Creating handsome leather products is an enjoyable and rewarding hobby, but it's a craft that requires training and specialized tools. The Art and Craft of Leather presents beginners with the information and instruction they need to get started. Following a brief illustrated history of leathercraft, authors Maria Teresa Llado i Riba and Eva Pascual i Miro describe how animal hides are processed into various types and grades of leather.
The heart of this book begins with an introduction to leatherworking tools—mallets, awls, bevellers, groovers, special needles, coloring and dying agents, and others. Next, the authors demonstrate techniques and the use of tools for embossing, cutting, sewing, and shaping. They conclude with detailed, photo-illustrated instructions for eight different leatherworking projects, which include construction of a beautiful leather basket, an elegant serving tray, a unique clock face, a stylish picture frame, a handsome set of scrapbook covers, and several more beautiful items. Hundreds of instructive color photos and a useful glossary make this an indispensable guide for leather craft enthusiasts.
About the Author
Maria Teresa Llad³ i Riba has created artworks in a variety of media, but prefers leather crafts over all others. Her work can be seen in public and private collections in her native Spain, as well as in Germany, France, Switzerland, Japan, Argentina, and the United States.
Eva Pascual i Mir³ studied Art History at the University of Barcelona and currently works as an expert in documenting furniture collections and decorative art for a number of museums. She has written widely on various art media.