Knit, Felt & Embroider a Cozy Pair of Peacock Slippers

The September/October 2017 issue of PieceWork is all about the natural world. Flora and fauna fill the pages, with internationally inspired articles and projects. Reading about each of these is like taking a walk through a different country, seeing the world in new ways through new eyes. One of the most vibrant projects from this issue, Eileen Lee’s Peacock Slippers, creates a snapshot of the designer’s time in Mexico. The bright orange evokes the colors of houses and streets; the peacock patterning conjures images of these birds in their natural habitats.

This project is now available as a kit, and with colder weather on its way, the season for crafting is here. A little escapism never hurt either, and channeling the bright Mexican landscape during winter time sounds just about right. Combining several different techniques in one project is one of my favorite things, and that’s part of what makes this project so unique. You knit, felt, and embroider, all to create one final project! And the embroidery technique uses floss, beads, and sequins, a beautiful array of colors and textures, to create a stunning peacock-inspired motif on each slipper. The felting process also creates a super thick and warm fabric, perfect to keep your feet toasty all winter long.

Peacock Slippers

Detail of Eileen Lee’s Peacock Slippers, showing the bead embroidery. Photo by George Boe.

Bright colors are necessary for gray days, and these slippers fit the bill perfectly. Creating a connection to a different place, through crafting, creates a kind of armchair tourism, an awesome feeling of going somewhere without having to leave home. This whole issue of PieceWork does just that, taking you around the world and back again, through the eyes of people who love sharing their experiences with others. It’s healthy to have a sense of how big and diverse the world is, how differently various cultures create art, and, in this case, how differently people approach knitting.

And no matter whether you actually get on a plane, or you’re “traveling” from the comfort of home, having appropriate footwear is always a good plan! Get your Peacock Felted Slippers Kit today—it contains a copy of the September/October 2017 issue of PieceWork with complete step-by-step instructions to make the slippers, along with all of the yarn, embroidery floss, beads, and sequins you need!

Happy knitting, felting, and embroidering!

Featured Image: Eileen Lee’s brilliant slippers are knitted, felted, and embroidered; felting adds thickness and warmth. The bead embroidery pays homage to the vivid peacock, with the sequins symbolizing the iridescent feathers. Photo by George Boe.

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