin making

Materials
These beautiful beaded uppers were made by a Dene woman in Hay River NWT (we are still trying to track down her name), rabbit fur for the cuff, sheepskin hide, thick suede for an extra sole
Pattern
Lay out all the pattern pieces to trace and mark the holes – I used the “Fringed Boot Pattern” by Tandy with some alterations
Ready to cut
Ready to cut
All cut out
All cut out
Stitch the beaded uppers onto the vamps
Stitch the beaded uppers onto the vamps, all the holes are punched out with a good quality leather punch, and also the shearling has to be trimmed on the underside before you punch the holes
Assembling
The suede soles are hand-sewn onto the bottoms with nylon thread, then the pieces are laced together with artificial sinew
Continue lacing the pieces together
Continue lacing the pieces together
Fur
This shows how you hand stitch the fur cuff on. Cutting the fur strip was a big learning curve and I finally figured out I had to cut it crosswise and sew two pieces together to make the cuff. Cutting the hide was made easier by using a very sharp x-acto knife and very carefully parting the fur so as not to cut it along with the hide.
Finished!
Finished!

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