Felted Slippers – Knowing When to Stop

I wrote before about felting slippers directly onto shoe/slipper lasts.  I wasn’t really happy with how they turned out and decided that I would never do that again.  I suppose you need to try something once.  The felt was thin and a bit uneven.  Also, the type of last I used made the slippers too big for my feet.  Not too long, but too wide.  The lasts might be good for boots, but not slippers for my feet.  I won’t get rid of them yet.  This is what I ended up with after felting directly on the lasts. (The slippers on the right are actually brown and not grey!)


I decided to re-shape the purple slippers onto a more narrow pair of lasts.


You can see how wide they are compared to these lasts.  I popped them into the washing up bowl of warm water and rubbed the lasts with soap until they shrunk to fit.  It’s like doing it on your feet, but easier.


I tried them on.  Although they fit in the length, they are a bit loose in the heel, even with socks on.  They did shrink more and are more firmly felted now, but there are some really thin areas I am not happy with.  I thought I might be able to put soles on them, but I am not even going to bother about that now.

Although the brown slippers ended up being more narrow as I felted them on my new lasts, they didn’t really felt well either as some of the wool moved and didn’t felt properly in the wash.  I decided that I would also reduce the size of them on the smaller lasts.

If you look at the slipper in the right of the photo, you can see where some of the wool didn’t felt together.  There is another patch like that underneath.  I was able to shrink them down to fit the lasts, but I am still not happy with them.  If I was a good 2D needle felter, I could probably do something to the front of the slippers with a nice design.  As I am writing this, the slippers are currently outside drying in the sun.  I am not going to take these any further either.  The felt will either be used for making dryer balls or I will eventually find another use for the felt.

As with any make that is unsuccessful, all is not totally wasted as I learned something in the process.  I shall not give up on making slippers!


2 thoughts on “Felted Slippers – Knowing When to Stop

  1. Felting slippers isn’t easy and it does take a lot of experimentation and practice.
    Kudos to you for not giving up!

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