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...

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...

A snippet of my day...


This was strange to film for me, because I do it so often I really don't think what Im doing anymore. Like many makers, I go on autopilot. I think thats why doing any manual job is quite therapeutic. You can be lost in the task. It was interesting for me to see how much I fuss over the leather before marking! Hides are covered in flaws, simply because its a natural product. They can be front...

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

What a week half term was...


Esther vintage fairy shoes in dove grey.

I've had such a busy week, but then half term always is for parents is'nt it. I am very aware though that these times will pass, and that for me in fact, this is most probably my last half term with my youngest. This time next year she will already have turned 18, and so the luxury of outings mid week etc will be gone forever, never to return. So I...

Latest round up of busyness...










We have made soooo many shoes lately Ive rather lost count! But, my goodness, what beauties you chose to have us create for you all.

Ren x

Name change


Very, very exciting day today!
Fairysteps has had a name change across the web. Its just one letter, but, its a change nonetheless. The new place to find me is: faerysteps.com
Why did I do this dastardly daring deed? Well… lots of reasons really, but heres a few good ones…
1. When I took the fairysteps domain in 2005, sadly the .com domain had been taken by a holding company who demanded...

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...

Summer flying by...


Its that time of year again where the days are going extra quickly. It seems to be constantly either the start or the end of the week. You know what I mean...

The workshop is busy and we are being very productive, which is always a good thing :) I closed custom yesterday to give us a chance to have a good catch up on both orders and also bootmaking, bag making and general stock building. Has...

Mocs and Rockers...


Last Saturday I had a little play ;)


While tea was cooking itself and I forsaw a relaxing evening ahead ;)


By Sunday I was still playing in the sunshine. Sat on the bench handstitching. Boot one made. Boot two almost :)


Decided to finish these short moc boots ‘wander’ with a contrast teal fringed top. If I can ever get round to it I may make a few of these with outdoor soles for...

Naughty sewing machines and new stock...


JINKS belt pouches in the making. Appliqué placement completed, ready for stitching.


Out of chaos, emerged ISOLDE. Lots of lovely clutch purses getting ready for their applique stitching.


Reggie and I had to have ‘firm’ words about tension and suchlike this afternoon! No place for yumpy tension in my workroom… Reggie apoligised profusely and asked to have the rest of the afternoon...