Leather Marquetry


 Marquetry is a centuries old technique normally using contrasting wood veneers to create intricate patterns on furniture, panels or similar.  The use of leather involves the precise cutting of shapes out of the leather and gluing them together to form a pattern or design with a completely flat surface. The result gives the impression it is all one piece of leather. This technique can be used on a variety of items where there is a stable backing.  It can be the body of a structured bag, a pocket on the bag, or a strap. I have also done the sunglasses cases and laptop sleeves using this method.  It requires a lot of precision, patience and perfection which is what appeals to me, and the results can be well worth the effort.