leather sewing

When I visited Belgium in 2013, I purchased a beautiful black leather jacket with a quilted red lining. A few days later, I traveled to Clisson, France for Hellfest – a three-day long metal festival – and picked up several black, white, and red embroidered patches to adorn my leather. (Yes, I love color coordination and specifically these three colors together.)

It’s not easy sewing patches onto leather, but having the right tools to begin with will make the process much smoother. First off, I recommend buying bonded nylon thread. It’s thick, durable, and it comes in many different colors.

Black and red bonded nylon thread.

You will definitely need to buy a thimble. Don’t waste your time or money getting one from a dollar store – they are cheap and will fall off your thumb, which is very annoying when trying to complete a project. Invest in a high-quality thimble.

You will also need a Glovers needle. This heavy needle has a sharp triangular point that makes it easy to pierce leather.

All of these products can be purchased in downtown Winnipeg at a store called Warkov-Safeer located at 462 Hargrave Street.

When I sewed these patches onto my jacket, I did not use any sort of adhesive to keep them in place. I just held them down with one hand and sewed with the other, partially because I didn’t have the right pins, and also ’cause I didn’t want to make any additional, unnecessary holes.

Venom. One of the first black metal bands, hailing from the UK.
Sepultura. Brazilian thrash metal.
Voivod. Underrated progressive thrash from Quebec.

The jacket turned out beautifully and I look forward to adding more patches as I see fit.

event poster

Since Judas Priest passed Winnipeg in 2011 on their Epitaph tour, five local musicians teamed up and formed a Priest cover band to make up for it.

I had the honor of making stage decorations (which consisted of painted cardboard chains and homemade Judas Priest flags), singing backup vocals, and making the poster for the event.

Using Priest’s cover artwork for Killing Machine, I removed the sunglasses from the model and replaced them with an image of a disco ball. Copyright infringement galore. Oops!

At the show, the band and I covered songs including Turbo Lover, Starbreaker, Diamonds and Rust, and Metal Gods. It was my first time performing with a heavy metal band, and hopefully it won’t be the last!

flower drawing

I began doodling flowers five or six years ago out of sheer boredom while working at my call centre job. My style isn’t very different from when I first started, but the amount of detail and symmetry has definitely increased. I love getting lost in creating intricate patterns and deciding what colors will go where.

Unfortunately I haven’t had the time to do much of these lately, but here is a piece I created back in 2014.