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http://www.etsy.leatherworks4u.com

I love living in the country...the smell and feel of leather...the smooth glide of the swivel knife...the solid thunk of a rawhide mallet...the satisfaction of a finished project...

Handmade has always been a way of life in rural communities. From canning food to making clothes to butchering a hog...pretty much everything was done by hand. Crochet, sewing, embroidery and quilting were not only neccessary, they were also artistic outlets. Even a fine jar of muscadine or blackberry jelly met that creative urge. If you needed it, you made it. If it broke, you fixed it. If you couldn’t, you did without.

My mother, Lillie Mae, was a great seamstress and I was 15 years old before I ever had a pair of store bought, ready made jeans. Lord, the clothes my…

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  • Joined September 11, 2009

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About

http://www.etsy.leatherworks4u.com

I love living in the country...the smell and feel of leather...the smooth glide of the swivel knife...the solid thunk of a rawhide mallet...the satisfaction of a finished project...

Handmade has always been a way of life in rural communities. From canning food to making clothes to butchering a hog...pretty much everything was done by hand. Crochet, sewing, embroidery and quilting were not only neccessary, they were also artistic outlets. Even a fine jar of muscadine or blackberry jelly met that creative urge. If you needed it, you made it. If it broke, you fixed it. If you couldn’t, you did without.

My mother, Lillie Mae, was a great seamstress and I was 15 years old before I ever had a pair of store bought, ready made jeans. Lord, the clothes my mama made...even doll clothes. My grandmother, Gracie, also sewed and quilted...every winter she made me a new flannel gown. They both embroidered and crocheted. I have many pieces of their intricate, beautiful work and I’m grateful for each one. I tried, but I could never quite get the hang of it. Maybe someday* I’ll come back to fabric.

During the early 1950s, my uncle, Pete, became ill while in the Air Force. The VA gave him leatherwork to do as therapy. Among other things, he made purses for my mother and grandmother that they carried for years. I still have those purses. By the time I came along, he’d recovered and gone on to other things in life. I used to beg him to make me something...but his tools were packed away and he was through with leatherwork. Years later, I inherited a small blue suitcase with a few instruction books and his tools.

Today, I have a small backyard shop. Leatherwork is the creative outlet that I searched for nearly all my life without ever really knowing it. I enjoy it so much...it's a blessing...

*someday is just around the corner. I've got mama's singer featherweight oiled and ready to go...

to be continued...

"Rich is not baying after what you can't have. Rich is having the time to do what you want to do. Rich is ... a fish pole and a boat and a gun and a dollar for a box of shells."
--Robert Ruark from The Old Man's Boy Grows Older


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