Saturday, October 2, 2010

Fall flower

Here she is dear folk, my first belt. A labor of love for sure, but also determination. Mostly against the fact that I don't have the right tools to set snaps myself right now, which nearly put a damper on a small section of excitement. But luckily I got through that, and if I may say so myself, quite cleverly too!

She's a peachy thing, a delicate strength. I kept the imperfections in the leather when I was planning this belt out (if you'd call pretty holes and tears that). I kept them because they presented a bit of a design challenge, and tons of interest.

I said I planned this belt out.

That may be an overstatement. I redrew the flower over and over, but that's where it stopped. And that only happened because I got a lucky, sudden wind of perfectionism. I kept trying on the leather as I cut it. I probably
should've made a template. I probably should have practiced painting the flower on scrap leather first. Probably should've is boring.
I like -no- absolutely adore to the tippy top that I can work so intuitively with leather. Knitting takes a lot of planning some days. There's gauge, fit, stitches, patterns, cables... Lots has to be planned out. I prefer to fly by the seat of my pants. Leather kindly allows this raucous behavior.

There will be a second belt soon, and more cuffs, all with the same guitar strap woven closures. I adore this solution, and am happy that it has come to satisfaction so quickly. Happy October to you all, may your pumpkins be orange and your beer pumpkin flavored.