I’m trying to work with leather.
I was given scraps of supersoft coloured suede and had the idea I’d like little pouches (the bottoms are about 2 inch diameter), the sort of thing I’d imagine a Medieval woman putting her money in or a travelling herbalist keeping her most special herbs in. I’ve used them as purses and for giving little gifts, but I’d like to have one with tiny special items inside – maybe pretty stones.
The brown leather was fairly damaged when I got it but I just wanted something to try so it didn’t matter too much. The bag is made with three identical shapes as you can see from its bottom. It’s based on a 16th century pattern – not commercially available so far as I know and it was drawn on a bit of brown paper for me.
I added the strap: I think the original might have been attached to a belt. I machine sewed using a leather needle and extra strong thread.
I tried to add metal eyelets to the brown leather but I just couldn’t get them to attach properly. I’ve never used metal eyelets before so I have no idea why they didn’t work. I will try again using denim to see if it’s my technique or the leather.
I used an awl to make the holes for the draawstring. I think a leather punch might be better so I’ll look for one of those.
I would like to learn lots more about leatherwork. Making shoes would be lovely. Some of you might remember these shoes I made in a beginners’ workshop at Green Shoes.
The shoes are still in use five years later, although I have had them resoled so they’re not quite so me made as they were.
I have used the little pouches and although the brown pouch is not as elegant as I’d like because my skills are pretty basic, I think I’ll want to use that too.
I have been watching Carolyn’s shoemaking for her Year of Handmade and thinking I should have another go. Maybe I will.
Meantime, I was given these so that I can keep practicing.
So I’ll definitely keep trying.
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