I love working with leather and exploring ways to decorate it. Here I chose the technique of batik, using wax and dye, to make a colourful leather wallet.
Vegetable tanned leather, 1 to 2mm thick is suitable (14 x 8 in.)
Sam brown stud
Sewing awl and needle to make lock stitches
Revolving punch pliers to punch holes
Metal ruler for cutting straight
Grooving tool to create a channel into which the stitches are set, thereby protecting them from wear and use
Edge Slicker to burnish and smooth the edges of cut leather
Stitch Marker to mark stitches evenly or use a measuring tape instead
Water based leather dyes, I used ochre, brick red, cranberry and blue (Identity store water based leather dyes)
Pieces of sheep’s wool, stiff paint brushes in different sizes
Batik wax, soy wax is best
Wax melting pot to maintain the wax at the right temperature during the batik session or use a double boiler (with caution, don’t let the wax boil or smoke, and don’t leave it unwatched!)
Beeswax leather finish
Draw the pattern on thin cardboard according to the measurements given in the diagram. Place the pattern pieces on the rough side of the leather as close together as possible and draw around them.
Cut out all the pieces with the utility knife and the metal ruler. The two little rectangular pieces at the bottom are used to give volume to the interior pocket.