This week, Ellen, Siri, Lisa, Linn and I drove to Skinnlaaven just outside of Hønefoss (Chicken falls), on an important mission; to get all the equipment and materials needed to learn how to sew a leather halter!
I did so much handiwork when I was a child. I sew, knitted, did weaving, painted, drew, worked with clay, pearls and all sort of things ALL THE TIME. Until I one day discovered the Internet. All my creative stuff were suddenly made in Windows Paint, Gimp and Photoshop, or written in code.
But right now I’m a little bit too much on the Internet, so I decided to try to learn how to work with leather.
And to work with leather you need the following:
– half a fortune
– a dead cow
– someone to teach you how to use the tools you spend the fortune on
My biggest concern when it comes to this project is the fact that I have heard it is very hard work. Leather is a though material to work with, and after studying some of my tack, I starts to realize how many stitches you need for one single halter! But it can simply not be as hard as going buckle-shopping, because that was truly exhausting. I walked around the store looking for a brass ring similar to one I already had found for over 30 minutes and could simply not find it no matter how hard I tried. One more round, and one more, and one more, no brass ring to be found! My brain was exhausted afterwards and my feet sore. So compared to the shopping-part of this, the sewing can’t be that bad.
Next weekend, we will drive our horses and dead cows to Ellen’s farm and ride, do mounted archery, dressage, trick training and leatherwork! My goal for the summer is to make a brown halter for Batman, a viking belt and some leading ropes to my other halters, and hopefully I will learn how to start on Sunday. (Plan B: If everythings goes to hell, I’ll send the cow to Ronja instead and let the professionals take care of it)
To be continued …
Peace, love and Friesian hugs,
Batman & Matilde