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Custom Horween guitar strap

Custom Horween guitar strap

All hand sewn and edged, made with Horween Derby and lined with black Horween horsehide.

Gold Clutches

Gold Clutches

The gold clutches were custom requests. All handsewn, made with gold cow, kidskin for the pockets, and calf for the lining.

White kidskin clutch

White kidskin clutch

Kidskin clutch, made from Shrut & Asch kidskin and riri zipper, all handstitched and edged. Available here.

Leather and Canvas Duffel

Leather and Canvas Duffel

After actually researching how to make a lined duffel (research… what a novel idea…), I finally made a second one. My goal wasn’t perfection, but an experiment to see what it would look like if I made it entirely with the machine, instead of hand-stitching […]

Buttero tote, completed

Buttero tote, completed

Made with buttero leather, all handstitched at 8spi.

Buttero tote, part 1

Buttero tote, part 1

Current project is a tote made of Italian Buttero leather.

Miscellaneous batch of goods for a friend

Miscellaneous batch of goods for a friend

I’m catching up on some of my posts here. I’ve moved more towards instagram, but I plan to get back to updating this space more often. Here are a miscellaneous batch of goods for a friend — long overdue. Started out with a cell phone […]

Minimalistic wallet for the husband

Minimalistic wallet for the husband

A quick small wallet for the husband for Christmas. Horween Chromexcel horsehide with shrut & asch goat interior.

Croc print cross body bag

Croc print cross body bag

Horween croc print chormexcel small cross body bag. Chromexcel Horween with Shrut & Asch blue kidskin interior, all handstitched at 8spi with solid brass fittings and brass riri zipper. Available here.

Horween faun colored double gusset purse with yellow edges

Horween faun colored double gusset purse with yellow edges

Horween horsehide double gusset purse in faun and yellow. Partially lined with shrut & asch kidskin, all handstitched, fully edged. Available here.

laser cut wallet

laser cut wallet

My brother asked for a wallet and left the design up to me, so I made this one and we laser cut it. Turned out pretty cool, I think.

More progress

More progress

Since I find it impossible to start one project without starting five, here are the rest. Another violin clutch for the opera. Takes a lot of coats to make something actually yellow, it turns out. This is at about half way.

Some wallets

Some wallets

Getting started in a more serious way after a break. Got a few orders to fulfill and some colorful experiments in mind. A wallet/purse with colorful edges and croc print. A faun colored wallet with a bright kidskin interior. A men’s long wallet, with a […]

Horween Camera straps

Horween Camera straps

I’ve been pretty busy with a birthday, school field trip, etc, but between that and cleaning out closets I did manage to do a little bit of leatherworking.

Dublin two gusset purse, personal project

Dublin two gusset purse, personal project

I’ve been complaining about needing a new bag for a while. The old one I made two years back with heavyweight leather and I needed something a little more lightweight. I experimented with some machine stitching on the middle gusset (partially successful, but who cares, […]

Handle addition

Handle addition

The violin bag with yellow interior came back for a handle and I took some better pictures while I was at it.

Camera Straps

Camera Straps

Trying out a couple of camera strap lengths and colors.     Top side:     Lining side:     Working on a repeat mandolin strap order:     And an addition requested by the owner of the violin bag with a yellow interior. A […]

Camera harness #2 for Carie, finished

Camera harness #2 for Carie, finished

Horween Derby on the outside, soft red bison on the inside. All handstitched at 6spi with ritza tiger thread. Includes 2 Foto&Tech Metal screws and 2 Op/Tech uni-loop XL system connectors.

Single camera shoulder harness for Meg – final

Single camera shoulder harness for Meg – final

All horween leather, all hand stitched, 6spi with Ritza tiger thread.

Horween satchel with robin’s egg blue kidskin lining

Horween satchel with robin’s egg blue kidskin lining

I decided to dress this one up inside. Horween exterior, Shrut & Asch kidskin interior, all hand stitched. Strap, fully lined, part with blue kidskin, part with Horween horsehide. Available on etsy, here. Added keepers… just because…

Custom mandolin strap with logo

Custom mandolin strap with logo

Horween Essex on the top, lined with horween horsehide, all hand stitched, creased, and edged. Custom stamp and 10-string mandolin courtesy of Marty Jacobson.

Arrow Cuff, updated

Arrow Cuff, updated

Tooled Hermann Oak, Angelus gold paint, lined with robin’s egg blue Shrut & Asch kidskin.

prototype Horween clutch

prototype Horween clutch

Ergh, well, it didn’t turn out at all as I expected, which is perhaps the purpose of a prototype. However, now I can actually make a proper one, so that’s something. The leather is really nice Horween embossed with alligator/croc pattern. The interior is kidskin.

gray canvas and blue leather duffle

gray canvas and blue leather duffle

I learned a lot from this duffle. For example, I learned I really need to find a similar duffle and see how it is constructed to avoid weak connections at both ends. I also should probably add some filler to the leather piping. Most of […]

More sewing machine projects

More sewing machine projects

Finished up the quick and dirty casual hiking backpack – yep, mixed leather, mixed metals, holes in the wrong place–even Velcro! This backpack has it all. It’s already gone on a couple of trips with us. Really, I’d call them mistake-finding missions. It was revised […]

Little keepsake pouch

Little keepsake pouch

For a fun little puzzle.

Black tie violin wallet

Black tie violin wallet

Violin wallet for special occasions – Horween essex on the exterior, with black kidskin interior and white kidskin violin cutout. All handstitched with Tiger thread, riri zipper.

Playing with the sewing machine

Playing with the sewing machine

Using a machine vs. hand stitching definitely takes a different approach. Working on control and actually thinking patterns through a little further. First, I made a simple clutch from start to finish, just to see what would go wrong. Ha ha. A lot did. After […]

More apron pictures

More apron pictures

More apron pictures: Marty always gets goofy when I ask him to model something. Marty wanted a magnet so he could put drill bits etc. on it. You can put anything on it! ANYTHING! Looking for more stuff to put on the magnet, because it’s […]

Horween Dublin briefcase, finished

Horween Dublin briefcase, finished

This bag was a custom request that melded several elements from a briefcase and mailbag. Made with Horween Dublin leather, handstitched at 6spi.

Leather Camera Harness

Leather Camera Harness

A photographer friend asked me to make this camera harness. Horween Derby on the outside with croc-print yellow lining, all hand stitched 6spi.

Singer 111w153

Singer 111w153

So, I good friend hooked me up with a machine, and between his and Marty’s work, it’s almost ready to go, just waiting on the correct thread. And experience. I’m really excited to make duffle bags with it. What with the grey and tan canvas […]

Black chromexcel knapsack, finished

Black chromexcel knapsack, finished

Made from my favorite leather, Horween Chromexcel horse butt strips. All handsewn. For more specs, see etsy.

Black chromexcel knapsack

Black chromexcel knapsack

I’ve been wanting to make this knapsack for six months. It’ll be slim and classy in the black chromexcel. Since I’m using horse-hide butt strip, it’s taken a fair amount to get enough for a decent sized bag.

Aprons

Aprons

I’m almost finished making a canvas and leather apron for Marty: This one, meanwhile, is for me – a gift from the friend who supplied the pattern for Marty’s: ‘Cause my friends are cooler than yours. That’s all.

Bird wallet prototype

This has been a fun project. I’m still learning how to make wallets, but this was an interesting trial run.

Horween and Canvas Duffle, finished

Horween and Canvas Duffle, finished

I made it as a prototype for our personal duffles, so no pockets. Horween baseball glove with 18 oz. gray canvas. All handstitched, 6spi with ritza Tiger thread.

Birds, dye, and Angelus leather paint

Birds, dye, and Angelus leather paint

This is a cute bird in a picture, but I have no figured out how to translate that very well to leather. Painted is Meh… So I made another one last night: And dyed the background with Fiebings leather dye, since the finished product is […]

Horween Pen cases

Horween Pen cases

Horween pen cases to go with the pens Marty gave the boys for Christmas. They helped him turn the wood for the pens, then I found (mostly) matching Horween. Pretty fancy!

Caiman Alligator pen case

Caiman Alligator pen case

I’ve had a bunch of nearly useless caiman alligator scraps laying around for nearly a year. Now that I’m working on improving my edges, I thought this would be a fun experiment. It was terrible. Caiman has a lot of hard, bony plates, and they […]

ostrich shin inlay wallet

ostrich shin inlay wallet

This one has a few obvious mistakes like crooked inlay, and I figured out later a better way to glue it down so it wouldn’t be wrinkled, but otherwise, it’s quite a nice wallet. Lots of pockets, and wide enough for lots of cards. It […]

Horween baseball glove bag, finished

Horween baseball glove bag, finished

Finally finished this bag. Moving along, finally getting some stuff done.

mandolin wallet, continued

mandolin wallet, continued

1st version with the second version.. Experimenting with dye on the test version. Moving on to dye the final version: Waiting for it to dry before I start oiling and buffing. Hopefully that will help the dye even out a little bit.

mandolin tooling trial run

mandolin tooling trial run

If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. 😉

Personalized wallet

Personalized wallet

Personalized “B” wallet in Horween essex with grey goatskin interior. 8spi, hand stitched with Ritza Tiger thread. 

Unfinished projects

Unfinished projects

I’ve been working on my wallet-making techniques, which is great, except I haven’t had time to finish anything. While these are all the active projects (minus the ballglove bag that just needs a strap), I’ve dropped all the other projects until after the Holidays in […]

Collaboration project – Dalek wallet pouch

Collaboration project – Dalek wallet pouch

When I went back to Texas for Thanksgiving, my sister, Allison, painted a Dalek on some canvas, and we lined a credit card pouch with it. Super fun project.

Horween baseball glove bag, almost finished

Horween baseball glove bag, almost finished

I’ve been working on this bag on and off for the past two months. Just got to finish the strap and shoulder pad.

Horween backpack straps

Horween backpack straps

These will go on a fabric bag that I don’t have on site. I’ve been making these in my spare time, between waiting for glue to dry on the wallet interior or the tooling leather to case. Horween Dublin and kelly green kidskin lining. Yes, […]

Two more tries on the tooled B

Two more tries on the tooled B

Tried another couple of tooled b’s – never found the original one. These are smaller than the one I posted pictures of before. On the same project, I’ve started a trial wallet exterior out of black kidskin. Didn’t like this b.. This one is better.

Fancy B

Fancy B

I’m trying to tool something that looks like engraving. Not sure how well I’m managing it. This is actually the second try – the first one was smaller, and got misplaced by my kids almost immediately, evidence of their admiration.

Painting on leather

Painting on leather

Now. I don’t even pretend to have any experience with paint. But this was seriously fun. I tried dying a bit and adding acrylic last night…… mistake. Not only that, I think I need to dump the mixed dyes I’ve got going. They’re looking weird. […]

Custom soft deerskin bag – part 3

All done except for the strap, and one or two other small details. The strap in the picture goes with my own satchel, and is just a place-holder, even though it matches the interior, nicely.

A few final pictures

A few final pictures

Next up, blue and Horween baseball glove. I think I have color on the brain.

Working on some wallets

Working on some wallets

I’m working on my wallet skills. I just bought some fun colored kidskin, and I’m trying a few different kinds of patterns. The edges aren’t finished on either of these, yet. I was too impatient and took pictures anyway – the edge stuff I’m waiting […]

Violin wallet

Violin wallet

Made with Horween chromexel horsebutt strip and Horween latigo. All hand stitched, 6 spi, tiger thread. YKK zipper. It closes this far without a phone inside. And here’s a picture filled up with at least 20 cards and a phone.

Black Violin Bag – finished

Black Violin Bag – finished

Made with Horween chromexel horsehide strips, all hand stitched using Tiger thread. I love this bag, wish I could keep it! I’m also getting lessons from Marty in off-camera flash photography. Ha ha.

New Pets

New Pets

My two new knife friends – the trim knife from RAW Custom Knives and a skiving knife from Knipschield Custom Knives.

Black Violin Bag, continued

Black Violin Bag, continued

Working on edges…

Black Violin bag

Black Violin bag

Making progress on this bag… I stopped for a day and prototyped the pocket on a wallet before I tried it on the other leather. Worked out great.

Horween Essex shoulder bag, complete

Horween Essex shoulder bag, complete

Complete, pending the order of two screws for the thicker shoulder strap, that is….

Black Essex bag, sewing it together

Black Essex bag, sewing it together

Almost finished putting the body of the bag together. Two more seams, a few details, and I can move on to the handles and strap. A little scary wrestling it inside out…

Black Essex bag, continued again + small pouch

Black Essex bag, continued again + small pouch

I finished the lining (see previous post), which means it was time to start on the shell of the bag. I decided it would be wise to spend a day or two making a tiny mock-up of this bag to see how the lining would attach […]

Black Essex bag, continued

Black Essex bag, continued

I installed zippers over the weekend, and finished sewing up the lining last night. Now to attach the d-ring billets and start gluing and sewing together the outside of the bag.

Trial seams for Essex bag in black

Trial seams for Essex bag in black

Simple inside-out seam. Here’s the same seam with the thicker croc print leather pocket on the front of the bag. A little chunkier:   Here’s a different kind of seam (a very rough version): It would look more like the seam on this: My favorite […]

Purse with blue scallops – coming together

Purse with blue scallops – coming together

Taking a note from…. someone’s book – someone in the Horween Leather Addicts group, that is, Marty put this together for me the other night to organize my leather. SO MUCH BETTER than the huge, awful pile of boxes in that corner. Then I spent […]

Purse with tooled scallops – 3

Purse with tooled scallops – 3

I made some good progress last weekend.

Purse with tooled scallops – 2

Purse with tooled scallops – 2

Back from our trip to Texas, and starting on this purse in a serious way. I cut out the rest of the pieces today, and will start putting in the zipper on the interior pocket tonight.

Purse with tooled scallops

Purse with tooled scallops

I’m excited to make this purse. I’ve been saving my nice brown dublin for it ever since January. The scallops are, as of this afternoon, dyed blue. Now I need to let the dye dry, oil it, wait 24 hours for that to dry, and […]

More glasses/phone cases and a key ring for me

More glasses/phone cases and a key ring for me

These cases are based on a design from a leatherworker I know, Norman Cahn, who does really lovely work. And then, a new key ring for me. My old one was pretty bad.

Glasses/phone cases

Glasses/phone cases

The May Keep Making Stuff Challenge on leatherworker was a glasses case. I decided I felt meh about that particular design and went crazy on another one instead. It ended up being cool, since it fits a cell phone and some credit cards as well. […]

Small Black Horween Bag

Small Black Horween Bag

My sis-in-law and I finally finished this bag a few weeks back. I think it turned out very nicely. I was rather in a hurry, so I didn’t get the best pictures. But still. It was a fun project.

Mandolin Strap for Marty’s #34

Mandolin Strap for Marty’s #34

A Horween Cherry Cavalier strap with a plastic buckle (to protect the finish of the instrument.)