« Last post by bessiecrocker on Yesterday at 11:32:34 AM »
I never thought about rope sole. I've got a surplus of woolen garments to be recycled and a few of those folders for making strips for rag rugs. I wonder how a wool rag sole would work? I'm intrigued.... I don't think I would like wearing neoprene as a fashion fabric.
.... I suppose I could give up the sitting and drinking coffee, but what fun would that be? Add that to the very cold floors I have in here in the winter and I start shivering thinking about it.
... elastic backed fashion fabric strap to pull the boot part back tight after the foot was in. Still thinking.
I'm hoping the neoprene will wear well. It is warm for sure and two pieces that add up to a bit over a quarter inch make a soft sole.
Michael, I'll find some patterns for you...just haven't gotten to it yet. I know I have one that has an elastic back.
In the meantime...to make slippers warmer you can use Thermolite type interfacing. This works well with fabric, less well with felt or fleece. You might be able to use it between the layers of neoprene so the bottom is warmer, too. I don't know much about neoprene, maybe you wouldn't need the interfacing.
Neoprene is actually a very clever solution to make the soles. At one point I was making dance slippers for DD...finding something for the soles that was flexible and sturdy was always the challenge. You might try Shoo Goo as a way to make the soles last longer. Might not be necessary on neoprene? Neoprene outfits are popular with the teen set...I shop with DD. You won't find me wearing it either, unless I am scuba diving!
If you have wool scraps, I'd really say to try those for slippers. Braided ropes (for soles, maybe), but also try knitting thinner braids or strips and then felting in the washer. You might come up with some warm, cheap, durable slippers. Another good fabric is industrial felt...thick, like carpet backing or packing material. Maybe you need to live (like me) somewhere with lots of sheep so there is a good supply of surplus cheap wool!