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« on: March 21, 2009 02:32:05 PM »

I made these shoes about ... a 1.5 years ago.  I had a fibers course in college and we had to come up with a final project that would use 2 techniques we learned (weaving, dying, felting)  in the project.  I am 100% utilitarian and so I decided I wanted to make shoes.  Felted shoes.   I haven't gotten around to adding soles to them yet, because I'm still pondering exactly what I want to use as the soles.  Leather? Rubber?  an old conveyer belt?  old tires?  I just don't know yet.

Anyway, here they are.

This is a front view of the shoes.  I needle felted the sparrows and wet felted a pound of multi-colored wool that I hand mixed. I didn't think it would be enough to do much, but it was.  I used a pattern from a book that I can't recall the title of now, but it was really "fly by the seat of my pants". 

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I was going to work some non-existent embroidery skills on the sides of them, but realizing that I had no experience with that, and wanted to keep the shoes as nice as possible... I just sewed on some beads i found at my schools annual fundraiser flea market.

The grossest part was felting the shoes...while they were wet.... on my feet.   

Please let me know what you think!!

« Reply #1 on: March 21, 2009 02:58:17 PM »

Those are utter adorableness.  The colours are lovely together and I love the wee dangly beads you added.

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« Reply #2 on: March 21, 2009 04:21:16 PM »

These are beautiful! You should be really proud of your skills!

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« Reply #3 on: March 21, 2009 04:22:55 PM »

Love those birds.

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« Reply #4 on: March 21, 2009 06:04:02 PM »

Those look great, I'm tempted to make a pair.

« Reply #5 on: March 21, 2009 06:51:29 PM »

Those are fantastic looking shoes!  I've been wanting to make a pair of felted boots for myself for sometime now but I have the same questions as you about what sort of sole would I add onto them.

After a lot of thought and research, I decided to go the easy route and get soles from ugly shoes I find on the clearence sales.  I never pay more then $5 a pair and I have a nice collection of rubber soles for my boots.  Now just have to make the boots and buy some Barge cement to attach the boots to the soles.  Smiley
« Reply #6 on: March 17, 2011 02:33:35 AM »

brilliant are they Smiley am just thinking if u use any form or pattern to make it....i just cant imagine how to get that shape  Shocked
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« Reply #7 on: March 17, 2011 03:56:35 AM »

The slippers are excellent!!!

I've been wanting to make myself some felted boots, but while I know a lot about needle felting, I don't know a lot about wet felting! Wink

That's a great idea about finding soles at clearance sales!! Somewhere I saw photos of boot bottoms (including toes and heels) into which felted boots are inserted - those would be ideal, but I never did find a source for them. I believe they were Russian.

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