Tuesday, July 28, 2015
Fancy II: Headstall
Having said that, once more I am amazed at how much is here.
These pictures show a "holder" bosal, a plain sinew one (that was used for the Guide). It is NOT the one Fancy's Hackamore winds up with, nor is it anything like the original 2005 one. That bosal will be the subject of the last post in the series. So hang on! This chapter is all about the headstall.
Basically it is 4 heavy threads tied in two Crowns and a Wall: Undercrown, Overcrown, Wall. The threads are fed through 2 small needle-chiseled slits about 5mm apart.
Now we bound ahead, to the decoration of the headstall. Fancy's design was unique, even though I'd been doing flat braiding since 1995.
No pictures were taken of me setting the silver beads. The lace is split in place, with a needle chisel, and the beads are set on one by one. They are opened by mashing them end-down on the blunt awl, then closed with the needlenose pliers. Careful work is needed to smoothe down any raised edges, so as not to scratch, and to set the edges on the inside, where they don't show. As I was setting them, 10-year-old memories arose, telling me to cut and file some of them smaller (the round beads), to fit the smaller gauge of leather. These silver beads were obtained at the Gem Show in Tucson, as necklace makings. Their origin is overseas.
The idea of using Hill Tribes Silver miniature beads in parallel rows would be used again in 2007, with Jennifer Buxton's Green Braided Set:
On to the browband tassels.
The interweave rings are put on in turquoise heavy thread, using a blunt needle.
In other news: BreyerFest was a whopping success!! Thank you Erin: it's a fabulous saddle and I love it!! Thank you Heather, Ann and Eleanor: every minute was wonderful. Thank you Heather Malone for the BHR Buffalo; now I'm gonna have to post something on him. He brings my Buffalo Conga up to 10. And I finally sold my Matinee Idol, featured on this blog (August 2014). Kudos to all the newcomers - may your horses bring you great joy!
My Quelle Surprise was the matte Appy. I would trade him for a glossy Appy, if there are any out there willing. I had originally wanted the Perlino but find myself changing my mind as the Appy grows on me. My Ganache is up for trade for a Haute Couture. Perhaps I can come up with something extra to make this deal more attractive.
Thanks to everyone for offering on Fancy's Hackamore! and to those patiently waiting, still, for me to finish the last 2 Lottery winners...