Inspired by walks near the Caucasus Mountains of the Republic of Georgia bordering Russia, I dreamed my feet to be wrapped in the luxury of wildflowers. Georgia, the crossroads of Western
Asia and Europe, is rich with grape vineyards, delicious cheeses, intricate textiles, and extraordinary
The Tusheti village women living on steep hillsides knit slippers (chitti) in between doing farm and household chores. Intricately patterned with hand-stitched soles, Tusheti slippers are a vestige of the past still popular with many mountain people.
My slipper design is crocheted with yarn made of handspun wool plied with Madelinetosh Tosh Sock yarn from: Stix, YLY in Bozeman, Montana or on the web: http://www.stixyarn.com
Meant to emulate tiny flowers peeking through the stitches the yarn was spun in a thick/thin manner, then plied using a technique called ‘spiral spun’ holding the sock yarn at a 45 degree angle to the thick yarn as the yarn spins.
Simple to crochet, the slipper design begins as a rectangle, folded in half, and then the upper foot area is sculpted to the toe. The crocheted slipper top is then stitched to the swede fleece-lined sole.
Slipper sock soles may be purchased at: http://www.paradisefibers.com
Georgian inspired slipper socks
Georgian women sang and danced to the strains of traditional accordion tunes, a gift
of thanks to our traveling group of textile teachers.