The Art of Leather Inlay and Overlay.
The Art of Leather Inlay and Overlay
Schiffer Publishing Ltd.
4880 Lower Valley Road, Atglen, PA 19310
9780764351211, $34.99, HC, 176pp, www.amazon.com
More than 470 color photos bring in-depth detail to "The Art of Leather Inlay and Overlay: A Guide to the Techniques for Top Results" by Lisa Sorrell who is an award-winning leather artist and master cowboy boot maker known for her colorful and intricate designs. Profusely illustrated, impressively well written, exceptionally and accessibly organized and presented, "The Art of Leather Inlay and Overlay" provides a comprehensive look at the almost forgotten decorative art of leather inlay and overlay. Leather is an often-overlooked textile, with very little documentation on its tools and techniques, and this thoroughly 'user friendly', step-by-step guide will fill a crucially important gap for the aspiring leather worker. These skills have historically been passed along orally, and "The Art of Leather Inlay and Overlay" begins with a brief introduction of the cowboy boot, since this is the discipline that's become a repository for the art of leather inlay and overlay. Leather working novices can learn what these decorative methods can bring to their work with details on the tools and machinery needed, and clear explanations of the techniques. Also covered in the pages of "The Art of Leather Inlay and Overlay" are the history of leather inlay and overlay, choosing the best leather, how to pattern and create leather art, and basic sewing machine maintenance. "The Art of Leather Inlay and Overlay" finishes with an illustrated, do-it-yourself guide to three outstanding leather projects. Simply stated, "The Art of Leather Inlay and Overlay" is unreservedly recommended for personal, professional, community, college, and university library Leather Working instructional reference collections and supplemental studies reading lists.