In my last post about inspiration, I wrote about learning from the masters like in the old days of craftsmanship (here is the post if you missed it). Lately, we have been busy with the history of bucket bags. Since I can’t get my hands on a real one of Mansur Gavriel I will have to learn from the masters. I will try to study it to detail and learn some techniques from it.
Just to be clear, I won’t sell any of these as my own or their design I just want to learn more and more about leather and style.
Seeing and Learning
First, I saw a tutorial from Wendy (see for yourself). Since she did the stitching by hand and not with leathercraft tools, I still had to figure out how to sew this bucket bag.
Thereafter, I got a lovely piece of sturdy leather in a warm tone of brown. I love brown bags, when I look at my bag collection I almost have no other colour. I think I should mix it up real soon. But let’s go back to the bag.
Learning and Trying
When I start working on a new project I first make a paper version of it. Luckily, my first try was a charm and it already looked like a great bucket bag of paper. After the paper version, I made a mall of thick paper/cardboard and use that one to trace it on the leather. I cut the leather piece by piece and choose the right colour of thread.
Trying and Applying
You could match the thread by colour of use a contrasting colour for a great effect. I have been practising on my stitching to get a great even look. Though to be sure I choose a matching one. Below you can follow my progress. Hopefully, I will be able to show you the end result soon.