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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Organizing

Today I finally got tired of the jumble of rulers on the back of my bench, digging through them to find the one I wanted, and I wanted to organize the templates hanging on the back of my bench also. I have two heavy plastic cutting boards on top of my bench, so I lifted them off, decided where I wanted to place each ruler and template, cut thin strips of heavy leather to use as spacers/stops, hot-glued the leather into place, and laid my cutting boards back down on the leather strips that now form neat little cubbyholes for each item.

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