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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