Patchwork Leather Shoulder Bag

If I remember correctly, this patchwork leather shoulder bag is the first piece of leatherwork I ever made, about six or seven years ago.  The wonderful Oh Susanna’s Leather was selling bags of leather scraps at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival, and on a whim I bought a few of them.  Years later, I have a

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Pewter Casting

Last April, Master Phillipe de Lyon taught a class on pewter casting at the SCA event It Takes My Child to Raze a Village (an awesome event where children are the stars). It turns out that you can do simple pewter casting with very inexpensive materials. I thought this was really quite amazing, so I

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Winter Glove Repair

One of my favorite pairs of gloves started falling apart last winter.  I believe strongly that we throw away too many things in our culture, and I was determined to fix them.  It worked beautifully!  In this post I will show you how you can fix this problem on your own favorite gloves. The before

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Commission: Patchwork Belt Pouch of Holding

Each piece of leatherwork I make is one-of-a-kind.  Entirely hand-sewn with strong saddle stitch to last a long time, this pouch is big enough to hold a regular paperback novel, wallet, keys, and cell phone. To ensure that it would hold everything an introverted SCAdian would want at an event, I formed it around the

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Cynnabar Viking Weave

Viking woven trim was often made of geometric patterns that changed on a whim.  A love of symmetry and solid, repeating patterns did not much emerge until later Saxon times.  Most (if not all) of these patterns were made through tablet weaving (also called card weaving) brocade, which is a time-intensive process that involves weaving

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Commission: Strong Cynnabar Heels

I recently repaired the new Baron of Cynnabar’s shoes!  I patched the large hole in the heel you can see in the upper left photo, then reinforced the heels with strong leather patches to keep the shoes from sagging.  Finally, I did a little test painting to cover up a couple scuff marks. You can

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Simplest Lip Balm Recipe EVER

Can’t figure out what to give people for the holidays?  Lip balm is easy and quick to make, almost everyone appreciates it, and it can be customized for personal tastes with minimal effort.  Many recipes exist online, but I find that most of them are far more complicated than necessary, requiring various exotic butters and

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Tanning a Deer Hide: Part 3

I finished it! I have an awesome deer hide stretched on my wall that I tanned myself! I’m really proud of this. I learned a lot, going through this process. It’s not perfect, but I did it! It’s been a while since I’ve posted about this, so here’s a quick recap. In Part 1, I

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Unique Leather Business Card Holder

I designed a unique holder for business cards.  Like so much of my work, the shape is naturally informed by the scraps of leather, and is a one-of-a-kind piece of art. The leather was specifically formed to be able to fit business cards.  It holds approximately 30 business cards securely and safely.  The friction of

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