A few months ago, I got a subscription to creativebug.com. Some of my most favorite fabric and pattern designers had tutorials and classes and I was learning to paint with watercolors. I have had fun exploring the others forms of craft and art on the site. Last month, I found myself returning frequently to watch the classes of Elke Bergeron. I have always loved leather and her style perfectly matched my own.
I had some leather scraps and before investing in a bunch of new tools and supplies, decided to play around with what I had. I made a few pouches and tassels and really enjoyed the process. I also made some wrap bracelets.
I wanted to make more things, but I knew that I wanted to be able to buy leather in person. Each piece is so unique, and there is no comparison to feeling and inspecting it in person. I lucked out, in that the leather supply store that was recommend in the online classes has two locations near me. I went to the one in Rhode Island and picked up a bag of veg-tanned scraps, a veg-tanned belly, and two sides that were on sale.
Within about four days, I had used up much of the leather I bought, making bags and straps and bracelets. I find this kind of work incredibly satisfying and can’t wait to do more once I have more time. All of the things I made were from the online classes, which was one of the best subscriptions I think I have ever purchased.