That is exactly how felt when I watched the craftsman in the Italian Leather Workshop put together the panels for our FORTUNATA Leather Tote bag with the patchwork design.
I had always imagined how difficult it would be to sew all those little 6 x 6 cm squares together. It was one of those jobs that I would have avoided like the plague, I have enough trouble keeping my desk clean at work! Imagine sorting 42 little squares.
When I mentioned this to my colleague Janice, she just had a good laugh and then invited me to come and watch as she prepared the next panel.
The 6 x 6 cm leather squares are first sorted in to “color groups” so that she will start work with a homogeneous set of patches.
She will then use a card board pattern where she will place them out so that they form a pattern, looking to keep the colors and textures varied throughout the panel.
Once she has them organized she will open up a special piece of “sticky” paper, which will become the backing and is what holds the squares together. Each colorful patch is carefully applied to the paper until a full panel is made.
Once the panel has been carefully assembled it is passed over to Loretta Tucci, one of the owners and a skilled seamstress, who will add a reinforcing zigzag stitch.
Now these panels are ready to be used to make the Fortunata Leather Tote Bag.