Corona pads have long been a mystery to me. I, like many others, loathe the pompom ball method as being…well, lame.
Melody Snow pioneered the use of Russian Punch embroidery method and for years was the reigning Queen of the Corona Pad. Her years of work and perfecting her style are obvious by the product that is available. These corona pads are incredible, to say the least.
A couple years ago, the secret of Ms. Snow’s success was revealed to me by another couple of trailblazers in the hobby and I immediately grabbed the idea and started on my own learning trek.
Just the other day I was researching online and I found out about the Bohlin Corona pads and the folks at Carney Custom Creations and decided to dabble a little on my own. Fortuitous for me, I received a commission to do a corona pad for another hobbyist and me being me, I wanted to knock the rhinestones out of her low slung belt.
I recently invested in Ms. Snow’s booklet about making Corona Pads and while my early attempts are still rudimentary by comparison. I am definitely on the right track and will be investing in another set of punch needles, reevaluating my base materials and working on improving my technique. I do plan on deviating a bit with the upper level corona pad offerings in that I will be adding wear leathers. In real corona pads these generally are not seen, however, real silver saddles weigh in excess of 100 pounds and therefore have the weight to mush down the roll under the stirrup, serape and/or back straps. By taking a little liberty with the design, I am able to offer a unique product that enhances the beauty and majesty of a finely crafted saddle. While I continue to hone my newly discovered art, I am not afraid to offer what I feel are quality products.
Here are the results:
Western Style (one colour shown) Corona Pad
$25 Standard level (Western). This is the basic level of construction with the custom/Rio Rondo style footprint, choice of colours and chamois backing. Cotton or wool thread option. Traditional or Classic size.
English Style Corona Pad
$25 Standard (English/Australian) pad with choice of colour and chamois backing. Fitted to your saddle’s footprint. Cotton or wool thread option. Traditional or Classic size.
Deluxe Corona Pad - Prototype - Commission
$50 Deluxe level (Western/Australian) This level includes the same basic level of construction as the standard level with leather wear pads, felt seat, split/adjustable spine, choice of white deer skin, tan chamois backing, stamped stitching details. Cotton or wool thread option. Traditional or Classic size.
$75 Premium level (Western/Australian). This level includes all the details of the Deluxe level of corona pad structure – including choice of backing including white deer skin, tan chamois, wool felt, acrylic felt or other choices as they are available, with the leather wear guards hand sewn and are subject to random design impressions. Cotton or wool thread option. Traditional or Classic size.
Live, experiment, learn.
Peach out, Apricots!
Post Script: Colour me crazy with a big fat sharpie! I was messing around today just to see if I could pull it off and I did. I made a SM sized corona pad! Granted it was just one colour, and the basic type, but I was still able to make it happen. No ETA on offering this size right now. I am still playing around with my technique. Recently I made a pad with wool tapestry thread and the results were good. I am most pleased. I have a lot to learn, but I am definitely on the right track! WOO HOO!