Thursday, November 27, 2014

Leather flowers, part two: necklace








Leather crafts, continued.  Among Grandma’s things, lying folded amidst the yards of eyelet and flannel and poinsettia print quilting cotton, there was a big buckskin, soft and floppy, tagged by the preparer, bullet holes still apparent.  I don’t know where she got it, but Grandma was an old school country girl, and also a crack shot, and she saved anything that might come in handy in the event of a craft inspiration.  I’ll never know what she had in mind for the buckskin--I am imagining something fringed and hand-tooled--but I thought of flowers.  These are pretty easy:  cut out two flower-ish shapes, poke a couple holes in them with a nail, run a length of leather lacing through the holes, tying them together.  I put the knots in the front.  Get the whole thing wet, and then scrunch and squeeze and stretch it, pulling and twisting the petals, until it looks sufficiently flowery.  The softer your leather is, the better it will sculpt.  Prop it in a little glass to help it keep its shape, and let it dry completely.  Then use your crafty skills to finagle it into a necklace, or whatever else you like.  A lovely tutorial is here


  1. That is beautifully done and looks very elegant.

    jean x

  2. This really looks like a flower! I had no idea you could make such items using leather, might come in handy, thanks for sharing! : )

  3. Beautiful simplicity, your Grandma would be delighted.

  4. Beautiful! I'm sure your Grandma would be proud.

  5. Hi Kristen!!! Now I know where you are getting your creative genes from... ^^
    Just lovely to read this! :)
    your necklace is gorgeous!!!
    Ingrid xx

  6. OKAY!!!! Thanks for the details. That is just lovely and I'm definitely going after the red leather in my stash very soon. There's a fabric outlet near me that has odd scraps of leather from the NYC garment district. I love them and stroke them and now I have an idea!

  7. That is so very pretty Kristen. A fun idea for a different and elegant project.