12 Replies to “The Leather Element: Leathercraft the Oldest Human Craft”

  1. I am having trouble in keeping my original leather shape when I am doing heavy stamping, example basket weave. If my leather cut starts out like, 5 in. x 5 in. , after stamping it is no longer 5×5 it is some odd measurement. How do I prevent this or adjust for it?

    1. Hi Nicholas,
      A good way to keep leather from stretching is to apply several layers of clear packing tape to the back of the leather before wetting the leather. The tape will stick to the leather and help prevent stretching. Hope this helps!

  2. Hey Chuck,

    Just another little Fact.

    Leather
    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Leather is a natural durable and flexible material created by tanning animal rawhide’s and skins. The most common raw material is cattle hide. It can be produced at manufacturing scales ranging from artisan to modern industrial scale.

    Leather is used to make a variety of articles, including footwear, automobile seats, clothing, bags, book bindings, fashion accessories, and furniture. It is produced in a wide variety of types and styles and decorated by a wide range of techniques. The earliest record of leather artifacts dates back to 2200 BC.

    Thank you for all the great videos.
    Enjoy them very much.
    Have a great day.

    Kind Regards,
    Lenny.

  3. Hi guys, I’m attempting first purse for wife. I want to cut out a logo on outside and glue in red leather good side out through cutouts, then liner over top, if I put red behind cutout and trace I don’t think I can line it up with contact cement. Can I put contact on just inside of outer piece near edges of cutout logo and then lay good side on glue? Will it still hold? Love your videos, learning a lot, do you have a school?

    1. Hi Wayne,
      With contact cement, you will need to put glue on both pieces in order for it to hold. White glue, like Fiebing’s Leathercrafters cement, will hold with glue only being on one side but it is not a permanent hold. Will you be stitching out around the area? If you’ll be stitching then the white glue will work, if not you would probably want to do a contact cement. Below is a link to Chuck video showing how to glue a piece of filigree leather to suede, which might help you a little bit but let us know if you have any other questions!

      1. Video nice somewhat helpful. Outside of purse about 16×16. Logo Cutout maybe 7×8. Inside leather piece 12×12. I’m afraid if I trace logo openings onto finished side of inside leather and it doesn’t line up exact I’m out bucks. I’ll probably sew around logo Can I use rubber cement? thanx. Wayne

        1. If you sew around the logo then we would recommend white glue, like the Fiebing’s Leathercrafter’s Cement. This will give it a good bond for you to then sew around it. If the rubber cement you have doesn’t say to apply it to both surfaces then you should be able to use that but something like Barge Cement or S-18 Cement will not bond if you only put it on one of the surfaces. I hope that helps!

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