Sunday, November 8, 2009


I finished the pink saddle blanket today. I promise it's not that crooked in person.

I always forget how long these take to make. I have been working on this on and off for the last three days. Granted, a fair amount of that time was spent picking out mistakes, but still.... I could have made an English saddle in less time! There are a handful of hobbyists who sell custom cross stitch pads in the $10-$25 range. I don't how they can do that. Obviously they must stitch a lot faster than I do. Or something.

I do like making my own blankets, but as far as sale tack goes--I think I'll stick to leather goods!


  1. Is there a pattern book for cross stitching saddle pads or do you just make your own patterns? This looks like something I could really turn out since I love cross stitching.

  2. It's funny you ask that. I've never used someone else's pattern (and it probably shows!), but just today I saw an ad on MH$P for a pattern cd. Do an advanced search for Christine Armstron and you should be able to find it ASAP. Hope this helps!

  3. I just discovered your blog, and it's excellent!! I've just started to delve into tackmaking and possibly showing, and the tack tips and various pics you've posted are great. How do you finish the cross-stitched blankets? Do you attach another piece of fabric underneath, or just leave them as is? Thanks!

  4. I've always wanted to know how to make these! You should do a tack tip on them!