We've had a laser in the corner of the workshop for the best part of 15 years now. In that time it's had two new laser tubes, new power supply, new motherboard and a replacement water pump, but it's still the same old laser. We use it to put images on various leather goods although by far the most populous of these is vambraces. Most of the images in the catalogue also date back about ... read more ›
This is a slightly more in depth look at a new pouch design I posted about on Facebook and Intagram recently.
Last week one of my irregular leather suppliers turned up with some heavy upholstery leather(1.2mm) in a golden yellow. It reminded me of a picture I'd seen of a medieval pouch so I set out to make my own version. This was primarily intended for Empire where a medieval pouch of that... read more ›
Sorry, got a bit distracted by the boot cover. As promised, below you can see a picture of the finished pouch. I've closed it using a strap and buckle set but other options are loop and toggle, a tongue and loop or there are any number of latches. I've gone for a chunky strap width as this pouch is made from 3.5mm thick leather so is quite solid and I think the fastening has to reflec... read more ›
Most of our pouch designs are based on a box. It's an easy shape to make and it give good volumetric capacity for the amount of leather used. As my training was in engineering rivets were the fastening of choice, sewing is fine but I like hitting things with hammers.
All you need to do to make the pattern is lay the box out flat. The picture shows one of our patterns with the original const... read more ›
This was a customer request after they'd seen some of the other applique bags we've done in the past. Like all the applique work it presents a number of technical challenges.
The first challenge is creating the design. It can't be too complex or it will cost too much to cut and sew. It also has to be instantly recognisable as the thing it's supposed to be. No one want&... read more ›