This is already the last post of the year 2018. Time has flown, so but so did the projects and the new years’ resolutions I set myself at the beginning of this year. Which ones did I tick off and which ones can be reused for next year ;)? A half year ago I already gave a little update but let’s take a look back together to 2018.
It’s been a year full of traveling, gather inspiration from everywhere and learning techniques from several places over the world. Though besides discovering the world we are living on, I’ve also tried to discover the world over leathercraft even further. To do so, I’ve set myself 10 new years resolutions:
Leathercraft New years’ resolutions of 2018:
- Learn how to do piping – Those lovely piping along the edges of bags…
- Re-try on the wallet – One of my very first projects was a wallet, let’s see how much I have improved in the mean-time
- Learn to make a belt – finally!!
- Work bag for LADIES – I’m still in my internships though they say “dress for the job you want not for the job you have… “
- Integrate the blog posts more frequently on Pinterest – to find even more leather lovers
- Create a new collection – a little recycling of new years resolutions?
- Cover 2 designers – Let’s not set the bar too high and start with two awesome designers as inspiration
- Create workbench – I think I might have found a solution for current my workplace… (a.k.a. the kitchen table…)
- Improve pattern design – with my latest addition to my book collection I should be able to figure it out. Right?
- Round box stitch – Let’s step it up one more level.
Well, how did I do? Let’s see:
Learn how to do piping
This is one I could already tick off a while ago. After getting into the technique of using piping along the edges I’ve tried it in the Market Basket bag 2.0. But I definitely am using this in many of my future projects as well. I love the look of the piping and once you know how to do it, you can use it endlessly.
Re-try on the wallet
This year has been crazy. And it’s even over before I got to do this project. As always I have much more ideas and to-do projects then I have time. So luckily there is a
Learn to make a belt – finally!!
Yes, finally I can tick this New Years resolution off! It’s been on my Wishlist, To do list, and New years resolution list, and not only did I learn to make a belt, but I also incorporated it in a belt-bag. With this guide you can easily figure out how to make your own and follow the DIY explanation in this post.
Work bag for LADIES
As you could have read in the half-year update I’ve worked on several work bags for ladies. I’ve made the work tote and the envelope bag and a design for a work bag for myself is ready. I’ve already got the leather for the outside but I have to find a matching leather or complementary leather for the inside. Instead of the working bag from the Boston Collection, I started this year on the basket bag 2.0 for myself. And the work bag from the Boston collection can hopefully be finished in 2019.
Integrate the blog posts more frequently on Pinterest
I know this seemed like a good idea a year ago although I am doubtful if Pinterest is the platform for me. I personally am more enthusiastic about the community on Instagram and might change this new years resolution to
Create a new collection
With the world at your feed, you can find your inspiration anywhere. During my stay in Boston, I gathered inspiration from buildings, the Bostonians and the history and designed a new collection. Eventually, I hope to make them all.
Cover 2 designers
Even though I set the goal to 2 designers, I thought let’s add one more. I covered Michael Kors and Chloé but most recently added Bottega Veneta as well. Knowing their inspiration, their techniques and their history behind all well-known brands makes me admire them even more.
Up to now, this is still a dream. I hoped I could say something else but I can’t. The renovations will have to wait a little longer, but who knows. One day… I will have my own little place.
Improve pattern design
During the year I’ve tried to improve on several aspects of my pattern designing skills. I’ve covered improving your design by gathering enough inspiration, to creating a paper version of your pattern. Definitely one to tick off.
Round box stitch
This is one of the resolutions I couldn’t complete this year. So this has to stick around for another year. A new year full of opportunities, leathercraft challenges, and many new projects. I am already looking forward to it!
6/7 out of 10 is not a bad score, don’t you think? With all the other leathercraft things I have tried, started and finished, 2018 was quite an interesting year. Let’s make 2019 an even better one, although there will be a few changes. But more on that in the next post with my new or recycled new years resolutions!
I want to thank you all, for your enthusiasm, your time to read all these posts and I wish you all a lovely new years eve! Until next year.