Structured Purse – Complete!

The last of the annual series – Master Session – at Amblard Leather Atelier starts Saturday so I have been busy finishing up my Advanced Session project in order to start another 12 weeks of leather fun (finally leaving hand stitching behind and will be using a machine!)



Structured Purse Part III

Want to share a few work-in-progress pictures of my structured purse! Stitching the side gussets and finishing those edges are the final steps! Master Workshop at Amblard Leather Atelier starts on 14 July… so I better hustle to get this done so I can leave hand stitching behind and finally get to use the Juki sewing machine!






Structured Purse Part II

I have been remiss in updating my structured purse progress! Lots have happened in the last month and we only have a couple of weeks left in our Advanced Workshop at Amblard Leather Atelier! And yes, both my sister and I have signed up for the Master Workshop to complete our full-year leather learning fun!

As mentioned in an earlier blog post, I am using black grain leather with an accent of snake skin. This is the classic-style structured purse with leather rope handles and reinforced bottom.

Here is an action shot! Hand stitching! The awl is to pierce through the multiple layers of the bottom.


Here is a quick shot of the front and flap showing the python accent, slim silver-tone hardware, and asymmetrical design.


Feet and closure hardware set, rope handles attached. I have finished hand stitching the handles onto the front and back (an extremely persnickety process!) It’s finally looking like a purse!!!


Structured Purse, Part 1

Now that we are into big projects – totes and purses! – instead of accessories that can be done in one or two classes, I am going to write about this current project in parts as I did my first tote! So here goes… 😀

After a couple of days of hand skiving, the majority of the Advanced Workshop at Amblard Leather Atelier is devoted to the Structured Purse project. As with the tote, there are guidelines we must follow but do have some creative input. I sketched out two themes with two to three designs each and settled on one with lots of angles. We are also allowed to use something exotic so I jumped at this opportunity to work with something other than calf leather.

Did some shopping on my own when a friend and I went up to Napa last week. The Hide House is an amazing retailer of leather and I was like a kid in a candy store! One of the finds was a soft metallic hide in dark pewter – a dark grey piece with a touch of greenish bronze shimmer that I will use for the inside lining of the purse.


The exterior is black with an accent of snake skin!


I am so excited to get going now that all the pieces are cut!!!


The Making of the Leather Tote, Part 4

I did it! I managed to finish my leather tote so I could take it with me to my annual glass conference – the International Society of Glass Beadmakers Gathering – in Vegas last week. It was a hit even though most of my glassy friends thought I was crazy to have stitched this entire tote by hand!

With this project behind me, I will be starting my Advanced Workshop at Amblard Leather Atelier next. VERY excited! We will start with hand skiving – along with a couple of small projects – then a structured purse! WOOHOO!