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  • #76
    STEP 6

    Now continue the tracing back to the heel area of the sole pattern. Continue on the general line/direction you were already making back to the arch line. Once you get to the back of the heel (about 1/2" behind the heel) take your ruler and measure to see if the same amount is on either side of the toe/heel line. If not choose one side and use that measurement on the other side and adjust the tracing accordingly so that the sides are even.

    You may want to write the persons name and date on the pattern. Also you might want to write which ever foot the pattern was made from...i.e., RIGHT FOOT and then write the opposite on the other side of the pattern since it will serve for both feet.

    Now some folks out there have feet that are not the same size so for those folks you will want to redo steps 1-6 for your other foot.

    Now I have to say that after I finish making my sole pattern I take a manilla folder and trace the upper pattern to that. Then I cut out the sole and also trace it to the folder. Then I cut those out of the folder and use them to make my tracings to leather with. I also keep all those pattern for possible future use.
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    "Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up." Pablo Picasso

    "Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift...that is why is it called the Present." Master Oogway - KungFu Panda


    My comments are based on what I have been taught and my experiences over the years I have been around the circle. They should in no way be taken as gospel truths and are merely my opinions or attempts at passing on what I have learned while still learning more.

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    • #77
      STEP 7

      At this point you are ready to cut the upper pattern out and then trace it on to your leather. Some prefer to always use pencil when tracing a pattern to hide but I just use pen on the back (the side that will be on the inside of the mocs) of the hide. If you needed only one pattern then be sure to remember to turn the pattern over before you trace the second upper...well unless you are that proverbial person with 2 left feet...LOL.
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      "Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up." Pablo Picasso

      "Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift...that is why is it called the Present." Master Oogway - KungFu Panda


      My comments are based on what I have been taught and my experiences over the years I have been around the circle. They should in no way be taken as gospel truths and are merely my opinions or attempts at passing on what I have learned while still learning more.

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      • #78
        STEP 8

        Once this is all done you can now cut out your uppers. You will also want to cut out a 'welt' for each foot. The welt is a thin strip of leather that is sewn between the upper and the sole to help protect the thread that the mocs is sewn together with and also to seal the mocs so less dirt and moisture can get in. It needs to be at least as long as the upper is around the outer edge plus one inch per side.
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        "Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up." Pablo Picasso

        "Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift...that is why is it called the Present." Master Oogway - KungFu Panda


        My comments are based on what I have been taught and my experiences over the years I have been around the circle. They should in no way be taken as gospel truths and are merely my opinions or attempts at passing on what I have learned while still learning more.

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        • #79
          STEP 9

          Now you can cut the sole pattern out (if you haven't made the manilla folder copy of the patterns) and use it to mark your sole leather and cut them out. Like the upper be sure to turn the pattern over before tracing the second sole.

          Also be sure to mark the sole (and upper for that matter) on the edges with the toe/heel line and arch line marks. I do this because I use these marks as points of reference to line the upper and sole up for sewing.
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          "Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up." Pablo Picasso

          "Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift...that is why is it called the Present." Master Oogway - KungFu Panda


          My comments are based on what I have been taught and my experiences over the years I have been around the circle. They should in no way be taken as gospel truths and are merely my opinions or attempts at passing on what I have learned while still learning more.

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          • #80
            STEP 10

            Now that everything is cut out, I prepunch holes in the sole. This allows me to sew up the mocs much easier and quicker. I do this prepunching with an awl that has a very small thin tip so it won't bust through the sole leather ... or I use my dremel and a 1/32" bit in it (but that small a bit is hard to find) to just drill the holes.
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            "Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up." Pablo Picasso

            "Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift...that is why is it called the Present." Master Oogway - KungFu Panda


            My comments are based on what I have been taught and my experiences over the years I have been around the circle. They should in no way be taken as gospel truths and are merely my opinions or attempts at passing on what I have learned while still learning more.

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            • #81
              Wow, nice pics! And it's good to see that your method and mine aren't that different. Just slightly. But you know long time ago, different tribes could be identified by their moc soles footprints.:p
              ...it is what it is...

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              • #82
                Looking good!!! Simpler than the missouri river patterns so far
                Don't worry that it's not good enough for anyone else to hear... just sing, sing a song.sigpic

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                • #83
                  W_rose

                  Most definitely sole shape could (and in some instances still does) help determine the tribal identity of the maker. There are some folks out there that like to artifake things to look old and will still use those sole shapes.

                  This is basic instructions for mocs construction and need only be altered slightly to achieve several different tribal styles of mocs. The particular mocs I am making for my niece are to leaning toward Pawnee, but the instructions will produce many different style I use it mostly to make S. Cheyenne style mocs.
                  PB49

                  "Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up." Pablo Picasso

                  "Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift...that is why is it called the Present." Master Oogway - KungFu Panda


                  My comments are based on what I have been taught and my experiences over the years I have been around the circle. They should in no way be taken as gospel truths and are merely my opinions or attempts at passing on what I have learned while still learning more.

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                  • #84
                    Well...I am going to finish up this tutorial now...ya ya I know...Finally...LMAO!!!

                    Okay, uppers can be beaded or plain. Also the uppers can be beaded before or after the mocs are together. This is all a matter of personal preference and dictated by the type/style of beadwork that will be done on the mocs.

                    The pair I am working on will be partially beaded but I will not be doing the beadwork until after they are completely sewn up. I am doing this because I am short on time before my nieces will be using their mocs and I want them to have some say in the designs and colors that will be used.

                    STEP 11

                    At this point I use artificial sinew and size 3 glovers needles to sew the mocs up. I pull off about 12 feet worth of sinew and split in down (in half). I set half aside for the second pair of mocs and the put a needle on each end of the 12 feet worth of half diameter sinew. I then take the 2 needles and put them through the sole leather on either side of the toe/heel line as shown in the attached pic.
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                    "Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up." Pablo Picasso

                    "Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift...that is why is it called the Present." Master Oogway - KungFu Panda


                    My comments are based on what I have been taught and my experiences over the years I have been around the circle. They should in no way be taken as gospel truths and are merely my opinions or attempts at passing on what I have learned while still learning more.

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                    • #85
                      STEP 12

                      Now I fold the welt in half and run the 2 needles through it on either side of the half way point and then through the upper leather on either side of the toe/heel mark at the toe that I put on it. Remember that which ever side of the upper leather that you want on the outside will need to be facing you at this point. In other words the bottom of the sole and the top of the upper need to be touch each other.
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                      PB49

                      "Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up." Pablo Picasso

                      "Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift...that is why is it called the Present." Master Oogway - KungFu Panda


                      My comments are based on what I have been taught and my experiences over the years I have been around the circle. They should in no way be taken as gospel truths and are merely my opinions or attempts at passing on what I have learned while still learning more.

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                      • #86
                        STEP 13

                        Now at this point I criss cross the threads and sew through the holes of the opposing thread. I do this so that the threads will be locked down and I will not have to have a knot on the inside of the toe of the moc.

                        Note in the pic how this forms a X over my toe/heel line mark.
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                        PB49

                        "Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up." Pablo Picasso

                        "Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift...that is why is it called the Present." Master Oogway - KungFu Panda


                        My comments are based on what I have been taught and my experiences over the years I have been around the circle. They should in no way be taken as gospel truths and are merely my opinions or attempts at passing on what I have learned while still learning more.

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                        • #87
                          STEP 14

                          Now it is time to start sewing. I sew the 'big toe' side of the moc first since it will have the tightest curve and thus be more difficult. As you pass the needle downward through the sole, align the edges of the welt and upper and then pull it down in front of where the needle will come out of the sole. Push the needle through the welt and upper and then pull. Now realign everything back up and snug it down and proceed to the next stitch.
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                          PB49

                          "Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up." Pablo Picasso

                          "Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift...that is why is it called the Present." Master Oogway - KungFu Panda


                          My comments are based on what I have been taught and my experiences over the years I have been around the circle. They should in no way be taken as gospel truths and are merely my opinions or attempts at passing on what I have learned while still learning more.

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                          • #88
                            STEP 15

                            Continue sewing down the moc to the arch line mark. You will probably notice that the arch line mark on the upper does not meet up with the one on the sole (which can be seen in the attached pic). This is fine for the snug fit that I like, but if you are wanting a fuller fit then you may need to take slightly longer stitches on the upper than you do on the sole. This will cause the upper leather to pucker a little bit with each stitch and thus take up the difference slowly as you proceed down the side of the moc.
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                            PB49

                            "Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up." Pablo Picasso

                            "Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift...that is why is it called the Present." Master Oogway - KungFu Panda


                            My comments are based on what I have been taught and my experiences over the years I have been around the circle. They should in no way be taken as gospel truths and are merely my opinions or attempts at passing on what I have learned while still learning more.

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                            • #89
                              STEP 16

                              Now, you will stop on the side you were sewing and move over to the other side and sew in the same manner you chose to on the 'big toe' side of the moc (either snug or loose fit). What you want to do is sew so that the arch line marks on the upper will be fairly close to straight across from each other. Continue sewing this side all the way down to the toe/heel mark at the heel.
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                              "Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up." Pablo Picasso

                              "Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift...that is why is it called the Present." Master Oogway - KungFu Panda


                              My comments are based on what I have been taught and my experiences over the years I have been around the circle. They should in no way be taken as gospel truths and are merely my opinions or attempts at passing on what I have learned while still learning more.

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                              • #90
                                STEP 17

                                Now go back to the original side and finish sewing it back until it meets the other side.
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                                PB49

                                "Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up." Pablo Picasso

                                "Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift...that is why is it called the Present." Master Oogway - KungFu Panda


                                My comments are based on what I have been taught and my experiences over the years I have been around the circle. They should in no way be taken as gospel truths and are merely my opinions or attempts at passing on what I have learned while still learning more.

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