Saturday, April 19, 2008

Embroidered leather

Something I started to do in the last few months is to decorate some of my garment leather pieces with embroidery. Embroidering leather is nothing new, there are a lot of examples of embroidered gloves and even shoes from the Middle Ages and Renaissance and machine embroidery is still a popular way to decorate garment leather. It being me, I do my embroidery by hand and I've been using silk embroidery floss because I love the feel of it and combination of the leather and silk. Overall, it's actually much easier than doing embroider on fabric because I have to pre-punch the stitching holes and I have to space those holes out well to avoid creating a perforated line.

This is one of my favorite embroidered pieces so far, grey and blue grey are two of my favorite colors, and they work so nicely together here.

This iPod sleeve is another favorite because the embroidery floss is a variegated pale blue and pale green so the color shifts subtly across the design.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

It's so very. . .pink

I frequently struggle with making only things that I like and trying to make things for a broader audience, which is something I think many artisans and craftsmen struggle with. There are times when it's harder for me than others. I prefer more subtle colors with a touch of something to draw interest rather than bright or bold colors. Somehow though I ended up with a full side of pink cowhide. It's not a pastel pink pink either, I could deal with that because while it's not my first choice it's a more subtle color. No, this is much darker shade of pink, pretty close to fuchsia which has made it hard to work with. I have no point of reference on if a piece made from it looks good or not because I'm so weirded out by the color. So, I made an iPod case case out of it:

To add to the unsettling effect I added a black applique with rhinestones and spots. Someday, maybe, I'll come to terms with the color of this leather. Until then it's going to freak me out every time I go to work with it.