Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Leather Bags

Surely there is a legion of leather lovers out there, I am certainly one of them. There is something special about the smell of leather. In my world there is also something truly lucious about a new bag, especially a leather bag. Added to that is the satisfaction of making it myself.
I recently spent four fun filled days in a workshop with Rose-Anne Russell - a leather shoe and bag artist who lives in the Adelaide Hills. Rose-Anne lives in a converted stone building that used to be a carpenters workshop and now is a beautiful home and studio.
We learnt so much - designing our bag, how to make a pattern and then how to put it together.
The first  day we sewed some samples, drew up a pattern for and made a pencil case.

Then designed our tote bags and made the patterns.
On day 2 we selected the leather and started our bags. We learnt how to put in zipper pockets, line the bags with pigskin and by the end of day 4 we had our finished bags.

If you want to make your own bag or shoes contact Rosie - you can't go wrong.


Jules said...

This is fab! Sounds like something I'd love to do one day.

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