Spring is sprung!
Time to decorate my white shoes!
(They desperately needed help!)
I didn’t take photos of the process, though,
so I made another pair in black.
I used this pattern for the lace, although I made the bow itself differently.
I started with a repeat of 6 shells across (a starting chain of 19)
and 5 shells long for the white–7 shells for the black.
The white thread was so old it didn’t have a size designation,
but it seems to be something thicker than size 10.
The black thread is Knit Cro-Sheen (size 10).
You could make the bows larger or smaller
by increasing or decreasing the number of shells in length & width.
Once that was done, I cut the thread & attached at the edge of the beginning chain
to do the same thing in the other direction,
making the shells in the remaining loops of the original chain,
opposite the first shells.
That way the outside edges match each other
The center is the same as the pattern, but only 5 shells long
(you could make them a little longer if you wanted the center a little looser).
I left long tails on the centers
(you could do the same with the original chain on the bows & use that),
threaded a needle with the tail & wove the thread in & out of the center of the bow
(and then back again) to gather it.
With that same thread, I whip-stitched the two ends of the center to each other,
being careful not to catch the bow itself in the sewing.
I pulled & tweaked the bow & the center into the shape I wanted,
then used the same thread to sew on the shoe clip findings
(which we found on ebay).
Here are the finished shoe clips upside down next to the plain shoes
(you can see the shoe clip findings attached)
with some kitty interest :).
And the finished shoe clips on the shoes: