NATIONAL LEATHERCRAFT DAY | AUGUST 15
National Leathercraft Day on August 15th honors the rich heritage, artistry, and skill of leathercrafting.
The versatility of leather has proven to be artistic and utilitarian since ancient times. In the hands of a skilled craftsperson, leather transforms. Some of the most durable and usable products come from leather. A supple leather belt or a hard-working saddle hold up to their intended purpose. Stylish boots and clothing often do double duty making us look good and keeping us safe. The options are endless. Perfected over time, specialty techniques and designs give leather products long-lasting wear and use. And today, leather continues to be as fashionable as ever.
National Leathercraft Day recognizes the dedication and creativity of leather workers. Passionately, their inspiration comes alive through their designs and time-honored traditions. When a leatherworker designs a piece, expect outstanding quality and skill.
HOW TO OBSERVE NATIONAL LEATHERCRAFT DAY
So many options are available on National Leathercraft Day.
- Take a leathercrafting class to create your own cherished pieces that will become family heirlooms.
- Appreciate the leatherwork around you from luxurious upholstery to classic clothing, taking note of the finest details.
- Admire the stitching and the smoothly burnished edges, too.
- Order a custom piece from a local leathercrafter.
- Wear the durable, superb quality of leather.
Share your preferred leather styles and stitches. Do you have a favorite leather piece? Use #NationalLeathercraftDay to share on social media.
NATIONAL LEATHERCRAFT DAY HISTORY
Tandy Leather created National Leathercraft Day on August 15, 2018, to recognize the art of leathercrafting and to encourage everyone to become interested in the craft.
The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed National Leathercraft Day to be observed on August 15th, annually.
About Tandy Leather
Founded in Fort Worth, Texas, in 1919, Tandy has become synonymous with leather and leather crafting. A century later, the company, sitting headquartered in Fort Worth, lives by its mission statement “to teach and inspire the art of leather crafting one person, one class, one neighborhood, one community at a time.”
For more information, go to www.tandyleather.com.
Q. Which is stronger, hand-stitched or machine-stitched leather?
A. Hand-stitched products are studier due to the nature of the stitches used. However, since hand stitching is time-consuming, it is more expensive.
Q. How do I protect leather shoes from water?
A. You can waterproof leather to a limited extent by using a spray or wax made for leather. It will help the water bead up and roll off. However, this approach offers only limited protection against water. Another solution is to wear a waterproof overshoe to protect your leather footwear during a rainy spell.
Q. What is the most common type of leather?
A. The most common type of leather is harvested from cattle.