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361  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Re: Embroidered XX-Hi Converse (img heavy) 1st post 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.     
362  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: Hairbow tuts? on: August 21, 2008 04:12:21 PM
Here's a great site for lots of different bows.


The menu is a across the top of the page right underneath the logo.  (I can never find it, look all over the page, then go, well, duh, it's right there.  The layout is weird to me, I guess, but the bow instructions are great.)
363  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: Dress from an old sheet on: August 15, 2008 04:24:51 AM
Very cute!  I love the apron back patterns, they look so good on little girls. 

I have a skirt I made from that same sheet, it was my first reconstructed project.  Alas, it no longer fits.  But one day when my dh and I were "antiquing" I found one of the books with these illustrations.  Now I kick myself that I didn't buy it. 
364  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Anyone making these anymore? Friendship bracelets on: August 13, 2008 05:49:24 AM
Very nice!  I found Heather's site a few week ago when I was looking for crafts to do with the kids to beat the summer boredom blues.  I wore friendship bracelets for years, but never knew how to do more than the basic.  Now that some of my kids are back in school I want to try some of the more complicated ones.  It is relaxing to sit and knot. 
365  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Noah's Ark Sheet to Skirt on: August 12, 2008 05:33:29 PM
When I found this sheet at the thrift store, I clutched it tightly to my chest.  I looked all around to make sure no one was going to steal it from me, then marched triumphantly to the register with my prize.  I can't remember how much I paid, but it was probably less than $2.  It sat forlornly in my stash for quite some time before I had the nerve to take scissors to it.  I used a Vogue pattern that I adore, but I left off the waistband and just put in elastic.  It is almost floor length.  It just brushes the tops of my feet.  Sorry I don't have any action shots, but it probably looks better laying flat than it does on me  Wink  But I wear it proudly anyway.     

Close up of the fabric in all it's 70's glory.

366  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Re: Embroidered XX-Hi Converse (img heavy) 1st post on: August 07, 2008 07:08:18 PM
Wow, Thanks for the link smudgycat.  I love tying my shoes in unusual ways.  I am checking out his website as we speak.
367  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Shopping cart covers (img heavy) on: August 07, 2008 01:52:47 PM
I love the 4 legged ones!.  I have twins, and that would have been awesome to have when they were smaller.  I was always lugging two shopping carts around. 
368  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Re: Embroidered XX-Hi Converse 1st post on: August 07, 2008 01:47:22 PM
AAAHHHHHHHHh thank you thank you, i just found my wedding shoes.  with different embroidery, though! 
questions:  did you find it difficult to embroider the part by hand that you ripped out?  what a wonderful idea!
also, i have to ask, how do they look on?  will they make my calves look big(ger)?  please an action shot!!!
(and also, in my mid-thirties... )
you did a wonderful job. 

(I added pics to the main post)
If you just do a simple stitch, like a stem or running stitch it wasn't too bad.  I was doing a butterfly in satin stitch, too.  The main problem is that you are going through 2 heavy fabrics, so you need a strong needle.  I used a thimble for the first time in my life!.  I don't think they will make your calves look bigger, but the problem I have with chucks is they make my feet look like boats.  I normally wear a 10-10.5(I had twins and they made my feet grow  Shocked), but I discovered that I needed to get a smaller size, so these are 9's.  They are a little snug, but I think they will stretch a little.  I have skinny ankles with big feet and average legs, so I can't just unzip and take them on or off, I have to mess with the laces, so make sure you have plenty of time to get your laces done(each lace is 3 yards long).  I'm thinking of trying out some different lacing effects, like using 2 different colored ribbons and doing a corset type lacing that meets in the middle(in hopes of cutting down my lacing time).  

The other issue I found with hand embroidery is that if by chance you have to pull out threads, they sometimes leave little fibers behind that you can see.  The problem with machine embroidery is that it's even more horrible to pick out if you mess up, thankfully we didn't.  

Now I can't wait to wear them.  I am debating whether or not it is too hot to wear them yet(I live in GA).  I may just wear them anyway.  

Thanks for all your comments!  
369  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Embroidered XX-Hi Converse (img heavy) 1st post on: August 07, 2008 09:13:33 AM
Hello all, this is my first post!  I fell totally in love the first time I saw the XX-Hi converse.  I've been drooling over them for months.  So when my mother in law gave me $ for my birthday, I decided to go against that little voice in my head that told me to buy something practical, and bought these shoes.  As much as it pained me to spend more than $10 on a pair of shoes, I am so glad I did.  The white fabric was such a beautiful blank canvas.  My original intention was to hand embroider these.  I got halfway up one shoe when my mom showed me her new cd of machine embroidery designs.  So to save my fingertips, I ripped out what I had done, and we plotted and planned and came up with the following(they are machine embroidered, not hand): 

I put some iron on colored crystals on a few of the colored dots in the flame and it made a big difference in how they looked.

Thanks to my husband for the last picture, especially since he hates these shoes.  I'm not allowed to wear them when I'm with him  Roll Eyes  That's okay though.  I love him anyway.  He thinks a mother of 4 in her early 30's is too old for these shoes.  Thankfully I have you guys who understand. Smiley

Edit: Someone asked for action shots, so here is the best I could do for now.  It's been thunderstorming, so I can't go outside to get pics from further back.

Please let me know what you think!

370  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Apricot-y, Scrap-y goodness! on: August 07, 2008 08:51:50 AM
WOW!  I Love it!! 
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