Posts Tagged ‘english’

It’s nice to be starting sewing projects again. Aside from work, I haven’t been doing much sewing. I’m still having foot problems and operating a foot pedal can be really painful. Luckily things have gotten a bit better, so I’ve been working on my English saddle pads.

I’m always looking for ways to improve, so for these I went with smaller quilting, smaller binding and a small/pony sized pattern.

What I’m most pleased about is the underside.

My old pads aren’t awful but the bottom/exposed thread has always bothered me. I’m glad I was able to come up with a solution.

The only downside is that these aren’t as soft and flexible as my older ones, but they do keep their shape well.

On Gem Twist:

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It feels good to be sewing model horse stuff again though. I have plenty of ideas for more… I just need to find the time! 🙂

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Mostly Done

Sorry for the lack of posts all month. 😦 I’ve been sick and not feeling motivated to get anything done.

Today I managed to get one thing done though, or rather, mostly done.

Once my supply order arrived I started to put together the rest of the saddle. The flaps were sewn together, the seat attached, and stirrup leathers added.

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All that was left was to make the panels, which, as I expected, gave me loads of trouble. In the end I managed to come up with something decent, and even though I’m not 100% happy with them yet, I think they’re good enough for now.

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I think I can say that this saddle is finished, hooray! Yes, it still needs a girth and a bridle to go with it, but those are projects I’ll tackle later.

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It’s got some problems… I really messed up the placement of the D rings and the right side has something really “off” looking about it.

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I am really critical of my own work though, so what may be major eyesores for me are probably (hopefully?) not as visible to anyone else.

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Still, I welcome constructive criticism. 🙂

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Here’s a quick shot of it on my Salinero model:

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I made the pad to go with it earlier this month. I used a much smaller diamond pattern then usual, and I like the look, even though it takes a lot longer to create. I also tried to use a narrower bias binding around the edges, but that needs some more refining.

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I thought I would compare it to my previous saddle:

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Yay for progress!

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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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