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Wool Shoes

Mar 6, 2009
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These needle-felted beauties were the first thing we thought of when we heard Converse was making a wool version of its classic shoe. The wool sides are backed with a striped liner fabric, and they can be needle-felted if you’re careful and patient. It’s more difficult to needle the surface of these shoes than to poke a piece of upholstery foam but well worth the effort. The same approach could be used on wool clogs or slippers. Because you’re working in three dimensions instead of on a flat surface, you may need to make adjustments to your design techniques.

Designers Heather Brack and Shannon Okey
Finished Size Completely custom.
Materials 1 pair wool shoes or slippers; small amount of wool fiber and/or scrap yarn for appliqué. Shown here: Gray low-top Converse All Stars (sku #7190819); red and green yarn remnants.
Notions 38-gauge felting needle; chalk or washable quilters’ marking pencil; sewing needle and thread (optional).


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peg ridge wrote
on May 13, 2009 6:11 AM
Okay, so back to Linn S's question, Has anyone felted on denim? How did that turn out??
chazah wrote
on May 5, 2009 2:36 PM
Sorry - but this is very ugly, great idea tho but never will I wear them!
love2knit wrote
on Apr 21, 2009 2:29 PM
talk about an ugly shoe (no offense),although a very creative idea :0
rosewilde wrote
on Mar 11, 2009 10:50 AM
Hi, Sku 7190819 was a fall/winter style, and since we are coming in to spring (at last) it will be difficult to find it at However, all is not lost, Converse Outlets across the nation may still have a pair or two left. Lacking that style please know that needle felting on canvas All Stars (aka tennis shoes) works fine with a brush or block inside. The fact that All Stars come in such a range of colors makes designing even more fun. Combining fabric pen designs with needle felted designs opens up possibilities! Has anyone tried to needle felt a smalll denim project? I'd love to hear how that works out. Enjoy your day!
on Mar 9, 2009 9:04 AM
Can you needle felt on tennis shoes?
Lulu5156 wrote
on Mar 7, 2009 2:00 PM
Thanks for the fun idea! I put it on Craft Gossip Felting. Linda PS JeanneB I needle felted on a silk and it was awesome :)
JeanneB wrote
on Mar 7, 2009 12:17 PM
Can you needlefelt on cotton or other fibers? I'd love to put a design on a blouse. Jeanne
Lee AnnM wrote
on Mar 7, 2009 6:54 AM
Has anyone been able to find these wool low tops?