I've been contemplating the idea of doing lines ... i.e. a summer line, fall line, etc ... if I can get my frenetic brain in order it may actually happen. In the meantime I have been on a rugged kick ... raggedy leather edges, wanderlust charms, ruggedly ruggedness ... You can find this black … Continue reading Rugged and Rustic … New Travel Journals Await!
Happy New Year! I'm happy to report that Christmas 2017 was a rousing success and that I was wiped out, both in terms of inventory and physically. But all that work meant I got to buy some new toys and some of them have radically improved my leatherworking technique and products. Leatherworking is not a … Continue reading The Leatherworking Tools That Have Revolutionized My Shop
I made a tool belt. And modeled it. Myself. Fortunately I have a SIL who told me how to go about modeling (although any mistakes are my own, her photos are fabulous). The entire time my eldest was snapping photos I was thinking "LOOK AT MAH BUTT!!!!!!" because I was turning slightly sideways. Because I … Continue reading LOOK AT MAH BUTT. Or the leather tool belt that I made. Whatevs.
In the continuing saga of me teaching myself leatherworking I have discovered an important thing. A thing that was mentioned but not emphasized. Or maybe I wasn't paying attention (that is a distinct possibility). When embossing (and I'm referencing cold stamping, not hot), douse the leather you want to imprint. And then douse the underside (I don't … Continue reading Don’t just dab the leather, douse. Douse it hard.
Today I started taking myself seriously as a leatherworker. By take myself seriously, I mean I could see getting a business loan and really going for it, not just the cautious slow crawl I've been doing. I'm not going to do that, I think my organic shuffling is better for me (because I'm learning more … Continue reading Practice, practice, and practice some more … a leatherworker I shall be.