Here is my final update! I can’t believe I was actually able to finish these..they took SO long! But it was well worth it. This is one of the best projects I have ever done–very fulfilling, and I get to wear them!
Some of the things that went well in this process were that I had a great support system, my husband and my mom were very encouraging! Having my mom find the pattern from my Auntie Christine was extremely helpful as well. I kind of had a love/hate relationship with the pattern. Mostly, it was helpful, but there were a few times that I had to adjust it and there were other times where I was very confused and wasn’t sure what she was trying to say, as the directions were very limited. It would have been nice to take a class on this and have a teacher who I could talk to and ask questions. The YouTube videos were also helpful, but I was disappointed with the lack of resources available for teaching someone how to make their own pair of mukluks.
One of the things I would have done differently is make the foot part of the mukluks smaller, because I know the leather is going to stretch. Another thing I regret is that I did not vlog before attaching the shaft (leg part) to the foot of the mukluk. I was very surprised at how much I appreciated having my vlogs to record my learning and the process of sewing these boots. I had never vlogged before, and although I was pretty shy at first and hated hearing my voice recorded, by the end of the semester it was no big deal.
I was really glad that I created a YouTube account because it made uploading and sharing videos so easy! I probably never would have done that if it wasn’t for this class.
I really liked the beadwork design I made, and I was really happy with how the leather and the fur on the leg turned out. I just still can’t believe how long this took me. My Grandma told me I should start making mukluks and selling them, but unless I became significantly faster at this, I can’t see myself ever doing that. I would want to charge at least $500 haha–which I know no one would want to pay when they can just buy them from Quarks for $300. I think my Auntie Christine sells hers for $150 a pair, either she is very generous or much more time efficient than I am.
Sometimes I felt like quitting because my fingers were aching, and occasionally bleeding when I accidently pricked myself with the needle, and sometimes adjusting the pattern and feeling frustrated that I did not understand the instructions made me want to throw the towel in. I am so glad I stuck it out though, having the accountability of posting updates to my blog really encouraged me to keep going.
Thanks for checking out my final project! Watch my summary video for this project to see the whole process in a nut shell!