Hard-fought battle

A pair of boots on the last: The first one fought back so hard that I had to take several breaks between attempts while I gave myself “pep talks” that mostly consisted of me telling myself that I sucked and no longer deserved to call myself a boot maker. The second one jumped right onto the last and is sitting there looking smug.

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Red boots

I put these red boots on the lasts this morning.

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Side seams

Today I’m happy for side seams that are done, and side seams that match.

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Matching philosophy

Usually I match the side welt (the leather strip going down the side of the boot) to the vamp leather. If I can’t match the vamp leather exactly I go the opposite way and match the boot top leather. I prefer a deliberate contrast to an almost-match.

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Eureka Springs School of the Arts

If you’ve been wanting to take a class with me, now is your chance. This is the only class I’ll be teaching this year and there are only two spaces left.
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Hidden things

The inside of the boots will be pretty too.

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New stitched boot tops

I finished another pair of boot tops today and now I can begin putting boots together. The pulls aren’t finished because I just glued them to the lining a few minutes ago. The fastest way to make your machine grumpy is to try sewing through wet glue.

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