Sew Along – Slippers

My Slipper Ideas

As I mentioned last week, I haven’t made up my mind which slippers I will do. I want to do a patriotic pair, I have materials for an applique wool & ribbon pair and I have wool floss for a Berlin work pair.

If only I had time to do all of them.

But, I don’t.

I’ve narrowed it down to two techniques, using the supplies on hand.

One will be the Berlin work pair. I have a bunch of purples and greens. It is a small, limited supply of beautifully coordinated colors that I lucked upon acquiring together. Fearing how far the wool will go, I think a simple slip-on would make the most of the materials. I was thinking I would do this 1857 Godey’s Slipper, just with purple instead of orange:c8193289ad3247c95ea53d84622a0f62


Then, I saw this Peterson’s 1858 slipper:2016-05-16-08.42.43-1.jpg.jpeg

“Nothing more beautiful than our slipper pattern was ever seen in a Magazine. It may be worked, if preferred, in green and purple, instead of in brown and gold.”

In greens and purples???? Why, yes, I think I will….


The other pair will be take from the Oriental Slipper design in Peterson’s, January of 1866:



I have a nice black wool for the base. Instead of the three colors of braid to directions call for, I have two widths of light blue ribbon. I am picturing the embroidery either in a dark blue (like what will be left from my purse) or a mix of colors, possibly greens or reds. The other piece that is up in the air is whether to use the cones from the illustration or to shape the ribbons something like this (awfully crude sketch):



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Sew Along – Slippers


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Sew Along – Slippers – Braided


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Sew Along – Slippers – Hospital Slipper


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Sew Along – Slippers – Braided


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Sew Along – Slippers – Embroidered

Okay, so at this point I’ve decided to post a slipper an hour for the rest of the morning.

Peterson’s 1862


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Sew Along – Slipper – Applique

Slipper in Applique


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Sew Along – Slipper – Oriental Slipper

Oriental Slipper



In the front of the number we give a beautiful pattern, printed in colors, of an Oriental Slipper. The materials are 14 inches of black cloth; 1 3/4 yards each of broad silk braid, deep amber, scarlet, and white; a small quantity of bright cerise, blue, amber, and white filoselle; 1 skein each of sewing-silk, black and bright cerise; 4 rows of steel beads, No. 7; few chalk beads; a small piece of blue and bright cerise cloth for the pines.

Trace on tissue-paper the three outlines for the braid, tack this on the cloth, and tack over this, through paper and cloth, the three different braids, and tear the paper away. Now cut out two pines the exact size of those shown in out colored design, one blue, and the other bright cerise, and notch the edges. Tack the pieces in their proper places, and embroider.

There are but two stitches employed, (with the exception of a few dots in the pines,) the herring-bone stitch and coral-stitch. All the braid is fastened down with the simple herringbone stitch, and the design running between the braids is composed of coral-stitch. The braid is put on with the sewing-silk, and the coral stitch is worked with filoselle split to make it sufficiently fine.

The pines are kept in their place by a row of coral-stitch, plain stitching, and two steel beads fastened between every notch. The other ornaments on the pines are embroidered in white, black and blue silk. To the blue piece two small rounds of black cloth are attached, fastened on with white silk and white beads.

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Sew Along – Slippers

For the third Sew Along of 2016, we will be making slippers!

Slippers can be wonderful for wearing in a historic house, warming the feet on a chilly morning or letting the feet relax in the evening.

There are numerous styles to choose for slippers:

  • Quilted silk
  • Embroidered
  • Berlin Work
  • Applique

Here is a resource page to get you started on your slipper project planning.

Options for soles can include:

  • Soft leather
  • Sole leather
  • Painted canvas
  • Canvas

My Slipper Project:

IMG_2364I already have two pair of quilted silk slippers. The first is a comfy blue pair with canvas soles. I think I was in NM when I made these.

wpid-2012-10-07-14.11.06-1.jpgThe next are the green slip-on quilted silk. These were made a few years back. The originals, in a beautiful red, are in the Buffalo-Erie Historical Society.


I know I want to make a pair other than quilted. But, I don’t know which. Part of me wants to do a Berlin work style, or at least some type of needlework. Patriotic styles appeal in this case.


I also have a dense black wool that would be oh-so-warm and comfy. These would work nicely for an applique pair. I’ll be sharing a couple of those ideas next.

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Sew Along – Slippers – Sources


Pinterest board for the Slippers Sew Along.

Treasures in Needlework, by Mrs. Warren and Mrs. Pullan, 1855.

  • Turkish Slippers (knit) page 203
  • Harlequin slipper page 441
  • Melon-pattern slippers  page 347
  • Slippers in Oriental embroidery page 141
  • Slippers in beadwork page 343
  • Slippers embroidered page 58
  • Slippers braided page 215

Peterson’s Magazine —  Just a sampling:

  •  Embroidered Slipper, 1856 page 110
  • Slipper with applique velvet, 1857 vol 31 page 79.
  • Braid work baby slipper, 1857 vol 31 page 184
  • Braided slipper, 1857, vol 31, page 245
  • Slipper with embroidered flower (on a counted grid) front matter 1858.
  • Crochet bedroom slipper, 1858, vol 33, page 60

Godey’s Lady’s Book

 Antique Pattern Library

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