The suspense was high for five weeks, as the students in my local adult education class made “nomocs” for themselves. I have only taught one person at a time for years, so making six pairs of shoes that would fit six students all at the same time was challenging for me.
But, I thought that the nomoc process simplifies shoemaking so much that maybe I could pull it off. Now, the verdict is in – the shoes fit! A few were a tiny bit tight, but I think putting them on lasts will stretch them out just right. And, they are beautiful! (I’ll post a group shot next week, at the final class).
I was expecting to make espadrille-type shoes with the participants, but when they saw a little “flat” shoe, a shown in the photo, in my bundle, all wanted to make it instead. So, I’ll offer students in the other workshops I have this summer- Snow Farm, Vestitures in Lowell, Ma and at The Handmade Effect in Portland, Me. – both styles of shoes to choose from. Yay nomocs! (you see that little edge with holes in it rising up from the sole, that the upper is stitched to, that’s what makes it a nomoc) – although lomocs and fomocs are great shoemaking processes too!