Espadrilles, Express Your Sole with Suzi Ballenger

  • 21 Aug 2023
  • 22 Aug 2023
  • 2 sessions
  • 21 Aug 2023, 9:00 AM 2:00 PM (HST)
  • 22 Aug 2023, 9:00 AM 2:00 PM (HST)
  • Downtown Art Center, Orange Room, 1041 Nuuanu Ave., Second Floor, Honolulu, HI 96817
  • 6


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Join us for Espadrilles, Express Your Sole with Suzi Ballenger

We enjoyed last summer's espadrille class so much that we have invited Suzi to teach us again!

"I remember being in high school and falling in love with the making and expressions possible with color, fabric and thread. Years later – June 1982 to be exact, I came across the front-page article 'Easy Espadrilles' in Decorating and Craft Ideas magazine. I made everyone I knew, including my child, a pair. They were certainly something only a homesteading hippy type would wear back then (and try to sell)." ~ Suzi Ballenger

This class is an updated version of Suzi's first pair of shoes. Let your inner artist shine as you strut forward in your very own, one-of-a-kind pair of Espadrilles you have made yourself! Each pair will exemplify your intention and personal style. Basic machine sewing skills are needed and hand sewing is required.

Photo of group from our August 2022 Espadrilles class at DAC studio.

There will be a $5.00 supply fee payable to instructor for pattern; extra pins, sewing needles and thimbles; and heavy thread/cord for hand sewing.

What to bring:

  • $5.00 supply fee
  • 12” x 24” woven fabric
  • 12” x 24” fusible woven pelon and 5 yards 3/8” pre-folded bias tape  
  • OR  12” x 24” fabric for lining

  • 3” length of 1/4” or 3/8” elastic
  • Sewing thread for machine
  • Scissors
  • Needle nose pliers if you have a pair
  • Straight Pins (Ball head is best)
  • Heavy duty large eye sharp needle
  • Leather thimble
  • A sewing machine if you have one, we have 2 in our weaving studio.
  • A pair of Espadrille Soles ordered at least two weeks prior to class from I used the Ballerina Sole. You will want these to fit snug, so follow the size chart on the Diegos website and measure your feet carefully according to their instructions. If you are in between sizes round down to the closest size.

Tools You Will Need:

  • Sewing Machine or access to one
  • Iron and Portable ironing board or access to one

Instructor Bio

Suzi Ballenger was born and raised in Indiana. She completed her BA at Keene State College in New Hampshire and her MFA in Artisanry-Fibers from UMass-Dartmouth. She has worked in New England as a weaver and teaching artist since 1996 and is known for thinking outside the box. Her work has been published in Handwoven Magazine, Surface Design Association, and The Textile Society of America. She has a curiosity for material that stimulates her woven language; believing the fullest expression of a fiber can be realized through observation, rhythm, and structure. When not in the studio, Suzi can be found outside in the garden, swimming in the ocean, or walking on local trails.

Hawaiʻi Handweavers' Hui members receive a discounted class fee. If you are interested in becoming a member please click HERE.

MAP Downtown Art Center Parking in building, Chinatown Gateway Garage, enter on Bethel Street. Weekday rate: $3.00 for two hours, $1.50 for additional 30 minutes. Weekend rate: $.50 for 30 minutes, maximum fee of $3.00.  All Day weekday pass: park your car before 10 am, take your ticket back up to the person in the kiosk and request the $10 all day pass.  All transactions in cash. 

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