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!


Leather Clutch

As promised, here is my latest finished project – a hand stitched clutch – at my Intermediate Workshop at Amblard Leather Atelier! I have to admit that I tried my best to zip through this project so I might start my TOTE! Fortunately, it contain fewer new techniques than some of the other earlier projects – curved gussets, padded construction, inside pocket, and magnetic closure.

I again picked dark green smooth leather on the outside and Aloe grain leather on the inside to match my wallet (and zipper pouch)! 😀




The TOTE has commenced!!!

Leather Wallet

More than half way into my Intermediate Leather Workshop at Amblard Leather Atelier and realized I never blogged about my projects!

This Leather Wallet project had many tiny parts and the most complicated construction to date. I went with my go-to dark green and paired it with a neutral grey, both in smooth leather. The lining and the zipper pocket were in Aloe grain leather.



This wee gusset was definitely one of the more challenging skills!


I have since finished the next project – the Clutch – and just started my TOTE! Finally! Will share pictures of the clutch project shortly…

Leather Envelope!

Before the holidays, I completed the Beginners Session of the Leather Workshop at Amblard Leather Atelier with this 8.5″ x 5.5″ (21.5 x 14 cm) leather envelope project. Combining both smooth and grain leather in contrasting colors – black and mauve with matching purple yarn – we learned how to craft Bea Amblard’s ingenious way of sizing the perfect gusset.

The 12-week Intermediate Session starts this Saturday after a month off and I am anxious to get back into my latest obsession! Moreover, I have already started the next project – a wallet with zipper coin pouch and credit card slots – so the dream TOTE is almost within my grasp (after another project – a clutch)! 😉

If you are interested in Bea and her daughter, Amelie’s work, visit April in Paris – American Made Luxury with Paris Flair!

We were given an opportunity to design the flap – I of-course went with asymmetry!


Splash of purple on the inside!


This shows the wonderful gusset!


Two more projects to the TOTE! 😀