Baby Shoes

March 26, 2014


Over the years I have made many baby shoes.  Each pair individually sewn with love and beautiful attention to detail.  

They make my heart smile these little baby shoes.  I remember years ago when I first started making them how long they took me to sew a pair due to my injury.  It was a l-o-n-g.  time.  Working for simply a minute or so at a stretch with some days not managing any sewing at all, you can imagine my pride when I finally finished my first pair.  It was a fantastic achievement.

Years later I still have to pace myself when making shoes.  A little bit of work here and there in between other things is how I manage to complete them.  Crafty evenings with lovely friends to help me cut some of the pieces, doing tiny sets of shoe embroidery in the evenings over a week or so, sewing for a short while in the morning when my hand is still fresh, then coming back to them later in the afternoon for a bit more.
When my honey, family or friends happen to be about, I pull out a bag of sewn shoes ready for turning right side out (cheeky huh!) as they do require a little bit of grip to pull through, then begins the task of hand sewing the little turning hole closed which happens over time too.

These were a mammoth effort over a lengthy period preparing for the festive season last year - I would rarely have so many shoes together at one time.  I found the images on my camera the other day and the satisfaction of seeing them all laid out like that actually bought a tear to my eye.

There is not a day that goes past that I don't feel incredibly proud of how hard I have worked to get to where I am today in terms of my injury, and seeing those years of recovery translated into a garment; a pair of shoes, a cape, a beautiful coat brings me so much pleasure.

Although you may not be able to see the love and hope and care which is stitched into each and every one of my pieces,  rest assured it is very much there.

xx

You will find a few of these shoes in my shops here and here.




70 comments:

  1. Whenever I see your work I think of silver linings, of little people wearing beautiful things that would never have been made if you hadn't had your injury. I love that from broken things come beautiful things if you commit to the process - you are very inspiring. x

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  2. "you have got to be kidding me..."

    that's what went through my head as that first photo started loading up and i raised my eyebrows at the amount of baby shoes on it. it's, like... wow. i don't even know what to say. it's a lot of baby shoes!

    and as most things you do, beautiful. really.

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  3. oh, and just a little thing about the last paragraph, "Although you may not be able to see the love and hope and care which is stitched into each and every one of my pieces, rest assured it is very much there."

    it shows. i'm not sure how exactly, but even on your photos here, it shows. it... oozes off the screen somehow.

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  4. What an amazing effort! Yes it does show. They are wonderful.

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  5. WOW just WOW this is an absolute incredible achievement not only in terms of your injury which I have seen your struggles physically and emotionally but I have also seen your strength and determination - remember spinning !! !! !! tears and laughter . . . so much love in these shoes and also all around you ! I love what Miriam said "from broken things come beautiful things"
    Big hugs my beautiful strong friend

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  6. Hoe super to see all those shoes together. I think they just "glow" with all you have put into them.

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  7. Lisa, these shoes really are a testament to your amazing skills and determination. Maria is right, the love oozes out of every stitch!
    I remember when I first found your blog, you were celebrating one year of sewing, I couldn't believe that you were creating such beautiful pieces after only one year and I had NO IDEA of the struggles that were involved in your learning to sew. I love seeing each new design that you come up with and the beautiful subtle colours that you use so expertly.

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  8. That picture of all those little shoes is just so gorgeous Lisa - I would like to print it off & just keep on my notice board to make me smile. They are all SO very lovely. I have made 2 pairs of these tiny shoes before & know the hours of work goes into them - they are no quick job thats for sure. Let alone all the beautiful embroidery work you add to them which just completes them. A beautiful colour post Lisa which made me smile :-)

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  9. Made with love - and they are so beautiful . Well done you , may the buyers and wearers appreciate the hard work that goes into them .

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  10. Those photo's are pure joy - in every single sense of the word. You are an inspiration xx

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  11. So many beautiful little shoes!

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  12. They're so precious and absolutely stunning. I've always loved baby shoes, but yours a like little artworks. You should feel proud x

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  13. Wow! That first photo is like a work of art! Beautiful! I can't even pick a favourite!

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  14. They are beautiful, cheers Marie

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  15. I found your blog last night and I think you have a beautiful blog and beautiful work. I would love to link with more New Zealand bloggers. I have my own blog, but still learning and would love to have a dialogue with others how to do stuff. I live near Nelson and not found a blogger nearby to show me. Maybe you can give me some advice. Marijke

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