not entirely blue.
did I make them
was a scrap of the deck cloth
I helped my son put on his boat
a couple of years ago--
are left over from a quilt mending project
(dots made with katazome and indigo)--
and I'm a sucker for alliteration and rhyme.
Sewing the uppers together
with my machine was really nice.
I've made previous pairs entirely by hand
and this was a definite improvement --
if not in the beauty department,
definitely in timing and lack of hand fatigue.
hand stitching though.
Thank goodness for Glovers needles.
the pleasure being getting to run in them,
the necessity being that they are the only ones
my feet really like,
(even though they are often
not even on my feet).
the actual construction
is a task I put off as long as I can
as the stitching is hard on my hands.
so I was nearly done
and feeling relieved,
when a new conundrum arose--
I mean -- who wants to go shopping these days,
or wait for online shoelaces to arrive by mail?
to remember how to weave a warp-faced structure
(as you can see in the photo below),
though once I got going
weaving these was probably faster
than locating a website
with laces I liked.
Just what I needed and wanted,
and they delight me every time I catch a glimpse.
Hopefully, they will soon will be
as grubby and broken in
as the pair on the left,
with (I hope)
hundreds of miles
under their soles.
NOTE: For more on my shoemaking endeavors over the past ten-ish years,
including links and sources and process, type "shoes" into the search bar at the top,
or click the SHOES link on the side and scroll down (this post will be at the top).
Though August is my usual blog holiday month
my husband is just commencing
what we hope will be a month long
so I've decided to join him
and take my blog-cation
the garden is growing madly,
and, as I did manage to figure out
a compelling new set up for my books,
I hope to spend a bunch of time
watching the birds and turning pages.
or... weaving or... knitting...
or doing all of them at once.
The webstore will remain open
and I may send out the odd newsletter,
(vacation post cards of a sort?)
so if you want to get on the list for those
and aren't yet,
there is a sign-up on the right
(or maybe below, depending on your device)