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Bibliophile price: £6.00
With over 24 editions and constantly in print since its first publication in 1993, this highly praised handbook is written by a founder member of the Association of Design Leatherworkers. Her top professional knowledge and experience is shared for all who wish to make hand-stitched leather goods. With popular interest in The Repair Shop, here are ten projects suitable for beginner to more advanced crafters, one of the nicest being in the advanced projects section, a large two-tone shoulder bag. Boxed and moulded shoulder bags are classic in design, as is the flat handled briefcase or folding top bag, the wallet and passport holder, a moulded hide purse attached to a belt with pigskin, a leather mask, belts and a quilted bag. Not only is this book an ideal introduction to a centuries-old craft, but it is a comprehensive treatment of materials, tools and techniques. Valerie explains how leather is made, particularly vegetable tanned leather, how it is sold and how it is used, identifying the most useful hand tools to buy. There are always new ideas to explore, so be prepared to experiment with unusual leathers, colours and shapes. The ten projects introduce pattern making, cutting out, cutting-edge finishing, skiving, stitching and simple moulding, paring skills, fixing studs and locks, straps and handles and making a pocket and gusset. There is also a long list of suppliers, coded to indicate the nature of their business for examples for book binding supplies, metal fittings, linen or silk threads or the sharpening stone. 128pp in large softback. 21.5 x 26.5cm.

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