Learn all about leather crafting and make a luxury Italian vegetable-tanned leather card case with leather craft experts Carréducker.
Leather is one of the oldest materials known to man and one of the most satisfying to work with when the leather is sustainably sourced and naturally tanned.
As master shoemakers, Deborah and James of Carreducker, have over 20 years experience working with leather, particularly natural oak bark and veg. tanned leathers. They’ve been developing courses and teaching handsewn shoemaking to enthusiasts from all over the world, for almost as long!
They’re now bringing their knowledge and expertise online in a series of specialist "How to..." videos designed to give you a good foundation in the craft and to get you launched on your way.
In this video, led by Deborah, you will learn how to make an Italian veg. tanned leather card case with three pockets using the specialist leather craft tools in the kit and saddle stitch techniques.
Follow the step by step video and course notes to gain the skills and confidence to continue working in leather at home.
What's in the kit?
This comprehensive kit contains all the essentials to keep working in leather:
- 2 x pre-cut inside leather pockets
- 2 x pre-cut outside leather pockets
- Waxed linen thread cut to length
TOOLS & MATERIALS
- Leather glue (non-toxic 118ml)
- Gum tragacanth (natural, non-toxic 118ml)
- Beeswax (30g)
- Stitching pony
- 4” Dividers
- Pack of 25 x 002 John James needles
- Heat creaser
- 16oz rubber mallet
- Scratch awl
- 15cm cutting board
- 6-prong x 2mm chisel
- 2-prong x 2mm chisel
- Acrylic sleeking bone
- Piece of cotton webbing
- Piece of 240 sandpaper
Learn how to decorate the edges, glue the layers, punch the holes, saddle stitch and hand-finish the case.
The case is pre-cut from natural veg. tanned leather, which is sustainably sourced and tanned using only organic matter such as oak bark, chestnut or mimosa and will develop a beautiful patina over time.
You will receive a kit (pictured) containing the tools, materials, card case pocket sections and waxed linen thread cut to length; a 30-minute video introducing you to specialist leather craft tools and some leather craft techniques as you are guided through the making process, and a PDF of detailed course notes to download.
How is this Leather Masterclass taught?
What else do I need?
In addition to the comprehensive tools and materials included in the kit, you will also need:
- Optional: stamp set for monogramming – there are a host of different fonts and sizes to choose from online
- A spirit burner – available at carreducker.com
- Cotton buds/Q-tips
- Sharp scissors
- A small ruler