The Large Basket Weave Pattern is a hand tooled style of geometric stamping that I really admire. I have seen this type of tooling being done by some really talented toolers over the last few years and I think it looks really unique. I did not invent this style, nor did I start the trend… I am late to the game when it comes to tooling this creative style.
With that being said, I am showing in this video how I tool this Large Basket Weave Pattern. It really is a very simple pattern once you understand what is happening in the tooling. This is a great pattern for wallets, bible covers, notebooks, and even saddles. The only caution that has to be mentioned here is to keep in mind that the bigger the tooling window (area the tooling will be in) the more confusing it can become.
As you will see in the video, the only tools that you will need are listed below and it’s not much. You don’t need to go out and purchase some new fancy stamping tool or line carving device. This pattern utilizes tools you already have in your arsenal but allows you to create a pattern that customers seem to really enjoy. Here are the tools that you will need:
1″ wide or so straight edge (I use a scale which is 7/8″ in width)
vertical lined thumbprint
That’s all ya need!
Check out this video and give the Large Basket Weave Pattern a shot. I bet this will become one of your favorite geometric tooling patterns for your leather craft projects.
In this project video, I show you how to make a simple leather field notebook cover for a Field Notes notebook cover. This is a great entry level project and a great gift idea project. I make this cover out of 3/4 oz leather with minimal hand stitching. It’s also a great use of scrap leather you may have laying around your shop.
We do offer a pattern pack for making one of these notebook covers. The pattern pack includes the cut patterns as well as 6 different floral patterns. We offer this pattern in either a DIGITAL DOWNLOAD or a PRINTED version.
You can purchase your copy of this pattern by clicking on one of the following links:
If you follow us on social media and/or our YouTube Channel, then you have heard us talking about building a new course for the DG LeatherCraft Academy. After months of gathering information, photos, and videos we have finally completed what we think is the most comprehensive online course on Floral Carving and Tooling that is available.
I will first say, there is no in person or online course that is going to make you a Master Floral Carver over night. Becoming efficient and proficient with leather floral tooling takes practice and study over a long period of time. What I wanted to do with this new course was to consolidate all the information in one place that is easy to follow and offers the best information possible. Along with this information, we created patterns and exercises that help to develop the skills and techniques needed to begin to build a quality skill set.
Our First Floral Carving and Tooling Course is Open for Enrollment!
When I first started my shop, one of the most popular items that we sold was a leather checkbook cover. I quickly learned that this item required very little leather to make and went together quickly. Even in today’s high tech world of Apple Pay and Debit cards, most people still write checks. And of those that still write checks, many of those people like to have a really nice custom checkbook cover. This allows them to whip it out and show off a bit when making purchases that require a handwritten check.
This video is a complete project video that shows you how I make a leather checkbook cover as well as some tips to make the process easier for you. We also created a Companion Pattern Pack, as we do with all of our project videos. In this pattern pack you will find the simple cut patterns with suggestions on leather weights to use. We also created 12 new and different tooling patterns that you can use to create unique checkbook covers to offer your customers. This is a digital pattern pack like all the rest of ours.
This project video is one that I should have made a long time ago. One of the best selling items we have ever made in the saddle shop has been our fold over knife sheaths. In this video, I show you how to make these from start to finish.
If you are looking for a project that doesn’t use a lot of leather and goes together quickly then this is it. This is also a great way to use up the scrap leather that may be accumulating in the corners of your workshop. Floral tooled, geometric tooled, dyed, painted and even plain leather, these items will become one of your most popular selling items.
I have developed a set of patterns to use when making these that will cut out all the fitting issues for most knives. My pattern uses the tooling window to size the finished sheath to fit a particular knife. If you would like to purchase the digital companion pattern pack for this video, then CLICK HERE and you can purchase that from us. This is a digital PDF file that you will download and print the patterns out on your own printer. Along with the cut pattern for the shealth and the three different size tooling windows that I use in my shop, you will also get 6 different floral tooling patterns for each of the three different windows. That is 18 different patterns to choose from.
Looking for a good source for Herman Oak leather? Visit our friends at Maker’s Leather Supply as they are a Herman Oak dealer and can help you get the leather and any other supplies that you may need.
This video shows how to make a new crossbody purse that I just came up with. The design is based on a real saddle bag design altered to work as a crossbody purse. I think the design of this purse is really nice and would be popular with many. This would be a great project to offer to your customers for gift ideas. You also may want to make one of these for that special lady in your life.
This crossbody purse goes together very well and has a lot of room to do floral tooling and personalization.
If you would like to purchase the pattern pack for this project, then Click Here to get that. The pattern pack is a DIGITAL DOWNLOAD in a PDF format that you print out on your own printer. The pack includes all the cut patterns as well as 6 different floral patterns.
Our “Tooling Series” videos are back in March! In this tooling series video, i go through my entire tooling process. In each video we will work through a certain number of stamping tools to complete the pattern shown in the video. In March, we are tooling a much requested skull… with a twist… this one is wear an indian headdress.
This series will show techniques for not only floral tooling, but also detail work of tooling a skull as well as getting realistic feathers. When this pattern is completed, we will do a video showing the paint and dye work on a piece like this.
Take a moment and click the link below to grab your FREE copy of this pattern in a PDF format. Just enter your email address and you can download and print your copy of this pattern and then tool along with us through this series. Here is that link to grab the digital pattern for FREE: https://dgsaddlery.com/marchtoolingseries/Continue reading →