I’ve real­ly been enjoy­ing the recent exper­i­ment with braid­ed leather, but I tend to move around through­out the day so instead of pin­ning the fin­ished end of my work to a work bench, I’ve built a strap to work from my leg or real­ly, any­thing heavy in the vicin­i­ty.

I'm happy with How they turned out but I think I'd take care of any colour treatments before braiding a finished product.

Also, a little close up of a proof of concept experiment on today's project. Turns out, it's possible to braid around solid objects like this little ring. I'm not sure yet where this would be useful, but it's good to know that it's possible!

This time a round plait that will be really good for jewelry and cords in coming projects. these ones were made with 1/8 and 1/16 inch veg tan strips. Shown here undyed and untreated.

Fleas have been our battle of the week around here. We've tried to spray, we've tried the shampoo, and they never seem to die. When you've got a white coated beastie (like Miss Mancha) in the house, they are very obvious… It's a little horrifying if you've ever watched a sci-fi bug a movie. And I have.
There is a new style of flea collar that everybody at the co-op has been recommending. It's 60 some dollars though, and a bit of a tough pill to swallow. So I bought one for @meetmancha and it turns out there was a third left over when I was done trimming it for her neck. Since I've got the leather working supplies out anyway, I figured I'd make use of the $20 left over portion and make a collar for the other beastie (Aussie) on site with a bit of scrap and some stock hardware.
For something couple together in about five minutes I'm pretty happy with how this turned out! I have no idea if this part even has medication in it, but I figured it was worth a try!
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I've had these clevises in my leather kit for at least a year with the intention of making one of these bracelets. This one ended up being a bit small for me, but turned out really well otherwise. I'll refine the design and rephotograph tomorrow..

I've been playing with leather braids today. What do you think? Over the last few weeks, I've been trying to catch up on a variety of projects that need my attention lately, but I've been neglecting my creative needs.
I want to build a new collar of my own making for @meetmancha, but my leather working skills are feeling pretty rusty. This is a welcome re-introduction to working with such a versatile material.
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After an evening of real­ly great con­ver­sa­tion yes­ter­day, I popped back in to my room and start­ed to orga­nize the some of the tools and equip­ment that my dear friend Ash­ley was kind enough to ship to me. I’ve been enjoy­ing the small leather projects I’ve been doing, but I’m look­ing for­ward to build­ing some big­ger and more com­plex cre­ations.

I’ve been hav­ing trou­ble locat­ing my sewing nee­dles in the tool bag though, so I made this nee­dle pouch with a cou­ple of pieces of scrap leather.   I’ve spaced and punched all of these holes by hand, and I’m real­ly hap­py with how con­sis­tent the stitch­ing turned out.  (ignore the extra holes on the left side, that was just left­over from some­thing else and I wasn’t con­cerned about includ­ing it in some­thing so util­i­tar­i­an!) Rather than hav­ing to stitch more ver­ti­cal lines to tight­en up the pock­et, I applied a light coat of rub­ber cement inside the pouch and then pushed the nee­dles and awl tips in and cre­ates a secure stor­age spot to keep them togeth­er.

I also built that D-Ring strap which will be used in a lat­er project to secure the ring.  The sim­i­lar­ly shaped piece of leather in the back­ground was, err, prac­tice. :)

hand stitched needle pouch made from scrap leather

hand stitched nee­dle pouch made from scrap leather

Also, a lit­tle bonus for you.  I man­aged to mis­place the cam­era for a few days, but here are a few shots of my dri­ve in from Ottawa through the real­ly love­ly Que­bec coun­try­side.  The day was a bit grey, but the road along the St. Lawrence riv­er was real­ly enjoy­able.  The scale of the infra­struc­ture projects out here is only matched by the scale of the nat­ur­al fea­tures they’re har­ness­ing.  this riv­er is huge, and the dam that plugs it demands a lock to allow boat­ing traf­fic access to both sides.

A lock and hydroelectric dam on the St. Lawrence River

A lock and hydro­elec­tric dam on the St. Lawrence Riv­er

A lock and hydroelectric dam on the St. Lawrence River

A lock and hydro­elec­tric dam on the St. Lawrence Riv­er

The area is filled with beau­ti­ful old church­es too

Church in Southern Quebec

Church in South­ern Que­bec

Out of curios­i­ty, I stopped at a ceme­tery along the way. Not sure what I was expect­ing, I was sur­prised by the large num­ber of Eng­lish, Scot­tish, and even Ger­man names fea­tured on the stones.

Mary Graham - Headstone at a cemetery in Southern Quebec

Mary Gra­ham — Head­stone at a ceme­tery in South­ern Que­bec

Ross, McPhee, and Nichols - Headstone at a cemetery in Southern Quebec

Ross, McPhee, and Nichols — Head­stone at a ceme­tery in South­ern Que­bec

John McPhaden - Headstone at a cemetery in Southern Quebec

John McPhaden — Head­stone at a ceme­tery in South­ern Que­bec

Samuel Webster - Headstone at a cemetery in Southern Quebec

Samuel Web­ster — Head­stone at a ceme­tery in South­ern Que­bec

 

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