The Leatherworking Handbook:
A Practical Illustrated Sourcebook of Techniques and Projects by Valerie Michael. This excellent book is full of detailed information on leathercraft, a really great resource for contemporary fashion accessories.
Valerie Michael guides the leatherworker through techniques and projects, showcasing the very best of her knowledge and experience. After a thorough presentation of each of the key techniques - such as finishing edges, paring and hand stitching, making pockets, attaching studs and straps and decorating surfaces - there are ten projects, suitable for developing levels of skill, from belts and wallets to quilted work and three different types of leather bag. Not only is this book an ideal introduction to a centuries-old craft, but its comprehensive treatment of materials, tools and techniques makes it an invaluable work of reference.
Valerie also offers classes at her studio in Tetbury. Tuition is centred upon an awareness of both craftsmanship and design, so for students who are particularly interested in contemporary fashion accessories or more traditional leathergoods, these highly regarded courses provide the foundation and progression students require. Find out more at www.leathercourses.co.uk.