How to Start Leatherworking as a Hobby?
We understand very well the increasing enthusiasm and curiosity towards leatherworking, which we have come across frequently lately. We have come with our humble suggestions to those who have this passion, which is blended with the indestructible energy of the love of production!
How to Start Leatherworking as a Hobby?
Leatherworking is an excellent hobby. One of the reasons that makes it unique is; It combines physical and mental focus. If you have an idea to produce your own leather products or start leatherworking as a hobby, we can shed light on this path for you.
First step; Accessing the Necessary Materials
Leatherworking is a very popular hobby nowadays. That's why you can find many websites that make a simple kit and sell the beginner-level materials that anyone who intends to do so should procure. Unfortunately, these kits, often referred to as "starters" in many local shops or on these top-ranked websites, are often filled with poor quality and tools you'll never use.
Determine the leather goods you want to make with the design style you are interested in; It will reveal the materials you need to procure.
Do you want to make a leather notebook for your pictures or writings?
Is it a passport cover that you can use on your travels, earrings or necklaces made of small leather pieces?
Your planning will reveal the style of leather and the materials you need to work with according to the product you want to produce. In this way, you will not spare a budget for materials that you will never use. Bonus for those who did not waste time as you did not wait for this series of tools, which are generally thought to be supplied from abroad!
Also called leather cutting knife, leather seam edge puncher, stapler, cross punch or fork punch, the main materials such as leather sewing needle (it has a ball point instead of a pointy and does not stick to the hand), waxed thread will be partially sufficient for a start.
Learning the Leather
Leather and leatherworking requires learning and technical knowledge like most hobbies.
Forums, Youtube channels, any medium where there are people who share their techniques will be a great resource for you to learn about leather and its craftsmanship.
Along the way, when you see photos of a product or design that looks like you want to build that other interested people have done, you can ask them about their materials and techniques. This process; It will help you make a mental inventory of the techniques you need to learn as well as the materials you need to buy.
You can come across many types of genuine leather with the names Greyzi/Crazy, known as Vaketa, Suede, Leather, Oily leather. Depending on the work you want to do, your choice of leather will change. These leathers show differences in hardness, thickness and textural. When you see a bag, notebook or cover you want to make, you can start learning by asking the type of leather and benefiting from experience.
Time to Take Action
Don't expect the materials to be perfect or the end of your research. Taking action and experiencing to apply what you have learned from your discoveries is one of the most instructive and uplifting ways!
Avoid kits if you can, procure materials one at a time. Experiment a lot by supplying small pieces of leather instead of buying large pieces of leather.
By participating in the workshops, you can start getting to know the material and the hobby and decide whether you like it or not.
In the days when we benefit from the many blessings of the internet, we wanted to give you an idea to start your own journey rather than where you can get the materials.
There are so many different discoveries in leather crafting with sewing techniques, design differences, options to combine different materials and it would be meaningless to collect them all in one place.
First of all, understand what you want to produce, do your planning and research well so that you do not experience material and moral losses. Be courageous and don't be afraid to experiment, start from a small place, try to enjoy the production and let yourself go with the flow.
We believe that there will be no failure on the road taken with effort, love and patience!
If you wish, you can get technical information by attending workshops of The North Fox and find out whether you like leatherwork or not.
We are working on preparing "DIY Leathercraft Kits - DIY Leather Product Kits" so that you can make small trials .
Would it be a good start for enthusiasts? We welcome your ideas and suggestions.
Here we leave a few links that we think may be useful for materials and training:
Hope to see you!