I believe my boots are almost done, but we’re behind on the photographs. All will be revealed! The boots are by Lee Miller of Austin, Texas, and the photos and captions (indented) by Carrlyn Miller. I have no idea how anyone manages to stitch in such intricate ways!
Here we are going to begin to stitch around the name.
At this time we’ll also sew the linings to the back of the tops.
On the right side, you can see that the name has been stitched on the outside with blue, and the “stitch in the ditch” in rust, blue around the rose, with the detail and again the “stitch in the ditch” on the stem and leaves of the rose. The left side name only has the blue outline of the name.
Here is a better view of the stitching around the rose.
Charlotte is trimming the excess lining from the top panels.
Here’s one panel done and ready to start the fancy stitching. [JAC: All the stitching is fancy, of course, but Carrlyn’s referring to the decorative stitching on the shafts.]
Here Lee has started stitching. One row at a time.
One panel is done! [JAC: the clefts are at the front and back of the boots, with the panels sewn together at the sides. Thus the names will be mirror images of each other along the sides, forming two divergent curves that touch in the middle. This style, in which a name is turned into art, was pioneered by Charlie Dunn, with whom Lee apprenticed. The pinched yellow roses in leather, whose construction is a trade secret, also came from Dunn. Note that there are 4 rows of “fancy stitching,” all perfectly lined up, and all done by hand on a single-needle sewing machine.]
Now he burns off the thread ends.
And Lee uses this particular hammer to press them down.