Thursday, February 16, 2017
TSII #456: The Corona
In a burst of bravery, I invented the name LoMoTackMo: Local Model Tackmaking Month. In truth every month around here is Tackmaking Month. But I so wanted to be doing SOMETHING along with all of you painters...
Here is Rachel:
A fantastic time was had by all.
The night before the Rachel visit, I had invented a needle threader for my punch needle. Previous to this, I accomplished every change of color while making a Corona blanket by unscrewing the plastic barrel and hand-threading the metal shank, then re-assembling the entire tool. Crazy!!?? I have made 5 corona blankets like that!! Anyway... swallowing hard at my stubbornness... I asked Dad for some fine wire, and with a little fiddling and some 30-gauge, I came up with this.
This shot, taken after I got back home (Feb 10), shows the beginnings of some problems. The fabric I'm using, two-sided fleece, is very stretchy. As small as my hoop is (gotten at Jo Ann Fabs, the smallest hoop I've ever found), its 2 1/2 inches still provide a wide opportunity to stretch out the fleece. That very stretching makes dense, overly-tight stitching all the more possible. Thus my Corona tends to hump up and curl when released from tension. My desire to double-punch, as instructed by the artist who taught me (thanks Melody!), is creating great bulk. See the wrinkle starting at the withers?
Here is our cover picture, taken a few days earlier, of the upper side. There will be several steps still to go after the punching (looping) is all done.
In the midst of my sorrows, I've invented another new trick: shaving off the fleece in just the track I will be stitching. It makes it much easier to see the weave of the fleece, and it prevents the fleece from gumming up the stitching quite so much. After 37 years of making tack, I can still invent new tricks!!!!
It appears I can make progress on other parts of the saddle this month, so thanks to Jennifer all over again. I've had a grand time sharing all this. I hope it might be useful to future tackmakers.