I started braiding leather some weeks ago.
This is a four thong round braid with a Turk’s head knot in the end. It is made of two 1m laces.
During the sewing of pair no. 2 of underpants model KALSON I experienced the following:
Found a local tannery.
(the rest of this post is in swedish)
Hittade en blogg med bra artiklar med steg för steg anvisning för garvning av olika skinn.
Där hänvisades till en rapport om traditionell skinngarvning från CBM på SLU med mycket läsvärda artiklar.
How to prepare wool to be used as stopping:
Get wool from a local farmer nearby you. Clean the wool from scrapping and part chunks. Rinse the wool from the sweat of the animal by soaking and very gently tugging it in water not warmer than 40 ‘C. This treatment leaves a great amount of wool grease in the wool. Dry. Finish by fluffing it up by parting all chunks of wool with your hands.
Wash wool if too smelly or dirty by gently soaking and very gently tugging it in soap water not warmer than 40 ‘C. Make sure the wool is only soaked for a short while.
I have established a workflow to make it easier to create and publish the patterns.
Photos going to the blog:
mogrify -scale 30% *JPG
Photos going to the repository only:
mogrify -scale 50% photo-source/*JPG
In DIY Fashion there is a discussion about using patterns or not. Here is my chip:
For me inspiration and the finished item is the most important. Patterns, photos, tutorials, and the like has helped me understand a lot about making useful items. Patterns can be useful to me as a beginner to see and learn to analyse the hows of sewing.
(this is a highly subjective list)
The greater the number the more difficult and or complex the task:
I have now sewn a few things including a few pillows and a bedcover case and did not (yet) follow this advice:
Always wash and press all fabric before sewing with it. New fabric will usually shrink a certain amount. Marking of patterns must be done on quite flat (well-pressed) fabric, as creases will distort the shape of the chalked pattern. source Wikibooks
What I simply did was marking with an ordinary pencil[^2] on unwashed cotton fabric. Then I began to sew and did not bother much about creases of if I made it straight. I imagine that these advices apply to precision work as is the making of clothes.
^: This might be hard to remove I was told at the fabric store.