The Fairy Shoemaker

Faerysteps started a blog way back when the internet was practically pedal powered (that was in 2008). These days I tend to use Instagram as a daily record but sometimes you just can't beat a good old fashioned diary entry...

Spindle...

Always exciting working on something new, even if it's not strictly new ;)
I haven't made this boot in over 10 years. Originally called 'Ophelia' she was popular at the time but I moved onto other styles and she fell by the wayside. Whilst sorting through old image files I rediscovered her again and decided to revamp the pattern..

Season on the change...


There is a definite nip in the air. I felt it on Wednesday and its got progressively cooler since. Plus the ever rampant Virginia creeper is blushing so that's a sure sign if ever there was one that the season is on the move. Summer has dusted off her golden coat and will soon be leaving with the Swallows.


Talking of dust, gosh did I have a good clean up in my workshop. Nothing like a...

Running, ink and tinkers...


November has most certainly been a month of boots.


Lots to report for November, get comfy. Most notably, new tall boots have just started being added to the shop. Only a couple of Moonshine boots, but, happy to say that we have made lots of Tinker boots in various sizes. I'm fast reaching 'boot out' so its a small batch by manufacturing standards, but a marathon when its a cottage...

Camping in November...


Me in reflective mood earlier today. Post boot pattern making, pre boot marking. Hair washed earlier, but unbrushed. How slovenly of me, but, the leather never notices the state of my hair, so preening was going to wait till later. My head has been bursting with boots so I've been keen to crack on.



PYRAMUS from earlier in the week. 


Lovely LUNA in waxy coffee leather.


More...

Latest boots and first pies...


Faerysteps Cobweb fairy boots. My last custom Cobwebs for a while, made for a really lovely customer :)


Mustardseed fairy boots.


Mustardseed fairy boots with starlight applique work. Very much Harry Potter boots these. Intense violet and seaside contrast.


And Wisp in darkest violet, again with that seaside contrast on the back heel covers. So much violetness lately. That isnt...

Green harvest...

I so enjoyed taking pictures of this batch. It was all so green! But, at the same time, it was like saying goodbye to Summer. Moving rapidly into a season of browns and golds and reds. Followed by the deepest greens of fir.

Queenie fairy shoes in zest.

Mustardseed fairy boots in zest and rhubarb. Love them every time I make a pair.

Together. A green congregation x

Year is turning at last...

Had a great deal of fun with the new boot style WILLO. Timeless in a good dark oak brown as shown here.


Log heap to the rescue for a backdrop :)


I knew you'd want another picture of these beautiful Mustardseed fairy boots.


Oodles of orders for the new violet leather. HOLLY fairy shoes shown here.


And more WILLO boots in that glorious violet leather, with a lovely Mallard...

Boots galore


You cant beat a bit of silver birch for a good photograph. I had so much fun in the Autumn sunshine taking pictures. Its that time of year again, where everything is glowing.



We are currently finishing orders ready to start on new stock from 1st November onwards. Expect a variety of styles, sizes and colours. Do follow on instagram or facebook for regular updates of whats on the...

Wispy boots





Wisp boots were made available to order in your own colour choices during May, and it was so lovely to make them for you :)
Lots of wonderful combinations with just a few shown above. I do like this boot. I keep meaning to make myself a pair and never quite get round to it. Must rectify that soon :)
Made to order re-opens 1st July so if you fancy a pair full details are shown on the...

Getting chilly now...



Gosh, another busy week WISP booting :)

Plus, I used some of that heavenly polished conker leather to make some stock Esthers. Love these with the longer toe shape.

The weather turned decidedly nippier home here so more layers were called for. I always find it a toss up between warmth vs movement... thick wooly jumpers arent an option because I find I get caught up in everything Im...

Grey days... Wispy days



Ive made so many boots lately! And, there are more to come as Ive not finished yet. I still have a great many on my table.



Lots of different colourways which has been fun to put together.



I particularly liked the darker ones.



With Halloween just behind us, they were atmospheric.



But my favourites, were probably the woodland shades, as ever!

January 2016 catch up...


January involved oodles of shoes and a few boots for stock, so all in all it was a busy month in the studio. It was good to get back to work after Christmas.


Home involved lots of knitting, birthdays, bottle feeding lambs, fire appreciation and general life.


I found some lovely customer pictures on Instagram. Its so wonderful to find shares! Thank you so much x Please tag shares as...