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Jean Cockburn retired from her professional career as an academic librarian in 2008 to become a textile artist living on Denman Island, British Columbia. She draws, quilts, embroiders, knits and crochets, makes wearable art, weaves baskets, dyes fabric, and paints watercolours. Her work has been exhibited locally in juried and group shows on Denman Island, in Courtenay, Comox, and Duncan on Vancouver Island, in West Vancouver, and across Canada with the Surface Design Association.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Blue Room Shoes

Ever since Sock Summit last summer I have been fascinated with Japanese room shoes. I crocheted a pair from the pattern provided at the workshop, and have crocheted several pairs from this book, including the crocheted pair illustrated on the book cover below.

Some time ago I bought felt for the soles as required to make a sewn pair of room shoes, but the instructions seemed complicated so I kept waiting for a space of time to take on the project. Yesterday felt right so I got started. What a wonderful project! Even though all the instructions are in Japanese, the schematics and drawings are so clear that this was a dream to put together. The pattern is precise and the construction straight forward with excellent results.

Excellent, clear instructions.
My finished sewn room shoes.

Grey wool felt for the sole.

Blue linen for the upper shell, and cotton coarse weave for the lining.

The pattern illustration.

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