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About karlova

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    Leather crafts, singing, playing keyboard, guitar, painting, chihuahuas, sailing, classical music, calligraphy, graphic design, bag design

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    bags, accessories, tiny dog harnesses...
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  1. Are girls allowed? :P

    Making some small stuff - cable ties to sell really cheap (as promotion) and part of them will be donated to my friend's charity organization, and a card holder, really nothing special but I was out of ideas and needed to do some stitchin
  2. Are girls allowed? :P

    Thanks a lot! Well we're just me and Bonny and this is what I am thinking about for the last few days - that commission work isn't that fun, but I feel like I gotta do it. It still stays up to me mostly, the customers don't want to put any limits to the design, they just specify functional features (how many pockets etc) but it is still not the same as just making some new stuff for no one in mind. I have to find a way to keep it fun no matter what. Or I am sometimes asked to repeat some of my previous projects. Boooooring.... I am already starting dreaming of getting a partner who won't mind cutting and stitching the old patterns while I would be cutting and stitching new designs, that would be just perfect LOL
  3. Are girls allowed? :P

    Thank you Yes Etsy hasn't sold anything yet despite the fact that I am marketing (just a little bit). I probably have to stop wasting money on that!!! I've got plenty of other wonderful ways of wasting them! And Bonny was modeling for me since her puppyhood, she's used to it. She might think it's normal and all dogs have to tolerate that like it's just a part of a dog's life LOL thank you Welcome! And thank you Thank you! I haven't been stitching much for last couple of days because I was making myself a website! As much as I don't like doing that anymore (and even less, tweaking wordpress) I managed to make it look like an actual website and upload my works there! Check it out http://karlovadesign.com
  4. Are girls allowed? :P

    Just finished the pocket belt No. 27 for a friend. The color isn't very easy to photograph - looks slightly different depending on the angle of the light. In reality it's probably a little less greenish.
  5. Are girls allowed? :P

    I've already tried on some other flat rivets - nothing can be done to them. Gotta live them like that. But to me this would be OK, I like rustic shit. Nope - I don't sail too much lately, but for the US I would need a visa and I just don't want to deal with bureaucracy... not yet LOL Yeah I am kinda thinking about some way to return the favor. But they said spreading the word is enough, and I am doing my best
  6. Are girls allowed? :P

    Yessss! I've just visited our machine shop again and they made me a stainless domer which finally works!! As a neighbor I was charged like $7 for it Now my grief is that I've already finished that backpack and I doubt I could undo all those dozen rivets and reset them.
  7. Are girls allowed? :P

    Thanks, your rivets look awesome! I do have that impression on the setter but it seems too big. Tried using it a few times but it didn't work Here's what my setter looks like
  8. Are girls allowed? :P

    ah that is happening constantly, not too bad tho, but still hurts! Thanks Gary
  9. Are girls allowed? :P

    I have just finished No. 026 backpack (Acadia's 5 oz "Distressed Vintage" full grain, solid brass hardware, copper rivets). Well, not really finished because I still have to make shoulder pads, for now just used the ones from previous backpack But they'll look exactly like these.
  10. Are girls allowed? :P

    LOL items with blood should cost more, because they're special!! I just use normal hammer hahaha I don't know I might be doing something wrong. Yes I use the setter to set the burrs. Ig I don't bang them like this they continue being sharp at the edges.... Yep I am getting my knife on Monday already and I am thinking I gotta learn how to sharpen it, got no options!!
  11. Are girls allowed? :P

    LMAO!!! Thank you, yep I even got edge paint now, and I tried it on scraps, but I still like it raw! Maybe on some other items where it would be appropriate, depending on the designer :D My round knife is expected to arrive on Monday. Now THIS is scary!!! I was always afraid of sharp objects... I was laughing at the seam ripper manual which said "don't put your fingers in the way of the seam ripper" or something like that, like, "thank you, Captain Obvious". Until I got the seam ripper under my nail somehow. Well, I was not following the manual, duh. Now, I've carefully read Stohlman's manual on the round knife...
  12. Are girls allowed? :P

    Didn't know what to make but wanted to stitch something, so I made a tote bag
  13. How did you get into leather work?

    LOL I was going to make her one like this, too, but she doesn't wear collars, only harnesses. She's less than 4 pounds and her neck measures the same as my wrist, I thought this is too fragile for a collar. When she was a puppy some people called her Cujo :D
  14. How did you get into leather work?

    I guess the watch strap was exactly my first hand stitched project. ***** Thanks for the interesting thread, so many stories here. I was just looking for some quiet hobby…. LOL just kiddin I guess I had mentioned that in my thread in Members Gallery, it was about 2 years ago when I got a tiny little puppy, and I couldn’t find a harness for her, she was too little, everything I could find was too big. So I found a tiny little sewing machine on my boat and my neighbor brought me a veg tanned sheepskin from Tandy and also gave me some supplies like snaps, rivets, setters, some other tools, it was scary but after some experiments with fabrics I decided to try, and actually she used this harness for over a year until it started stinking like hell so I made her a few new ones. So, before this year I was sewing some bags out of fabric, and then I ordered 3 sides from Acadia which none of my two machines could sew properly (because they were all 5-5.5 oz) and I decided to try hand stitching and got addicted to it. Actually, I loved the leather since I can remember myself, I just thought that I would never be able to make anything decent and it would only result in wasting expensive materials :D Well, sometimes I do waste some expensive materials due to some failed projects but now I'm OK with that! I’d say I am jealous when I read about the people who have real leather stores nearby, I can only order online - there is just nothing here! Tho, this might have saved me a lot of money LOL!