Sunday, April 15, 2012

Bandaged Glass Shoes


You've probably guessed these are pincushions under construction, but are you wondering about the "bandages?" These vintage shoes are a recent flea market find. I like the cushions to be nice and full, but when I tried to glue the cushion into the shoe, it kept popping out. Rather than remove some of the polyfill, it seemed better to tape it in there until the glue dried. But of course you don't want to tape silk. It might leave a mark. So, the bandage!

Yes, necessity is the mother of invention. This isn't quite as good as sliced bread, but I'm smiling anyway. These shoes are so ugly they're cute! (Don't worry; the green silk is actually a nice celery. The color on my monitor is pretty bad.) I'll show you when they're finished.

4 comments:

Christine said...

Love this idea! I have a glass shoe just like that, but mine is olive green and I use it as a vase. I just bought a bunch of glass egg cups (depression and victoria eras) and I might have to do this with one of them. Bravo!

QuiltSwissy said...

Oh gee....this makes the crap my mother in law kept look very different now. Everyone might just get pin cushions for Xmas now........

Heather said...

Who says there are rules for doing things proper. Great initiative of finding a sucessful taping method. There are no quilt police, so probably no craft/glueing police either.

Jean said...

I have a collection of these from when I was a kid. I think the are from old molds and were made by Fenton Glass, if my memory is correct.