Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Needlepoint Shoes - Plus a Tutorial

I've gotten quite a few questions about the 1:12 slippers I made and blogged about in my previous post.  Here's a little background on my passion for needlepoint. As you can probably tell by now, I'm nuts over needlepoint - anything needlepoint.  I have a needlepoint vest, needlepoint purse, needlepoint belt, needlepoint boxes, needlepoint tapestries, needlepoint carpet(s)….the list goes on and on.

I stitched these shoes - a combination of silk and metallic threads - the finished canvas was sent away for professional finishing - and YES - I wear them on occasion.

I have this canvas in my stash - complete with the threads to stitch up - they are on my "To Do" list….
Here is a canvas I painted for Fleur de lis shoes.  Again, on my "To Do" list…..
Now - back to the 1:12 slippers.  I promise I'll post a pattern for a pair - most likely by the end of the month, so I can design, stitch and finish them up. I used the 'human size' outline (above) as a guide for the 1:12 slippers.  Yep, went from GI-NOR-MOUS to wee-itty-bitty. I used graph paper and a pencil (yep - there was a lot of erasing going on) - the graph below isn't even close to the final design.

I was going to put together a tutorial on how I finished the 1:12 slippers, but found this outstanding tutorial instead and thought I'd share.  Take a look at Scarletsailsminiatures.blogspot.com.  It's amazing.
I pretty much had the same approach as Natalie shows, but I used four strands of DMC floss and made the cording for around the top of the shoes.  I stitched the backs of the shoes closed instead of gluing them, used blue material I had on hand for the inside (versus silk) and used white felt for the bottom of the soles.

I hope this will inspire you to take a plunge and try this for yourself.  It's a lot of fun - And I promise I'll post a pattern for you for a pair of slippers before the end of the month.


  1. Amazing! I love those shoes. One day, when I'm brave enough... :D

  2. WOW!! Oh my!! Those shoes are truly wonderful, so very pretty too. And you stitched them.... They are actual shoes you wear!! Oh my!! Really lovely and so special too. Yes I love them, never even knew it was possible, great!!
    Smiles :)

  3. Your shoes are beautiful, Kim. I'm so impressed you actually do wear them. I'd be too scared that they'd get damaged.

  4. Thanks! I want to try making them! I'll look forward to your pattern.

  5. You certainly do beautiful work Kim... xox

  6. Wow I love the needlepoint shoes they look too beautiful to wear! I am amazed!

  7. Those shoes are gorgeous! REALLY pretty! Your very own designer footwear! I love them!

  8. Hi Kim.. I love the new blog changes.. very pretty and dreamy looking.. great work to the change..

    also like this idea of stitching on the shoes...
    you can also check this out "peranakan, shoe beading" very traditional looking beading slippers here..
    happy stitching.

  9. So beautiful what a talent you have hugs.

  10. Oh my goodness Kim!! I can't believe you actually stitched those and are wearing them!!! Gorgeous! I would never have wanted to wear them....ever :D What if they get soiled or broke!

  11. Those. Shoes. I. LOVE. Wow! Amazing my friend.

  12. Thanks for shring this! I love the shoes that you are wearing them too!AriadnefromGreece!

  13. Absolutely a wonderful shoes. I want one of these!!

  14. Wow, wow, wow, Kim - stunning! You are so very talented! I am in awe!

  15. Your needlepoint shoes and canvases are just stunning

  16. Hello Kim

    Oh those shoes remind me of a lady in town here who did the most beautiful work like you. She is now in her 90's and nearly blind. I bet you get such lovely compliments when you wear them, they do look comfortable as well.

    Amazing work Kim, thanks so much for sharing your talents.

    Happy days.

  17. What very beautiful shoes, I´d be afraid to wear them. wonderful stitching Kim

  18. Lovely, will you share who did the pro finishing on them?

    1. HI, Monica - I sent the shoes to a needlepoint shop in San Francisco, Needlepoint, Inc. Hope this helps.