Well shoe envy returns...this time in the form of a small commission. I had some pieces hung at a local art show when a woman approached me with an idea: her granddaughter, Janessa, had just purchased her first pair of honest-to-goodness-really-high-heels for a family wedding. She wanted to surprise Janessa with a memento of that first step (literally) as an "adult."
It sounded like a fun challenge...
We started off with some photos from the wedding (helpful, but not enough detail)
|The Wedding Shoes|
And then we enlisted "Dad" to surreptitiously go to his daughter's closet (cell phone in hand) and capture a close-up...
|Wedding Shoe Close-up...notice the netted cut-outs|
Much better, but a little bit more complicated than the standard shoe envy piece...
Instead of 3 or 4 solid pieces of fabric mounted onto a 4"x4" background, this involved 7 pieces (6 are pictured below) with multiple cut-outs in some, and a couple of non-traditional materials...netting and a stretchy, sparkly fabric to be exact).
|Pattern for Shoe Envy Pieces|
- trace the pattern pieces onto fusible
- apply the fusible to the fabrics and cut out the pieces
- iron the pieces onto the background lavender fabric - one of the Janessa's favorite colors (a stiletto definitely helped to ease the small pieces into place)
- stitch away (small zig-zag appliqué)
- match the multicolored sparkles on the original shoe by using a permanent marker (micron pen in green, red, and blue) on some of the fabric's silvery sparkles (you may be able to see the slight color variation on the close-up photos).
Put in a frame --- here's the completed project....
|Janessa's First Heels|
Wishing Janessa and her family many more of these special events....