Canadian Leathercrafter – January, February, March, April 2023 – Newsletter by CSCL

The Canadian Society for Creative Leathercraft CANADIAN LEATHERCRAFT
No. 6
cscl.bmpJanuary, February, March, April – 2023
The CSCL 73rd Annual Convention
June 2nd and 3rd, 2023
Come and join us
In this Edition…
Page 2 Notes from the Editor, Highlights of the past Executive Mtgs, Membership Info, CSCL Larmour Library
Page 3 – Feeling Creative, Buy and Sell.
Page 4 – 5 and 6 Petal Flower Pin by Carol McLean
Page 5 – Ranger Belt
Page 6 – Fashion Wrist Band by Peter Grove
Page 7 – 8 – Saddle Stitching – How too
Page 9 To ‘Tans’ or ‘Not To Tans’ from Members-At-Large
Page 10 73rd Annual Convention
Page 11 CSCL Virtual Leatherwork Annual Competition 2023
©2023 Canadian Society for Creative Leathercraft All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part without permission of the copyright holder is prohibited.
To contact any of our Executive please refer to the CONTACT section of our Website.
Download PDF: Canadian Leathercrafter J-F-M-A – 2023.pdf
President: Lauch Harrison
1st Vice-Pres.: Jim Wilkes
Past President: Jim Wilkes
Treasurer: Della Chynoweth
Secretary: Lauren Malec
Membership: Kim Winchester
Editor: Barbara Chynoweth
ECO: Eugene Pik
Privacy Officer: Lauch Harrison
Workshops: Lauch Harrison, Jim Wilkes

Note from the Editor….
The Newsletter “Canadian Leathercraft” is your source of information about CSCL and its members. Also check out the CSCL website at and CSCL’s Facebook page.

I am always looking for articles for the Newsletter, do you have a project that you have done that you think everyone would be interested in seeing, we are looking for articles?

After stepping into the shoes of Madeleine Mitchell who was the Editor from September 2003 to September 2016 I have decide to pass the job on to a new Editor, this will be my last edition. I have enjoyed editing the Newsletter and searching for information and articles. I wish only the best for the new Editor and that they have much success.

Highlights from the Past Executive Council Meetings….

The CSCL Executive continues to meet on Zoom.

At the January meeting the Executive decided to hold an in person Annual Meeting and that Hamilton would be the host.

At the February meeting the Virtual Annual Photo Competition was announced.

At the March meeting the Virtual Annual Photo Competition rules and regulations were determined. Planning for the 73rd Convention were worked on.

CSCL Membership

Have you paid your membership? It’s a new Membership Year (April 1 to March 31).

  • If you are joining trough a branch pay your CSCL membership to the Branch Treasurer along with your branch membership fee.
  • If you are joining as a Member-at-Large or Sustaining Member send your membership payment to the CSCL Treasurer: Della Chynoweth, 3350 Monck Road, Norland, Ontario K0M 2L0 or you can e-transfer to [email protected]. Please be sure to include your contact information.
General Member:

Individuals interested in leathercraft who belong to one of the CSCL Branches. (Need not be a leathercraft person.) $40.00 plus your Branch membership fee

General Member – Student*:

A registered full-time student shall pay $5.00


Individual interested in leathercraft who does not belong to one of the CSCL Branches. (Need not be a leathercraft person.) $40.00

Sustaining Member:

Commercial Organizations interested in supporting the Society. $100.00 or material equivalent to $100.00.

CSCL Larmour Lending Library

The CSCL lending Library of Books and Patterns can be referenced on our web site Head to Gallery and click on CSCL Library of Books and Patterns.

Under the Pattern option there is 80 pages of patterns that may give you ideas of things to make. Under the Book section there is 13 pages of titles of Books and DVD’s about Leather crafting, design and colour.

Remember these patterns and books are there for you to borrow from the library. Select item(s) you would like to borrow and send your list to Paul Kitchener at [email protected].

Branch Presidents will assist in pickup and delivery of the orders from branch members.

Members-at-large may order directly from Paul and arrange shipping or printing options, fees may apply.

Feeling Creative?

different colours of fish leather

One of our Corporate Members – Stanley Major from Sea Leather Wear supplied Fish Skins to the CSCL. The skins were sent to the Branch Presidents to be distributed to branch members. The MAL were contacted by Lauren to see if any of them wanted a Fish Skin to use in making an item. Seek out your President and ask for some skins if you weren’t aware of them.
At the November Meeting of the CSCL Executive, a motion was passed to introduce a onetime Award at the 2023 CSCL Convention for the best item made using Fish Skins in its construction. The Award will be a $50.00 cash award.

If you have any tools that you are interested in selling please send the information in and we will advertise it in the Newsletter OR if you are looking for a specific tool and have been unable to find it maybe someone has an extra that they would be willing to sell. Let us know.

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This is a pattern from a workshop that Peter Grove held

Fashion Wrist Band

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On the larger piece cut the leather were the + marks are. When the two pieces of leather are glued together the cut section will be raised up and you will be able to see the exotic leather through the cut lines.

Next punch holes around the edge of the two parts of the Wrist Band and lace.

Attach a snap at each end to be able to close the Wrist Band.

These can be done in different colours to match your wardrobe.

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To ‘Tans’ or ‘Not To Tans’

By CSCL Members-At-Large

Let’s look at ‘tans’!

Leathercrafters are quite familiar with tanning: to change animal skin into leather using special chemicals such as tannin. Sueded and glazed fish leather will be recognized at the guild’s upcoming 73rd Anniversary; visit the CSCL Facebook in June to see all award winners.

The TANGRAM SET, shown left, is a square that has been divided into seven simple shapes, which are called tans.

Playing tangrams on a flat surface is an imaginative game. The idea is to manipulate the pieces to create a shape. All pieces must touch, lying flat with no overlapping.

The next time you plan to design your own leathercraft carving, you might want to try making a new shape depicting an interesting object. This is also a game for two or more players. One set of tans is needed per player.

Sea Life, pictured right, are original silhouette samples sourced from hundreds of possible solutions, as illustrated in a ©2002 puzzle book!

Tight lines!

The Hamilton Leather Guild Invites you to the 73rd Annual Convention Weekend For The Canadian Society for Creative Leathercraft

June 2 & 3, 2023

The Convention will be held at the Visitors Inn Hotel Hamilton

649 Main Street West, (Hwy 8 & 403), Hamilton, Ontario L8S 1A2

For more information contact Lauch Harrison at [email protected]

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