Sorry for the lack of posts all month. 😦 I’ve been sick and not feeling motivated to get anything done.
Today I managed to get one thing done though, or rather, mostly done.
Once my supply order arrived I started to put together the rest of the saddle. The flaps were sewn together, the seat attached, and stirrup leathers added.
All that was left was to make the panels, which, as I expected, gave me loads of trouble. In the end I managed to come up with something decent, and even though I’m not 100% happy with them yet, I think they’re good enough for now.
I think I can say that this saddle is finished, hooray! Yes, it still needs a girth and a bridle to go with it, but those are projects I’ll tackle later.
It’s got some problems… I really messed up the placement of the D rings and the right side has something really “off” looking about it.
I am really critical of my own work though, so what may be major eyesores for me are probably (hopefully?) not as visible to anyone else.
Still, I welcome constructive criticism. 🙂
Here’s a quick shot of it on my Salinero model:
I made the pad to go with it earlier this month. I used a much smaller diamond pattern then usual, and I like the look, even though it takes a lot longer to create. I also tried to use a narrower bias binding around the edges, but that needs some more refining.
I thought I would compare it to my previous saddle:
Yay for progress!