Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Odds and ends

We woke up to a couple inches of snow and bitterly cold temperatures this morning. It would have been a perfect day to stay home and work on tack. Unfortunately for me, I had some errands that needed to be done. I wasn't able to sit down at my work bench until nearly lunchtime, but I still managed to get a few things done. The first was this dressage girth: Next up was my first attempt at making sports medicine type boots. Here they are off the horse...
and on.
There are some pattern issues that need fine tuning, but mostly I'm pleased with the way these turned out. This is the first time I've worked with ultrasuede, and I can already tell it won't be the last. In fact, I had so much fun making these boots that I actually starting thinking about making a whole ultrasuede saddle. It might look a bit like a Wintec--an obnoxious pink or blue or green Wintec depending on my mood. Do you think the Tacky Tack blog would be interested in a model scale "Scary Pink Saddle of the Week" entry?

Just kidding! I really don't have the time for that, but it is fun to think about while I'm sewing tiny tabs on little boots...

15 comments:

  1. Small suggestion: If the glue is soaking through the suede, put a very thin layer on first and let it dry. Then do two more layers on top of it. Is it soaked through glue I see on the near side boot? Otherwise, they look WONDERFUL!! I need to try some with only two bindings, they look much neater :-) Yay!

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  2. THANK YOU, Jane! I was just going to email you about that glue. This was the first time I've used it and I had the worst time. Not only did it soak through, but it was barely sticky when dry! I think I'll follow your advice on some scraps and see if I can make it work a little better...

    Oh, and thanks again for the ultrasuede. :)

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  3. Love the boots! I keep meaning to make some in mini-scale. Are you putting something on the edges to prevent raveling?

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  4. Very nice! I wish we would have some snow around here... I'm ready for a snow day!

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  5. The boots look great! I recently attempted something similar, although the pattern I made up looks like yours the fit isn't quite right. Did you use regular Ultrasuede or Ultrasuede light?

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  6. I think you accomplished quite a bit in a couple of hours, especially if you had to make the pattern for the boots.

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  7. oooh! Wintec saddle in ultra suede! You HAVE to do this. :D But not pink. I vote for something more... classy... purple? Royal blue? Emerald green? And then make some "Biothane" strap goods to go with it. (I hear endurance calling your name.)

    The snow was a PITA for me too. Made me late to that job interview!

    I think I'm going to have to hit you up for some boots sometime in the future :)

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  8. Too cute! Did you use velco to fasten them or do they just glue closed?

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  9. What is this glue? I have been looking for some tacky glue that can be re-used. I found 'sticky dots' but they're a but too sticky! Otherwise I bought some low-profile velcro the other which I intend to try making boots with (getting frustrated by tiny buckles again!)

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  10. OMG, I want those boots! Really, I want to MAKE those boots, but beggers can't be choosers.

    You know, I promise tomorrow I'll start leaving comments that don't talk about myself, and how sad I am to not be making tack right now, LOL.

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  11. Lauren,
    The glue you want is called "tack it Over and Over" made by Aleenes. A friend turned me onto it and I swear by it - you have to replenish it every 5 uses or so but it is GREAT!!!

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  12. I haven't been able to find the Aleene's Tack It Over and Over glue so I tried Jane's suggestion of Zig Memory Systems Two Way Glue pens for these boots. I didn't have a lot of success (they barely stayed on for the picture) but I think I will do better if I follow Jane's advice next time. The boots are made from the Ultrasuede I bought at Denver Fabrics last month. I have no idea if it's regular or light untrasuede but it's super nice to work with--easy to cut and the ends don't come unraveled.

    I'm glad everyone likes the boots because it's reasonable to assume that I will be giving away a pair or two in the Blog raffle. :)

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  13. Cool, I will look both of those makes up and see if anyone in the UK stocks them, or something similar...
    Thanks for the tips!

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  14. My attempts at boot-making dont turn out all that well... but I'm learning. Yours look really good! Good luck with the glue :)

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  15. I have actually made 2 cloth saddles, an english & western! The english is brown & western is pink & purple. I showed them & my models got 3 seconds wearing them!

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