It’s finished! Last summer I took a class for hand stitching a leather tote up at the North House Folk School in Grand Marais, MN with instructor Candace LaCosse. It was such a great experience and I’m so glad I jumped in and grabbed at the opportunity.
I was researching classes to take and happened upon the North House Folk School’s website. I was pleasantly surprised that it wasn’t too far away and in the same small town as my friend Brienne. I reached out to her for me to join me and it ended up working out for us to take the class together.
Honestly, I was super nervous on the first day of class. Once we got started though it felt really comfortable and I was happy to be learning some new skills. The major part of this tote was the hand sewn leather handles. I definitely got my practice in for saddle stitching! Stitching them together took almost all of the two days of class time plus I sewed a bunch the night between class as well. I left the end of class with a few seams on the body of the tote to finish up and it took me almost a year to finally pick it back up and finish. It feels great to have it under my belt and I’m excited to keep moving forward and trying new things.
I would definitely encourage you to try any hands on classes that interest you! Nothing can replace being in a classroom setting with a knowledgeable teacher and other students who are learning side by side. It’s something I hope keeping pushing myself to do! I know there is so much out there, so many ways to connect, and so many crafts I want to try and learn.
And a huge thank you to my friend Holly for snapping the pics of me! yayyy!