I’m so excited to unveil the next artist vision of espadrilles that I’m about to burst! It’s Woven Espadrilles with Anne Weil and they are amazing. Anne, from the gorgeous Flax and Twine blog has taken her incredible aesthetic, her love of the delicate art of weaving and combined them to make the most incredible pair of shoes. I nearly fell out of my chair when she sent me these photos.
For the next month, until June 24, you can grab a special Artist Series Espadrille kit from my shop that includes Anne’s pattern and specialized instructions, shoe soles, pins, needles and wax. This is the best kit to buy if you already own a medium loom and lightweight linen yarn.
If you don’t already have a loom and yarn, be sure to pre-order the full DIY Woven Espadrilles Kit with everything you need to make this beautiful pair of shoes, including the lightweight linen yarn, the soles, all the tools, and the loom. Pre-orders close on May 30th and ship out on June 10 for this full kit.
Anne has truly made magic happen with this pair of woven espadrilles. Apparently, back when she wrote her book Weaving Within Reach she had an idea for a pair of woven espadrilles (before I even started selling kits!) but the project never made it onto the pages of her book, So, when I approached Anne she was totally ready to create what had been living in her head for a while.
In the end, we realized that the woven espadrilles project was growing into something really special. As a result, this round of the Artist Series is a little bit different. Normally, I simply sell my I GOT IT kit along with a PDF from the artist on how to do what they have done. There are many pieces of the I Got It kit that aren’t necessary for the woven espadrilles, however, such as the conventional pattern, the yarn, and interfacing.
We both wanted to allow as many people as possible to create these spectacular shoes so we devised a two-tier kit option. I created the special kit for weavers that comes with Anne’s PDF instructions and pattern, shoe soles and the bare minimum of supplies needed that could be used for folks who already have a loom and finger-weight linen yarn. If you order that kit, I will email you Anne’s patterns and instructions and snail mail you shoe soles and a few other things. This kit is specially tailored to help you create woven espadrilles so it won’t work for conventional fabric espadrilles, just so you know. It’s special special! You can grab that kit for the next month but sales will end on June 24th!
As I mentioned, though, we also created a kit for folks who don’t have a mid-weight loom and finger-weight linen yarn. Starting today, you can pre-order a full DIY Woven Espadrilles Kit in a choice of three different colored yarns. These full DIY Woven Espadrilles Kits will ship out June 10th and be on sale only until May 30th. You will be emailed Anne’s pattern and my basic kit but also Anne will send you a MaryAnne Moodie loom and your color choice of finger-weight linen yarn. It’s really a luxurious delivery. Check out both options here in my shop.
Now with all the logistics out of he way, let’s collectively swoon over these fabulous shoes. Anne created a unique open and close weave pattern just for these shoes and she details how to create it her very thorough PDF. I was really lucky to stay with Anne when I was in Denver recently and I got to watch her work on making these woven espadrilles. I have always had so much respect for weaving but now it has multiplied ten-fold! Additionally, I am in complete awe of the precision and care that Anne takes with everything she creates. Her studio is gorgeous and inspiring. It’s really no wonder her creative works are as breathtaking as they are.
Another stunning part of these woven espadrilles is their fabulous fringe. I learned from Anne that she weaves in the warp ends to create that look. I’m completely in love. It’s highlighted by the fringe on the hand-braided strap. Can you even believe you can make these?! It’s stuff like this that makes me think it’s possible to make anything when you can literally walk around in art like this.
Plus, how beautiful are they on her mom’s feet? You have to check out Anne’s post to see the cutest photo of Mom!
I hope you enjoy these as much as we enjoyed creating them and working together on these two fabulous kits!
Anne Weil is the creator of the blog Flax & Twine and a designer of patterns that have been published by Martha Stewart, Design*Sponge, Elle Decor, Real Simple, Sweet Paul, and the Huffington Post. The author of Knitting Without Needles and Weaving Within Reach, Anne teaches classes nationwide at art retreats and local yarn stores and online at Creativebug.com and Craftsy.com. She lives in Denver, Colorado, with her family.