My local library offers many kinds of classes each month. I attended an Excel class in January and some craft classes too. The craft classes are free and include all of the materials needed. Isn't that amazing? The classes are normally very simple but I always learn something new. This month I attended the "Make Your Own Leathercraft Bracelets" class. I had never worked with leather before and probably never would if it hadn't been for the generosity of my library.
When I arrived, these tools were waiting for me at my work space. A mallet, a block for hammering, water with sponges, and a piece of leather for practice. I went to another table and chose my leather bracelet with snaps and some steel stamps.
There was a large assortment of steel stamps from which to choose.
After soaking the leather with a sponge, we practiced stamping on the practice piece of leather. We had to hammer really hard, just one blow, hoping to not miss the stamp while doing so!
I chose a flower, leaves and a decorative square shape to emboss my leather bracelet. After we stamped our bracelets, we dyed them, counted to 20, and then rubbed them with a soft cloth.
It didn't take long to make! I always enjoy visiting the library because it inspires me to learn new things and meet new people. Have you ever worked with leather?