Wednesday, September 28, 2011
I have made SHOES!!!
Okay, so maybe they are more like slippers. But I made them, myself! Out of wool fibers!
They started out like this. A piece of plastic in the right shape with wool roving spread all over the front and back. A bit of tulle laid over the top and a little soapy water.....
Then, a good scrubbing and folding over the little edges of wool. See how this now looks like a siamese twin of a Christmas stocking? Hooked together at the tops? Well, later on it really will be and I will cut them apart in a delicate surgery. And because there is a piece of plastic in the middle, the insides will open up into little two little shoes! (The removal piece of plastic is called a "resist.")
But first it must be rolled up into a tight little package and then rolled back and forth a few hundred times. After that, I cut them open and scrub them under hot water back and forth and up and down and inside out until the wool shrinks and binds completely to itself. And I am left with two little boots!
Which I open out, then stuff with paper and leave to dry.
A blanket stitch around the tops with some coordinating yarn finishes them off. You'll never guess who they are for.....
Shhhhh. Don't tell his parents. I want it to be a surprise!
Next up.....a pair of newborn shoes, made with a different resist pattern and waiting to be decorated.