Customer Projects Gallery
This page is for our customers to share their leathercraft projects with other keen makers!
Many of you are eager to share the results of your hard work, and to see what other people are making too, so here's a quick guide to sending us your photos and the stories of how your projects came about:
1) Choose a few photos that best illustrate your project - anywhere between 1 and 4 photos is fine. Use any photo editing software (there are lots of free online options available if you don't have editing software yourself) and edit your photos down to around 600 x 800 pixels. This makes them small enough to send in an email, but big enough to be clear on the website.
2) Send us an email to the address in the photograph below (we've displayed it this way to avoid receiving spam emails!) attaching your photos and telling us a little about yourself and your interest in leathercrafting.
We'd love to hear about how you first got interested in leathercraft, as well as the particular project you'd like to share. You can also tell us about any tools you find especially useful, and skills you've recently learned! Once we receive your details we'll upload your project and you'll find it right here on this page!
David's Beautiful Bag
We're always fascinated to see the work our customers have produced and the end results of the raw materials they order from Artisan Leather.
David has made a very professional job of building this bag, which will last for decades, and will always have that traditional, quality look.
David's combined a sturdy tan leather with brass fittings for a timeless, classy style. Note how he has used a creasing iron to carefully mark a permanent line around all the edges of the bag and strap, and how beautifully neat and even his stitching is.
Using a stitch punch helps a great deal with making your stitches even, and practice makes perfect when hand stitching - the more you do, the better you get! Congratulations David, what a great success.
Rob's Handbag Project
Rob contacted us for advice on choosing leather, as he wanted to make a soft, black handbag. Once he'd designed the bag and decided on the best leather for the job, he set to work creating this fabulous piece!
Using soft, supple, matt black leather, he made this very useful and attractive bag, which can be used every day and in any situation, with it's zip closure and conveneint mid-length straps which can be worn on the shoulder or carried by hand. He had even fully lined it, for a really striking and individual effect. That's one of the best things about making things yourself - no-one else will have the same bag as you!
Well done Rob, what a labour of love! Thanks for sharing it with us.
Tanya's Amazing Viking Costume
The talent and determination of our customers never ceases to amaze us - Tanya decided to make her own costume for a viking themed office party. As if that isn't impressive enough, this was Tanya's first ever attempt at leather craft!
She used a vegetable tanned cowhide, 2-2.5mm thick, to give the stiffness needed for the corset to hold its shape as it should, with the same weight of leather also being receptive to carving and embossing.
The beautiful shape of the corset was achieved by carefully cutting and seaming the leather and very patiently stitching it all together by hand.
Tanya is a self-confessed perfectionist and it really shows in her work, with no hint of a 'first project' in sight! She's made a truly professional job of this costume, not only carving the brilliant vambraces (arm protectors) but also the side closures on the corset!
We hope there are plenty more viking themed events in the pipeline so this brilliant costume gets to be seen and appreciated as it should be. Many thanks to Tanya for kindly sharing her project. It is sure to inspire!
Our First Customer Study
Huge thanks to Bill, our first customer to contribute to this page. Bill is not only a talented leather crafter, but a true craftsman in the wider sense, as he has even made some of his own tools!
Bill decided to practice his double-hand stitching technique by sewing along the full length of several saddlery leather belts that he's made, and he did this while holding his work in a home made set of clams (see our listing for a Stitching Pony, which is a similar tool)
As you can see, Bill's tool making didn't end with his wooden clams - he even made his own cutting and skiving knives, repurposing saw blades and chisels to make the exact tools he wanted!
Bill's most amazing accomplishment so far, is this fantastic leather weekend bag, cut out and skived using his own knives and stitched entirely by hand.
What a true labour of love, and a real testament to what can be achieved with practice and determination!
Congratulations Bill, its a wonderful piece, and many thanks for sharing your work with us!