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DIY Embroidered Shoes

By Melissa Galbraith


The must-have guide to the popular trend of embroidering shoes!


A beginner-friendly to advanced embroidery primer, DIY Embroidered Shoes includes an extensive stitch dictionary, instructions for successfully embroidering on footwear, and vibrant ideas for turning ordinary canvas shoes or espadrilles into personalized, eye-catching embroidered shoes.

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Create your own unique footwear with shoe embroidery!

  • Embroidery primer with detailed information from beginner-friendly to advanced.

  • 13 finished shoe patterns, including downloadable designs that can be used on any of the most popular brands, from Converse All Star high-tops to TOMS

  • Extensive stitch dictionary with collections including birds, bugs, butterflies, planets, flowers, plants, fruits, vegetables, the alphabet, and landscapes

  • Step-by-step instructions for stitching on shoes, plus an overview on the tools, threads, and canvas shoes you'll need

  • QR codes for additional video instruction, plus two espadrille patterns to make and embroider your own shoes

DIY Embroidered Shoes is published by Landauer, an imprint of Fox Chapel Publishing and will be available winter 2024.
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Why buy expensive embroidered shoes online when you can hand-stitch your own for a fraction of the cost? Learn how, with DIY Embroidered Shoes!

Melissa Galbraith, who also authored How to Embroider Texture and Pattern, first provides introductory information on what you will need, including shoes, tools, and thread. Then, you'll find clear instructions for how to prepare the shoes you want to embroider, transfer the design, and stitch — or design and make your own custom espadrilles with the multi-sized pattern!

The designs range from densely stitched mountain ranges to wispy florals and everything in between. Need a little more explanation? You can scan handy QR codes that lead you to further video instructions.

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