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Friday, 3 March 2017

Learning Leatherwork

Wow this week has flown by!
Today we're linking up once again with Amy at Love Made My Home

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This week I thought I'd share five photos of the new skill we're working on, Leatherwork!

We've never done any leather working at all before now, these are the first few attempts so we're definitely hoping to improve with practice. At the moment we have mainly just been getting used to the tools and seeing what we can do, hopefully it's something we can add to our Etsy Store: Thor's Threads

The first things we made were some simple leather name patches:

Custom Leather Name Patch
I love the way they have come out. There is a patch for each of us with our nicknames on:

Nicknames on Leather Patches
Then we thought we would try our luck and jazz up my wallet a little, I think that it has really transformed what was an ordinary wallet in to something really unique and personal:

Personalised Leather Wallet

After that we thought we'd step our game up a notch and go for something a bit more fancy and put a Mjolnir (Thor's Hammer) on to one of my leather belts:

Leather Belt with Thor's Hammer

I was so happy with how it came out that we decided to make a pendant/necklace featuring the Mjolnir design:

Leather Mjolnir Pendant

It's great fun and I think it's a cool way to personalise some otherwise mundane items, I can't wait to get in to some of the more advanced techniques and tools.
What skills are you hoping to improve in 2017?
I hope everyone has an amazing weekend, catch up with you all soon

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  1. I really like the pendant. I'm impressed with your skill for a beginner - I'd never have known you haven't been doing it for years!

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    1. Thank you! I think the pendant is my favourite too :)

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    2. Thanks for dropping by my blog. I'm not christian either but I love "churchcrawling"as a friend of mine calls it. There will be future churchy Fives - I promise. :)

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  2. Looks great! Beginner? Wow. It's a really good skill to learn. I really enjoying seeing people learn and retain some of the old skills, things that aren't so common these days. I would love to learn how to spin wool. Not sure it's going to be this year but would like to learn. There's a show over here in US called Forged in Fire about bladesmithing and it looks really interesting - hot and hard work - but the end results are beautiful.

    Happy Five on Friday!

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    1. I'll have to look up that Forged in Fire, I always wanted to be a blacksmith when I was little

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  3. Wow! That looks great. I especially like the pendant. X

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  4. Brilliant, it all looks very even. There will be no stopping you now. Enjoy your weekend.

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    1. Hope you have a fantastic weekend too :)

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  5. It looks like a nice addition to your etsy store items! My husband is interested in getting into leather working.

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    1. Yeah it's always good to have multiple strings to your bow :)

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  6. Love the little wolf on your wallet and the pendant is wonderful. Have a great weekend:)

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    1. Thanks Rosie, have a wonderful weekend :)

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  7. Thanks for sharing your leatherwork and showing how you've personalised clothes and accessories. It's satisfying to learn a new skill. I would like to learn to knit more complicated patterns by following instructions from the book I was given by daughter-in-law. Have a great weekend!

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    1. I would love to learn to knit! I wouldn't know where to start though

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  8. It is always great to learn a new skill. Good for you. Look forward to see what you make.

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    1. my problem is being a jack of all trades and master of none, although I suppose its not such a bad thing to be a good all rounder?

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    2. For a homesteader it makes a lot of sense!

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  9. This year I am concentrating on learning smocking and getting t grips with spinning fleece

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    1. wow spinning fleece is a fascinating one, very traditional craft and I imagine it would be very satisfying

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  10. Hello! Love the leatherwork! Great job! We had similar wristbands made with the kids names on them when on holiday & they last so well.
    Have a happy weekend
    Christine

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    1. I hadn't thought about wrist bands, I suppose they would be fairly easy to make with a pres-stud fastener

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  11. Wow! Impressive work for beginners. I am hoping to improve my photography skills this year - many moons ago I took a City & Guilds course but I think I need to dig out my notes, reread them and practise properly. At least in the digital age, I don't have to pay to have the duff ones developed. Happy weekend. x

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    1. oooooo photography is an area I'm really lacking, I really should try to improve my picture taking abilities

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  12. The leather work is great, well done. No chance of your wallet going missing now :)

    Diana

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    1. Highly unlikely, especially as there is never anything in it! haha

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  13. I love the new skill and it looks like good fun might have to keep it in mind next time I am looking for a new hobby.

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    1. Its very easy and relatively cheap to get started :)

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  14. Great looking leather work! Learning new skills is enjoyable, I find. I'm always willing to try new things, but then I want to do everything and that's impossible.

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    1. I struggle with that myself, Jack of all trades Master of none lol

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  15. Your leatherwork is quite handsome.

    I'm looking to improve my cooking skills in 2017. We moved from a large house to a very small apartment in the city -----------I hope to learn how to create delicious dinners with somewhat sub-standard appliances and very little room. LOL

    Hope you have a wonderful weekend.

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    1. We did indeed have a wonderful weekend, thank you! Cooking is my weak spot, I suppose Carly is just so good at it that I have become rather lazy in that department

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  16. Nice leather work. You're a fast learner, that's clear.

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  17. Impressive work for a beginner, like Thor's hammer.

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    1. I could probably do a Five on Friday just on the different Thor's Hammers I wear on a daily basis lol

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  18. They all look great and skilful for your first few items. I like the shape of the Mjolnir.

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    1. It has a lot of meaning for me personally, I wear several forms of Thor's hammers every day

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  19. What great work! Hope you enjoy stocking these in your etsy shop!

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    1. fingers crossed people will like them :)

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  20. What a nice idea to personalize wallets or other leather things !

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