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« on: December 12, 2005 10:11:07 AM »

First off, I have to say what a delight it's been to see all of the entries.  Such variety & creativity! Now, here's mine...SHOES!!!!

I have been wanting to make rope-soled shoes for a couple of years now, so this hardware store challenge was a good opportunity to give it a try. I'm  especially happy with the way the soles turned out, after a few false starts.  Once I got the right thread, laying out and stitching up the soles was that meditative kind of fun that knitting usually is for me.  Then there were the tops  Roll Eyes  ....using Screen mesh was really interesting, but my next pair will have woven or knitted tops.

Lots of work-in-progress pics for your viewing pleasure:
The screen and rope cost about $8 US total, because I had to buy a huge package of the screen mesh.
 


This is actually the 2nd sole - I had the first sole T-pinned onto a bench. Once I knew where the first bends were for the toe and heel areas, I was able to remove the rope from the bench, then stitching the soles together was quite a bit easier.



Here's the first sole, pinned down, and me struggling to find a thread-like substance that would work with the rope. I first tried stripping off thinner pieces of the rope, then I tried fishing line, and at one point even dental floss.  I finally settled on some green stuff i found in my beading supplies. Having a contrasting color really helped me see what I was doing.

 

A finished sole!

 

Sides and toecap have been pinned in place and just need to be sewed on. 

 

I usually wear my espadrilles sock-less...these look weird (can't decide if it's in a good or bad way) because of their see-thru-ness, I think. 

 
Right foot 

 

Left foot.


 Enough left over rope-wise for a few more pair... I think I will do other things with the screen mesh, though.
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« Reply #1 on: December 12, 2005 10:37:58 AM »

Wow. That looks like it took lots of time.  Did it?
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« Reply #2 on: December 12, 2005 10:47:26 AM »

very inventive! this makes it harder to decide what project to vote for!
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« Reply #3 on: December 12, 2005 11:36:47 AM »

Thanks for looking.  Sewing up the soles ws very time-consuming.  I worked on them non-stop, and from start to finish it was pretty much my whole day (with breaks to read craftster, of course). Everyone had great projects...I think we should all win a prize!
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« Reply #4 on: December 12, 2005 07:12:04 PM »

That's a gutsy craft.  I did not even think about shoes as a possibility.  Shoes just seem like something terribly hard to make (unless they're knitted slippers), so I applaud you!
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« Reply #5 on: December 12, 2005 08:17:39 PM »

Wow!... ummm... yeah.... WOW! That was extremely inventive!  I used to have a few pairs of rope-soled shoes and they were so comfortable.  I never would have thought about crafting the shoes though.  I'm VERY impressed!  Great job!
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« Reply #6 on: December 13, 2005 04:09:12 AM »

Thanks for checking these out. This is the first time I've made shoes completely from scratch (have ripped the straps off of countless flip flops in the past), and  it was indeed quite a challenge...I had no printed pattern or instructions from anyone else...just a pair of well-worn espadrilles in my closet to use as a model of what I wanted the finished produst to look like. Also,  since the challenge said make something "unexpected" I was definitely successful in that way. I'm looking forward to trying this again...probably will cut up an old dress for the tops this time.
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« Reply #7 on: December 14, 2005 11:43:55 AM »

WOW! I can't even believe you made actual shoes. Shoes.  Where did you ever get that idea?
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« Reply #8 on: December 15, 2005 03:52:23 AM »

WOW! I can't even believe you made actual shoes. Shoes.  Where did you ever get that idea?
I've been modifying shoes for a while and in the back of my mind was this espadrille project (not necessarily with screen mesh for tops, though), so when I was wandering through the hardware aisles for inspiration for this challenge, I found myself standing in front of rope and thinking....oh...go nna finally hafta try making espadrilles! So I was in another hardware store this week, and just had to gawk at the rope section...yes, I got some more (even thought I've got a ton left over from this project).  I can see how a rope stash could come to rival a yarn stash, lol.
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