I've finally tried my hand at making underwear. For obvious reasons, I'm not going to be modeling anything I made in this post - you'll just have to trust me that it fits well. :) I do want to share what I've learned, though!
Thursday, April 17, 2014
The other class I taught at Northwoods Community College was about tanning (tawing) my first deer hide. I threw together the notes from the main website I used, along with links to other sources I'd found. This was very much a "learn my mistakes along with me" class.
Monday, April 14, 2014
Thursday, April 10, 2014
|That would be leather dye all over my hand.|
Someone I know asked for SCAdians (SCA-people) to make beads for her daughter's 18th birthday. I believe the results were strung up like Viking beads on a dress. Knowing the daughter, I really wanted to make something for her. My problem: I don't do anything with beads. It's one of the few crafts I am not interested in learning (making lace and beading: I think they are really cool, but just not my aesthetic).
Monday, April 7, 2014
Here is a custom leather knife sheath I made as a prize for Grand Tournament, an SCA event last November. The knife was made by another accomplished leatherworker and blacksmith of our Barony, who asked me to make the sheath as part of a joint prize.
Reminder: I take custom leather commissions! If you have an idea for a project, let me know and we'll discuss prices and design. :)
Thursday, April 3, 2014
Hey, all -
Have you ever wanted to learn cool crafts from enthusiastic people for practically no investment? Things like leatherworking, or weaving, or all the food you can make from milk, or blacksmithing, or how to make a medieval German apron dress? (The list of possibilities is endless.) You should join the SCA! The Society for Creative Anachronism is an amazing nonprofit organization that's kind of like the Renaissance Festival, but better, because you're not performing but actively participating. Part of this participation is taking all the amazing classes that other people teach for free (sometimes with a small fee to cover materials and handouts, but that's it).
This weekend (in two days!!!!) I am teaching at one such event, called the North Woods Community College (the name is a play off of another type of event in our Kingdom, called the Royal University of the Midrealm). I am teaching three classes there, and you should come check it out! Even if my particular classes don't interest you, here's the class schedule so you can check out something else!
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
My blog is quite ugly at the moment, and has been for a long time (since I gave up wrestling with the templates sometime a year or two ago). I have slowly been working towards fixing this.
Over the past couple months, I've re-learned basic HTML and CSS through a website called Codecademy ("Code Academy"). This past week, I started learning how Blogger's XML script is written (feels like learning another entire coding language to this novice, which in a way it kind of is).
I've already started to tweak some visual elements on the site, and this is only going to continue happening! This blog needs a huge makeover, as I want it to be a website I'm proud to show off to people interested in my leatherworking, and to use as a resource for SCA stuff (now that I'm teaching classes and people might be interested in the information I'm offering). My hope is that this site will look awesomely nerdy and professional in the not-so-distant future.
So if the blog layout/look starts to fluxuate wildly, you know why. :)