Hand Sewing Leather 201 – Tote Bag and Laptop Case

Time: Wednesday, February 27, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Dan Horan of Merchant Leather
This advanced leather-working class will build on your sewing skills, allowing students to create a larger, more complex project. Students will work from custom patterns while being guided through the basics of leather design and construction  including the skills necessary to design their own goods. Project options include a tote bag, cross body purse, 13” laptop case or 15” laptop case. You will be required to choose your project at signup but a variety of leather choices for each project will be available at the beginning of class. Previous hand-sewing (saddle stitch) experience is strongly recommended. While the basics will be covered, the more experience you have, the happier you will be with you finished project. (please see MerachLeather.com/WBCA for project examples)

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Hand Sewing Leather 101 – Small Goods

Time: Thursday, January 10, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Dan Horan of Merchant Leather
This entry level class is designed to introduce the classic techniques of hand-sewing with leather. Students can choose from projects that demonstrate the basics of working with leather including cutting, punching, hand sewing, riveting, snap setting, finishing and care. No previous experience with any type of craft or sewing is required. Students will be able to choose from a wide assortment of projects and leather at the beginning of class, including: clutches, belts, coin purses, wallets, Fieldnote covers, phone cases, keychains, sunglass cases and more. (please see MerchantLeather.com/WBCA for project examples).

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Five Thread Sami Bracelet

Date/Time: Wednesday, January 9, 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Kim Bakken-Parr
The Sami People are the indigenous people of Sweden, Norway, Finland, and the Kola Peninsula of Russia. They have a long history and tradition of reindeer breeding and to use all parts of the reindeer, they make beautiful jewelry out of reindeer leather. In this class we will start by braiding pewter thread (nickel-free alloy with 4% silver) around either a piece of leather, more pewter thread or even horsehair. The ends of the bracelet are stitched closed using sinew thread and a button clasp made from shed reindeer antler tips is attached. This is a great bracelet for someone who does not want to do a lot of hand sewing. All tools are provided, but if you need magnification for this close hand work, please bring your own. Additional kits will be available to purchase from the instructor.

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