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Patterned Bell Boots

Recently I made a few more patterns for custom fabric, and thought it would be possible to shrink them down for bell boots. I’m really happy that it worked!

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The boots have been in pieces all week, and I literally had to force myself to sit down and finish them today. I’ve been so distracted with other things and ideas and…

Anyway, here they all are:

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Pink Leopard and Leopard:

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Zebra and tie-dye:

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Green and pink camo:

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Rainbow stars and blue/white stars:

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And flames!

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I’ve been wanting to make a flame pattern for a while now so I’m happy this one worked ok. I’m definitely planning on getting the new patterns printed for saddle pads, because I have a thing for matchy-matchy sets on horses. 😄

For example…

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I still haven’t made this poor pad wear leathers, aghhhh

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These particular boots are not for sale as they were tests, but I’m happy with them so I’ll be making more in the future.

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SMB by Rachel Fail

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Jingle Jingle Jingle

My horses were in need of some bells.

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I wish I could find smaller jingle bells but these will have to do for now. If I ever make another set, I think I’ll try attaching them a different way.

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But they’re still fun and festive and make a light jingly sound whenever I touch them. 😀

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Old Stablemate Tack

While attempting to organize some of my boxes of miniatures, I came across a bunch of old SM tack I made years ago. Aside from my customs, my remaining SM herd is all boxed up, so I thought it would be fun to get them out and play dress up. 🙂

When I first started collecting, I would go through the Breyer box catalogs and attempt to re-create the tack and props I saw pictured for my Stablemates. At the time being able to afford a traditional scale Breyer and all the accessories to go with it was pretty much a dream, so it only made sense to try and make it all myself. This was before I discovered the hobby existed online… once that happened I was completely hooked. 😛

Up first, a lovely show cooler, probably based off of this one. I didn’t have any plaid or even solid colored fabric so I had to settle with the flowers. I think I may have some more stashed away somewhere…

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This is supposedly a bosal bridle, made from embroidery floss and a big old plastic bead.

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Here’s a simple felt bareback pad…

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And an English saddle, also made from felt and complete with paperclip stirrups!

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I also made tons of little props. I can remember a grooming box with micro-sized brushes, ground poles, multiple jumps, and a cavaletti set off the top of my head. Sadly, all that’s left now is a couple of feed bags:

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Several years later I tried making SM tack again, armed with a little more knowledge this time.

Here’s a second bareback pad, also made from felt but stitched together.

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I attempted to make another English saddle:

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As well as a western one. It used to have a horn and a girth…

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I also started an Arabian costume, but never finished it.

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In 2008-ish I made a harness:

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I didn’t want to even attempt to put this back together, so here’s a picture of it I dug up from an old post:

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It’s fun to revisit these old pieces, and even though part of me is tempted to try making more mini tack, I think I’ll stick with the larger stuff for now. 😄

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