Sunday, September 6, 2015

FEDORA OR STETSON CROCHET HAT PATTERN!

Classic shape for this always fashionable hat-style! Or make it simple, with rounded top! 
Adjust brim-size to Fedora- or Stetson-width! See pics! 

This design is a result of my passion for raffia, also called bast; Soft fibers collected from the inner bark of certain plants and trees. 
Modern raffia is industrial-made with cellulose/wood pulp. It’s light and strong, perfect for foot-wear, not as soft, pliable and stretchy as normal yarn, and amazingly comfortable.
I've already designed a pair of sandals in this material, see previous post, or link HERE.



The Fedora in straw, or in Raffia, as I have used,
was until resent mostly worn by "adults".
Nowadays the youngsters have adopted the style as new and cool!  

Yeah..... coool!!

Add rounds to the brim, and create a Stetson-, or Borsalino-style!

And the sunhat! Perfect on the beach!

Good for any occasion!

Attached to the head of some of the people I love!!



RAFFIA CROCHET SLIPPERS/SANDALS FOR STREET WEAR

This design is a result of my passion for raffia, also called bast; Soft fibers collected from the inner bark of certain plants and trees. 
Modern raffia is industrial-made with cellulose/wood pulp. It’s light and strong, perfect for foot-wear, not as soft, pliable and stretchy as normal yarn, and amazingly comfortable.


As you know, I'm always attaching my handmade CORD-SOLES to my one-piece slippers.
Why? To turn them into shoes for street-wear!
Article of how this idea left my brain is HERE.
I have made this design in cotton too, just to prove that it can be done! See the pics of the blue slippers.
So you don't have to work them in raffia!
For the blue slippers, I have attached the Crochet Soles.

The original Raffia-Slippers fresh off the hook!
Not difficult to work with at all, but you need some patience,
as Raffia is not stretchy as yarn!

The same crochet-pattern made in cotton!
In case you like to skip the Raffia, it's doable from the same instructions.
I have edged them with raffia though.


Lovely summer slip-ins!

And in Raffia. No out-sole yet!
Raffia is actually very soft and comfy on the feet!
The stitches makes them flexible.

Here fabric-covered insoles are inserted. With labels!
Great gift-idea by the way!
I think the warm colors in the striped fabric are perfect for the raffia-slippers.

This is the cotton-slippers, with the same insoles as above for the Raffia-slippers.

The Raffia Slippers are now turned into sandals for street-wear!
On this photo the Cord-Soles are attached!
Love them!

The cotton-slippers are also turned into street-shoes,
but are attached to Crochet-Soles!

I love the look of these out-soles in crocheted Raffia!
I'm not convinced about how long they will last on the street,
but they are super-comfy as home-slippers!!

Finished cotton-sandals with crocheted Raffia out-soles attached!

CROCHET SLIPPERS - BLACK AND WHITE GRAPHIC ESPADRILLES

The BLACK AND WHITE GRAPHIC ESPADRILLES was the second pair of shoes I made this year!
And as I always do, my handmade CORD-SOLES are attached to my one-piece slippers.
Why? To turn them into Espadrilles for street-wear of course!
Article of how this idea left my brain is HERE

The basic slipper fresh off the hook!
I like the black and white lines and stripes this pattern creates.
Kind of Op-Art, modern look!

Very comfy!
With the traditional shape of Espadrilles that I like so much!

Fabric-covered insoles inserted. With labels!
Great gift-idea by the way!
I think the lace fabric was perfect for the shoes, 
creating a contrast to the strict black and white slippers.


On this photo the Cord-Soles are attached!

Close-up. Toes included!

SO comfy!
Here the Cord-Soles are better visible.

CROCHET SLIPPER/SHOES/ESPADRILLES... YOU KNOW... ALPARGATAS! GOLD AND WHITE STRIPES WITH TASSELS.

Long time no see! I've been abandoning my blog since months! The summer in Italy has been long and HOT, It's September, and still summer (widely smiling!), but not as hot now.
Still, I've been productive, and in the following posts above, I will add the new designs made this summer!
Starting with the Golden and White striped slippers!

I had this idea to combine metallic-yarn and cotton, to create this special shiny surface for the final shoes.
As you of course know, I'm always attaching my handmade CORD-SOLES to my one-piece slippers.
Why? To turn them into Espadrilles for street-wear!
Article of how this idea left my brain is HERE
This is the basic slipper, fresh off the hook!
I have used Double-stranded Twilleys Goldfingering Metallic # 5
It was kind of strange to work with, but not difficult.
The white cotton is a Light/3.

Tassels attached, for embellish only.
Unfortunately it's very difficult to get good photos of golden yarn!
The slippers are very shiny and pretty in real life!

Fabric-covered insoles inserted. With labels!
Great gift-idea by the way!
I think the patterned fabric was perfect for the shoes.
How to, is included in the Cord-Sole Tutorial.

On this photo the Cord-Soles are attached!
SO comfy!

I'm very happy with the final result!

Close-up. Check my neat Cord Soles!
Attached with a golden seam!
I will design more shoes with metallic yarn, it was great fun.

Kind of exclusive look to these Espadrilles!
Love them!