The Leather Element: Thread, Needles & Chisels

We’ve gotten a lot of questions about what thread to use with what needle and which size chisels to use on what project, so in this video, Chuck is covering all of those questions! We’ve just added some new sizes of Ritza Tiger Thread to our line and Chuck shows the best size needles to use with the different sizes of thread and also shows how each one looks once stitched. We hope this answers your questions and gives you some insight into what will work best for your project!

Shop Ritza Tiger Thread
John James Needles
Flat Stitching Chisels
Diamond Stitching Chisels

The Leather Element: Which Leather Should I Use For My Project?

One of our most asked questions from people just getting started in leathercraft is “what leather should I buy or use for a specific project”? There are a lot of ways to go to answer this question, so we took seven basic projects and Chuck breaks down the leather to two options that will work nicely for each project. We hope this helps answer some of your questions and makes it easier to pick the perfect leather for your project.

Leather shown in this video:
Belts: Natural veg tan double shoulder
Natural veg-tan belt blank
Water Buffalo Single Bend
Water Buffalo Belt Blank

Chrome Tanned Pull-Up Leather
Crazy Horse Water Buffalo Side

Arm Guards:
Single Shoulder

Veg Tan Single Shoulder 4/5 oz. or 8/9 oz.
Holster Leather

Veg tan 2/3 oz. and 3/4 oz.
Chrome Tan

Purses and Bags:
Lexi Top Grain
Pines Milled

Boot Straps:
Telfair Pebble Grain
Santa Rosa Pull-Up

The Leather Element: Six Shop Tricks

While filming The Leather Element and project videos, Chuck has been jotting down tips and tricks that he runs into to make life a little bit easier, so today we’re sharing six of them! Chuck offers tips to keep your cutting surfaces from sliding around and how a simple clip can provide multiple uses in your shop. We hope this information is helpful to you!
Tracing film
Poundo Board

Making a Leather Shop Apron

Chuck Dorsett shows how to make a classic shop apron that can be customized to fit your needs. This apron is made from 3/4 oz. Pines Milled leather for a comfortable fit but if you’ll be using this for heavy-duty work we would suggest jumping up to a 5/6 oz. leather. This apron features a front chest pocket and two smaller pockets on each side for pencils, knives, etc. We hope this video inspires you to make your own apron!
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Making a Leather Drawstring Pouch

In this video, Chuck Dorsett makes a leather drawstring pouch. These drawstring pouches are easy projects that don’t require a lot of time or experience. The pouches are hand-stitched around the body and then a drawstring is attached at the top for the closure. The ideal leather to use for these pouches is a 3/4 oz. soft leather. We hope you have fun with this simple and easy project!
Tools and Materials List