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).