There are lots of items already shown on the site, these are often a good starting point for your own design. The advantage of having something hand made is that you get to have it the way that you want it!
I do not use cheap leather. Since the majority of the cost in any item is time and I make mostly small goods there really is no point in saving a few pounds by using low grade hides! Most items are made from premium grade, full grain, vegetable tanned cowhides. Some smaller items such as wallets or slips may be made from thinner skins such as buffalo calf or kangaroo which are also of high quality.
Please note that full grain leather may contain natural surface marks from the animal such as scars or bites. In cheaper leather this top surface is removed so these marks are rarely seen on commercial goods, however this removes much of the strength and natural beauty from the material.
I do not own a leather sewing machine so all goods are stitched by hand using the best quality thread available. The stitch that is used is a traditional two needle saddle stitch whereby two threads cross each other inside every hole. This creates a strong, durable stitch and ensures the seam does not come loose even if a stitch is cut or worn through.
Low Cost Packaging
I know that some people send items out in very fancy packaging such as wooden boxes, all wrapped up in linen and tied with jute twine topped off with a hand made label...
Although this is a nice touch I don't go in for this I'm afraid as I see it as an unnecessary expense which I would have to pass on to my customers. Also, once the item is unwrapped you would be left with some packaging that was too nice to throw away but that you had no real use for!
I prefer to spend all my time and efforts on the items themselves so I ship out all items in either plain packaging or re-cycled boxes from work. This keeps the packaging costs down and is better for the environment.
I have a wide variety of thread colours available. The stitching can be made to match the project, have a subtle difference or it can be fully contrasting to really bring out the stitching.
I generally use waxed synthetic threads, these are very strong (stronger than traditional linen thread) and will not rot. I do not carry every colour shown in every size so for some projects only certain colours may be available to use. I may also have colours which aren’t shown here.
The Fil au Chinois Lin Câblé is available for use on certain smaller projects if a brighter colour is required.
Not all hardware is available in all colours it depends on what is being used.
I have lots of dye colours available and they can all be applied in various different ways. I am also able to airbrush items to create stencil or sunburst effects.
Please be aware that:
- No two pieces of leather will ever dye exactly the same way
- The colours you see on your computer screen may vary considerably from reality
- Use of different finishes will affect the overall colour
For these reasons I can not guarantee any exact colour, the images below should be used as a general guide only. Most leather can also be left with its natural colour, this will darken to a golden russet over time with exposure to sunlight.
Your item can be plain, but if you’d like a border or pattern on it I have lots of stamps available. If you would like a specific stamp or graphic I may be able to order it for you, there are lots available.
If ordering letter stamping you can use the letter checking page to see what letters are available for typesetting.
Tooled leather is where the borders of art and craft begin to blur in leatherwork, I would call myself a craftsperson not an artist!
Whilst I do not offer intricate tooling I can do some simple or transferred designs, examples of which are below. Please note that only tooling leather can be tooled so this can't be done on thinner leathers e.g. wallets.