Sunday, June 28, 2015

Crochet Covered Wooden Shoe

I couldn't pass up this cool Dutch wooden shoe from the thrift store! As mentioned before in my Updated Brass Plates post, some of my family hails from the Netherlands. I have a small collection of wooden clogs and if I ever come across some at Goodwill, I can't resist! So I found this one shoe hanging out all by itself. It was unfinished with names burned into it, maybe a souvenir? I grabbed it up and figured I could paint it or something. I've been looking at this thing for months trying to think of a unique way to decorate it without ruining it. Then, inspiration struck...I'll crochet it!

Crochet Covered Wooden Shoe, Dutch Shoe - Over The Apple Tree

Crochet Covered Wooden Shoe, Dutch Shoe - Over The Apple Tree

Crochet Covered Wooden Shoe, Dutch Shoe - Over The Apple Tree

The first thing I did was get rid of the names. I used a knife and some sandpaper to scrape them off. It didn't have to be perfect because I was going to cover it anyway. Next I stained and did a light coat of spray-on polyurethane.

Crochet Covered Wooden Shoe, Dutch Shoe - Over The Apple Tree

The crochet lace was done in five pieces and then sewn/crocheted together onto the shoe. The hardest part was finding patterns I liked and figuring out how it could all fit together. The top section is a round doily with three sections I added on to make it more of a triangle. The front/bottom and sides are three of the same made out of a triangle shawl pattern. The last piece is the top. It's a strip of two sided shells that goes around the opening of the shoe. Pieces are sewn together and I added more crochet on the back to cover open areas.

I won't say this was easy. It did take some time with all the trial and error I went through, but it was definitely worth it and I love the end result!

Crochet Covered Wooden Shoe, Dutch Shoe - Over The Apple Tree

Crochet Covered Wooden Shoe, Dutch Shoe - Over The Apple Tree

Crochet Covered Wooden Shoe, Dutch Shoe - Over The Apple Tree


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36 comments:

  1. Wow Laura! You really made the shoe so pretty with your crochet work!

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  2. That is just Bee - u - ti - ful! I love how you admit it wasn't easy - it doesn't look easy but totally worth the effort.

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    1. Thanks so much for stopping by Julia!

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  3. Wow, you really transformed the wooden shoe into a work of art. Great job!

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    1. Hi Joor, thanks for stopping by!

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  4. So pretty! Thanks for sharing this at our Cooking and Crafting with J & J party!

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  5. This is so pretty Laura, I hope you will be sharing at the Thursday Hop xo

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    1. Thanks Katherine, I'll be there!

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  6. i love this! have you been to the netherlands? we went a few years ago for a glorious 2 weeks. love that you collect these pieces of your heritage.
    b

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    1. Haven't been there yet, but do hope to go one day. Everyone I know that's been says it's awesome! Thank you so much for stopping by.

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  7. Awesome! Love how it turned out! Thank you for sharing with us at the Brag About It Link Party!
    ~Laurie

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    1. Hi Laurie. Thank you for taking the time to stop by!

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  8. Wow, I loved how you crocheted this. I crochet so I know it wasn't all that easy to do. I am impressed.
    Bev

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    1. Thanks Bev. Yeah, the crochet was straight forward enough, but figuring out what to crochet in order for it all to fit together AND have it look the way I imagined in my head was a bit nerve wracking. Thanks so much for visiting my blog!

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  9. Wow...these are really neat! Love this idea!

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

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  10. Gorgeous! This is such a cool crochet project.

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  11. Hi! Saw this on the link up. It is darling! I'm totally stealing your idea.

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    1. Good luck! I'd love to see you finished project.

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  12. So cute! Thanks for sharing at Merry Monday, hope to see you again tomorrow night!

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  13. Super cute! This looks so good. Pinned and tweeted. Thank you for bringing this to our party and we hope to see you on Monday at 7 pm. Lou Lou Girls

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  14. The shoe is adorable - love the pattern you used so delicate,Thanks for linking up to Pin Worthy Wednesday, I have pinned your post to the Pin Worthy Wednesday Pinterest Board.

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  15. Hi! Visiting from Sundays at Home. I'm Dutch as well so this definitely caught my eye! Such a cute idea! Have a great week! Diane

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  16. So fun! What an awesomely unique crochet project. :-) I'll be featuring this at this week's Yarn Fanatic Party!

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  17. Awesome. Crocheting and then sewing it to fit the shoe is certainly not easy. Loved the crochet pattern!!!

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  18. Wow! This is beautiful! Really great idea! I like it! :)

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  19. Really beautiful work!!! What a great idea!
    Have a fabulous day!
    Hugs and love from Portugal,
    Ana Love Craft
    www.lovecraft2012.blogspot.com

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  20. wow!! and again WOW!! awesome so lovely and so unique!!

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  21. Truly, truly lovely!! Thank you for sharing with us at Snickerdoodle Sunday- hope to see you again tomorrow!

    Sarah (Sadie Seasongoods)

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  22. How cute is this! Thanks for sharing this at the Sundays Down Under link up. What a fabulous idea. Pinned!

    Best wishes,
    Natasha in Oz

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  23. That is phenomenal that you were able to add crochet to a great wooden shoe. I just love it!

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  24. How creative! Not sure where you are located so this may not interest you, but you can go to Windmill Village in Holland, MI and see wooden shoes being made. They also do those really cool carved candles and have a full-size working windmill that you can go inside of.

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    1. That does sound cool! I live in Colorado so I don't think I'd be passing through that area anytime soon, but good to know its there just in case!

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