Archive for the ‘In progress’ Category

Over the past few days, I’ve cut and sealed many pairs of bell boots…

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Finished and shipped a few orders…

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Made progress on the Potentially Never-Ending Project (aka the I Have Too Much Free Time and What Have I Gotten Myself INTO project)

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Finally got started on the next batch of nerdy saddle pads…

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And, despite my lack of shelf space, added a new pony to the herd. (ponies don’t take up as much room, right?? Right?!)

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I think I just need to accept the fact that having multiple things in progress is just a part of my creative process. Either that or I’ve developed a much shorter attention span than I used to have. :/

February’s ended on a good note hobby-wise though… here’s to making more progress in March!

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I’m so glad it’s a three day weekend! These past few weeks have felt incredibly long, but at the same time, have flown by. Does that make any sense at all? Why are we already 5 days into September? Why are the leaves already changing color?! Didn’t summer just START?!

I’ve been preoccupied with a bunch of non-hobby stuff that all decided to occur around the same time. None of it’s a big deal, really, but I’m the weird sort of person who worries over things like deadlines, appointments and expenses, so having a bunch all at once got me feeling frazzled and irritable.

I’ve also been very busy with Etsy orders, mostly for english saddle pads.

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They’re all off to their new owners as I type this, yay! In-between orders I’ve been messing with my saddle again. As a result my desk has looked a bit chaotic for a few weeks now, which drives me nuts because mess! Clutter! Disorganization arghhh!

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This mess extends above, underneath, in front and off to both sides of the desk… I just cut all that out 😉

But I’m forcing myself to NOT clear it up until this saddle is done, to (hopefully) prevent it from having the same fate as my pleasure saddle, which is currently crying on a paper plate in the closet. (“why won’t you finish meeee?!”)

Anyway, tackling the flaps was the next challenge. They were one piece originally, but were way too long so I had to chop them in half.

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I suppose this turned out to be a good thing, (but only time will tell) as it made it a lot easier to skive down the edges and reduce bulk. Finding ways to reduce bulk is a definite goal with this saddle.

Once I added the knee rolls, I stitched the two pieces back together, much like you would thread a shoelace onto a shoe.

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I tried so hard to make it symmetrical *cries*

I kind of like the end result. Plus, it can fold in half.

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The underside isn’t super neat but a lot less embarrassing than my previous saddle:

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Around this time I realized that I forgot to add D rings. I was half-tempted to just leave them off. I know I’ll never use them and they’re small and hidden on most of my reference photos, but in the end I couldn’t stand it.

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I also added piping to the front, as well as a hidden wire so I can better shape the saddle to the horse’s back.

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The stirrup bars were originally a couple jump rings attached to the bottom of the tree…

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… but I later decided to scrap that and stick them in the saddle flaps instead, like the D rings. I’ve marked out where I want the first one, but until my hardware order arrives (I don’t want to trust my handmade D rings for the stirrups, haha) this is as far as I can get.

I’m also wishing I had thought of this before adding the piping and wire. >_<

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The sweat flaps were made similar to the saddle flaps. (might as well, hey?) I’ve marked out holes that line up with the others, SO, the plan is to stitch them all together somehow.

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I really like how it’s coming along though.

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Even though I’ve got way too many in-progress pieces right now, I recently had a “lightbulb” moment regarding saddles and immediately had to get started on a new one.

It’s been three years since I last built an English saddle. I find them incredibly intimidating and am often discouraged before I begin. So wanting to have another go at one was something I really couldn’t ignore.

Once I found a nice reference photo, I worked out a pattern of sorts and began with the tree and seat:

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This was cut from sheet metal instead of the pop cans I’ve used in the past… it is holding it’s shape much nicer. I also built up the back a bit with epoxy before covering the entire thing with very thin skiver. It’s got a nice weight to it now and so far, so good.

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The skirt came next, which is tooling leather I skived down.

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After being dyed I (temporarily) stuck it all together with a couple of headpins. I am SO glad I had the sense to punch holes in the tree before covering it with anything.

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I think I’ll tackle the flaps next. Wish me luck? o_o

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