Part one of the Hawke Breastplate is finished!

Part two just needs four straps (two on each side) and then that will be done, too.

I lament the chest strap is put on the wrong way (the loose bit should be going toward the back, not the front oops) and also the shoulder straps are not quite the same length

But not terribly shabby for a first leather armor try?

First time I’ve done rivets and they were FUN. So much easier than grommets, you have no idea.

I have been working my leathercraft (difficult, when one does not have a leather supply anywhere nearby…), but here’s some in-progress shots of what I’ve been working on with some of the leather I’ve got left from previous projects:

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Good things: Pulling out a blanket you haven’t worked on in over a year and finding it exponentially larger than you remember

I should be writing was going to work on crochet squares today, but then the bookbinding bug bit me again, and so I’m going to try and redo this journal that’s been staring at me, unfinished, for months.

My goal is to make a hardbound leather book with no PVA or adhesive glue, which I more or less felt was a success with my Small Green Book attempt.

No PVA means the pastedown (inside of the covers) is cloth instead of paper (also which I discovered I like a lot), and it also means a lot of lining up and sewing. I think it will be more than worth it in the finished product, but I am still honing the technique. I also need to work on my headbands.

As it is right now, it doesn’t look so good–sloppy, uneven, not taut enough in itself, me trying to do “tapes” without the proper materials. But. This is what practice is all about. Now to deconstruct and remake better.