Got my new iPhone Xs, which means I had to make a new case for it.
This time, a very simple design, little stitching. Which means, I could finish this in less than two hours work.
Trying new techniques to improve my skills and variety of designs I will be able to create.
Plan is for a bag decoration.
Took Picasso drawing of a dove, and transferred it to Leather.
Currently reading 暗幕のゲルニカ, a story about Picasso’s Guernica, relationship with Dora Maar, as well as story about a Japanese woman living in New York. This drawing was mentioned in the story and felt this is a good drawing to try. Simple, clear and famous.
Just finished my latest Leather Craft project, a Black leather (Crocodile shaped) Clutch Bag.
What I am proud of:
Overall the design is good, usability and choice of thread color, including the Studs usage.
First time I use studs as a decorative element, and I have a feeling I will do it again with this leather.
What I need to improve:
Accuracy. Even 1mm off when cutting the leather, distorts the bag slightly. I think most people will not notice, but I do.
Showing the process from the finished bag to the first design phase.
Wanted a portable shoehorn for a while, but did not find the right one.
Finally found one at Loft, so decided to cover it with leather and hang on my bag.
Quite surprised how fast I finished this one, but I obviously did not spend too much time designing.
Shoehorn after detached from the holder
Marked the outline on the leather
Made holes on the contour +2mm
Attached another leather on the back, punched holes again (a mistake) and started sewing.
What the other side looks like
Cut the leather to match the contour
Did not completely close the leather, but still completed sewing to create a nice shape.
Putting it all together
3rd customization/change I am doing to my Tumi bag.
As I realized the leather on the handle is breaking and looking bad, decided to replace it. Taking the old leather out was easy, stitching (by hand) another one was a pain and I broke 3 needles in the process.
Old Leather after I took it out. Had glue and some other material
Used the old leather to create the shape.
Marking and cutting the leather
Preparations for sewing
Painful process of sewing
Most difficult part. Needle had trouble going through two layers
First time working with Cordovan leather, and what a fabulous leather it is.
Purchased online from Leathermania (payment via Amazon) and what a wonderful leather it is.
Made in Japan by Shinki Hikaku , in Himeji, Hyogo. An area that has many tanneries and good leather companies.
As it is rather small (and expensive), decided to make a business card holder. The Cordovan was used for the exterior and main pocket.
Result is quite good, I could improve the side and how it closes, but overall the result is great.
Finished making a new bag, this time a laptop bag.
Realized that my bag is heavy and if I could split the weight it would be much easier (although more cumbersome) and will also allow me to use my handmade leather bag.
Very proud of this one, as made the handles by myself and designed it from scratch.
Actually, design has changed in the middle as I decided to add a zipper, which destroyed the intended curves I planned, but overall happy with the results