Macrame mania

This weekend was spent trying out some new macrame designs. I made some with spiralling knots, some with different kinds of beads, and even one multicolored one! 

These will all be turned into halters in the next few days. All of them will be for sale except the black one with the clear beads (that’s a commission). 

In other news, a new Arabian model horse will arrive tomorrow…can you guess which one? 


How to Macrame

Yesterday when I was finishing up a halter commission, I thought it would be fun to give you a kind of “sneak peek” how I make macrame halters. This is not a tutorial (although I do intend to make one about macrame halters one day), but it does explain some basic stuff I do when I’m macrame-ing 🙂 

I started out with some black embroidery thread and some clear beads. For this halter I only used the so-called square knot of macrame. I also use this knot to secure beads into the pattern. When I start a halter, I always knot a short length with just the square knot – that will be the bit that holds the jumprings for the noseband (of nose chain). Only after I’ve done that, I start knotting in beads.

Short length of knots before beading starts

As you might have noticed, I like to attach the thread to a large needle, and tape that to the table. You can also pin the tread on a board.

Next I’ll show you how I add in beads:

I have 3 strands: 2 very long ones that I use to make knots with, and 1 thick shorter strand to add beads on. I take a bead and thread it onto the thick strand.

Then I slide the bead all the way up to where it is supposed to go. Notice that the long strands on the side are not used yet.

I then take the longer strands and make the first half of a square knot around the bead. I pull the knot tight against the bead and do the other half of the square knot.

Here is the knot pulled tight.

I then continue on to knot until I reach the bit that goes over the top of the horse’s head (the crown piece if you like). I generally leave that unbeaded. When I reach the other side of the horse’s head I continue beading until the strap is symmetrical. Later I add the jumprings that will hold the noseband and the chain that goes under the chin. 

So, this is a small insight into making macrame halters. If you’d like to learn some macrame knots, this website is a great help! 

Back to tack

Before the Akmar Tribute show, I took some time to finish this commissioned halter. It’s an authentic native style halter, replicated from a picture of a real halter. It features brushed tassels with a silk look, handmade cowrie decorations, a silver chain with coins, and a detachable throatlatch.

This appears to be the only decent picture I have of it. I will take some better ones tomorrow and upload them to this post 🙂

Live show rescue horse

I didn’t leave the Akmar Tribute show empty handed… 

This guy was sitting on the sales table for a while, when my boyfriend (who accompanied my to the show) spotted him. He knows I love a good project and a challenge, so he picked the horse up and gave it to me. I gladly took him home and stripped him of any remaining paint. I was planning to do a simple custom on him, but then this happened…

He is now ‘loping’ (a slow canter). He has a long way to go, but we’re getting there. Eventually I will resculpt most of his head, mane, tail, hindquarters and his left elbow/shoulder. The inspiration for this custom came from this real horse:

I also decided to let my boyfriend name him. This horse shall now be known as Diesel Black Gold, or just Diesel. If he turns out well I might just have to get a nice tack set for him for future shows…

Akmar Tribute Live – Halter

In my last post I covered the performance division of Akmar Tribute Live. Now it’s time to look at all those gorgeous halter horses!

The day started with OF Breed (which I largely missed because I was too busy admiring other people’s collections). 

I didn’t have many horses in this section (3 I believe?) so this was the perfect time for me to take some photos of others’ tables:

After the (for me) pretty relaxed Performance division and OF Breed section, I had some more horses to enter in AR Breed. 

For some reason I kept forgetting to photograph my own horses (d’oh!). But mine did pretty well their first time out. My customized chestnut Rasam resin took second place in the (quite competitive) Arabian class. And my black Mindy resin took second in Gaited, even when she was up against a few full-sized Independence resins. 

Next up was the CM Breed section (which I mostly forgot to photograph again):

The last division of the day was Workmanship, which included OF, AR and CM. For some reason I managed to photograph my winners in that division, but didn’t take any other photos (probably because I was already packing some of my horses).

My OF Matrix took 1st in OF Workmanship Appaloosa, and was then chosen as Reserve to Reserve Champion of the OF Workmanship section. The same goes for my Mindy resin, which took Reserve to Reserve in AR Workmanship. And my custom etched Silver was named Champion of CM Workmanship. The biggest surprise came when he was also crowned Overall Champ of Workmanship! Needless to say I’m super proud 🙂 

So all in all, this show was a great experience, and I can’t wait to attend the next one! 

Preparing for my first live show

The lack of posts in the last month is due to an exciting event coming up – my first live show! As some of you might know, the Netherlands do not have very many live shows because there aren’t as many hobbyists around as in the USA for example. So it’s a little harder to find a show that’s close enough to go to.
But I have finally found a show close to me (less than an hour away) on the 19th of November that I can actually attend!

Of course there are many things I have to do before the show, including finishing some customs, restoring some horses to LSQ state, and making some tack to show/sell. And then there is the seemingly endless amount of paperwork I had to prepare for the show!

 This red binder has been the focus of my attention the last few weeks. It contains all the files I need for the show, including a class list…

A comprehensive list of all the horses I want to show and the classes they go in…

And finally a seperate list/sheet for each horse that lists the shows, classes and placings they have earned. 

I put the seperate sheets into plastic sleeves (2 horses per sleeve). I can also put any documentation, tags and potential ribbons into the sleeves. Super handy! I hope this system will make my first showing experience a little less hectic 🙂 

Of course I’ll try to keep this blog up to date as the show date comes closer. And expect many pictures of the show afterwards!