Perhaps I exaggerate a bit – but I’d say that I can commiserate with real smiths who forged ‘real’ armour for real knights in the middle ages at this point. Once the cutting and sewing are done, the finishing touch on my Knight’s Armour design is the addition of 18 snap heads to add a touch of real metal and a bit of weight and shine to the design. Each snap consists of multiple pieces that are set into the fabric using a heavy iron press that looks like a miniature old-fashioned water pump (but still take full-sized muscle to compress!). Last year I made a batch of 200 suits of armour with 22 snaps in each and paid quite a price in sore hands, back and muscles. This year the batch is only 50 and I’ve cut the snaps back to 18 – so the job is much more manageable – but with 360 snaps done and 540 still to go before the show starts next week, I’m feeling like I could use a cheering squad!
The best part, though is that they look wonderful! This year the fabric is a soft supple PVC-free polyurethane which is lovely to touch, and the crests have been distilled down to only the most popular designs (maple leaf, horse, snake, lion). I’ll keep trucking through this task and imagine the excitement of the kids who will open these gifts this holiday season!
Curious minds want to know…what is your favourite tool? I have a few, but I sure love my Olfa knife – the way it can always be sharp as a razor and cut perfect, clean lines in fabrics, slice open boxes or cut strings with equal ease.