The UK leatherwork magazine for hobbyists of the craft!
‘Waxing the Thread’ is a modern, practical, workshop magazine for hobbyists of traditional leatherwork. There’s plenty to keep you busy in issue 10 – the final issue in the WTT series – including 2 step-by-step Projects and a further 2 Pattern Pages.
Project 1 in issue 10, the Small Saddle Bag, is a fashion staple and something we think is great fun to make! You can be as creative as you choose with almost endless possibilities for the flap design. As you’ve come to expect, we’ve given you a step-by-step guide with colour photos to guide you through the making process. We’ve also included a guide to planning a punched design should you want to create a brogue-style pattern on the bag flap. The first of the Pattern Pages includes 2 patterns, both designed to fit inside the Small Saddle Bag.
Project 2 is a little trickier, but we think you’ll easily be able to follow the instructions to make this structured Trinket Box. We’ve lined ours with kangaroo skin – though you can use fabric or wool – and stitched using both butt and box-stitch, so a perfect opportunity to practise these two stitches.
The second Pattern Page is for a basic bag design, but tweaked to accommodate a laptop – and if you want to make changes to the closure, it won’t be too difficult if you plan in advance. Each of the Projects and Pattern Pages state which materials (and leather substances) we’ve used when making the projects ourselves – we’ve even stated which company we purchased the leather from! The last of this issue’s projects, leather mask making, has been written for us by contributor Rob Exton and is a fun exercise in wet-moulding leather.
If you’re a regular reader of the feature pages we hope you’ll enjoy reading about the work of Master Saddler, Samuel Belasco, consider the benefits of joining a leatherwork Facebook Group, and read our Q. & A. with Charlie Trevor in advance of the publication of his new book, The Artisan’s Guide to leatherwork.
As always, we’ve included the ‘Readers Pages’, where you can see what’s been selected for this issue of the Readers’ Workbench page and, as this is the last issue of WTT, we’ve created a ‘Contents’ guide for issues 1 – 9 so that you can easily find those projects or articles published in earlier issues.
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