Friday, 4 July 2014

Making a lucky horseshoe for a wedding!

With my niece getting married next weekend, I thought I had better get started on making the horseshoe I had promised to make her. Her Mom had sent me a sample colour and I had my own one made for me for my wedding by my Aunty as a template... so all I had to do was get started. Its not easy to make something for someone else when you are in another country and can't easily see the style's and themes she is thinking about - but I gave it a go,

The one my aunty made me for our wedding!

Here's what I did...

I used the sample to match the ribbon and flowers to. I didn't want it to be just two colours so I chose lighter and a darker blue flowers to go with the sky blue as well as the white and some silver ribbon to add a highlight.





I managed to find a couple of very cheap and almost plain horseshoes at the op shops and used them as a base by taking off the decorations already on them. I discovered later that there are cardboard templates that you cover easily available from large craft shops ( and probably $2 shops too!)



Lace off cuts are everywhere and you only need a small piece to go around the outside. Glue or sew on depending on your patience! And then for a final touch I added some charms:
Frog for us, Heart with a key, H and T (their initials) and a dolphin as part of their honeymoon will be on the Gold Coast. (Tied on with thick silver thread)

 

 And voila! 2 lucky wedding horseshoes for my beautiful soon-to-be -wedded niece Hazel!

  


Googling 'wedding horseshoe' in image search is a good place to get ideas from. Starting with bases that were already covered gave me a head start. Then it was just a case of sewing, tying or gluing parts on. Now I've got to get it over the Tasman Sea flat and in one piece!


Score card:
Green-ness: 4/5 Using recycled and unused bits and bobs makes it a green wedding project!
Frugal-ness: 4/5 Raiding my boxes (and my neighbours box) of bits and made this a very fugal project. Ribbon and flowers are not too expensive new - but I like to recycle. That's a "something old' - even if she doesn't know that!
Time cost: Starting took me nearly a week. The first one took about two hours and the second about 1/2 an hour. I think I had got more confident since the first one!
Skill level: Cutting and pasting - with a few stitches here and there. Pretty basic!
Fun -ness: Its great fun making something that you hope she will have for a long time to come!

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