Leather Purse Pyrography Project

Leather Purse Pyrography Project

Leather Purse Pyrography, Greenman Face, Project

Leather Purse Pyrography, Double-Needle Stitching

Plus our Your First Carving Project is towards the bottom of this post.

Because of all the interest from our FaceBook fans I have posted two more
free e-Projects on my pattern website. Levels in Releif Wood Carving PDF,
and Pyrography Pen Tips are posted on our home page at

New seven page, in-depth, step-by-step instructions project on creating your own leather burned purse, with a Greenman face on your front flap. Plus an indepth look at how to do the double-needle stitching pattern on leather.

Leather Purse Pyrography, Greenman Project by Lora Irish

To often I am so serious about our pyrography work, carefully planning each layer of burning, examining every stroke for even thickness and tonal value, trying to create as perfect as possible a realistic reproduction.

But once in a while I just ‘wanna have fun’.  And this is the perfect, just have fun project.  Because this was created as a text run for my new book, The Art of Leather Burning, I wasn’t concerned about absolutely matching ever corner or seam, or carefully measuring the distance between every stitching awl hole, or even about how the fill patterns I chose matched the ones I had already burned.  The entire idea behind this leather burned purse was to just see what I could do, and how I could do it.

creating a pocket flap for a leather purse
I am a strong advocate of practice boards.  Usually this is a small scrap of the same material from which you will work your main project upon which you can experiment with your temperature settings, pen tips, and fill patterns.

Well, this time, when I began my work with pyrography on leather, my practice board got a touch out of hand.  I began my text project with a 10 lb. scrap bag of vegetable-dyed leather from Springfield Leather Co.  which contained a variety of weights, textures, and species of leather pieces.

creating a pocket flap for a leather purse

What came out of this practice session was a Greenman Slop Bag!  This rough and rugged purse measures 7 1/2″ high, 9 1/2″ wide, and 2 3/4″ thick.  The front of my purse has a double pocket and the back has one large pocket with a hidden pocket inside of it.  Its constructed using an awl to create the stitching holes and the simple double-needle stitching pattern.

wood burning on leather

I’m not done with this purse yet.  To date I have only gotten the front flap, top roll over, and front of the purse body burned.  So I still have the entire back, the sides, and the should strap on which to play, and experiment with more fill textures, shading ideas, and even miniature patterns.

Play, practice, experiment, and create … that is our goal!

So, please visit my newest pyrography project, which has the free greenman face pattern, at

Leather Purse Pyrography, Greenman Face, Project

and … there’s more!

Your First Carving by LS Irish
Free PDF e-Project download for Wood Carving

This free PDF takes you through the basics of wood carving, including woods, supplies, cuts, and tools.
Download now by clicking on the link above.

It’s Here!  And your free pattern package is at the bottom of this post.

Art of Leather Burning
New Lora S. Irish Book
January 2017
Art of Leather Bu7rningArt of Leather Burning
Legendary wood and leather crafter Lora Susan Irish focuses solely on leather pyrography techniques and projects for the first time in this book. She presents instructions for a dozen easy-to-make projects, including jewelry, wallets, journals, and belts, in a spectacular array of patterns ranging from American West and Celtic motifs to wildlife and tattoo-inspired imagery. The completed projects are perfect for gift-giving or personal use.

Moving from tools and supplies to pyrography and leather crafting basics; pattern techniques; leather selection; and the projects themselves, the book includes detailed, step-by-step directions with full-color photographs. Sidebars and tips offer helpful hints. This invaluable guide is ideal for experienced crafters as well as those who wish to acquire leather-crafting and leather-burning skills.

One of those wonderful boxes arrived in the studio this week containing my newest book – The Art of Leather Burning.

See me jumping up and down, screaming with delight!!!  This year we, Michael and I, celebrate our 20th year on the web, our 20th year of sharing our love for the crafts with you, and my 20th year as a carving, pyrography, and craft book author!  This new book, number 28, is just the icing on the cake for us.  For the complete listing, please visit our Books page.



Try it before you buy it!
Enjoy this free pattern pack from
our wood carving, pyrography, and craft patterns website, ArtDesignsStudio.com

Wildlife Cameo
Free Pattern Pack 2017

How to Download
Step-by-step text file instructions

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