|Jean Baptiste Joseph Pater, Concert Champêtre.18th century, Oil on canvas. The Metropolitan Museum of Art|
If you follow me on Twitter (MarieGossip) you may have seen a recent post on Shoe Roses. I just stumbled on a pair of these fashion must haves in a lovely work by Jean Baptiste Pater!
This is a (now) inexpensive way to adorn some shoes if you are planning to go out in your best 18th Century garb for Halloween or any other Fancy Dress Party! For more ideas along those lines check out Heather's Costume Countdown!
Ok back to the shoe roses!!
Shoe Roses- expensive little works of art to adorn one's shoes. They were crafted out of ribbon, usually fine silk, and designed to look like an elegant rose in full bloom. They were very expensive if you can imagine!
They could be very elaborate or simplified, and cost would reflect this. For our purposes we can create one of these for a very affordable price, with some of your favorite ribbon, a hot glue gun and if you are adventurous, a splash of glitter!
Merely fold the ribbon into loops and use dabs of glue to keep them down. (if you want to sew here is a simple tutorial) With just one safety pin you can attach your shoe rose to some shoes for an instant statement that screams fashion, and also says, "do not step on my toes." Other uses of shoe roses include hiding gouty ankles.