Wallet workshop by Steven.W

It was an honour of MOOR to handle such a great leathercraft workshop by Steven.W

Steven.W is a well known brand by his distinct edging effect and he only use the highest quality of material to make his products. He himself is a very detailed person and very smart. On top of that, he is a musician and a chiropractic practitioner which means he has a complete package as an artist – truly art!

The workshop was held on last Friday, 26th April 2019 and packed of knowledge to be passed down to the 6 participants of this program.

Nothing much that I can say he is such a serious person and take the responsibility to teach as his pride. The proof is, since we were all 6, the projects could not be finished on time and he scarifice his time with family to continue to be with us. To him, teach until understand is the ultimate goal. He won’t stop until he satisfies with the result from us.

His lesson is very detailed, and logic must comes first as we need to understand why we are doing the process. Why we must burnish, when not to burnish, and the list goes. His experience is actually more than his own age, and it makes me impressed with him (despite of his look ..ooppsss!)

The tools he used is really mind blowing, hard to find in our local place and ended up we all bought all his tools, and some of his personal tools we did force him to sell to us 🙂 but failed! ahah… what an experience 🙂

We bought all what we used on the table

Advice to the newbies out there, do search a great guru to help you walk through the thorns without bleeding. This is important as we must ensure our path is clear and can move further. Don’t stop learning. The more we learn the better we will be. Steven specialist is in making vegetable tanned products and hence the technique is dedicated to this kind of leather only, not on chrome.

Last but not least, we always wish Steven to have a prosperous life and success in his business. We will definitely pay a visit to Taiwan one day.

p/s: Special thanks to Melody, his beautiful girlfriend for being the photographer of the day 🙂

Muzen – the true retro radio

It is small yet powerful. Don’t get it wrong with its size and don’t get cheated with other counterfeited products. They might look similar but different in so many ways!!!

Just click the above link to get 15% discount on the first purchase and reward yourself with this beautiful gadget!!

Start hitting the link now and browse the other colours that might make you hard to choose 🙂

Pattern Making Tutorial – Wingtip Derby

Shoes and Craft

Somewhere a wingtip derby take a special place in our heart, reserved for those day, when we need a little attention to our footwear. this will get that for sure. Recently I met a famous fashion designer – we have regularly some of those at the college I work for – and I have seen a Budapest shoe in his foot. Somehow it looked familiar. Shoes are just shoes for an untrained eye, but you cal tell if you had a closer contact with one. So I asked him, how does he likes his Budapest shoes? He was shocked that I know the name. Then I asked him: did you buy them from this and this company around 20 years ago? Yes, he said and seemed even more surprised. Then I described him how the sole looks like without taking a look and the little decoration which were at the…

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CABOCHON ROSE HANDBAG

Can’t wait to make this

Bag'n-telle

‘Cabochon Rose Handbag’

This little evening handbag resembles a corsage and is carried on the wrist. It can be made up in colours and fabrications to compliment the lady’s dress.

Dimensions: approximately 6 ½” in diameter X 1½” deep  [16.5 cm X 4cm ]

Construction Method: Turned finish – this method may be recognized by noting the lack of machine-stitching that is visible at points of assembly on the exterior side of the bag. This is possible by placing the material, or parts, face to face, machining and turning right-side out. It is the most commonly used assembly process.

Material Used: 1oo% polyester dobby-weave satin, with contrast piping.

You will need:

  • 1 closed zipper, 5 ½” [14 cm] long
  • ½ yd. [0.5 m] of fashion fabric, 45” [115 cm] wide **
  • ¼ yd. [0.25 m] of lining fabric, 45” [115 cm] wide
  • ¼ yd. [0.25 m] of fusible interfacing…

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SADDLE-STITCHED HANDBAG

My favourite website

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Dimensions: approximately 10″ high / 12″ wide / 4″ deep with a 20″ [51 cm] pivoting strap handle and zippered opening. [25.5 cm x 30.5 cm x 1 cm]

Construction Method: Cut edge finish – the edges are not skived or turned over; the full thickness of the material used is retained and its edges are usually stained and polished. Keep the styling simple in design as all the construction is done by hand.

Material Used:cowhide leather

You will need:

  • 1 pair of metal square loop brackets, 1” dia. [25 mm]
  • 1 metal closed zipper, 16” long [41 cm]
  • 1 cowhide or garment leather skin, 4-10 oz.
  • 1 spool of waxed linen thread
  • 2 harness needles
  • Leather punch or awl
  • Leather polish
  • Beeswax or clear paraffin
  • Fine-grade emery paper
  • X-acto knife
  • Kraft paper

Design Tip:Match the colour and surface finish…

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CREATING BAG PATTERNS

Bag'n-telle

patternmaking

Fashion purses and bags come in all sorts of sizes and shapes. The permutations are endless, but they have one thing in common. They begin in the form of a simple geometric shape, usually a derivative of a rectangle, square, circle, or cylinder. When you manipulate this shape by slashing and spreading, then adding gussets and darts, the magic begins. There are no reasons why anyone cannot draft their own patterns to make uniquely custom bag designs.

You only need to understand the various bag shapes, know how a bag is put together, and have the proper pattern-making tools and supplies on hand to get the job done. Once you are familiar with the basics, you will be able to analyze any style of bag and expand on and embellish it to suit your vision. The materials that your bag is made from can make or break its style and…

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THE RULE OF THREE

A very valuable tips to become a good bag designer..

Bag'n-telle

Three. The popular number has made its way into every aspect of the world’s creative cultures, from artists to photographers, playwrights to authors, inventors to designers; — all use the Rule of Three. When thinking of concepts for new bag styles, the solution can often lie in the simple adherence to this rule and shifting things around accordingly.

The basic idea of the rule is details and objects that appear in odd numbers are more appealing, memorable, and effective than even-numbered pairings. While it is easier to create symmetry by balancing elements in twos, this design trinity helps shape more interesting concepts, creates better visual appeal, enhances user-functionality and establishes a smarter balance. When we view our surroundings, we do so with two eyes. The brain automatically views things in pairs whenever symmetry is presented. By using an odd number, like three, it forces us to go back…

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The world’s most beautiful Malay manuscripts

Thank you @bukurama for this knowledge that I myself as a Malay never know this..

Bukurama Bookbinding+

Masterpiece theatre

The current exhibition at Singapore’s National Library on North Bridge Road is a roll call of the most dazzling manuscripts and books from the Malay world.

Titled “Tales of the Malay World: Manuscripts and Early Books”, it is a trove of historically and artistically significant materials gathered from National Library Singapore, the British Library and Leiden University.

If you like old books, illuminated manuscripts, calligraphy and the history of books, this exhibition is a rare treat.

The schools, the styles

First, I backtrack.

I had attended the launch event on August 18, 2017 — a talk (“Art and Artists in Malay Manuscript Books”) by Annabel Teh Gallop, the lead curator for Southeast Asia materials at the British Library — which helped me appreciate the displays immeasurably.

AnnabelTehGallopMalayManuscripts Annabel Teh Gallop from the British Library, an expert on Malay manuscripts of Southeast Asia, speaks at the National Library Singapore.

She said:

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