If you have been reading my blog, you will know that I have had a few issues with making slippers. If not, you can do a search in the sidebar. One of my biggest issues with slippers is that I have narrow feet, so the slipper forms that I have are way too wide and deep. The hubs has the same issues. Also, the method for sizing slippers that I have come across is too broad for the template measurements.
Here is the first pair that I made.Although I am quite pleased with how these ultimately turned out, they don’t quite fit the length of my feet. I had no choice in the size of template I was using as I made these in a class and had to use what I was given. These are for sale if anyone is interested.
I made these slippers for the hubs. I like the shape of them, but they are still too wide and they shrunk too much in the length. I followed info from a blog post on the Felting and Fiber Studio blog. So they are for sale also. 🙂
And last, but not least, I made these slippers straight on the shoe form. I really do not recommend this method.
You can imagine my frustration with making slippers. However, I am not one to give up and have been biding my time. I have done a few online classes with RuFelt Online. They were offering a class to make felted socks and I immediately bought it. I have had very successful results with their online classes and had high hopes for the slipper class. I wasn’t disappointed.
Here are a couple of tips when taking an online class. The first thing I do is watch all of the videos. Inevitably, there will be at least one error or something might be out of context. This isn’t a criticism. Sometimes stuff happens. By watching the videos first, I have an idea of what materials I need and what I will have to do. The second thing I do is take notes. I will open a word document and use the snipping tool on the computer. I then watch the videos again and type out what I need to do. I will also take a snip off of the video as my photo reference. This way I don’t have to refer to the video while I am working. I can use my printed notes instead. As I am quite nerdy in this area, I have very comprehensive notes. By the time I start a project, I will most likely have watched the videos about 3 times! It might be a bit of overkill, but that is how I learn best. Once I get started, I very rarely look at the notes as they are burned into my brain. I did exactly this for the sock tutorial.
Here are the socks I made. I don’t have process photos as I paid for the tutorial and think it is only fair that if you want to make a pair of these, that you take the class also. I will say that I made these in 23 micron merino wool in various shades of purple with viscose fibers for decoration. I used a heavier weight micron than was used in the class. As these are going on my feet the 23mic wasn’t going to be an issue, but you can use any you have. They still feel soft and flexible even though they are really well felted. I call these slouchy slipper socks as they are long at the top. I tend to wear slippers in the house, so I will be adding a felt and a vibram sole to the bottom of these only because we have dogs and the hairs get on everything. I will do another post once the soles are stitched on. I am really happy with how they turned out as they are soft and comfortable. If I had to change anything, I would make the top a bit wider as my feet are long and it would make it a wee bit easier to get my feet into the slipper. I am going to modify the template to make a pair of slipper socks for the hubs. Afterwards, I will then make some more modifications to make another pair for myself, but with the wider opening. It is amazing what one can do with duct tape.
Managed to take a photo of me wearing them.