Man pants were made this week by the man sewer himself. Based on his jeans but with slight differences. Slant front pockets and zipper fly (instead of button fly). Fabric purchased at SR Harris. One of the stranger experiences in the Twin City but also a goldmine of fabric if you aren’t looking for anything too specific. These pants were made from a light gray cotton twill. They will be really nice for spring…oh spring. I always joke with John […]
Leftovers…who doesn’t love them? In this case I’m thinking about scrap fabric. I happen to be one of the worst keepers of small snip-its of fabric but it paid off. In all honesty, there was the great American clean out at my house…enforced by John, compliance by me. Too much stuff accumulated in the craft room. At a certain size it may be trash and at another size it could be a good donation…got it and did it. Now for […]
Back to handmade man things…I introduce to you, the forager bag. It’s a tough and ready bag, made of heavy canvas and leather. Yes, Mr. J is at it again. He gets, what I would call, a wild hare (or is it hair) and starts sketching away and after a handful of days something magical appears. I know I never showed you his jacket on fig, sorry that’s work lingo…worn on himself. He hates his gray beard, I rather love […]
I asked John if he would make me a bag, based a little on the one I share with you about a month ago. Look what I was surprised with today…bag awesome! Here’s what the grain sack looks like when the flap is lifted. Here’s a glimpse inside, there’s pockets along one side. So perfect and so useful! Thank you Mr. J!
The work shirt was completed and John went onto his next project. He took an old seed bag and made a tote out of it. I know, I know…would you sew through layers of leather with your sewing machine? I think it’s pretty yummy, so yummy I sketched out a smaller bag and begged John to make it for me. Backside Interior I love this bag, I think it’s so cool and a bit counter culture…designer seed bag, HA!
John’s creation, a work shirt. Here’s the deal, when I took my class I convinced John to take the class too. He really likes to sew, but he’s the crazy sewist. What I love about John is he doesn’t get it…like really, you can’t do that. Hell, that never stops him and he finds a way around it. He’ll ask my opinion then negate it, it’s almost funny, almost. Do you ever wonder about DNA, because I sure do. What […]
John has found a new source of inspiration in Japanese carving books. I see him studying these books for hours, they are written in Japanese so it’s all eye candy. Above, are a few test pieces… Below, a wallet. John is a really modest guy and thinks very little of his work but I love it. This started out as a flat piece of raw leather and everything that is done to it is by hand. It really fascinates me.
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Here’s John’s completed wallet. He surprised me with this lovely gift! I’m really touched and thrilled. When he first started carving leather he felt badly about the idea of carving into leather. I think he’s really talented and has such a good eye and steady hand. He did a mental regroup and found he could make it his own. I think for a creative person it’s really important to take an idea and be inspired but move the needle to […]
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