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I said I needed to “up my game”…

I considered taking courses at a local college or tech school, but found a one-year program in San Francisco. Beatrice, the owner and founder of the program, and her staff offer intensive programs. I took the beginner three-week session and successfully completed the first six projects.

Yes, there are seven items here…the first is a sample to learn basics like cutting, gluing, stitching (each piece is hand stitched) and edge finishing.

I recommend the program for anyone interested in improving their leather working skills. All students begin with how to properly hold and use the tools and basic pattern making.  By creating each piece in the requisite order, students build on their skills to more advanced projects.

For each of these pieces, the pricking irons were used on only the front side.  I learned how to hold and use the awl to prick through to the back side while keeping a needle in each hand and completing my stitches.  This technique requires lots of practice to develop muscle memory so the back sides will be just as perfect.

This is the back side of the first project, a slim card wallet (of buttery soft leather).  Look closely and you can see the stitching lines around the outer edge are not quite straight.  An even closer look and you may be able to see the creasing iron marking.  My plan is to incorporate creasing and the edge finishing techniques I learned into wallets and leather handbags.

The possibilities are endless.

My thanks to Beatrice (Amblard Leather), Misty, and Emily for three amazing weeks of leather work immersion.

Looking forward to seeing them again.

 

 

Not your run of the mill trip to the midwest…

So a friend mentioned something he saw on television about an enclosed bone bed that was a museum and working dig site…
It was an amazing adventure; our team was small – just four of us and the site staff. Yes, that is a mammoth skeleton and there are plenty more to be excavated and preserved.
I would recommend this to someone looking for a completely different vacation and would consider doing it again.

Special Outfits for an East Coast College Graduation – where has the year gone?!

A little black dress with tiger print insets to celebrate an East Coast University graduation.
Rather than a black patent pump, I used the same fabric to cover these shoes.
To tie it all together, I put together this little bag of black quilted vinyl double zip openings and a tiger printed chain. Spring rings on either end of the bag allow me to change the chain to silver colored metal.

 

Look close – the pattern on this is hotdogs! We have an inside family joke of sorts with the Graduate sooo I made this little dress to wear to dinner.

 

My New Logo

tm stamp final

Where has the time gone – September is right around the corner!

After many renditions I am happy to present my LOGO!

I had an idea and worked with Juan, (a friend of a friend) and we came up with this little gem.

Soooo worth the wait!

(See the bottom section under the “about me tab” for Juan, the stamp maker, and “web guy” information)

Ideas for a brochure

This was the first  prototype/re-work of my wristlet pattern.  I liked the contrast of the green with sharp black suede and white stitching (they were too crooked for me though!)
This was the first re-work of my wristlet pattern. I liked the contrast of the green with sharp black suede and white stitching (the stitches were too crooked for me though!)
This was the second - I made the flap longer & used a magnetic snap istead of the turn lock.
This was the second – I made the flap longer & used a magnetic snap instead of the turn lock.
This was the final version with the longer flap and magnetic snap closure.
This was the final version with the longer flap and magnetic snap closure.
This is another carrying option- a single chain.
This is another carrying option – a single chain.

A flat top for my post machine.

machine front view 1
Sans flat top (awesome for going around corners and such!)

 

I really like my post machine, but sometimes I’d prefer a larger surface to sew my big flat pieces…so I created this little beauty.  A box just the right size with a little inside support and a hole cut in the top did the trick.

flat top for post machine
Like magic or too ghetto? Dunno, but it works (uh, did I just jinx it?)