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a small stitched blue suede leather moon, synthetic interface and papier maché mold formed over the old Starry Container, one of my first glass engravings on slumped glass from back in 1987
glued down & drying under the weight of the lid of the Starry Container, the acrylic interface was invisibly basted to prevent the paste from damaging the surface of the suede
there was some leakage…  next time I will use a 50:50 mix of starch paste and PVA more sparingly, this was straight acid free PVA brushed on with enthusiasm at 3am, worth a try
the big papier maché moon needs trimming, a few more layers of paper & then sanding before pasting down Once in a Blue Moon
I learned a lot, this is going to work but need to get some more starch paste, it extends the working time of the PVA and is kinder to the materials and my hands
going to Birdsall Leathercraft in Botany on Wednesday to buy a 50m roll of 1.5mm black round leather cord for the dark side of the moon & will have a chat to them about what is the best glue to use for pasting suede

Once in a Blue Moon Mo 17
27cm D moon stitched with vintage Cintax mercerized sewing cotton on vintage blue suede from the 80’s
stitching detail
today I will have a go at making a papier mache mold in my iron wok to dome the leather & Old Man Crow (who is much better at mathematics than I am) worked out I will need 38 metres of 1.5 mm of round black leather cord or 57metres of 1mm round black leather cord to stitch a spiral basket form for the dark side of the moon
enjoy the Solstice wherever you are
Magic Days!

Once in a Blue Moon in process week 3 & 1/2 Mo17
stitching is helping me find some sort of sense of sanity in amongst all the lunacy…
this is a very strange year for our beautiful broken world

Once in a Blue Moon week 2 slow stitching lunacy Mo17
getting into the details one stitch at a time
the surface of the leather marked with the pyrography tool
the other side
am learning to use a thimble to avoid getting blood on the thread… I cut this bit out

the beginnings of a Blue Moon in that electric blue leather
a photo of the moon with the contrast increased by 70% to emphasize the details
details traced onto drafting film
tried stitching through the drafting film but the result was not good, couldn’t see what I was stitching so I went into town to get some white dressmaker’s carbon which didn’t work at all on suede (should have read the instructions…)
used a pyrography tool to burn the image into the leather
getting to know the surface of the moon
detail of the rough stitching made through the drafting film in contrast to the surface detail made with the pyrography tool
ready to start stitching for real
detail of fine stitching on the edge
this may take quite some time…
the concept was inspired by Judy Martin’s fabulous Ito Moon
I was sort of hoping to loosen up my mark making by scaling up but the marks are as small & detailed as ever…
here’s some sketches
that sea urchin/pod form on the right is simmering on the back burner, thinking  it could be quite large and made out of this blue leather too…
love the thought of a retractable ladder like Rapunzel

making my feet feel happy

Posted: May 18, 2017 by Mo Crow in It's Crow Time
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it’s getting chilly here in the Land Down Under, my best slippers disintegrated last winter after 15 years of good wearing, had looked everywhere for a new pair but couldn’t find anything I liked so decided to have a go at making a pair
back in the late 70’s I made crocheted dancing shoes for friends & was amazed that my hands remembered how to crochet to bind the edge in silver Perle cotton. Nearly threw in the towel when the heels were way too short before adding the heel extensions and binding the edge in electric blue leather
if I do this again I would cut the heels and edging at the same time rather than guessing!
the finished pair, as they wear out I will patch each hole with more of the blue leather
happy feet !
felted grey cardigan, electric blue suede, sole leather, 1.5mm round leather lacing, vintage Klippans grey linen thread, DMC silver cotton Perle no 8,  blue Gütermann upholstery thread
PS design inspired by this pair of slippers  after an epic fail at making a pair of moccasins last weekend
see that little cut on the top left hand edge? there were two cuts to form the heel which were supposed to be in line with the opening… what was I thinking? also discovered that stitching leather with a contrasting thread colour is a job for the experts. I need to mark the stitching holes very precisely when working with leather, I know this from bookbinding but didn’t do it… on top of all that the cat scratched leather was too thin for the job and the whole thing went very wonky
a good lesson learned and made me appreciate all the work involved in making a pair of shoes that fit and look good!

Book  of Honesty Mo17
27cm H x 22cm W x 2cm D
bradel binding, relief sculpted spine, Moulin de Larroque handmade watercolour paper over boards
illustrations graphite and ink on Moulin de Larroque handmade watercolour paper, stitched Lunaria pods
this book has given me so much…