This leather bag started out with a bag of scraps. Literally. The shop sold bags of small leather off cuts which could be sewn into something bigger. So I kept my eye out for bags with similar coloured pieces (if you are wondering if I cheated and just went through the bags and made up my own off cut leather cocktail - you'd be wrong, I'm much to honest for that!). Having had some experience working with leather in the past, I decided to take on this project a bit differently. Firstly, I wanted to paint on the leather rather than etch into it. So I made a small pouch and tested the paint. (After six months of testing - ie: using the pouch - I have come to the conclusion that Reeves paint brand is best.) Rather than cutting out the bag shape from one large piece of hide, I laid out the scraps in an attempt to create a bigger piece from which to work with. I found faults in the leather, which is probably why the piece was cut off the original in the first place, but decided to work with them. I like to think that the cow numbered 2955 would be happy with his/her final destination. I found myself filling in tiny corners and odd shaped sides. It was fun to play with. Eventually I ended up with two sides big enough to work with.
Funnily enough, those two sides were quite a bit larger than the final product. I changed my mind time after time and sadly, rather than just thinking about these changes, I cut them as I went. Luckily I left enough leather to work with and am happy with what I came up with. Although, I really forced myself to finish this project and for some reason I am not jumping at the chance to wear it. Even though I have been loving the downsized pouch ( from a 1000 card carrier city girl wallet!). It really just feels like a mighty ugly project from which many ideas, lessons and probably more handbags will stem from!