Learning new tricks

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I had the weekend off! That’s the last one until November, so I made the most of it by going to a workshop at the DCA. It was a leather workshop with Bunty & Bella and part of the DCA’s Craft Sunday series – but we had an extra Sunday on Saturday so we had time to design as well as make our little projects.

I started with a rectangular purse in tan and dark brown leather. I chose the style because I love those little stud fastenings and thought I could cope with cutting out rectangles. The asymmetric flap was just to make it a bit more interesting.

first leather purse

I did manage to cut out rectangles, and they were almost all the same size too. Well, close enough. (The finished size, by the way, is about 10 x 17 cm.)

There are two pockets inside, and I added a red felt lining.

first leather purse inside

It’s a wee bit clumsy, but I love it. The leather is soft and warm, and the Sam Browne stud is just as pleasing as it should be.

first leather purse stud

I then had time for a second purse and, sticking with a winning formula, went for another rectangle of about the same size as the first. This time, though, I included a scrap of handwoven cloth on one side and tackled a zip fastening.

second leather purse

The lining is a pale grey felt to go with the zip.

second leather purse inside

It was a really enjoyable weekend and I’m delighted with my little purses. So if I find myself getting flustered during October, at least I can stroke that soft tan leather.

Learning new tricks” was posted by Cally on 29 Sept 2015 at http://callybooker.co.uk

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2 Responses

  1. janicezindel
    | Reply

    Very nice bags! It’s always good to be learning or trying something new, it always seems to trigger new ideas and direction in our work!

  2. neki rivera
    | Reply

    the one the woven hands down.weaving+blue.i mean 😉
    this is great inspiration thank you.

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