Mixing the rustic, rigid, yet still adventurous feel of leather and the classy, timeless embellishments of embroidery can be a magical combination when done properly. Here at On The Cuff, we encourage our customers to not be intimidated by the possible challenges of combining the two elements. Using embroidery on leather doesn’t have to be expensive, time consuming, and difficult — all you need is the proper guidance of professionals.

For your project to work, there needs to be the right selection of materials, design, and process. Fortunately, more items made of leather are now available to be customized, including jackets, hats, wallets, gadget containers, bags, shoes and boots, and more.

Choosing the Right Kind of Leather

There are various kinds and finishes of leather readily available for use, including cowhide, suede, buckskin, deerskin, pigskin, goatskin, and more. There is also the oak-tanned, chrome-tanned, and re-tanned leather. It is best to ask experts for their recommended kind, especially for beginners or for the item using the leather.

As a general rule, thick and heavy leather is not advisable, nor is the too soft and too thin kind. You need something flexible or malleable and of medium weight.

Placing Your Design

As you might have guessed, designs made for most fabrics might not go well with leather. Look for designs that will be very light on density and will require less needle penetration. You need to be careful on closely placed stitches because they might greatly damage the material. If your pattern requires running or satin stitches, remember that leather can be prone to perforations, puckering, distortion, and tearing. Keep your designs clean and less crowded or filled.

Finding Alternative Methods

There is no shame to using pleather or artificial leather as an alternative material. It is great for more complicated or stitch-filled designs and is also less pricey.

Also, instead of embroidering on the leather itself, you can place the entire design as a patch instead to lessen the risk of damaging the leather.

Visit our blog again for more ways on how to utilize embroidery not only on leather, but also on more materials. For more advice and free quotation for your upcoming project, please feel free to send us a message here or give us a call at On The Cuff and we would be happy to help you as soon as possible.