So FH and I were at Tandy Leather a couple weekends ago and I saw they were having a class on a leather stocking. The sample was trimmed in rabbit fur and had a cute little buckled belt across it. I thought it was really cute and the class was only two hours long, so I signed up.
When I got there on class day it was another story. Suddenly the cute belt with buckle were nixed (by the instructor/manger) and instead we were to personalize our stockings with a piece of veg-tan leather. You know... the kind that FH carves on. Ok..... I went along with it thinking "why not?"
I'm really happy with how my carving and dye work went.
However, that's where I cease being happy.
The only thing resembling a pattern that we worked with was a tracing of the original class sample...you know, the one we didn't work with. I should also note that we didn't get to keep the pattern for whatever reason. Let me state again that the design concept was changed that very morning... minutes before we walked through the door with no prior testing.
The class turned into an all day affair, six and a half hours, with the extra time it took to work on the carving. No one left with finished pieces. I had purchase supplies that FH didn't already have in order to finish it at home. It took me the rest of the evening to sew the seam closed by hand since I couldn't use my machine thanks to the carved section. But that's isn't the worst part.
The carved section was to be attached with decorative buckstitching before the stocking was sewn shut. The piece was so large that I had to trim it down to make turning the stocking right side out after sewing even possible. This meant I would loose width on the rabbit fur trim, a point the whole thing still had in it's favor.
This is what it looks like. I refuse to finish sewing the fur together at the top because I'm debating tearing the whole thing apart for parts. I'd turn the carved section into an ornament somehow and use the suede for minis if I take it apart.