As I am writing this, and on the day I did the heel tie, the news announced: we officially have a heatwave. In the Netherlands, when it’s warm, it’s only described as a heatwave when we had at least five consecutive days of temperatures above 25 degrees Celsius, of which at least three of those five days should be above 30 degrees Celsius. The day of the heel tie was the third day above 30 degrees Celsius, 32 to be precise, opposed to the 34 the day before.
On the first day of 30 degrees I noticed that my feet are quite swollen. Part of this is because I don’t drink enough, which of course prompted Master T to remind me to drink water, to see if we can get the swelling to go down. Not really, unfortunately. Which meant, when I did this tie, I had swollen feet…
I brought my black shoes with me when we came downstairs in the morning, and after doing some chores and re-arranging my desk, it was time to try the rope tie. By now my feet were already swollen again, so it might have been better had I done the tie earlier in the day. I watched the two tutorials, decided the first heel tie (https://www.theduchy.com/heels-top-weave/) is easy enough, and set out to do the tie.
Of course, the very first step was to get the shoes on. My left foot was far more swollen than my right, and I didn’t even attempt to get a shoe on that foot. With quite some effort, I managed to squeeze my right foot into the right shoe. I felt like one of Cinderella’s stepsisters trying on her glass shoe!
The heel tie
When I saw the beautiful heel ties, I had already decided to use black shoes and pink rope. I used a 3-meter length of rope (the shortest we have) and set out to do the tie. It was really easy, and the more I wove the rope around my shoe and foot, the more I liked it. I had an awkward bit of rope left, and tucked it into the outer side of my foot, where it wouldn’t show on the photos.
I didn’t forget!
This time I didn’t forget to set up the camera first. Where normally I would make the photos in my studio (and I really wish I had, looking at these images), because of the heat I decided to make them in the lounge, in front of our bright black glass television cabinet. I might try this tie again in future, but will then do the photos in my studio, as I really like the look of the heel tie, but also because I literally had only these three photos to use!
Oh and, I will do it on a cooler day!
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