I don't know if this Of interest... or not, but it seems like a good place to put it.
I just returned from spending the last five days in Phoenix AZ. at a Western festival. I had a booth there and was set up to demonstrate.
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Boy that was some work to set up. But it worked really well! I had recently bought the 29-4 Patcher. Beautiful scroll work still plain to see. It got comments all weekend.
But though it was a patcher, being treadle operated, I thought I'd see how a pair of boots would look made on one. So Wednesday I cut out parts, and skived and assembled them. On Thursday, I spent the day sittin' there just a treadlin' away.
Not bad. Not good, of course, but people said that old thing about how it shows it's hand made (as if that's a concellation). My 31-15 is way better, of course, and actually it's mounted on a treadle table. It just needs a wheel and axel, and it'd be ready for remote operation also.
But the patcher hung up a bit in a couple of places, and there was a woog when the stitch line should have wagged. But only in a couple of places. The stitch pattern was a modification of an old Olathe pattern with a single line of stitches. So I thought I could get away with a size 69 thread. This is gray thread on black calf.
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Thursday night I stopped at my shop and side seamed them. The next morning, Friday I soaked them before I left for the show and had them lasted by the end of the day. Saturday, I wiped the heel and set up my toe boxes, and then yesterday I shaped them. And that's where I ran out of time. I was ready.
I did more talking yesterday than the others, but there was really not as big a crowd as one would like to see at these affairs, but it was pretty hot, about 100 degrees. So that probably kept a few sensible folks away.
These were made on a JV size 3 last, and to be honest, I'm not sure the last will come out. I know, we'll see. The throat just looks so small on these. I didn't get them treed as much as I'd like, so maybe it's just a visual.
But a real fun experience after all was said on done. People asked me who I was making them for. Nobody really, and size 3 will be like looking for Cinderella to sell them too later. but my little Gracie Beth (1st grand child) will pass through this size in a few years. Maybe she'll like 'em.
I'll bring them to the AGM.
Back to practicin'.