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Our Process
This is where it all begins.  We start with a premium aniline-dyed cowhide - the finest leather available.  It has oils tanned into it to give it a nice soft feel and it is dyed all the way through, so scratches can be blended into the leather.  Every hide is different, so Barbara carefully selects the hide, depending on what type of bag she is making.  A large travel bag or briefcase calls for heavier leather, while a small purse needs softer, lighter-weight leather.

Barbara cuts every piece out by hand, no "cookie-cutter" dies or machine-stamped-out pieces used here.  Each pattern piece is carefully laid out before cutting.  Straps and bases of bags are cut out of a firmer area of the hide, while binding is cut out of the softest, thinnest area.

After several bags are cut out, they move over to the glue bench.  Barbara lays out each piece to be glued and turned before sewing zippers, bases, pockets, pocket flaps, handles and straps.  Every piece is glued, edges folded over and pounded.  A simple step, but extremely important to the finished look of the bag.  Look carefully at the finished bag, as there are no exposed raw edges.  Turned edges are one of the elements that contribute to the clean lines of the finished bag.

Sue has been working with Barbara for about 10 years now.  So every single bag will have been sewn by Sue or Barbara or both.  Like Barbara, Sue's grandmother taught her to sew when she was about nine, now this is kind of scary: we added up both their years of sewing experience and came up with eighty years!

Customers at our craft shows who are seamstresses are always complimenting us on our beautiful stitching.  They are in awe of the nice straight stitching on straps, zippers, pockets, around curves on pockets, the x-stitched handles, the clean, turned French binding...!  Everywhere you look on the bag, our craftsmanship and experience is evident - even on the inside where it doesn't really show (but you know it is there).
 
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