New Year, New Hobby? Here’s Why Leatherworking Could Be The Craft For You
Taking up a new hobby isn’t always as simple as it sounds. Maybe you’ve got the motivation, maybe you’ve even got the time, but finding a skill that will inspire you to keep going, that will set your creativity free, and - perhaps most importantly - that will result in work you’re truly proud of, can be a lot harder than you might think.
Now, we can’t promise you that leatherworking will give you all those things. After all, everyone’s different and while we love the simple pleasure of seeing a leathercraft project through from start to finish, that doesn’t necessarily mean you will too. That being said, today we want to talk about why leatherworking is a great skill to dip your toes into even if you’re just a little curious.
Learning Leatherworking Is Fun
Let’s face it, we’ve all given up on something from time to time. For some of us, however, that’s more of a problem than others.
The truth is, the most difficult part of developing a new skill is sticking with it. Often times we imagine how much fun it will be once we’ve got through the difficult first patch, but getting through that patch is a lot harder than we’d imagined. The trick is to make learning fun and that’s a lot easier with some skills than others.
Put simply, learning leatherwork is a lot of fun so long as you go in with the right mindset. That means holding off on your most ambitious plans until you’ve mastered the basic skills and taking pride in every step of the journey.
Perhaps that sounds dull, but there can be a lot of satisfaction in managing your first straight cut or sowing a clean seam. You won’t be a master overnight, but if you come to see each milestone as another achievement, then you’ll have a lot to be proud of as you go.
Leatherworking Is A Creative Skill
Okay, so maybe you’re not so enthusiastic about the long road to mastery, but that doesn’t mean you won’t be able to flex your creative muscles early on. Even simple projects such as keyrings or cardholders offer lots of chances for fun, creative design choices. From choosing the leather to deciding on a shape and style, leatherworking will give you lots of opportunities - big and small - to do things your way.
Leather Gifts Last Forever
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again - leather is an incredibly versatile material. Signs of damage come slowly, if at all, and with good care, a leather item can last decades without showing any wear and tear. That means that if you make someone a gift - be it a birthday or Christmas present - it will likely be with them for years.
Here at Leather Treasure, we’re passionate about the joy of good craftsmanship and we hope that soon we’ll be able to share that joy with you. Have a happy new year, and we hope you’ll join us again soon on your leatherworking journey.