Ordered as a gift, this client had a very specific design and colour scheme in mind. It was the first time I had done angled pockets (and considering how it turned out, definitely not the last).
Classic Bifolds are not the most interesting items to craft, but I hadn’t made one in quite a long time, and it was nice to make use of new techniques I had learnt and new tools I had acquired on a timeless design.
Step 1: Scratch Lines
Step 2: Cutting
Step 3: Stamping
Step 4: Acrylic Finish
Step 5: Wax Finish
Step 6: Skiving (Thinning)
Step 7: Edge Creasing
Step 8: Edge Finishing
All edges have black wax put on them. Finishing edges creates better protection against moisture and clean smooth edges are a sign of a skilled leather craftsman. This is a particularly tedious process as several layers are needed to get a smooth even finish. Each layer is sanded down and heated in-between, before having beeswax melted and rubbed into it.
Black Vernis edge paint is used for this item.
Step 9: Stitch Lines
Step 9: Stitching Punches
Step 9: Main Piece
Step 9: Cement
Step 9: Stitching
I am using Atelier Amy Roke’s Black 632 thread, stitched at 9 stitches per inch.
Saddle-stitching is a traditional method of stitching that uses two needles and one long run of thread to produce an even slant on both sides of the leather.
This is a unique method of stitching unique to leatherworking, and produces the strongest known stitch that cannot be replicated by machines.