Leather…my new obsession…
Ok, that title is a tad misleading. I haven’t gone kinky on you. Not yet, anyway.
I’m talking about my new hobby, leathercrafting.
It all started with my first LARP event earlier this year, and the fact that I wanted to try to make as much of my own stuff as possible. Since I needed armour, that meant learning to make things from leather. And so the obsession began, because leathercraft is bloody fun!
I started small. I wanted to make something that I could try to sew together. A jerkin, perhaps. And so that’s what I did. I got my kit from eBay, and some cheap leather from a place called Fabworks near Huddersfield, and I got to work. After bleeding fingers and swearing and stabbing myself in the hand with my sewing awl several times (apparently I dont learn from pain), I managed to make this:
I later dyed it a dark brown for a friend’s Game of Thrones party. But I can’t find a pic of that. Suffice to say, it did well as monstering kit for the LARP event.
But if I was going to survive at LARP, I’d need some armour. And so a project was born. Here’s a photographic story for you…
And there you go! It took a couple of weeks of picking at it in short bursts to get the whole thing finished, but I’m pretty proud of it. I got the snot kicked out of me in the LARP battles and never felt a thing so that has to be a good result, right?
Anyway, the addiction continues. I’ll post more projects in the future.
Thanks for reading.