Thursday, March 27, 2014

UPDATED CORD-SOLE TUTORIAL!

THIS MESSAGE IS FOR ALL AND EVERY COSTUMER THAT EVER PURCHASED MY CORD-SOLE TUTORIAL!
It's updated! And I do not have possibility to reach every costumer through automatic updates.
PLEASE SEND ME A NOTE WITH YOUR NAME AND E-MAIL + the date you purchased the pattern, TO: pdfpatterndesign@live.no
and I'll send the new Pdf to you! Link to the original pattern HERE

Dear Cord-Sole costumer!
I have finally updated, re-written this tutorial! Increased to 16 pages!
The method is still the same! But I've made a better lay-out, with larger step-by-step pics, and better explanations, all for a better understanding of this method of mine! I hope!

Please, if you have any difficulties to make your soles, or have ANY questions about the method, contact me on pdfpatterndesign@live.no

Best,
Ingunn

Sunday, March 23, 2014

SLANTING LINE TOE-PIECE CROCHET SLIPPER-ESPADRILLES-TOMS

The simple design of Espadrillas, is my great inspiration designing crochet slippers. 
Espadrillas are originally simple handmade canvas shoes with rope-soles, produced in Spain for hundreds of years (And other places world-wide, only named differently).
For these slippers I had in mind the classic US ones, which they call Toms, the brand-name. All their designs have this famous diagonal cut across the toe-piece, and this slanting line is what I wanted to achieve with these slippers!
You can make your own Toms!       
       
Fresh off the hook! No in- or out-soles....yet!
Basic Pattern HERE
OR:

Tailored and fabric-covered insoles.

The slanting line clearly visible.
I can tell you: Making stitch diagram for 4 sizes of the toe-piece,
left and right foot, was not easy, but great fun!
Final finish! Ready for street-wear!

Looks quite like Toms, right? Only prettier!

I love these shoes!


Waiting for these lovely summer-days,
just so I can wear my new Espadrilles!

Saturday, March 8, 2014

ABOUT MY CORD- AND CROCHET SOLES. TURN SLIPPERS INTO STREET SHOES!

Summer 2012 I became obsessed by crochet shoes! 

With all the beautiful crochet slippers people are creating, I avoided this product for a long time. But with the everlasting summer we have here in Italy, I wanted to be able to wear crochet shoes on the street, as Espadrilles, these lovely canvas shoes with rope-soles. 


After weeks exposing my brain to extreme exertions, I finally came up with a cord-sole, doable for anyone, and for any size. And it did not involve seaming, or hole-punching, which I absolutely ruled out! 
I couldn't believe that nobody in this world had ever thought of making soles using this method before, but it looks like I’m the only one!

Like me, a lot of people are interested in how to make soles for crochet- or knit-slippers, so finally I worked out two different tutorials for sole-solutions, both for attaching as last.

The Crochet Soles
Based on a method involving a template of your foot (or any foot!)
This is not a pattern with precise instruction from start to finish, from row to row, for all imaginable sizes. 
It’s a method for how to work crochet-soles in any size!


The Cord Soles
Best solution for street-wear; 
These soles also involves templates, but are created with a different method and heavier materials, like cord, made of different materials, and with different methods.





About the treatment:
The treatment I use under the soles to protect them, is the same as for the creative process. The treatment protects the soles against dirt, dust, wear and tear. It’s just wonderful to walk on, non-slip, AND turns your crochet-slippers into street-shoes! 
With a good rope-sole, you don’t even need the treatment!

A finished, well done cord-sole, will look 
and feel like soles on canvas-shoes!
About the insoles: 
All my crochet slippers have tailored insoles! They keep the slippers in shape, make a soft and sturdy foundation, and are actually important for the out-soles too.

For the insoles I play with fabric-colors and patterns, to match the style I want to achieve for each design. 
Another story is; I print all my sole-fabrics on my own printer!


IN THE END, IN- AND OUT-SOLES TURNS YOUR SLIPPERS INTO "REAL", HEAVY AND STURDY STREET-SHOES!

THE TUTORIALS INCLUDE:
How to make handmade, tailored insoles. 
All about sole-treatment.
Suggestions and tutorials for how to make different cords for soles.
How to attach out-soles to slippers. 
4 different templates for sole-sizes; Small, Medium, Large, and Extra Large.

THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CROCHET SOLES, AND CORD SOLES
The Crochet Soles can be made real thick, but they will still be quite soft, so I mostly use this method for home-shoes.
The Cord-Soles are absolutely the best for street-wear! Strong, heavy and sturdy.
I've tested both sole-types myself for years now, and they really works! Strong and comfortable. 
Two different methods that make it possible to turn crochet-slippers into street-shoes, in any size and shape!

Sophie's winter-boots with crochet
soles and treatment for street-wear!
Crochet sandals.
The pink sandals with soles made 
of  white cord, and the
white sandals with hemp soles.

Attaching out-soles to basic slippers, has several advantages. 
They protect your slippers against wear and tear, makes them sturdy and comfortable to walk and wear, it looks nice, and not least; It turns your home slippers into street shoes! 

Handmade insoles will add extra comfort and softness, and keeps the slippers in shape. Personalize the soles with pretty fabric and labels! 
A very good gift-idea! 

Creating soles is great fun! Perfect project for craft-lovers!
Follow the links above to read more about the two sole-designs, see the pics with the soles attached........and for purchase!
Contact me for any question about handmade, tailored soles! Send mail to: pdfpatterndesign@live.no

Regards,
Ingunn.
Pdf PatternDesign,
Sophie and Me

Thursday, March 6, 2014

CORAL LACE CROCHET SLIPPERS - UPDATED AND RE-WRITTEN

These slippers are actually the very first I attached soles to! The White Lace Toms, see last pic below. They have somehow been my bestsellers, all times!
So...... a couple of weeks ago I took time to read the pattern through, from first to last page. I was left with a rather embarrassed feeling; There where several quite vague instructions!
So if you ever purchased this pattern, pleeeease forgive me if I caused you headache or worse!
If you have purchased this pattern, and have not automatically received the updated new one by now, please contact me on pdfpatterndesign@live.no, and I'll send it to you !
Name and e-mail please!


The new pattern has 3 sizes; Small, Medium and Large. I worked up all
three sizes,  (Just in case!), and these are my size, M.
Fresh off the hook with hemp-twine as lace, with painted
wooden balls at the ends.
The twine is the same I used to make cord for the soles, see pics below.
No insoles or out-soles................... yet!
Plain basic slippers, pattern HERE



Handmade, tailored insoles, covered with matching fabric.


And finally; The new tailored cord-soles attached! Ready for street-wear!
Summer, here I come!
I'm so happy with this strange coral-red/orange shade!
Perfect for hot summer days.
I have made a pattern-pack for the slippers, including the
Cord-Sole-Tutorial, HERE

Close-up; Soles, and lace-balls on the heel.

With cord-soles attached, a pair of crochet-slippers change completely, right?
Transfers into..............:
............a pair of Espadrilles! For street-wear!


And this is my blessed White Lace Toms! Made two years ago, still going strong!
Not as white as on the pic anymore, but so soft and lovely to wear!
They have my tailored Crochet Soles attached, with treatment for street-wear.