Friday, October 19, 2012

PART 2, THE CROCHET SOLES AND TREATMENT FOR WALKING THE STREETS WITH YOUR CROCHET SHOES!

I had Espadrilles in mind when I designed these shoes! In US they call them Toms I think. 
Originally very simple handmade canvas shoes, with rope-soles, produced in Spain for hundreds of years. When the charter vacation traffic started in the -70’ties, they were discovered by the young and beautiful as cool, cheep and comfortable summer-shoes! Yes, I was there, and I still love these shoes! All for the same reasons, even as the originals are difficult to find any more, the mass production industry has taken over. 
But…. no problem, we can make our own Espadrilles! 
The most simple toe/up crochet slippers can be transferred into shoes! All we need, is to assemble an inner- and an outer sole to the slippers! 


And finally, adding a treatment to the soles, which will make your indoor shoes to outdoor shoes! Yes, you can wear them on the street as normal shoes! That’s the coolest part! 
I’ll show you how, step by step; the slippers, the innersoles, the outer soles and the sole treatment! It’s sooo simple! And great fun! Perfect project for craft-lovers! The treatment protects the soles against dirt, dust, wear and tear. And it’s just wonderful to walk on! So soft and flexible! Can you imagine, this stuff turns your home slippers to street shoes! That opens some views! And it’s so simple! Not expensive, and it’s available in any hardware store! 
OK, let’s do it! 
GO HERE TO FIND PATTERN FOR THE BASIC SLIPPERS,
AND HERE TO SEE THE CROCHET SOLE TUTORIAL LISTING

Thursday, October 18, 2012

HOW TO TURN CROCHET SLIPPERS INTO STREET SHOES!

For weeks I have worked with figuring out how to transform my on-piece, toe/up crochet slippers, into shoes to wear outside. I mean, walking the streets!
First I had to find out a super easy way to work the crochet soles. I don’t know about you, but I really dislike making crochet soles! That’s why I end up working one-piece slippers. But there is after all more options and advantages with a sole. The soles starting in the middle, working in rounds, are very pretty, but they never seem to come out right, ending up too long, or too wide, or the opposite, or all above! Even as I know the maths for these soles. Baby-booties is one thing, sooner or later they fits. For children and adults it’s different, the soles have to fit!
TRAY SOLES:So I ended up with a forth and back-sole. Very simple maths, and adjustable for any size, yarn, and gauge! And I designed a border-edge to the basic sole, (the tray) to assemble the slippers into! Piece of cake! And there are handmade inner soles involved! Look at this:
With the crochet soles on place, I just had to find a material to prepare them with. Done! My crochet shoes are already in use, walking the streets of Rome! The instruction for all this story, ended up 17 pages long. So I had to split it. 
Part 1: White Lace Espadrilles, the basic slippers, are already listed on Ravelry tonight. Here: 
This was fun, but exhausting! I love the shoes! Part 2 coming up soon! Have a wonderful night!
Best, Sophie and Me