Thursday, November 18, 2010

thursday = embroidery

pretty quick & pretty easy way to make thrift store rubber boots pretty:


first I drew the design on with a pencil then used a punch tool {I got mine in the leather section at hobby lobby} to create the holes. not pictured is the piece of wood I slipped inside the boot when punching the holes...


after punching all the holes I just cleaned off the pencil lines & used a yarn needle to do the embroidery:




and for this week's vintage embroidery pattern I picked a cat...naturally:

you know, because of puss in boots!

happy stitching :)

18 comments:

lisa said...

I love the embroidered boot idea! So cute! I'm surprised that you found boots that even vaguely fit at a thrift store- I do stream and wetland surveys and I have trouble finding durable rubber boots in womens' sizes and I've looked at lots of stores. I probably won't embroider mine since it effectively makes the waterproof part much shorter, but I love the idea.

Rolando said...

Lisa, I wonder if you could use some silicone caulk on the inside to restore the waterproofiness.

Katie said...

Oh, these are totally awesome! I like them so much better than the printed rubber boots that are readily available in stores lately.

Stacey B said...

This is such an excellent idea! I love it way more than the patterned rainboots!!

'odd and old' Linda Dacey said...

oh the patience! and such a clever wee concept; chapeau...

Kitten's Lost Her Mittens said...

What a great idea! I really want to try this, too.

TCupp said...

An inspired idea. And well executed!

kristin said...

these are GREAT!! i think all dull grey/black rubber boots could use this kind of pick-me-up...thanks for this super inspiring idea! xx

Alli (One Pearl Button) said...

These are way too cute and clever, Gina! Love them!

Geek+Nerd said...

This is utterly amazing.

Alyssa said...

That is SUCH a brilliant idea - it looks fantastic!!!

MandiCoulter said...

neato :)

suesueb said...

So much fun-I love them!!

gina said...

thank you all for your comments! I'm so happy you liked the boots :)

lisa - I actually found them in the men's section of the thrift store...I always check because I have big feet, haha!

emmy-ray said...

I'd love to re-post a photo of your boots on my site and direct people to your tutorial. Let me know if you're okay with that. I'm such a huge fan of your work!

Zane Wooder said...

I love how you make boring old black boots into works of art.

-Zane of ontario honey

IRINA said...

AMAZING!!!
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Jessica Anderson said...

This is so stinking cool!!! I love embroidery. I will be pinning immediately! Thanks for sharing. - Jessica (cutesycrafts.com)