New Crafts: Leatherwork: 25 Practical Ideas for Hand-crafted Leather Projects That are Easy to Make at Home
This title offers 25 practical ideas for hand-crafted leather projects that are easy to make at home. It includes accessible and original leather projects designed by some of today's leading artists. It demonstrates the versatility and beauty of leather in projects such as a picture frame and a leather chain belt. Techniques for 25 practical and desirable designs are shown in clear step-by-step photographs and diagrams. Templates are provided so that you can cut out pieces of leather accurately. It is suitable for all levels of leatherworker, from the novice to the more experienced: includes a comprehensive guide to all you need to know about materials and equipment and the basic skills of the craft. It features over 300 specially commissioned photographs with step-by-step sequences. Since the introduction of man-made materials the use of hand-worked leather has declined, but the art and craft of leatherwork is still popular and designs can easily be produced at home in a wide range of shades and finishes. This practical book offers several projects aimed at all levels of skill, including a child's sheepskin hat and vest, suede cushion covers, slippers, a personal organizer, a useful blanket carrier, a briefcase and a pair of sandals. An introduction to the basic techniques also outlines details of the essential materials and special tools and equipment that you will need, as well as ways of dyeing and finishing natural leather. Clear photographs of the finished projects will inspire you to try some of them out for yourself. A gallery of antique and contemporary pieces highlights the versatility and beauty of leather, and its use for everyday objects and clothing - as well as for more ornate and decorative pieces.
Mary Maguire studied Fine Art and Textiles at Goldsmith's College, London, and gained an MA at the Royal College of Art in metalwork and accessories. Since then she has continued to develop and exhibit her work in various different media, and has written several craft books.