|Saundra Altman Teaching a Workshop at Columbia 1994|
|1853 Suspender Design for Ladies to Make|
I call my replica suspenders "Over the Top" because they turned into one heck of a project. The originals that they are based on were a lucky purchase we made in an antique shop in Petaluma. The moment I saw them I said to myself, "self, you need to copy these". What was I thinking? I'd never done needlework in my life. Not to fret, my soon to be wife Lindy, was an award winning cross-stitcher and a great and patient teacher.
|My Replica on the Left Next to the Original Pair|
|My pattern graphs and card for the yarns|
Once the needlework was finished, I made the brass buckles and assembled the leather components that I had finished before I started the cross-stitch strips. All the sewing was done with linen thread, by hand, and the leather parts were joined with a saddle stitch. At this point I will let the pictures do the talking but in closing I will say it was a great project and well worth it.
|Rear View, my replicas on the left|
|Buckle closeup, original on right|