Now I can go home

Sewing the vamps and counters (foot part) onto a 17″ tall one-piece boot top with a 12″ heel measurement isn’t exactly a barrel of fun, but it’s done!

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Second time around

If you feel as if you’ve seen these boot tops before–you have. The bad news is that I was never able to successfully get the first pair to fit, the good news is that the client is incredibly patient and has allowed me the space to learn so much from this experience. Most boot makers have a patterning system that they’ve learned from their mentor or developed on their own, and once you get a patterning system in place you rarely change it. I had to completely relearn patterning a boot top for this client, which was an amazing opportunity to evaluate why my patterns didn’t work for her and why another pattern system would. Once I got past the stress and the disappointment, I’ve enjoyed figuring this out.
I wasn’t really looking forward to stitching these boot tops again. The boots are 17″ tall and it’s a one-piece boot top, so it’s a large piece of leather and it doesn’t fit easily through the machine. No matter how I fold it, I end up making a turn that jams it into the machine again and prevents me from sewing smoothly. The flowers in the cream-colored top band are the worst because the stitching is concentrated on the top and that leaves me with a mass of leather to move back and forth. To make it easier on this pair, I stitched two rows (Brown and Teal) before I attached the top band to the boot top. Then I glued the top band in place and stitched the final row of Harvest Gold. That’s why from the front there are three visible rows of stitching and from the back side, on the lining, there’s only one row around the leaves and flowers.
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Philosophy and chocolate

Last week a customer sent me a beautiful box of chocolates. I have a regrettable tendency to save things for an unspecified special occasion, and sometimes that leads to not having it at all because I forget or it goes bad or it gets lost or something. Today I took a good hard look at both my life and the state of the world, smacked myself for having a smidgen of optimism for better times, and decided to eat the chocolate. Today, right this minute, is a special occasion and a good time.

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Sweet surprise

Some days begin with a box of chocolates and a sweet note from a customer.

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Leather Art

I posted a snippet of this piece a few days ago as a teaser, and here is the completed piece. It’s approximately 250 rows of stitching, if you’re interested, and it’s titled “Everybody Wants To Go To Heaven.”

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Wondering

Sneak peek at a new project. If you find yourself confused and wondering what I’m doing and what the final project will look like… me too!

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Me in a sketch

I gave my presentation today at the Craft in America Center in Los Angeles. Mr. Gregory Weir-Quiton was in the audience and he sketched me as I was speaking. I love it!

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