PLANET HANDMADE sent out an article worth a read, especially if you are selling crafts etc.
Handmade revolution takes to the High Street
Filed under retail
by Bronagh on 18 Oct 2012
In the war to revive the High Street it seems that arts, crafts and jewellery are winning a few battles.
We recently came across a survey from business insurance specialist Simply Business
looking at at independent shops and the make up of Britain’s shopping streets. The research, which looked at more than 30,000 businesses, reported a “boom in ‘make it yourself’ and vintage shops” and “more specialist outlets catering to increasingly discerning shoppers”...............
LINK TO MORE OF THIS INTERESTING ARTICLE HERE
Had to make a few storage tin covers for the book design to use but as always one thing led to another and they turned into slippers lol
LADIES SLIPPER PATTERN;
Mens pattern tomorrow and working on a children's version
LADIES SLIPPER PATTERN
Chunky or Very chunky yarn and 5mm hook
Basic pattern, you may need to alter lengths depending on the yarn used and foot size
PATTERN: make 2
chain 4, into a circle
Row 1: 12 dc into circle, sl st to complete round (12sts)
Row 2: 2dc in each stitch, sl st to complete round (24sts)
Row 3: 1dc in each stitch plus one extra at the end of the round, sl st to complete round (25sts)
Row 4: 1dc in each st, sl st to complete round (25sts)
Row 5- 11: Repeat row 4 (25sts)
NOTE: adjust the number for your foot, high or low front
BACK OF THE SLIPPER:
The back of the slipper is worked back and forth not in the round as are Rows 1-11
NOTE: Depending on yarn this could be less rows
Row 12-16 depending on foot size and yarn etc:
1dc in the next 20 sts then turn and work back and forth until the correct amount of rows have been done to fit your foot snugly.
Sew or sc the back seam together.
Add a SC stitch in a contrast yarn around the opening edge,
keeping it quite tight as after one wearing they stretch a bit.
Make a flower or circle decoration, and sew it to the Slipper front.
For me 16 rows was perfect in one yarn in another I only needed 14 rows in total it just depends on the yarn you use.
And to get the right fit with one yarn I did the last row in SC and not DC.
Don't make it too loose or they won't stay on your feet as they stretch a little in the first wearing.
But it is easy to adjust the number of rows to fit your foot and make them personal.
Started to make another pair with a lower front and longer back....
so play around with the number of rows for the front and the back.
MEN'S VERSION TOMORROW.
Hugs to all and Have fun