Today our craft group got together again for the first time for the 2015-16 calendar. Our Waldorf School of Orange County handwork teacher, Christine Newell showed us how to make crochet slippers with elastic opening and felt soles. This was a project for beginners. The slippers were also embellished with either yarn pompoms or crocheted roses. The supply fees today was $12.
It was very nice to see everyone again! We warmly welcome new friends to our craft group. As we Southern Californians welcomed the rare rain, we also huddled together in the little back room of The Company of Angels school store to stay warm and dry.
Hello Audrey! Christine Newell brought her supremely crafty mom Audrey along. You should check out the amazing handwork this lady makes!
First we cut out the soles onto felt pieces using shoes size templates provided by Christine.
We started with a round of blanket stitch around the soles. We used large darning needles with points to sew our blanket stitches.
Do your best to gauge how much yarn you will need to complete stitching the whole sole. If you fall short, you will have to add more yarn to finish your round.
To start the blanket stitch, we insert the first poke onto the center of the back/heel, slowly pulling in our yarn until the first stitch is hidden inside the thick felt sole and not dangling.
These blanket stitches would become the anchors for our first row of crochet next.
Roxanna crocheting the first round (in blue-green) onto the blanket stitch (lime-green) anchors.
Josh crocheted a pair of slippers for his wife.
We made 3 or 4 rounds of single crochet, ending with a final round of double crochet.
Using a large needle, Geraldine threaded an elastic band through the middle opening of the final double crochet round to form elasticized slipper opening.
Once the band has been threaded through the last row of double crochet, Roxanna tightened the elastic band onto the slipper on her foot. She then tied it off into a knot, trimmed off excess elastic band and tucked off the knot inside a hidden spot.
Roxanna made lime green yarn pompoms to embellish her slippers. Closer views at the pompom makers on Amazon.com.
Christine’s crochet slippers are decorated with crochet roses!
Here is one of my needle-felting work-in-progress on my felting pad from this morning. You can see my other works on Etsy here: Castle of Costa Mesa.
Roxannna brought in her handmade 16″ Waldorf cuddly doll that she made in Christine Newell’s workshop!
Christine Newell taught us that we could make durable, flexible grips for the felt soles, using Plasti Dip.
The felt which Christine provided us to make these soles are already pre-washed and felted. As needed, you may hand-wash your slippers with soap and cool water.
By the end of the morning, we have slippers in various stages of completion.
If you have photos of your loved ones wearing your completed handmade slippers, please share them with me, so I can post for all to see! – Jzin.
Thank you Christine for teaching us this wonderful craft! Come join us next Tuesday morning. We will be making felted flowers with long stems. Click here to view our craft group schedule. – Jzin.
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