I´m probably one of the first who hand sew a iPhone 6 coverout of leather. I went yesterday with the specs of the new models by Apple to the carpenter next door to get models out of wood. There have to be some little adjustments to be made, but basically the size what I have taken for the leather were ok. The leather is still a bit wet from the shaping over the form but in about an hour or two the leather will be a nice chestnut.
Actually my plan was to walk over to our carpenter to pick up a device who helps us to burnishing leather belts but I found The Heritage Poston the steps. My name and address written nicely and skilled in ink and the Heritage Post stamp onto it (and a nice post stamp as well). A joy to receive post like this. The cover was released some days ago so I wasn´t that surprised but the preface is excellent as usual. The further content will be absorbed after this post is published.
Here just some quick and dirty images I shoot, it will give you an impression about the content but does not tell too much. Get a copy by yourself!
Inspired by some great leather crafters I decided to give leather a try. Leather is such a great material in so many variations. I started to get stitches straight with a normal round awl just to find out, or better be told by Simon and Uwe that this is bullshit. Switching to the diamond shaped awl brings in another task to align the blade right. I made some progress but actually it really helped me to improve my judgement about good quality leather crafts and crap. If you actually make the experience how hard it is to master “simple looking” tasks you evaluate products differently.
My first project was to sew a dog collar for my dog, he is not too picky about stuff and a very good tester for durability. The seams hold really well so far! Then I continued to work on buckles and belts and now I did a couple of IPhone Sheaths / covers. Above you see the last one, getting better but still not in any way close to be too proud of.
I don´t own a smartphone but you can get dummies for a mold for less then 10 bucks. It´s tricky to create and to dimension the template, esp. when the leather is a thick one. Probably the most challenging thing are the curves and corners and to cut them out evenly. However you learn by your mistakes and messy results, and the goal is to develop skill by what you do. Punching holes and sewing can be meditative in some way and its nice to see something developing and done with your own hands.
Clutch Magazine Japan: Another Japanese gem, the Clutch Magazinefrom Japan. Thanks to Moto for taking the time to have a talk with us and the nice gifts e.g the “you pay finger” and the Clutch x Mr. Freedom Bandana.
Whole Larder Love Cookbook – by Rohan Anderson: Today I received my copy of Rohan Anderson´s great cookbook.What started as a blog by a great photographer taking images of his garden, hunts, kitchen and his proactive life turned finally into a book. What made his blog so famous is that this guy is living a live many of us would love to. Living from his own land, learning and improving techniques never used or meanwhile forgotten by the “civilized” world. Taking the time to prepare a meal the ingredients could be proud of. Teaching/showing his kids a lifestyle they can be glad about. And giving it back to him sometime when they appreciate what they inherited by their father. Well done Rohan, thanks for sharing your life with us. Here again the link to his blogand here to his book.