The recent six months have been a pause from actual doing, since I've still not got any shop to pursue my shoemaking passions in. Hence, I was joking with my colleagues: "Otso makes shoes only online, not for real". Well, if this blog is an extension of my persona in some weird way, the joke is actually not very far from the truth :)
Less conversation, more action.
|Since the waist isn't going to be stitched, I decided to try and see how a pegged waist would look, as they're more or less done in authentic western boots.|
|I decided to give this special decorative stitchmarker a try. It's called a 'fudge wheel' in London and a 'roulette' in some other place. In the end I flunked the use of this, I really need someone to tell me how it's done properly.|
|Well, it didn't go all too well. Either I cut too deep or made cuts to the surface. Lucky me for modern contact cements. Lucky me for not doing this a hundred years ago, my master would've made me immobile.|
|Well, it's something. Not a properly cut channel, but something. Something nasty.|
Should I be telling you all this?
Shouldn't I just show myself in the light of a perfect shoemaker and call myself a master?
|Whew! All done.|
I decided to dye the stitches black after this. That's how great they looked.
|After sewing, I closed the channel with contact cement. My favourite cement right now is Renia's Ortec. Wonderful stuff, if you happen to like such things.|
|After drying out, I gently skived the soles with a piece of glass to remove any marks made by previous handling.|
|After sanding the edges, I applied some water with a sponge and some high Ph soap (Ph above 7).|
|The moist edge pressed with a heated tool, and the nice stitchmarks from the fudgewheel are carelessly removed by using an improper tool for the job. Nice going. Well, I didn't have much to go with at the time.|
|"Yeah, as long as it shine's we're all good."|