A couple of weeks back I did a post about shoes that had been embellished with white lace, and I promised to follow up with some photos of shoes using lace of different colors. You can find colored lace online, or you can color it yourself using the same Lumiere paint you apply to shoes, just watered down a little bit, approximately one part water to five parts paint. (The reason you’d water it down is that Lumiere is quite thick and it might obscure some of the details in the texture of the lace.)
Here’s an example of a white Skecher that Destiny turned into a comfy bridal shoe by adding pink stretch lace, pink pearl trim, and pink-painted cotton-lace edging. She mixed Pearlescent Magenta with Pearl White to get the shade of pale pink she wanted, thinned the mixture with water, then dabbed it onto a length of cotton lace trim. When it dried, she glued it to the inside top edge of the shoe. I recommended that she stitch down the point where the lace started and ended just for extra security and Destiny readily agreed — especially because she knew I’d take pity on her and do the stitching for her. She’s not a big fan of anything to do with needles and thread.
Here’s another take on adding lace trim to the topline of a shoe. I bought these satin-covered Steve Madden heels on sale for my very stylish stepdaughter, Jenny. Since I can never leave well enough alone (especially when it comes to shoes), I added some pizzazz in the form of Lumiere’s Metallic Olive paint and some elastic black lace trim, glued onto the outside so the elastic would look like piping. And yes, I stitched down the starting and ending points.
I got these boots on ebay and married them to some pale sage green lace I splurged on during a trip to ribbon and trim seller VV Rouleaux in London several years ago. (I also burnished the original brown of the boot with a light rubbing of Metallic Rust and glued a brass embellishment on the toe.) The boot has little elastic panels so there’s room to slide your foot into it, so I had to do something to make the lace stretch, too.
I cut the lace longer than the circumference of the opening of the boot, then did a running stitch of clear elastic thread through the part that went over the elastic insert. I also stitched a couple of clear plastic snaps onto the lace and the boot to hold the lace in place against the collar of the boot. The slight gathering effect actually adds to the femininity of the lace as contrasted to the masculinity of the boot. I love working with the tension of opposites! These boots are called Prairie Lace.
Last of all, here’s a very plain faux-suede bootie painted Halo Pink Gold and embellished with a slightly trimmed down Venice lace applique. This shape of applique is sometimes called a V-neck, but more frequently a yoke. I got it at a mill-overrun store in San Jose (Fabrics R Us), but you can find these online.If you can only find them in white, remember, you can paint them.
This applique was too long and a little too wide in places, but I trimmed it down and sealed the edges with Fray Check so it wouldn’t ravel. I also painted a very narrow line of P earlescent Blue Lumiere around the top to mimic piping, and glued a filigree embellishment on the heel (not visible in this photo). These are called Anastasia, and they are quite an improvement over the original, if I do say so myself.
Inspired yet? I’d love to see before and after photos of any shoes you do, especially if anything you see here gives you ideas for embellishing tricks of your own. I wonder what summer sandals with lace on them would look like….