Guide to Leatherworking Tools For Beginner Leathercrafters
The list of leather working tools includes; awls, bevelers, burnishers, cutters, gouges, glues, groovers, mauls, pricking irons, punches, skivers, stamps, sewing items, and a cutting mat. Often the specific tool will depend on the project.
As a beginner It is better to keep it simple, you don’t need a lot of tools to start. As you learn and get more experience you will get more confident about what you want.
Below is a list of what we think is a good starting place for tools;
Some of these tools we stock, some we don't (yet).Needle and Thread
Harness needles – Size 4 and 2
Size 4 (004) - Smallest Needle Length: 48mm / Outer Diameter: 0.9mm
Size 2 (002) - Length: 54mm / Outer Diameter: 1.0mm
Link to Hand Sewing Needles
Waxed Hand Sewing Thread
Link to Hand Sewing Thread
Sharp Knife and Cutting Board
Retractable Blade type knife, Heavy duty Scissors, self healing cutting matt
Keeps your hands free by holding your leather project whilst you stitch. Not essential, but makes hand stitching much easier
Link to Stitching ClampAwl
Used for marking or piercing leather.
Evenly punches slots in your leather so that you can hand sew, ours are available in 7 stitches per inch or 10 stitches per inch
Link to our pricking irons (coming soon)
Polymer Head Maul (Mallet/Hammer)
A Mallet with minimal bounce, also doesn't damage tools.
Link to our Mauls
Rotary Hole Punch
Punches round holes in leather in 2.0mm, 2.5mm,3.0mm,3.5mm,4mm and 4.5mm diameters
Great for holding the edges of projects together
Tape measure & Metal Ruler
Specialized leather contact glue is available but contact glue from a hardware store is fine to begin with.
Used for; folding, scoring and creasing
Usually wood, used to burnish the edge of your projects.