There are many things in their lifetime that I hope to pass on to my children: compassion for humanity, a strong work ethic, the ability to love whole heartedly and, the unbridled appreciation for fabulous shoes. As they say, “Every journey starts with the first step.”, and
thanks to the Stardust Shoes‘ Cloth Shoe Pattern my daughter Clover’s pathway to ped perfection has officially begun! Join me wont’ you, as I pay crafty homage to mother-daughter shoe goodness. Steve Madden, can you hear me?
All that glitters isn’t gold; that is unless you’re rockin’ some flaxen footwear! Inspired by one of my favorite pairs of strappy heels, this first set of baby shoes are my masterpiece…my shoesterpiece as it were. 😉 Pretty much scrapping the pattern for this pair, I free-styled; ditching the called-for interfacing, opting for thicker fabric (a gold vinyl outer & vintage, upholstery lining), changing the construction of the elastic channel, and weaving, top-sewn fabric strips for the toe (I used a few dabs of Liquid Fusion to keep ’em in place).
Silver City Slicker
If you ask me, metallics are the new neutral. Every gal-on-the-go can use a nice pair of glam flats. They’ll turn any daily basic outfit into a fashion, forward statement. So mama, add a little twinkle to baby’s toes by making her (or him, for those hipster dude babes out there) some silver slippers! This pair was made using the base Stardust pattern (altered to fit my daughters long & narrow feet), silver pleather and Amy Butler fabric lining.
The Cat’s Meow
Leopard print is a timeless classic and in my opinion, a must-have in a woman’s wardrobe. They funk up a pair of jeans, chic up a business suit, or add a little vintage flair to a party dress. You know how some people never travel without their American Express cards? I never travel without my leopard stilettos. I wore a pair frequently when I hosted Knitty Gritty; sometimes propping my feet in such a way that they were sure to be in the shot. I often make it my mission to get my beloved shoes on camera whenever I’m working (watch the 1st video in the post below this one, for proof) because ladies, if I’m going to precariously balance on 4 inch heels at the crack of dawn, then you can bet those beauties are gonna be seen! But I digress.
The companion booties to my leopard lovelies are made out of a unisex, bronze fabric, lined with green felt and animal print, and embellished with a machine-sewn, star applique. Can you say, Yo Fabba Fabba?!
Orange You Glad I Love Shoes?
It may be hip to be square, but it’s HOT to be heart! These shoes are silly, which makes me love them all the more–they’re also the perfect big-sisters to the wee wearables I made! The petite pair is constructed out of quilted, orange fabric and white vinyl, then topped off with a metallic & white heart which I attached with Liquid Fusion.
Have you made (sewn, knit or crocheted) baby shoes before? Post links to pictures here–I want to wallow in some more couture cuteness!
The majority share of the knitting, crochet, and crafts industries, and the community that supports them, are women and non-binary folk with uteruses. After yesterday's devastating supreme court decision, essentially removing women's constitutional rights over our own bodies, need to support one another. We need to love each other enough to not give up. I see you. My heart is with you.
Yesterday, I was fortunate enough to be on a Zoom action-meeting run by a major women's healthcare organization. We feel powerless, but one of the suggestions they gave for things we can do is to donate to grass-root organizations that focus on women's healthcare clinics.
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If any women or non-binary people with a uterus who are attending @hhamericas and need emotional support after today’s devastating Supreme Court ruling, meet-up at the seating section on the show floor next to the stage, after the Indie Magazine Panel at 1pm. 💗 #roevwade...
YarnYAY! Design Team member Chris Bahls has done it again — he created another gorgeous palette of our A-Frame Shawl! We love it so much, we’ve made it a kit. See this one, and our other shade options (featuring VH Montoya Merino Light) in the YarnYAY! Shop (link in bio) at www.YarnYAY.com