Hello Everyone, Over the last week or so, I've been working on a pair of slippers for my mom for Christmas. She moved to a new place last year that has hard floors throughout, so I worry about her slipping on them. I looked at Nada's slipper tutorial again and felt a little intimidated by it, so I went with a knitted pattern that I fulled in the washing machine and then hand rolled to get the last bit of felting/fulling done. It seems to take forever in the washer! The yarn is a bulky single ply wool by the Brown Sheep company and the pattern is called "Duffers", found on Ravelry. There are a ton of free patterns on the web, too, but I was looking for one that didn't have bulky seams, and this one fit the bill. I still have to put something on the bottom, or they really will be SLIP-pers! Any thoughts on puff-paint dots vs leather or rubber bases? www.flickr.com/photos/23720908@N02/?
Nice slippers! I have tried the spray on rubber stuff (used for tool handles) and leather bottoms. The leather bottoms are really nice but in my experience they can still be slippery on slick floors. The rubber stuff (can't remember it's exact name right now) works great but is pretty messy applying and needs several coats to work well. Haven't tried the puff paint dots so not sure how they would work but it sounds good.
There is a slipper expert in my felting group. She paints on liquid latex. You need 2 or 3 coats. She usually tints the latex a matching color to the slippers. She puts in whatever pigment she's got. The first time she used some fabric paint she had in her stash. I haven't done it myself, but the results look really good. Here are some slippers drying during a workshop she taught.
Thanks, Robin, Ruth, and Ann for your advice. I'll check out the liquid latex and the tool dip stuff! After searching the Internet for a bit, I've decided against the puff paint thing completely--people say it's messy, hard to get even on knit/woolen fabric, and makes hard little dots that can irritate the feet. I ordered a pair of leather sew-on soles and some rubberized microfiber fabric from Etsy sellers. I'm intrigued by the rubberized fabric and have to see what it feels like. Some people online said the tool dip stuff wears through pretty quickly, but I guess just about anything would with high wear. I'm going to try to stick to fabric-y as much as possible for this pair and see how they work, even if I have to add some of those non-slip pads (that people often put on new shoes or high heels, etc) to the bottom of the leather. I'll let you know what happens next! ❤️
Tricaf, on the question of protection of slippers I agree with you and only use sew-on leather soles. A lot of felters here use latex (or some similar stuff) but to me it looks horrible. Also, through wear it changes and becomes sticky. I had a client who came to me with an old pair of slippers (the felted part was still ok), asking me to attach a leather sole. When I touched the bottom od the slipper it felt like sticking glue.