Good quality leather is a material that just gets better as it ages. I remember the wonderful old armchairs at my grandparents’ home and the beautiful glossy patina time and use had given to the leather. I love to collect vintage leather bags for this very reason.
The picture below is of a shooting bag, at least 40 years old. It’s not mine, sadly, but was in my custody for a few days while I made repairs to the stitching. The cotton thread had rotted in a few places around the straps but the leather still looked as good as new.
I enjoy working with coloured leathers, especially the reds but my favourite shades are always the tans and conker browns.
The large bag at the back is the very first “Tiddleybag” I made and is still going strong.
This scrumptious grainy leather is to die for! It’s a treat to work with and always feels lovely to handle and use. I bought a whole hide of this as I love it so much. I used it to make the Very Useful Belt Pouch below. This was inspired by a commission for a gentleman who wanted a simple pouch to carry his mobile phone [in its hard case] on his belt.
This is available in my Etsy shop, Tiddleyworks. I’m adding new items on a regular basis so watch this space!