Hammer and Thread Leatherwork

Des Moines, Iowa
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Note from shop owner It's faire time! The online shop will be on vacation mode while Hammer and Thread is on the road at renaissance faires. Hope to see you there!

Bristol Renaissance Faire: July 9th - Sept 5th
Kansas City Renaissance Faire: Sept 3rd - Oct 16

Note from shop owner

Last updated on Jun 15, 2022

It's faire time! The online shop will be on vacation mode while Hammer and Thread is on the road at renaissance faires. Hope to see you there!

Bristol Renaissance Faire: July 9th - Sept 5th
Kansas City Renaissance Faire: Sept 3rd - Oct 16

Jerel Krueger

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Jerel Krueger


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Discovering a Love of Making.

My journey with leatherwork started in 1991 at the Minnesota Renaissance Faire. My 14-year-old self spent the day wandering the faire with my family looking wide-eyed at the vast array of creativity and quality on display from the various crafters. I fixated on a pair of leather vambraces decorated with a stamped image of a celtic phoenix. With a little convincing (begging), my mother purchased them for me.

Years later, on the long drive home from the Kansas City Renaissance Festival, my mother and I enjoyed the experience so much that we decided to try having a shop of our own. I was studying jewelry and metals at the University of Northern Iowa, having discovered an affinity for making fine (shiny!) things. In 1999, we had our shop open for the first time at a tent faire in Osceola, IA. We had a handful of cloaks that my mother had sewn, and a haphazard array of leather goods I had assembled from some scraps and hardware pieces purchased from the local craft store. We sold them out of a nylon dining canopy from Wal-Mart.

Two decades later, Hammer and Thread Leatherwork sells at some of the largest and most reputable renaissance faires in the midwest, where our name has come to mean quality, durability, and elegance in design.

The original plan was that I would make leather wares until I could afford the tools for metalwork, but I found leatherwork too much to my liking. I’ve been a carny, a systems administrator, a graphic designer, a programmer, an IT Director, and a screen printer, but nothing has stuck with me as much as leatherwork. In May of 2019, I left all the others behind to make Hammer and Thread my full-time career.

(I did buy the metalworking tools. They sit quietly in a corner of my basement workshop in Des Moines, IA, poised and ready should I need them.)

Few materials can combine utilitarian ruggedness, beauty, and longevity the way that leather does. I strive for all of my designs to be as useful, attractive, and long-lasting as the materials from which they are made.

I will, from time to time, warn mothers who buy things from me for their sons what they may be starting. ;)

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    Jerel Krueger has been making leather items for historical re-enactment and fantasy costuming since 1999.

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Last updated on May 18, 2022
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Care instructions

Any straps should be oiled a few times a year (1-3). Apply a moderate amount of neatsfoot oil to both sides of the strap, and allow to soak in overnight.

Oil-tan and latigo leathers should need very little care. On latigo leathers, a white, waxy residue will sometimes develop if the item has not been used in some time; this is just wax from the leather treatment coming to the surface, and can be wiped off with a clean, dry cloth.
Vegetable tanned leathers, such as in bracers or our corsets, should be oiled about once per year. Apply a light coating of neatsfoot oil to the top surface with a clean, dry cloth, and allow to soak in overnight.


We repair our own products, with cost for repair assessed on a case by case basis.

Any repair required in the first 90 days of purchase will be free of charge.

Wholesale availability

Wholesale pricing and bulk discounts may be available for some products. Please contact me for inquiries and details.

Custom and personalized orders

Custom orders are available when time allows.

Cost for minor customizations to existing products, such as a change of color, size, or hardware, will be assessed for additional material costs, plus a 20% customization fee.

Custom orders not based on existing products will be assessed on a case by case basis.