Sunday, August 12, 2012

Green Pre-Felt Embellished Slippers

Laying out a pre-felt design on one slipper...

 
...and its negative on the other!



Covering each resist with green wool roving. 
 
Cutting out the resist and turning the slippers right-side out.

 
Mid-way through felting...



...and on my darling daughter's feet!
 
Green is her color, so I knew that these would be a hit!

 
The finished slippers.

 
Having sorted out the size and shape issues with my own slippers...

...it was time to make a pair for my daughter, H-2.

Since she is a green lovin' gal...

...it was easy to decide which color to use for hers! :)

Using a technique that I used on this purse some time ago...

...I cut a positive and a negative design from one piece of pre-felt.

Working in all green wool...

...the color gradation is very subtle.

I'll bet that some lively designs could be had...

...if boldly contrasting colors were used, instead!

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14 comments:

Terrie said...

Fits well. A pretty warm pair for the coming winter. This sort of color is also my favour.

Kelly said...

Perfect! I do believe you have perfected this style! Have you added a non slip bottom to these? I could see myself flying across the wood floors with them! :)

Heather Woollove said...

Terriea--I didn't know that you also like green!?!
Today, it's finally cooled off enough that I can imagine winter again! (It's been so hot and humid lately that it seemed impossible that it should ever change!!)
Kelly-No--the non-slip part is still unsettled. I tried some nearly-dried-out puffy paint that I found in the craft closet for the bottom of my daughter's slippers, but she ended up peeling it all off! I have tried liquid latex or leather soles in the past, and I suppose I should do something to fix them, but for now, we're just doing our "Risky Business" impressions around the house!! Giggle.

Elizabeth said...

How did the liquid latex work out in the past? was it an aerosol product, or one you applied with a brush? I run into the same dilemma over whether to leave the bottoms as felt or to add. I've been thinking about using some scraps of suede for a toe piece and heel piece, punching holes in the edges and stitching it on. Latex would be easier!

Heather Woollove said...

Elizabeth--The liquid latex here is expensive and I found it impossible to paint on in an even layer (it's not an aerosol-you need to use a brush, and it's pretty toxic-smelling). It did help with the slipping, though.
I've also tried the leather sole thing here: http://woollove-functional-fiberart.blogspot.com/2012/02/leather-soled-wet-felted-slippers.html
When I make my next pair, I may do something with the soles, since mine are already getting a bit 'furry' at the bottom...but since they are so easy to make, who knows?!? I may just replace them!! :)

Viltalakim said...

looks great! I bet my kids find these easier as the shoes....
for the slippery I also use latex but you need to give it at last 5 layers so adding and letting it dry adding and...dry etc.
your latex layer will become smoother by the time you finished a few layers. that will take time too, so nowadays I just sew some leather ontoint... faster I think

Heather Woollove said...

Kim--Thanks for the tip about using latex!! You're right...I don't think I would have the patience to apply that many layers! :) XXO-

Rachel said...

They look lovely and cosy - although I always walk out of backless slippers so when I make my much-planned slippers they'll be the bootee type!

Heather Woollove said...

Rachel--I find that when I have to bend down to pull the bootie-style ones on, I just don't bother...
Chacun a son gout!! :) XXO-

Voie de Vie said...

Bien sur - chacun a son gout!!! Of course, I'll skip the slippers - no matter how cute. :)

Question: do you have a shoe repair shop anywhere nearby? (I call them cobblers.) They might have an elegant solution to the slippery issue - although I'd probably like sliding around!

Heather Woollove said...

Denise--That's a good thought, and I honestly don't know whether we have a cobbler nearby! One of my daughters saw something on Pinterest or a craft blog about using Old Navy flip flops somehow as the soles, but I haven't actually seen it done. That would be something to learn, wouldn't it...esp. when they go on sale for a dollar or two a pair! XXO-

Sesenarts said...

I haven't played with pre-felts yet. I feel a shopping spree coming on! Love the slippers. Julie

Heather Woollove said...

Julie--Thanks! You know you can make your own pre-felt, too...it's quite easy and quick.
...but I wouldn't want to spoil all of your fun!! :)

Sandie Knapp said...

They appear to fit very well. Good for you. :)