I love making nomocs, lomocs and fomocs! I recently asked Sandy, who has made several pairs of fomocs if she thought that making shoes in this way – no/lo/fomoc – is useful and simple..
Oh YES, definitely. Using the no-lo-fomoc technique is indeed a very useful and simple way to make shoes..!!! Many probably have the same reaction I did to the thought of shoemaking….”That’s just not possible!” Shoes come from a factory filled with expensive, specialized machinery… or they’re made by a little old Italian shoemaker who learned the secrets of a master craftsman from generations past.
The biggest roadblock in my mind was how to get the sole firmly attached to the upper. You’ve been making shoes and boots for a while, so there’s no issues in your mind, but for me, it’s almost impossible to envision a strong enough glue to keep a shoe held together. An even more difficult concept is trying to figure how you can possible sew a shoe together. How do you get your needle inside the toe of a shoe? It’s just impossible.
With the no-lo-fomoc method, it became so easy to see how the pieces come together. There is no mystery, whatsoever, as to how a shoe can be made. All that’s needed is your full-size patterns, a means to make holes or slits and a couple of needles, …dull needles at that!! How simple could it be?
Truthfully, what drew me to Simple Shoemaking was the possibility of cutting out a pattern, punching some holes in the predefined locations and sitting in the rocking chair, …stitching. (Not stitching & stitching & stitching as in knitting) ….but simply stitching up a pair of comfortable, healthy shoes. With basic no-lo-fomoc skills, really, it is almost that easy and style shoe or boot can be conquered.
In the “Introduction to Simple Shoemaking” video you talked about modifying the stitch-downs for your little grand daughter. When it was tried on that red shoe of yours, you said, “it was a good fit and you may be on to something here.” Well, I have to agree, totally..! You’ve hit a winner.
; ) -me