March 16, 2012

Leather and gold

Leather and gold

A couple of months ago, I came across a very nice piece of pigs leather, not tanned and very soft. Surprised by how cheap it was (I couldn't believe it was actually real leather at that price) I couldn't resist and bought the skin. It took me some time to decide on how and what to use it for. I kept it neatly in my closet with a nice ribbon tied around it. Once in a while I would take it out, pat it, fold it, smell it. A bag for sure, but what kind of a bag? I went slowly on this project. At some point, I decided I wanted to paint on it - I had never done this before - I tested a couple of designs and colors on pieces of scrap leather and then I just went for it. Triangles. Gold.
No way I'm a bling-bling girl, but given the subtle color of the skin a little bit of gold wouldn't harm, I thought. I tested a couple of techniques to get clean cut triangles onto the leather and went with freezer paper. It took me another week or so before I had the courage to actually cut up the leather and start sewing. I can't say all went well - there are a few flaws in both the design and the execution, but it doesn't look too bad for a very first, homemade, full leather bag.

Next week, I'll give your more details on the process, but now, I'm off with my brand new bag!

Wishing you a great weekend,

xo, P.
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