Monthly Archives: April 2014

Lasted boots

One boot is always harder to last than the other. I’m tired and running late so I promised myself that the second one would be the easy one and…it was!

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Preparing to last

I’m preparing to last the oak leaf boots. I like the way I can control where the water goes when I spray the boots, and I like the way I can get the counter soft and pliable when I soak … Continue reading

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Oak leaf boots

I sewed the side seams yesterday and turned them this morning. They’re beginning to look like boots!

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Reinforcing and crimping vamps

One set of red alligator vamps is on the crimp boards. The brown leather is kangaroo lining and it’s cemented to the red alligator. This is how I reinforce a delicate leather; I only reinforce the tongue area and edges. … Continue reading

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Red alligator boot ideas

My new red alligator boots were SUPPOSED to have black tops but they keep changing to brown, or beige, or bone in my imagination. I may just have to get over my obsession with matching and wear black leggings with … Continue reading

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Fitted last

I just finished fitting the last for the oak leaf boots. I would say “successfully finished fitting the last” but really there’s no way to know that until I make the entire boot and he tries it on.

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Fashion Connection: Engaging Creative Entrepreneurship Last week I was part of a panel discussion at Oklahoma State University. Hosted by Dr. Mary Rupert-Stroescu, it was a discussion with successful entrepreneurs talking about their experience in the fashion industry. The program … Continue reading

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Boots for Lisa!

As a small person it’s frustrating to never be quite tall enough to reach things and maddening to be underestimated because I’m short. On the other hand, it’s very nice to be able to make myself new red alligator boots … Continue reading

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Advice from a Singer manual

I stitch all of my boot tops on an old Singer from the 1940s. I’m really glad I finished the oak leaf boot tops last week because I’m not in the mood to wear lipstick to the shop today.

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Western Heritage Awards

Dale and I went to the party for the Western Heritage Awards last night at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum. I met someone who follows me and he asked me to autograph a deck of playing cards. I … Continue reading

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