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.
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!
We have put a lot of information on the internet and our our website on the topic of tooling and floral carving. This course takes that scattered information, consolidates it into one package, and builds upon it going into further detail.
The course has over 6.5 hours of new footage covering topics like tools, work surfaces, lighting, casing, preparation, carving, sharpening, leather selection and of course the entire tooling process. There are some worksheets and lists that can be printed out for quick reference at the bench as well as all the tooling patterns for the course.
The patterns in the course are in PDF format so that you can download them and print them on your own printer and then transfer to your leather to follow along in the tooling. Your leather needs to be cut into 5.5″ x 8″ panels for this. We will be tooling 5 of these panels through the course.
The focus of this course is on the entire tooling and carving process. Tooling is the same, for the most part, no matter the size and shape of the piece you are tooling. But since belts are a popular product that we all tool, we do touch on tooling belts. Tooling a belt is only slightly different than anything else but we do talk about some of the differences. We have also included 8 new belt patterns available only within this course.
Information is valuable, it’s even more valuable with implementation and practice… it’s most valuable with feedback and guidance.
That’s why we have added the “Final Critique of all 5 Tooling Panels” session to the course after the tooling of your first pattern. This is a coaching session of sorts that is only available to students enrolled in this course. This allows you to send me a photo of each pattern after you finish tooling them for review and critique. This is done right from within the course platform. I will study your work and offer my critiques and advice on how to improve on your current skill set.
You will have 30 day access to this critique session of the course (you will have lifetime access to the course itself). I think if you are serious about improving your tooling skills, then focusing 30 days on getting all five panels tooled then receiving feedback on those pieces will be most impactful to your improvement.
*Lifetime access to all the course material in this course. 30 Day access to the Critiquing session within the course.
Whether you are a beginner tooling leather, or you have experience but want to step up your artwork, I hope that you will consider going through this online floral carving course. This class is completely online and you can go through it at your own pace in your own home or shop. You can go back through the course as many times as you like to refresh yourself.
Leather Floral Carving and Tooling: Beginner online course is open for enrollment and we hope to see you in there. Click the image below if you are ready to sign up and get started!
Here is a much requested video from your suggestions both here and on our facebook page! For the July Leather Tooling Series we are showing how to figure carve a horse’s head into leather. I am not the greatest figure carver out there and I still have a lot to learn on the subject, but I will attempt to show you what I do know. After that, you can seek out guidance from some of the greats out there… and there are many amazing figure carvers that you can learn from. Jim Linnell would be one that I would highly recommend checking out if you haven’t already.
If you would like to tool along with us in this tooling series, Click Here to get a FREE copy of this pattern.
Just enter your email address and we will shoot that out to you. It is a PDF file that you can download and print on your own printer.
Tools used in this video:
-CS Osbourne push beveler
-Barry King Lifters (or undercuts)
-Barry King Crowners (checkered)
-Bevelers (BK and craft tool)
If you haven’t, I would suggest going through our First Tooling Serieswhere we explain in a little more depth the different tools used in these series videos.
The model for this project is an unknown Bay Gelding that resided on a place that borders us. I just liked the way the horse looked and took many photos of him for artwork reference. Not sure what happened to him, but we haven’t seen him in a long time… I like to think that he is somewhere on the rodeo trail or maybe just retired and moved to Florida.
You bought a mess of leather stamping tools for tooling leather tooling patterns.
What do all these tools for stamping leather do and where to use them?
This is a common challenge for us when we start tooling leather. We gather all the tools, a good mallet and some floral tooling patterns. Yet we are unclear of what some of tools are for or how to use them.
Other areas that I struggled with early on was the proper order to use the tools in. I found myself rambling through the patterns in a completely random fashion. This led to long tooling sessions that left me feeling a bit lost and confused.
If you are new to tooling leather tooling patterns, then you are going to find great value in this! Here you will find a 4 part video series that we created for our YouTube Channel. The series is called “How to Tool Floral Leather Tooling Patterns.”
Each video covers a certain number of stamping tools in the order that I use them in my work everyday. You will see how I use each tool for this particular tooling pattern. The use of many of these tools takes practice and sometimes requires a little trick to use and we go through this in the videos.
Designing a new floral tooling layout can be a bit of a task on any project but especially on bigger pieces like notebooks and saddles. In this post, I will show you five tools that will make the experience easier and a lot more fun. Continue reading →
For many of us that start in leather work, we start by making small leathergoods such as wallets, belts, and knife sheaths. In this video I show you my process of tooling a leather wallet. Everyone has a different approach to tooling floral design so keep in mind there are other ways of doing this. Continue reading →
Learning how to draw on leather can really help to speed up your work and help you to not waste time drawing something and then having to transfer it later. This is article will show you how to draw right on your projects and feel confident in your drawing skills.
How to Draw On Leather
The first thing I do is find my center of the wallet where it will fold. To allow room for the fold I make a mark 1/2″ on each side of center. I do that on each edge of the wallet, so you should have four marks.
Now I draw a line connecting the marks to define the fold area… I don’t usually tool the fold on my wallets. Next I set calipers to the width that I want my border and scribe my border lines. You should end up with two tooling windows ready for design.
If I’m putting initials on the wallet I draw these in first.
Here I have placed a flower next to the initials which will seperate the initials from the floral nicely. Next I draw in some scroll guidelines roughly to determine the flow I want within the pattern.
Now I begin to define my scrolls and vine work using my previous lines as a guide for flow.
I didn’t like how the flow was layed in at first so I just simply erase the two lines I don’t like. Using the 8B pencil allows me to erase and leaves no impression of the lines behind.
I decided to fill some space with a leaf. When you add leaves and flowers into the pattern, keep the flow in mind so that it bends and shapes accordingly.
As you can see the leaf took a lot of the open space and the gaps can easily be filled now with scroll and vine work. For the most part, the original flow I sketched in is maintained. The only thing I really changed was using the leaf to balance the pattern a little.
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