My boots, under construction by Lee Miller in Austin, Texas, are coming along nicely. Today we see how the panels are fastened to both the vamp (the foot part) and the counters (the heel part), as well as how the panels are sewn together in pairs. Beyond the soles and insoles, there are basically four pieces of leather on the outside of each boot: the shaft (two parts, sewn together on the sides), the vamp, and the counters.
But there’s still a ways to go after this post: the toe boxes have to be made, giving the square toe, these must then be fastened to the vamps, and then the whole top must be put back over the last (the mold of my foot) so that the insole, outsole, and heel can be fastened to the boot. This is a complex operation, as you’ll see.
The captions and photos are, as always, by Carrlyn Miller, and are indented:
All four panels are done and now it’s time to put the vamps on.
But, first we need to stitch the toe flower on.
Here you see the vamps, the hard counters and the pattern for the toe flower (upper right).
Lee stitching the toe flower.
The underside of the vamp with the toe flower sewn on.
Now it’s time to attach the hard counters.
The hard counters are on, cemented and drying.
Ready to put the kangaroo counter on the hard counter.
Lee applying the kangaroo to the hard counter.
Time to sew everything on.
The counters are sewn on the back panels.
The vamps are sewn onto the front panels and are now ready to be side seamed.
The boots have been side seamed and are now ready to have the pull straps attached.
Lee sewing the pull straps.
Again, another view.
Pulling the tabs of the pull straps through to be sewn down.
The pull straps are on, and the boots turned. Ready to last. [JAC: In this photo you see how the mirror writing appears from the side: a true mirror image of the script that makes it look more like art than calligraphy.]