Monday, February 27, 2012

Out with the old!

(sometime old simply means "finished"!)
And in with the...  really, really old?
I made this classic scale pony saddle in 2007.   Unlike most of my work, this was never intended to see the inside of a show ring.  Instead, this was a rare experimental piece, made solely to trying out several new ideas.  Some of those ideas worked.  Others didn't.  Once the saddle was finished, I put it on a North Light pony and let it gather dust in the basement.

A few days ago, I went looking for that little saddle.  I remembered that it had an elastic girth so I knew it would be perfect for the saddle rats.  Also, it occurred to me that it might be just the right size for the new Breyer pony.  This would be a real time saver because it's much easier to adapt an old pattern than it is to start from scratch. 
So today has been all about playing with paper.  I always enjoy this stage, and it's nice to work on saddles again after three weeks of harness.  Hopefully, I'll have a beautiful little saddle to share by the end of the week!

16 comments:

  1. Gorgeous harness. The classic/pony saddle is nice, doesn't look old.....
    I need to play with paper too, but not the kind, income taxes...procrastinating....lol

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  2. That is a beautiful saddle AND harness!! They both look really nice on their respective mounts. =)

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  3. Despite the fact that it was never intended to see the show ring, it still is a really nice saddle Jennifer. What exactly is wrong with it?

    And OMG Harness DROOL!

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  4. Terri--There's nothing terribly wrong with the little saddle. In fact, most of the experiments were successful and ended being adopted into my current saddle making process.

    I do wish I had stored it a bit better. The saddle has seen a lot of direct sunlight over the years and it's pretty faded. Normally, I'd just refresh the dye, but this has real stitching rather than stitch-marking. I don't want to dye that thread so I'm kind of stuck with the faded color!

    It's also fairly glue-y. I wasn't as careful as I usually am since I didn't expect to show it. Plus I was still using 527 glue which is a lot harder to remove.

    It does look nice on the Haflinger, but I hope the "new and improved" version will look even better!

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  5. I remember seeing that saddle on that NL.

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  6. Wow, harness and saddle both look lovely! Are you going to make a bridle for Gretel, too? If so, I'm looking forward to seeing how you work it around that massive forelock of hers.

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  7. beautiful saddle and harness!! For an 'old' saddle it looks amazing!

    I'm curious about the harness, the reins..they are fully brown, do they do it differently over there? Over here the reins are black over the horse then they are brown..

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  8. Can't wait to see what you come up with for the new one!

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  9. I take it the overcheck is not hooked up? Just making sure :).

    I want a saddle for my poneh. I have several ancient english saddles, maybe I can cut one down lol.

    Can't wait to see what you come up with!

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  10. The harness is exquisite! (Looking forward to your next harness endeavor):)

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  11. Nice harness! And the saddle is cute too. Always fun to find older pieces!

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  12. Very nice harness! And even though the saddle is old, it is still very beautiful!

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  13. Beautiful harness! It looks so real. I really can't understand how you and many other tackmakers make paper patterns. If I have to use a pattern to make something, I buy it!

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  14. zikzik-

    wow what a fantastic saddle! I tried tacking up my chihuahua a few times so me thinks me will make little Nemo an arabian costum for halloween next year and print a picture of one of your saddles to go on his back! XD

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  15. I'm in the process of making a Pebbles sized Aussie saddle. It is all tooled and dyed, I just need to put it together. I'm nervous. It's the first Aussie saddle I've made, and also the first pebbles scale saddle I've made!!! I'll send pics when its done too. Wish me luck!!
    JO K

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  16. Beautiful, beautiful harness, Jennifer.

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