No idea how long it will take me to finish these, so I'll show a WIP for now. I got those beads at a fleamarket when I started out, only to find that I practically never use bugle beads. The other side of the shoes will probably have to get a different color because I don't think there will be enough for all sides. It was not very smart, either, to use a pair of shoes - the only fabric ones I had around - that don't open up because they have no laces, but elastic bands on both sides of the tongue. That means I won't be able to bead on the tongues except for a little embellishment because they are not straight and I have to work blindly when I'm inside the shoe. Can you say needles in your finger?
And just because this is one of my favorite earworms (the German version, though) and kind of fits the subject
Last Edit: Aug 5, 2020 10:39:58 GMT -6 by caeterle
Thank you, Gayle and Irith! Of course I have seen those fabulous works which are so much more elaborate. Maybe these will be good practice for more or I will never want to see a pair of shoes again when I'm done!
Irith, I don't own a thimble. Usually I'm a master at jabbing all of my fingers with the needle, but never had a blister from beading before. I'm still not sure how I even managed to do it, I only noticed it started hurting when I almost done with the second shoe.
The second side is finished. Now I will probably have to get some beads first.
I figured the blue mix wouldn't be enough for the second side. I had some transparent bugles in gold and light brown/reddish tones and some vintage gold lined and thought it would be a nice "light" contrast to the blue mix "night" side. To connect both sides I used the silver lined light blue bugles which went nicely with the light and warm feeling of the "light" side, kind of the like the sky plus sun.
Caroline, If I wear them, it won't be often or for long walks. There are so many hours in there by now - and there will be more - I would hate for something to break. Maybe I'll put them in a glass cabinet in the hallway to distract from my other shoes