Posts

Instagram Highlights: The Many Ways to Make a Card Wallet

I love Instagram. When I’m feeling stuck or uninspired in the middle of a project, scrolling through the feeds of some of the best leatherworkers in the world gives me a lot of motivation to keep going. Some people use Instagram like any other social media account, but for me, a curated feed of high-end […]

The Traditional French Saddle Stitch (And How to Watch Youtube Videos in Another Language)

I’ve posted a few times on saddle stitching for leather and, if you’re like me, it’s interesting to see all of the subtle variations on the technique. One leatherworking tradition can do things one way while another will do something slightly different or even the complete opposite. I love learning about the differences because it […]

Video: Decades of Exploring Leatherworking Designs

Today’s post is a video that really made me think a little more about the benefits of exploring new designs, in addition to the satisfaction that comes in working with your hands. Neil MacGregor and Valerie Michael began their leatherworking careers in the early 70’s, setting out with a clear intention to create fine leather […]

Customer Creations: A Collection of Wallets

This week’s Customer Creations post includes an assortment of handmade wallets and card wallets constructed by some of our truly gifted customers and readers. Included are a beautiful themed wallet with edges made smooth by the help of our edge paint roller, a simple, but elegant two-tone card holder, and some colorful Corgi wallets stitched […]

Vintage Article: How to Make a Golf Bag

One of my favorite parts about working on Fine Leatherworking business is reading the stories, tips and questions that we get from our readers. Together, we have so much collective leatherworking knowledge and wisdom, and it excites me to see us all learning and developing our skills together! To start this post, I just wanted […]

Customer Creations: A Bag for Every Purpose

This week’s Customer Creations post includes a variety of bags designed with every purpose in mind. Whether it’s a bag for your everyday carry, or you’re off to the office with a stack of paperwork, or you’re packing for a long weekend or extended vacation, these bags designed and constructed by our readers will have […]

From the Streets to the Smithsonian: The Life and Work of Soumana Saley

Today’s post tells the story of Soumana Saley, a respected leather craftsmen  from Niamey, Niger. His life represents a unique mix of passion and hard work that I found really inspiring, and it served as a reminder about the opportunity that we all have as leatherworkers in an ever-growing field. At the age of 11, […]

Videos: Design with Yourself in Mind

Today’s post is a pair of videos that inspired me to think more about how important it is to bring our own individual tastes, talents and gifts to our leatherworking projects. For those of us who own our own leatherworking businesses, we’ve all heard things like: “It’s important to keep the customer in mind at […]

Make Unique Leather Goods One Detail at a Time

It can seem difficult to develop your own style when you are creating your own leather goods. You look at iconic product designs both large and small and think, “I’ll never be able to come up with something that creative.” Great designs can seem like they came out of thin air, fully formed and completely […]

Customer Creations: A Collage of Colors

This week’s Customer Creations post includes an assortment of colorful pieces made by a number of truly talented artisans. Included are a gorgeous purse in mallard made from shrunken calf, a couple of high-end handbags, some lovely hard cases from an ex-Hermes craftsman and an awesome English bridal/shrunken calf dog-collar stitched with Lin Cable! Patrick […]

Products

FN3 MCR Iron (2.5mm)

Single Creaser

A subset of the FN series irons, the FN MCR irons have a fully round shape to create an additional way of doing curved edges and round corners.

Pricking Wheel (Handle Only)

Pricking Wheel

Pricking Wheels are used to mark stitches along a curved line or where using a pricking iron is impractical. They are also a great compliment to pricking irons which produce straight lines. Pricking wheels can be used instead of the 2 tooth iron, especially where there is a very long and gradual curve. The Doldokki […]

Pricking Wheel with Adjustable Fence (Handle Only)

Pricking Wheel with Adjustable Fence

The Doldokki pricking wheel set has an adjustable guide to help keep your marks steady and consistent along the edge of the leather. Pricking Wheels are used to mark stitches along a curved line or where using a pricking iron is impractical. They are also a great compliment to pricking irons which produce straight lines. […]

Large Spool Polyester Thread Size #5: Yale

Polyester Thread Size #1: Yale

Yale Bonded Polyester Thread for Hand-Sewing and Machine-Sewing Leather – Size #5 1000 Meter Spool

Large Spool Polyester Thread Size #8: Midnight

Polyester Thread Size #1: Midnight

Midnight Bonded Polyester Thread for Hand-Sewing and Machine-Sewing Leather – Size #8 1000 Meter Spool

Large Spool Polyester Thread Size #5: Mango

Polyester Thread Size #1: Mango

Mango Bonded Polyester Thread for Hand-Sewing and Machine-Sewing Leather – Size #5 1000 Meter Spool

Large Spool Polyester Thread Size #5: Sky

Polyester Thread Size #1: Sky

Sky Bonded Polyester Thread for Hand-Sewing and Machine-Sewing Leather – Size #5 1000 Meter Spool

Large Spool Polyester Thread Size #5: Mint

Polyester Thread Size #1: Mint

Mint Bonded Polyester Thread for Hand-Sewing and Machine-Sewing Leather – Size #5 1000 Meter Spool

Large Spool Polyester Thread Size #8: Jasmine

Jasmine Bonded Polyester Thread for Hand-Sewing and Machine-Sewing Leather – Size #8 1000 Meter Spool

Large Spool Polyester Thread Size #1: Cream

Cream Bonded Polyester Thread for Hand-Sewing and Machine-Sewing Leather – Size #1 600 Meter Spool