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Why I made my own leather handbag

"Are you a Maker?"

It stopped me in my tracks for a minute. I needed time to process what the term ‘Maker’ actually meant . I’ve never really thought of myself as such.


You see I have thought of myself as a sewer, a knitter, an embroiderer, a drawer, a painter, a leather worker,…. a raffia hat maker (ah… there’s that word), a doll maker (there it is again), a children’s clothing designer and maker (oh… and again!!), a home maker (whoops!) an album maker oh and lets not forget, a photo maker (he he he… now I’m being silly). You get the picture! I keep my hands busy! And yes… I guess I’m a Maker.


Back when I began my "year of making" challenge a new leather tote handbag was the first creation I attempted. It's success sparked a journey that continues to this day.


The leather tote handbag was quickly followed by linen clothing designed and made to suit what I preferred to wear.

"It's really what began this whole adventure"


The leather tote handbag was quickly followed by linen clothing designed and made to suit what I preferred to wear. I digress.

When I was an early teen I attended leather working classes with my Dad. I didn't think that much of it at the time but now I understand how special it was that he took the time to do that with me. I continued attending regular workshops as leather work became a full blown hobby for me. Then.... somewhere in my later teens... as work, a social life and boyfriends took over my life, the leather tools remained packed away gathering dust in an old suitcase.

Can you believe it took almost 35 years and a question from my daughter for me to seek out the suitcase from the back of the shed.




I was surprised and delighted to easily recall the basics and now I'm equally thrilled each time I am about to teach a workshop to share those skills. Should you be intrigued enough, you to can explore making your own leather handbag at one of the regular workshops I teach in Dayboro, Qld, Australia.


So why did I make my own leather handbag.... I guess it was to prove to myself that ....Yes.... I truely am a "Maker".

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