Tuesday, June 19, 2012

In living color

Since I specialize in English saddlery, nearly everything I make is some shade of brown or black.  Every now and then, however, I'm asked to create something a bit more colorful.  Recently I found myself in need of some blue and pink lace, so I placed an order with Amazing Lace.  
This was my first experience with this company, but it won't be my last.  The lace is very high quality and the colors are rich and extremely consistent.
Unfortunately, some of the lace is quite thick.  These pictures show the pink lace both as it came off the spool and after preparation.  As you can see, there's a pretty substantial difference.  Still, the lace is nice enough that it's well worth the time and effort. 
I used the blue lace to make a showring style Arabian costume bridle. 
The browband was not made by me.  Instead, it was provided by the customer.  
The pink lace was purchased specifically for Tiffany's circus costume, but since I had some extra, I decided to bribe surprise her with a new pink halter.
Something about the pink and leopard skin color scheme paired with the no-nonsense bronc styling really appealed to me so I ended up making a second halter for me to keep.  I almost never do that!
I've really enjoyed this venture into the world of colorful tack.  In fact, I've started to think about placing a second order with Amazing Lace.  Does anyone need some jade, purple or turquoise tack?  Please, give me an excuse!

16 comments:

  1. I LOVE these colored pieces, Jennifer!!! If I had that gorgeous colorful lace, I'd be inspired to make all kinds of stuff (and keep the stuff - LOL!!) too! I can't wait to see what else you do with the lacing!

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  2. Lovely lovely lovely tack!

    Thanks for the info! I get to make colorful tack....often....lol I've been dying it, but these are really vibrant colors! And gold....silver and white! hm....might need to order some myself!

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  3. I LOVE the bridle Jennifer!

    And having ordered from Amazing lace before, they are WELL worth the investment for ANY colour lace

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  4. I've always dyed my own, too, but this is better. The colors are so consistent, and even though I've handled that lace *a lot* none of the color has come off on my hands.

    Be advised that shipping is slow. I waited nearly a month for the lace to arrive so be sure to plan ahead if you need some for a project.

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  5. P.S. to Terri--we should team up and make a showring costume together! I love the fancy bridles but have little interest in making 200 tassels...

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  6. Heck Yeah! That sounds like a plan to me ;)
    I like the tassel part, but can't stand making the bridles from fancy leather and buckles - all braided for me (I should really get hardcore into braiding...)

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  7. I can think of some colorful tack I'd like..!

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  8. oh wow, thanks for the link! Is the leather easy to skive?

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  9. Wow!
    Great job!!
    I love the halter! LOL!

    Rosie

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  10. Oh my god, that Arab bridle is absolutely stunning!
    It really reminds me of one of my all time favourite pieces of tack - another arab bridle in similar style by Heather Abounader!

    http://www.desertnightcreations.com/customwork/DSC00383.JPG

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  11. Nice bribe... er, surprise ;)

    I did tell you about the teal Courbette AP saddle I saw, right? I was told that a pink one was created...and Elton John had it. I think you need to recreate that set ;)

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  12. How much would one of those arab haters cost? Love it! :)

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  13. RUNE!!!! And that bridle is absolutely beautiful, too!

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  14. I hope that I could actually do like that miniature models!! (-: (sorry my bad english...)

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  15. I'm in love with the Halter and the bridle is stunning!!! I can thank of some tack ideas using Jade lace :D

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  16. I bit the bullet and ordered some white and pink from this company. I love it! So easy to skive and strong! Thanks so much for the link!

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