Spokane, WA, United States
Welcome to Linda's Garden! I am a woman-owned small business, located in the Pacific Northwest of the United States.
Skills and Techniques
I tool my leather designs using little metal stamping tools of various shapes and sizes and a big hammer. Each line has to be cut into the leather using a swivel knife. Then the outline is done with a beveler, doing approximately 1/8" at a time. The deeper areas are shaped using a pear shader. Seeder tools are used for small round shapes. Veiners and camouflagers are used for the texture of vines and flowers. I have about 70 stamping tools all together. After tooling, I dye the leather using bottles of dye and a sponge. Holes are punched in by hand for the strap and button. Sewing holes are all punched by hand. The stitching is all done by hand, using needle and waxed thread. For Kindle covers and tablets, the item is held in a wooden stitching horse, which I sit on while I stitch. Each item takes hours to make and is all done by hand.