Muhu slippers with bobbinwork embroidery */**
Teachers: Mari Pukk and Alliki Oidekivi
Mari Pukk (b 1968) graduated from the Olustvere School of Service and Rural Economics in 2010, specialising in native textile crafts. She has worked as an editor and writer for the magazine Käsitöö, and she has conducted handicraft training courses and edited handicraft textbooks. Since 2015, Mari has worked at the Olustvere School of Service and Rural Economics as a teacher of textile crafts. In 2019, she graduated from the University of Tartu Viljandi Culture Academy with a degree in Estonian Native Textiles, and she has applied her research on Kihnu headscarves and aprons by recreating old patterns and designing new printed fabrics for use in traditional clothing.
Alliki Oidekivi (b 1967) graduated from the Tallinn Technical School of Light Industry in 1987 as a sewing industry technologist and in 2014 from the University of Tartu Viljandi Culture Academy with a degree in Estonian Native Textiles, specializing in the making of folk costumes and traditional leatherwork. Alliki has received the craft master's occupational standard, level 6, from the Estonian Folk Art and Craft Union.
Her works have been exhibited in shows and exhibitions (OmaMood, 2013 and 2014; Ajast Aega Ajatu, 2014; Ajatus, 2018), and she has participated in contests (Eesti-oma-märss, 2007; Eesti-maa-villane, 2013). Alliki's instructions have been published in the book „Loo, koo, rõõmusta“ („Create, Knit, Rejoice“) and in the magazine „Käsitöö“ („Handicraft“). Since 2015, she has conducted handicraft training courses: sewing, knitting, crochet, tablet weaving and the making of Muhu slippers. The focus of these courses is to learn and use traditional handicraft methods.
In autumn of 2018, Alliki started a two-year-long course of study in the Folk Costume Courses in Saaremaa.
Textile footwear was worn in the 19th century, mainly on the islands of Western Estonia and in Eastern and Southeastern Estonia. 'Muhu pätid' or Muhu slippers, the richly embroidered textile slippers which are famous even today, evolved from simple everyday footwear. During the period before World War I, when leather shoes were expensive, people began to embellish everyday slippers, initially with cross-stitch embroidery and monograms, leather or broadcloth bindings and rick rack trims, to give them a more festive look. In the 1910s and 1920s, they began to be decorated with elaborate satin stitch floral embroidery. The slippers were also decorated with bobbinwork embroidery using a sewing machine.
During this two-day workshop, a pair of slippers decorated with bobbinwork embroidery will be made using traditional slipper-making techniques from Muhu Island. On the first day, we will make the slipper pattern with a suitable embroidery design, decorate the uppers with bobbinwork embroidery, finish with beads and sew the uppers to the lining. On the second day, we will stretch the uppers on the shoe lasts, sew the soles and finish the slippers.
The participation fee includes all necessary materials of for making one pair of slippers. This workshop is suitable for advanced participants who have prior experience in sewing.