Friday, September 12, 2008

shoe tutorial; part 2

fellow deviantARTist raymond has requested the last part of the viking shoe tutorial, so - here's how to make the heelcap. beware of bad pictures, messy windowsills, more bad english and a very worn shoe.

as you see, there are five holes in the side flaps, and four on each side of the middle piece.

pull your leather string through the two bottom holes in the middle section, as shown, so that the string have equal lengths on both sides of the cap. i cut my own leather strings, but you can buy pre cut strings for this.

then, from the inside, pull the string through hole number one in one of the side flaps. next, twist it to the inside and pull it back through hole nr two in the middle section, as shown below.

push the string through hole nr 3 in the middle section, and at the same time, through hole nr 2 in the side flap:

then 'sew' back through side flap hole nr 3 and middle section hole nr 4; pull tight and it will look like this:

repeat on the other side and cross the strings:

cross again on the inside of the cap, and pull through the last two holes. inside view:

tie a knot, and you're done.

(the front part of the shoe is 'unstringed' in this picture, that's why the sides are sticking out.)

if you make a pair of these, i would love to see them!

Sunday, September 7, 2008

now that was just plain stupid

don't get me wrong.

the fabrics are gorgous.

i mean, that's why i ordered them.
but i think i had an internet shopping fever for a couple of weeks. more bird prints have landed here, some bento accessories, and more. but i have several thrift stores where i live, i really don't need to buy fabric like this. (although i do admit that they will look great as cuffs on kid's pants).
oh well, i hope at least i supported a hard working fabric designer :)

i have several blog posts floating around in my head, but these days are just crazy - i have no time at all to spend in front of my computer. but i've found the time to photograph the improved pesant blouse. below; in the making:

and finnished, with vintage doilie:

i've cut 4 of these in different fabrics, i just don't have the time to sew them up. maybe next week. or the week after....


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