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« Reply #60 on: August 22, 2008 11:30:30 AM »

Argonkitten:  It wasn't too hard to do.  But I used my mom's embroidery machine which has one of the really big hoops(we used her Ellageo(babylock).  She just used tear away stabilizer then used a temporary spray adhesive and mounted the side of the shoe on top of the hoop, instead of putting it in the hoop.  She said she pinned it at the top corners for a little bit of extra stability.  The great thing is that these shoes split apart.  if you take out the laces and unzip them, you basically have 3 flaps--the two sides and the tongue.

The secret to machine embroidery is the hooping.  We printed out the design, found where we wanted it on the shoe, then marked the main points in water soluble pen and aligned them in the hoop.  If you have one of the smaller machines that only does 4x4, you could still probably do it.  You would just have to rehoop.  And of course, make sure your design doesn;t go too near the eyelets.  But it wasn't too hard, you could do it.  I like to do a practice run first just to be safe, but since my mom was helping, I trusted her to get it right the first time Smiley  Oh, and you have to sit at the machine and hold the bottom part of the shoe because it is heavy, but it's best to sit with your machine while it's going, anyway. I'd love to see someone else do this.  I want to go out and buy more to experiment with--unfortunately I only have a birthday once a year  Sad Smiley.

Thanks for the feedback, everyone.  I wore them to church a couple of weeks ago, only one person said anything(she liked them), but I got lots of looks Smiley.  That's the nice thing about going to a church where probably half the congregation is tattooed and pierced.  No one notices what you are wearing.     
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« Reply #61 on: August 22, 2008 04:20:56 PM »

these are fantastic! though i am a converse fan, i wasn't really fond of the xx-highs...that is UNTIL NOW! great job. and might I suggest maybe some red laces? or perhaps another complimentry color? although I don't know where you would find laces long enough for these puppies. They look great though!!!
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« Reply #62 on: August 22, 2008 08:41:34 PM »

wow! those are amazing!!!
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Eartian
« Reply #63 on: August 22, 2008 08:44:31 PM »

Those are awesome! The crystals are such a wonderful addition!
Now I don't understand how someone could have shoes like these and NOT design them in some way!
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« Reply #64 on: August 23, 2008 08:22:36 AM »

One of the best things I've ever seen on craftster!!! Good job Mama!
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« Reply #65 on: August 23, 2008 01:21:19 PM »

Gorgeous! Utterly and completely gorgeous!
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Yttrai
« Reply #66 on: August 24, 2008 07:33:37 AM »

Those are incredible!

As a mother of zero in my late 30's, i might have to figure out a way to get a pair for myself.  I don't have access to an embroidering machine, but i'm not half bad with fabric paint.  It would be a nice stopgap solution until you decide to go pro and i can commission a pair directly from you Smiley
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Schmunzelfee
« Reply #67 on: August 26, 2008 06:16:03 AM »

It looks so cool. I want them!!! XD
You did an aweful job!
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SciFunk
« Reply #68 on: August 26, 2008 05:15:18 PM »

That is super cool. The whole reason I want to learn embroidery is to do awesome stuff like this to my clothes.
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jymberry
« Reply #69 on: August 27, 2008 02:44:19 AM »

I'm normally not a fan of Converse that go past your ankle, but these are pretty neat.  I'm sure I'd compliment them if I saw them in person.
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