Welcome to the Identity Leathercraft blog, a series of articles based around making things from leather. Leather is a most versatile natural material that has been used for thousands of years for footwear, clothing, armour, and more, and continues to be used widely today.

In this blog we aim to help give you background information about different leather types, useful techniques for working with leather and some makes and templates to help you get making.

We are a very unique and friendly company that sell leather and leathercraft tools and materials to a wide variety of makers. We genuinely love what we do and are always happy to help you with your projects. Between us we like to feel we have a wide base of knowledge of the leather world.

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Leathercraft and Wellbeing

Leathercraft and Wellbeing

Leathercraft and Wellbeing Increased awareness surrounding mental health and a greater openness to discuss issues, has led to some very interesting research and ideas for improving our well-being. We have long had reports from leatherworkers about the importance of their craft to managing their stress, or for giving relief during...
Sarah Benson - May 22, 2022
SELECTING YOUR LEATHER

SELECTING YOUR LEATHER

Leather is so versatile and comes in an incredibly diverse array of colours, thicknesses and types. This article touches upon the 4 key principles when purchasing leather - What are you making? - What are your aesthetics? - What properties will you need? and will you need more than one...
Sarah Benson - Feb 07, 2022
WORKING WITH HAIR-ON-HIDE AND SKINS

WORKING WITH HAIR-ON-HIDE AND SKINS

Working with the hair-on the skin can provide a bit of a challenge, we have put together this guide with a few tips and hints. Cutting the hide: Mark your cut line on the back of the hide or skin. Using a sharp fine bladed craft knife very gently slice...
Sarah Benson - Feb 01, 2022
LINING UP ALPHABET STAMPS

LINING UP ALPHABET STAMPS

TODAY’S TOP TIP IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY IAN KNIGHT. You want to look at personalising your leatherwork – you have got your alphabet set ready, a ruler, mallet and stone block, but sometimes it seems those pesky letters don’t want to fall evenly into place. To get the best...
Sarah Benson - Feb 01, 2022
MADE IN ENGLAND

MADE IN ENGLAND

Making “Made in England” products from Identity Vegetable Tanned Leather Background What does “Made in England” mean in the 2020s? A whiff of patriotism, support of English communities, fewer miles travelled, so better for the Earth? It gives a fuzzy feeling. The following is offered for guidance. Made in England...
Sarah Benson - Feb 01, 2022
LEATHER AND THE ENVIRONMENT

LEATHER AND THE ENVIRONMENT

In cases where skins and hides from farming are not used they are sent to landfill.. “Modern leather manufacturing recycles around 270 million cowhides a year, around 7.3 million tonnes, that might otherwise go to waste and landfill sites, posing a huge environmental and biological problem. Modern leather manufacturing is safe, compliant and...
Sarah Benson - Jan 31, 2022
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Leathercraft and Wellbeing
Working With Leather Blog

Leathercraft and Wellbeing

Leathercraft and Wellbeing Increased awareness surrounding mental health and a greater openness to discuss issues, has led to...
May 22, 2022
SELECTING YOUR LEATHER
Working With Leather Blog

SELECTING YOUR LEATHER

Leather is so versatile and comes in an incredibly diverse array of colours, thicknesses and types. This article...
Feb 07, 2022
WORKING WITH HAIR-ON-HIDE AND SKINS
Working With Leather Blog

WORKING WITH HAIR-ON-HIDE AND SKINS

Working with the hair-on the skin can provide a bit of a challenge, we have put together this...
Feb 01, 2022
LINING UP ALPHABET STAMPS
Working With Leather Blog

LINING UP ALPHABET STAMPS

TODAY’S TOP TIP IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY IAN KNIGHT. You want to look at personalising your leatherwork...
Feb 01, 2022