Here is Part1. Refer to that post for prices and ordering if you are interested in a custom piece made of your horses hair.
This is long overdue. I was just doing so much it was hard to get this all together in a post.
Here are the two mirror hangs that horse lady *wink wink now you all know* will be getting in the mail soon. They have been done for some time I just either did not have the lighting to take pictures or I was running around in every direction at once getting stuff done.
She sent me a bead that was off something she owned when she was younger. It's a very pretty bead and the little chip out of it adds character. I am sure it has a story and lots of sentimental value behind it.
The other, well thats for someone special. I think she might have clued in by now.
I got a package last week from Lisa with some fun pay it forward stuff in it. Amongst the goodies (I love it all Lisa, thanks so much) I got a large bundle of black hair belonging to a horse that did not belong to her on paper but will always remain in her heart. Her neighbors horse, Rojo.
She said she did not want something to wear like a necklace or bracelet so I thought Rojo could help her keep her hat on when it's windy.
They are a set of stampede strings.
I have had a few people ask what stampede strings are. I am actually surprised more people don't know!
Stampede strings are two braided horse hair or even leather strings that are joined in the middle by a movable knot and put onto your cowboy/cowgirl hat to keep the wind from taking it away.
They are almost two feet long with two beautiful tassels at the end.
For those that might not have tail hair of their horse and want a pair of these I can braid them in leather and put MANE hair tassels at the end. Mane hair makes softer tassles but I use tail hair the most because that is what I normally am given to work with. Mane hair is difficult to make into jewelry.
I don't often get to make a set of stampede strings but they are probably one of my favorites to make. Even though this set is all one colour it has to be the best and my most favorite pair I have ever made. I can't stop looking at them they are so pretty. I envy Lisa for being the one able to wear these.
Now they are not finished as I haven't had time to put a button knot/ring knot or peyote beading. (what would you prefer Lisa? Both in black of course)
Lisa also sent me a little bit of her old mare Baby doll's hair to make her a pair of earrings.
Gee Lisa this post is for you isn't it? She is going to be getting a lot of horse hair treasures in the mail. I couldn't imagine anyone else more deserving of these one of a kind creations. I also have some plans for the rest of Rojo's hair but she is just going to have to wait for the mail to see what they are :P I can't give it all away.
Although they may look similar I haven't ever made the same thing twice. They are made of different horses hair, different braids, different people. I love it.
This one is all mine. It's my old mare Naigens hair. The turquoise rearing horse was from my mother last year when she went to Florida. I happened to find the gorgeous celtic knot cap ends in a pretty neat store downtown Windsor (the big city for all you). What a story a horse hair piece can tell. I still have a very big chunk of Naigens hair. I think I might make myself a pair of stampede strings. I don't yet have a pair anyway.