Since I am having fun making these leather mittens Iíll keep going and make some and donate them to WBH and WTA for their upcoming annual conventions. Both WBH and WTA sent me their embroidered emblems/patches to use in the creation of the mitts.
Since the WTA event is less than a month away I will get started on theirs first. For these mits I am using nice dark suede cow hide I picked up from Tandy leather.
Aside from the WTA patches I will be adding grey fur to both the leather mit and the liner. The patch and fur will be on the back side of the mit but I want to add some decoration to the palm side so I went back to my supply of tanned deer hides and will sew the deer skin to the palm with the grain side out. The deer skin is much lighter so I will give it a light buckskin stain and sketch on some artwork. Each mit will have a different image.
The right mit will have a bowhunter at full draw. Here is the image lightly penciled onto the deer skin.
I follow that up with a fine tip sharpie permanent marker and after staining the leather.
The left hand is going to have a scene with a buck standing with some trees in the background. While it could be viewed either way the buck is looking away from the screen not towards the screen. You are looking at the back of his neck as he faces away. When the two mits are worn palms side up it will create a scene in which the bowhunter is at draw on a quartering away buck. (thatís the thought anyway. Sometimes I think to hard about this stuff.)
After the thumb is sewn to the palm I add the buckskin with the artwork to the palm.
Here are the mits before I join the two halves together.
After the two halves are sewn together and trimmed and turned right side out, I sprayed them with a heavy coat of Atsco silicone waterproofer to make sure they keep the user dry and to set the inked image in place. The waterproofer darken the leather just a bit.
The mitts need warm fleece liners. I used a double layer of blizzard fleece and grey fur.
The finished WTA mitts.
Now I need to make a pair for WBH.