All handsewn Horween Chromexcel and horween horsehide document case. Available in my etsy shop.
The gold clutches were custom requests. All handsewn, made with gold cow, kidskin for the pockets, and calf for the lining.
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 […]
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 […]
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 horsehide double gusset purse in faun and yellow. Partially lined with shrut & asch kidskin, all handstitched, fully edged. Available here.
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.
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 […]
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.
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, […]
The violin bag with yellow interior came back for a handle and I took some better pictures while I was at it.
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 […]
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.
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…
Tooled Hermann Oak, Angelus gold paint, lined with robin’s egg blue Shrut & Asch kidskin.
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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: 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 […]
This bag was a custom request that melded several elements from a briefcase and mailbag. Made with Horween Dublin leather, handstitched at 6spi.
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 […]
Made from my favorite leather, Horween Chromexcel horse butt strips. All handsewn. For more specs, see etsy.
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.
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
Personalized “B” wallet in Horween essex with grey goatskin interior. 8spi, hand stitched with Ritza Tiger thread.
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 […]
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.
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, […]
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.
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.
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. […]
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.
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 […]
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.
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.
Complete, pending the order of two screws for the thicker shoulder strap, that is….
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…
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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.
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. […]
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.