I’m actually making a halter! All by myself, and it feels awesome and very, very painful at the same time, haha. We had our leatherwork-workshop with Linda yesterday, and Siri, Ellen, Lisa, Linn and I got to learn some great techniques for working with leather.
We started with half a dead cow, and cut out the leather straps manually, colored them, used a hundred different kinds of tools to make the leather straps look a bit more like an actual halter, and then we started sewing our very first halters!
The fun part was everything we did before we had to make holes for the needle and thread. Believe me, making a thousand tiny holes in a leather strap is NO EASY TASK. It was way harder than I could ever imagine and gosh, I have so much respect for those who make horse tack by hand. It is time consuming, difficult and requires lot of knowledge, patience, tools and skills!
I have some issues with my shoulders, and did simply not manage to get through the leather at all. I had come so far and suddenly everything seemed completely hopeless. But then Linda let me borrow her salmakerkrakk, which made everything a bit easier. Great tools and a correct working position is key, and even the weak Matilde with shoulder pain managed to make the neck-piece of the halter ready for sewing! I’m hoping I will be able to finish my halter in July, and will start with a couple of cordeos and a Viking belt too. Leatherwork is indeed a lot of fun when you manage to get it right!
Most of Batman’s tack is hand made by Ronja Overgaard, known as Fairytales and Campfires on Instagram, and I appreciate the tack so much. It is something very special about it. It means so much to look at it, and know that it was made with love! I will soon make a blog post about the tack Ronja designed for Batman. ❤
Hopefully he will look great with my halter too, and I can make some cool things in leather as a hobby. Maybe it will keep me away from the internet for a few hours, haha! With a goal of one halter and three cordeos, I’m busy for the rest of the year I guess …
Thank you so much Lisa, Linn, Ellen, Siri & Linda for another great day!
Peace, love and Friesian hugs,
Batman & Matilde