Magic

Sometimes, when the magic happens, you make something so beautiful that it makes you happy just to look at it. That’s where I am with this boot top.
Ignore the big flowers. They haven’t been stitched yet so they still look BLAH.
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Boot tops

Three sets of boot tops lined up and waiting to be stitched. Considering the fact that I didn’t get back into the shop until after five today, it may take me a while.

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Beading versus piping

Fabric wrapped around a cord is called piping; leather wrapped around a cord is called beading. I’ve put handmade beading at the tops of these boots. I like to use a delicate little cord and finely skive the leather, because if the beading is too fat it looks like a big ol’ worm crawling on the top of the boots.

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Visitors

I had visitors this week–Eric, a shoemaker, and his wife Joanna. They fixed me dinner, brought me birthday cake, and Eric learned inlay/overlay and made a Matisse-inspired pillow.

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Skiving

Skiving… that’s what comes next.
I sometimes like to pretend that it’s a bore, but honestly I enjoy a long quiet day of skiving.
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Last build-ups

Don’t forget to slice through the leather build-up at the cone or hinge. I know someone… wide-eyed innocent look… who’s forgotten before.

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Small comfort

It has been a genuinely frustrating week. Oh well, at least these are boot tops are pretty.

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