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Fundamentals of Leathercraft

Spiral Bound Book Republication™

Originally Published in 1939!

Up for bid, is another marvelous Dakota Prairie Treasures Spiral Bound Book Republication™ of our PRECIOUSLY RARE ORIGINAL "Fundamentals of Leathercraft!" This SCARCE leather work instructional information was put to paper by experienced leather work artists from the late Depression Era! (Original is NOT for sale)

Our new line of Spiral Bound Book Republications™ oh-so-conveniently lie flat while in use!

This is a unbelievably nice touch if you have every tried to read a pattern's instructions while your hands are full of your in progress project. As an avid needleworker myself my personal experience prompted my choice of spiral binding for it's ease-of-use alone. I bet you'll love it too!

*** Producing the best Spiral Bound Book Republications for you since 1999! ***

This HISTORIC item contains illustrations, photos, instructions, diagrams, designs and fundamentals for creating a variety of leather work art items. These instructions are characteristic of the arts and crafts done by our ancestors! During its heyday leatherwork was not just purses or wallets. Book covers, chairs, boxes, wall decorations, belts, bookmarks and much more were created to beautify one's home, to given as gifts and to sell for an bit of added income. See contents below.

This is the perfect opportunity to purchase your own version of another wonderful original item revealing our heritage from early America and European!What a historically educational and delightful leatherwork instructional piece this is!

An excerpt:
"The art of making useful articles from leather is truly fascinating, and may easily establish itself as a permanent interest with many persons. It offers unlimited possibilities in the field of design and in artistic self-expression.

It has been found by those who do the work to be exceedingly practical. A moment's thought will recall the fact that every man, woman, and child has need for and used articles of leather in the common activities of daily life. What person does not use a belt, a pocketbook, key case, handbag, or some other common article made of leather?"



Story of Leather

Obtaining Material

Tools and Equipment

Cutting Board


Small Square

Sharp-pointed Knife

Fast-Cutting Whetstone

Leather Strop

Container for Water




Edge Creaser


Proper way of holding the modeling tool

Transferring the design from paper pattern to leather



Using the deerfoot in flat modeling

Position of tool as held from the underside


Stipple or Background Tool

Stamping Tools

Holding the stamp correctly

Stamp designs and holder

Designs developed by use of stamps

Stamping Anvil



Obtaining a Design

Selecting a Good Design

Making a Design

Preparing the Leather for Modeling

Moistening the Leather

Attaching paper pattern to leather

Transferring the Design to the Leather

Methods of Decorating Leather

Flat Modeling


Methods of Assembling



Applying the Cement

Placing the Lining


Kinds of Dye

Preparing the Surface

Applying Dye


Spacing Wheel

Using the Spacing Wheel


Using the divider


Using the awl


Enlarging the awl holes with the fid

Revolving Punch

Punching holes with the revolving punch

Drive Punch

Making a hole with the drive punch

Method of Lacing

Over-and-over lacing

Buttonhole lacing

Florentine lacing

Making Even Stitches

How to Prepare the End of the Lace

Splicing the Lace

Lacing Stitches

Over-and-over Stitch

Buttonhole Stitch

Florentine Lace Stitch

How to Estimate the Amount of Lace Needed

Over-and-over Stitch

Buttonhole Stitch

Florentine Lace Stitch

Rubbing the lace with the mallet


Cleaning and polishing the leather


Smoothing the Lace


Attaching Snap Fasteners

Attaching Key Plates

How to attach key plate


"A list of the materials needed has been given with each of the projects."

I. Bookmarks

II. Car-Key Case

III. Double Key Holder

IV. Triangular Coin Purse

V. Coin Purse

VI. Wristband Coin Purse

VII. Bag Tag and Strap

VIII. Comb Case

IX. Memorandum-Pad Cover

X. Belt

XI. Book Cover

Monogram Designs

What a historically education and delightful art instructional piece this is!

People of earlier times put their hands to such marvelous work and now you can too! These are beautiful items and sure to delight you and yours! These instructions are very clear and easy to follow and yet the experience needleworker will be capable of altering as per individual needs and artistic whim.

The antique and vintage tools, threads, beads, dyes, plus new leathers, etc., can be found online quite readily. You just have to hunt a little bit! Or, of course, you can utilize contemporary tools, leather and materials found at a nearby fabric, craft or hobby store.

The Spiral Bound Book Republication™ you will receive is representative of the types of handicraft expertise of earlier genteel and feminine American and European culture! If you're into nostalgia like I am you will have many hours of enjoyment recreating antique needlework items for yourself or others dear to your heart just the way your great-grandparents did!

You will appreciate the attention taken in providing a TOP QUALITY PRODUCT that you will use for many years to come.

You will appreciate the attention we have taken in providing you with a TOP QUALITY PRODUCT that will be use for many years to come...

Check out Dakota Prairie Treasures' current auctions for many other unique Spiral Bound Book and Single Pattern Republications™ for your creative working pleasure!

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