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Leather as Art and Craft Hardcover – 1 Jan 1973


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The following is a book description from the rear cover of the book 4 Jun. 2007
By kensbookstore - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This most complete and contemporary book on leathercrafting by a noted crafts expert will enable anyone to create hundreds of beautiful objects made of leather--all at a fraction of their store-bought value. Of all the crafts gaining popularity today, working with leather enables one to engage in the greatest variety of techniques. Leather can be sewed like fabric; cut, scored, and glued like paper; carved, laminated, and nailed like wood; hammered and tooled like metal; painted like canvas; woven and tied like yarn; formed like papier-mâché; molded like felt; dyed like textiles. And with the invaluable aid of this book, even beginners will be able to do all these things and more to this versatile material.

LEATHER AS ART AND CRAFT provides excellent step-by-step photographs, revealing everything you need to know to be able to turn out stunning items worthy of the most fashionable boutiques and home furnishings shops. The book offers a brief history of leather and discusses such vital information as how to prepare and cure hides; how different types of leather are classified, how leather is sold, how to choose the proper tools to work on it. Thelma Newman reveals the art of pattern making, cutting, skiving, edging, bending, folding, and creasing. She shows how different coloring processes, such as tie-dye, batik, block printing, and the use of marking pens can greatly enhance and enrich leather, giving it a truly professional finish.

For the more advanced leatherworker, the author provides detailed instructions on tooling, burning, plaiting, weaving, and embroidery-and she describes step-by-step leather appliqué, patchwork, beadwork, fringes, buttons, and buckles.

LEATHER AS ART AND CRAFT is the book for all who want to create everything from chic and elegant clothing' and hats to impressive briefcases, wallets, and handbags-sturdy and sophisticated sandals sand even artistically expressive sculpture.

715 PHOTOGRAPHS 19 Color Plates
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Lots of leather information 12 Nov. 2010
By Shala Kerrigan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Thelma Newman wrote a few craft books in the early 70s, covering a diverse range of topics. Plastics, cross stitch, leather.
This book has lots of information about types of leather, how it's made, and what the best pieces are. The projects in the book aren't step by step instructions, but rather going into depth about how the different techniques work and how to make patterns.
It explains how to dye, color, cut, drill and tool leather, as well as different hand stitches for lacing or sewing it closed by hand. It also explains the tools used.
The really great part of this book for me are the absolutely inspirational photos. It's full of black and white photos on almost every page as well as having a section of color photos. Molded, sewn, appliquéd, laminated, cut and riveted leather pieces. Some of which are just art, and a lot of them are functional art.
Recommended for collectors of vintage craft books, people who enjoy leather work and beginners to leather work.
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