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By-Product Creation… April 7, 2009

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My dear son, Riley has been working on this project for about a week now, off and on. I try not to push crafty time on my kids…I always want them to go to it because they want to…not because they are forced. In our homeschooling  history syllabus, Riley had a lesson on the Civil War era (I do get quite exhausted doing history with the kids…it is so much fighting…I love the way our curriculum approaches it though!) and one aspect of it focused on sewing/quilting. Well…he first chose to sew a dream pillow and then he chose to go for a bigger challenge…designing and sewing a quiver for his arrows. So, we purchased some scrap leather from our favorite supply store… and after letting it sit for about a week, we decided to figure out how to do it.

First, he decided to have the suede side face out. Then, he determined the shape…cut it out…and made a mark where he wanted the holes to go. Then, with a stitching awl and a hammer, he “punched” the holes. Next, we decided upon using book binding thread, (mostly because we had it at home-and leather would have been a real challenge to “sew” with) which is waxed linen thread-strong and durable. I have hand-bound several books and love the ease of using this thread.  I helped him to get the thread on the curved bookbinding needle (perfect for leather work-who would have known?), pick a “stitch” and he took it from there. We had a fun time…sitting on the Plain kitchen floor…laughing…talking and randomly picking up the camera to take pictures…actually…Riley had a little too much fun taking photos of me…I am a bit sleep deprived today and he took advantage of it…NO, I am not posting those photos…I was just TOO silly…I wonder how I learned to make all of those terrible expressions!? Ok…anyway…here are the photos of the quiver…april62009-037april62009-030april62009-043

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For the strap, I purchased two pair of leather shoe laces and used three single laces in a braid. I measured Riley and we knotted the straps where he liked and stuck one end through the bottom (inbetween stitches) and the other end in through the top flap that is folded down-we just punched a bigger hole. All in all it looks great and he did an awesome job. GO Riley! If I gave grades…surely he would receive an A+++!

 

I am going to bed now…

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