Narrow Streamlined Square Toe

I’m very pleased with the toe on these.

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After stitching

Inlay always looks better when it’s stitched.

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Rebellion

I wanted these shoes to be brown but they insisted upon being black, which is funny because usually when I try to design anything black it insists upon being brown. Sheesh. You bring something to life and the first thing it does is start talking back.

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Lasting

I got these boots on the last this morning. The lighter patches on the foot are the actual leather color; cowboy boots are wet-lasted and so the darker color simply indicates that the leather is still wet. I wet the leather thoroughly before putting the boots on the last because the leather in a cowboy boot heel is very thick, and also the foot part has no seams to make it somewhat shaped like the last before lasting. The shape of a cowboy boot foot depends entirely on how well it’s molded around the last and how that last is shaped.

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Memories and Design

This design and these colors are making me happy.I got the design from my mentor Jay Griffith, a grumpy old alcoholic who could frequently be heard screaming G*DAMMIT but who also had a talent for delicate and elegant florals. I try to always emulate him when I draw something new. (The drawing part, not the screaming or the vodka part.) I was incredibly lucky to have known and learned from him.

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2022 Cowboy Boot Calendar

My 2022 Cowboy Boot Calendars have arrived and are available for purchase!

Link to website

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Singer 110W

I started having problems with the bobbin thread and finally decided to take the whole bobbin/shuttle apart and clean it. It was so filthy in there that it required more than cleaning; I had to apologize abjectly and sincerely to my baby. I assumed she’d retaliate for being treated so poorly by going out of time or spitting out the Tiny Screw That’s Impossible To Find If You Drop It, but she went right back together and is stitching beautifully now.

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2022 Calendar

I’m working on my 2022 calendar and here’s a sneak peek at one of the months.

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Take two (or maybe it’s three)

File this under “Terrifying Things Occasionally Spotted On Lisa’s Workbench.” I wasn’t happy with Ira and Charlie’s faces so I ripped them off and am trying again.

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Confession

Confession time:I hate my Louvin Brothers shoes. Satan is standing at an odd angle and Charlie and Ira have demented expressions. I’ve decided to make them again, only better! I’d originally planned to just tweak the design and not mention I was re-making them so all of you would continue to believe I’m perfect. Instead I will generously allow you to follow along as I see what mistakes I can make this time. Plus, I decided to add flames so it’s going to be obvious it’s a different pair. I can’t promise Charlie and Ira’s faces will improve much. It is truly difficult to achieve light and shadow and expression at this scale on a single needle, non-computerized, hand-guided vintage sewing machine with the original clutch motor. One of them will probably still have this expression: 🥴

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