Thursday, March 28, 2013

Leather-Soled Pre-Felt Men's Slippers- Part 2 of ?

After tracing around my friend's sneakers...

...I added a margin for shrinkage...

 
...and cut out two slipper-shaped pieces of foam floor underlayment.

 
Using the resists as patterns...

 
...I cut out matching pieces of pre-felt for the 'slipper components'.

 
Next, a thin layer of wool (from a batt) was laid down...

...followed by the first pre-felt cut out (with the 'design side' facing up, toward the resist).

 
The foam resist came next...

...followed by a second piece of pre-felt.

 
The entire project was then wrapped in the bottom layer of wool...

 
...and wetted out...

 
Since this was a new kind of slipper for me...

...I estimated the size of the resist that I would need...

...based on a slightly enlarged tracing of my friend's sneakers.

Rather than wrapping the resist with wool roving like I usually do...

...I used trimmed pieces of pre-felt for the first layer on each slipper.

Besides being a nice little short cut...

...this was also an easy way to give the slippers a symmetrical look.

Next time: the remainder of the roving is added in the usual way...

...and my slippers start to take shape!

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9 comments:

Rachel said...

That pre-felt is a lovely colour!

Heather Woollove said...

Rachel--Thanks! I thought the mixed blues would be 'manly' enough for my friend. :)

Sandie Knapp said...

You sure have whetted my appetite to see the end result. I can hardly stand the wait! :)

Heather Woollove said...

Sandie- Never fear, part 3 is just around the corner!

Janine said...

Love to see this growing, very excited too. And great to know the stepps, sp perhaps someday...... ;))

Have a great weekend Heather.

Vivian said...

This reminds me of the old fashioned homemade shoes people wore in the countryside. The sole is layers and layers of woven cotton cloth, and they have to drill holes for the thread to go through, but the shoes are light weight and very comfortable.

Heather Woollove said...

Janine--I'd love to see how you add to this project if you try it! :)
Vivian--I've never seen this kind of shoe...how
interesting!

Vivian said...

I should add .... in China! in the countryside, from at least 50 years ago :D

Heather Woollove said...

Vivian--Ahhhhh...that makes sense! :)