Leather Valet Tray!

My latest completed project at Amblard Leather Atelier was a Valet Tray. This was the first time we could add a little of our own creativity to the project – the center design of the Tray. Since this was to be a present for hubby, I used his colors and let him select from a few of my preliminary sketches.

Initially I was going to go with the same color combination as his Billfold Wallet – dark navy smooth leather with grain leather in Oceania, a muted medium slate grey – and add a bright blue for accent, perhaps in Bluebird. I made the mistake of grabbing Niagara (a lighter greyish blue) instead of Oceania for I didn’t have the Wallet with me AND thought I was using Bluebird that turned out to be Surf! It turned out fine but I really would have like it better in Oceania!

So I am in the process of putting together color charts with leather swatches so I will never make that mistake again. 😉

Hand stitching the center design took hours!

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And the corners were quite challenging, too!

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Sharing the quick sketches and final design done in Adobe Illustrator.

Three more projects till the TOTE! 😀

 

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Zippered Pouch

My leather journey continues with the Beginners Workshop at Amblard Leather Atelier and to say that the latest finished project was challenging would be an understatement. Up till now, the techniques were not that different. Then BAM! A project with so many new things to learn and execute – curved corners, single layer finishing, mold, wee pull (you won’t believe how tough it is to finish that teeny tiny zipper pull!), and all that goes with shortening/fitting the zipper! There were definitely a few oopsies that required some creative fixing but all in all, I am quite pleased with the end result but would LOVE to do another to perfect the new skills… one day!

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There are limited color palette for smooth leather so I decided to stick with my favorite dark green.

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And it’s lined with one of my favorite pistachio green grain leather! 😀

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Four more projects to my TOTE! It’s important to have lofty goals, right?

Leather Eyeglass Case

Finished two projects since my last blog post! The first is a hand stitched Eyeglass Case and it was an opportunity to use multiple colors combining smooth and grain leather. My sister, Helen, who is taking the Amblard Leather Atelier class with me, stretched her comfort zone and used fuchsia and grey with a pink interior… I, on the other hand, went with the boring classic combination of black and tan with a pistachio green interior and snap!

Yes, the snap is covered with leather! Fun!

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Five projects between me and that tote! 😀