I was introduced to saddle stitching and some of the basic leather tools and techniques.. My face when I discovered there was a tool for cutting straps and how to burnish edges, was an absolute picture! There was me trying to cut straight straps with a ruler “Pah - You know nothing...!”
By the end of 2016 I had taken 3 courses with Katherine at City Lit and was regularly practising what I had learnt in my studio with a small selection of tools I had purchased.
Second bag and first of many hand injuries!
Luckily for me, there are other Leather craft designer-makers based in my studio building. Back then, Candice Lau was just across the corridor from me and was so generous with her knowledge, tools and with scrap leather I could play with. Mark Tallowin was on the ground floor and also, very generous with his knowledge and tools and the loan of a fantastic resource “The Leatherworking Handbook” By Valerie Michael which had been recommended to me by others as well.
My starter Leather craft tool kit
Sidebar.. while all of this leather-learning was taking place, I was also revisiting Bespoke Tailoring techniques with a colleague. Basically, I was cheating on Tailoring with Leather! Leather craft had me completely hooked – sorry Tailoring! ...and yes there will be a lot more post about my Leather Craft journey. The learning will never end!!! You can see how my leather craft journey has progressed in my Instagram posts. Click HERE.
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