Leatherwork: A Manual of Techniques

Leatherwork: A Manual of Techniques

Geoffrey West

Language: English

Pages: 154


Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Leather is a strong and versatile material, which is highly suitable for handicrafts. Anyone can learn the techniques of leatherworking, and with some basic tools and a little patience can produce articles that are both aesthetically pleasing and practical. Topics covered: Advice on selection of tools and different types of leather; Step-by-step instruction on the techniques of cutting, bevelling, burnishing, hand-stitching, carving, stamping and thronging; Tips on how to avoid common pitfalls; A range of interesting projects; Explanatory line-drawings and photographs throughout.

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out. Fig 35d Turned construction. As can be imagined, stitching allowances are required for all methods apart from cut-edge construction. Fig 36 Plain cut-edge construction handbag design. DESCRIPTION Cut edge. Hand stitched. Unlined. Buckle-on strap. No pockets. Vegetable-tanned side (cowhide) leather, unstained (natural). As will be seen from the above, the front flap, and rear body panel are formed by one piece. The rear body-panel section and front-flap section of it must be

to bond to the silk’s surface. Fold the rexine back and stick it down onto the cardboard back of the silk-covered card panel. Fig 73 Main panel and silk panel in position to be bonded together by rexine overlaps. 10. Place the frame assembly on the work surface, top side down. Then put the silk panel on top (also top side down), lining up the cardboard edges. Apply adhesive to the rexine overlaps and the corresponding cardboard edges at the bottom and the sides. Do not trim the corners at

punch holes for rivets in the key-case fitting panel, using the key-case fitting to mark it. 2. Rivet the key-case fitting onto the panel. 3. Fix the key-case fitting panel in place on the inside of the main panel. Stick the top and bottom short edges using latex adhesive. 4. Mark a line (using dividers) 3mm (⅛in) in from the edge on the grain side of the main panel. 5. Use the chisel punch to punch thong holes along this line. 6. Starting at the centre of the base (long) edge, thong all

behind it. 8. Use the stitching groover to groove a line 3mm (⅛in) from the base-line of the tongue. Stitch-mark along this line and pierce preliminary holes through both thicknesses of leather if this was done for the remainder of the stitching. 9. Starting two stitches back from the previous stitching on the centre rib, stitch along the remaining three lengths. FINISHING OFF Fit a buckle to the straps to join them at the centre, then apply a suitable finish. USEFUL ADDRESSES SUPPLIERS

value). Fashion accessory enthusiasts will wish to learn about leather as a way of augmenting their present dressmaking or fabric-related skills. Others prefer the more intricate craft-type leatherworking, normally involving the use of vegetable-tanned leathers, which are hand stitched or thonged and carved and/or dyed. Strikingly individual items can be made in this way, and the scope for anyone with flair and artistic ability is limitless, since any design can be transferred to a leather

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