|I made this!|
I've long been interested in making soft-cover leather journals, but haven't been confident in what leather to use or how to create functioning closures... so I just haven't done it.
I certainly have the long-stitch skills, and the tools. But the fear of leather has kept me from moving forward. After all, leather is expensive stuff and I'd hate to mess it all up.
A few years ago I tried out some ideas with a few remnant pieces of jacket leather I managed to get my hands on, but I really only had enough to make a few little books. Most of which are still waiting for me to figure out how to move forward fearlessly.
|What was I so afraid of?|
Last night was that meeting, and I am still giddy.
Elissa provided a kit of pre-cut materials so we could focus on construction. This was perfect for me - I already know how to cut leather, paper and thread. Construction and structure is where I needed to get comfortable.
And so, I did.
Does it bend along the stitching? What if I do this? How does my Japanese screw punch work with leather? And all those other questions I haven't been able to answer because I haven't been working with leather.
Of course, I still have more questions! But I have enough answers due to this satisfying experience that I feel comfortable buying some leather and creating more of these beautiful soft cover journals.