Elizabeth Bond is one of around two dozen select artists selling their makes at the Memorial Hall on 22 September. She invited us along to a leather workshop last month where we learned about animal skins and created a leather belt and purse from scratch
A teacher by profession but with a three-year apprenticeship at The Royal School of Needlework behind her, Elizabeth Bond is a hand-stitching expert who is often commissioned to carry out decorative work like intricate embroidered church altar frontals in delicate silks and satins. But her material of choice is leather and she just loves creating bags, chunky belts and purses and passing on her knowledge.
Sue Mander made the perfect enthusiastic student
“It was so much fun and amazing to learn how to cut and shape the hide and turn it in to a belt in a few hours. I had to pare it with a tool that looked like a parmesan grater to make thin and flexible areas for the curled end and loops. Elizabeth is very precise with her measuring and finishing which makes a difference for evenly spaced rivets and neatly punched holes. It ended up looking like an expensive accessory – I love it! Elizabeth always uses fabulous quality leathers and I’m looking forward to seeing what she has on sale at the Chorleywood Fair…I might even start my Christmas shopping!”
Find Elizabeth’s leather accessories at the Artists and Makers Fair, CW Memorial Hall, Sat 22 Sept.
Book a Sunday Special leather workshop with Elizabeth at Queens Park Centre, Aylesbury, HP21 7RT. Sun 23 Sep: Soft leather Purses and Wallets and Sun 21 Oct: Belts and Guitar Straps, 10am – 4pm. £45 www.qpc.org