At first, i thought they were made in the same generation. How did you get the trimmings and shape so indentical?
Heh. Funny you should ask. I really thought this would be the easiest of all my holiday craft projects - I mean, no seaming or lining or complicated techniques. Piece of cake, right?
Well, finding wool felt is not easy - I Googled and found www.achildsdream.com
which is geared towards supplying Waldorf schools and home schoolers. Awesome selection of felts and craft supplies. So, on to the trims. Now, I live in New York City, where you should be able to find anything
. Well, the sequins were easy. The lace, rickrack, and buttons - not so much. I went all over the garment district and the area around 6th Ave & 38th St where all the trims are and couldn't find a thing - apparently no one really makes colored laces anymore, just black or white. I started buying other ribbons and trims, thinking I would have to improvise. Finally, on my third
trip to M&J Trimmings, I found a single red crochet lace that hadn't been there before - they were in the process of moving to a new space and didn't have all their stock out at first. And, they suddenly had the tiny rickrack as well! Karma! I combined that lace with another trim I found at Tinsel Trimmings on 38th to add width. The buttons I finally found at Tender Buttons and the little holly thingies came from Lee's art supplies.
Most of these stores won't mean much to folks outside of NYC, but I just had to share my adventure in crafting :-) I probably could have made it easier on myself but I got obsessed with making as close a copy as possible. (hell, I even obsessed over "Kate" vs "Katie" - she's known both ways!) The shape was easy, I just traced my stocking. Felt is pretty simple to work with.