I know you’ve all been curious – or you all were curious months ago and then totally forgot – but here, at long last, are the guitar straps that I made for the 46th Annual Country Music Awards! I saw the gift bag request and thought, who better to give a handmade guitar strap with bit of a western style to than the amazing men and women who are attending the CMAs? So I got to work on 90 straps for the attendees and the press, in a combination of four new and old styles, each in two different color combinations.
The top two are the Star Nellie Guitar Strap with my most popular cow skull pattern. Instead of the flowers that usually surround the Nellie skull, I decided on a ring of stars to create a more gender-neutral guitar strap.
The next two are the Wild Wheat Guitar Strap. This is a pattern that I’ve been making on and off for years, and it is a simple grass pattern with three stalks of wheat blowing in the wind. When I was going through my patterns, this was the one that said “country” the loudest.
Below that are two versions of the Simplified Nice Guitar Strap. The Nice Guitar Strap may be my most popular guitar strap ever since it has a wonderful wood grain texture and appeals to both men and women. This version has a little less of the wood grain, but still enough to show it off when you’re playing.
The last two are the Simplified Hive Guitar Strap. Instead of the well-organized rows of the original Hive Guitar Strap, these bees have been set free and are roaming about on the guitar strap. The sage/gold bees are a tribute to the Metallic Green Bee that we have here in the Northwest.
I was really pleased at how they all turned out – and hopefully the recipients were, too! I had my new assistant (also named Caitlin) package them all in tissue paper and a little insert so that everyone would know they’d received not just a guitar strap, but a handmade leather guitar strap in their CMA Gift Bag!
And, if you’re curious, here’s who got them -