Dates: Aug 13-17, 2018
Class Times: Mon-Thurs 9am-5pm; Fri 9am-2:30pm
Open Studio: Mon-Thurs7-9pm
Molly began sewing when she was 12 years old and it wasn't long before she was working and experimenting with leather, creating handbags, travel bags, tote bags and zippered pouches. In this class the student will learn the basics of pattern making along with creative ways to make knots and straps. Cell phone purses, iPad and computer covers are a few of the designs offered. Learning the beginning steps of sewing with leather on a portable industrial sewing machine, students will make three bags: a small zippered bag, a Molly bag and a one-of-a-kind bag of their own design. Some sewing machine experience is helpful but not necessary; students may bring sharp scissors and a sketch book if they like. Class open to all.
Material Cost: $125
About the Instructor:
Molly Grant began leatherworking in her early 20's, first by working on her own and then by apprenticing at the Black Swan Leather shop in Portsmouth, NH, where she learned the basic skills of traditional leatherworking. Molly first saw Cordwainer Shoes when she was ten years old at the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen's Fair, known nationally as the oldest craft fair in the nation. She became a juried member in 1989, and participated by showing her line of handbags. There, she had the opportunity to meet Paul Mathews, owner of the Cordwainer Shop. Within a few months' time Molly was traveling to craft shows nationally with Paul and learning the Cordwainer art. Molly still makes handbags, but the m