I recently bought a really cool leather purse from the flea market. It was super cheap because It had a rip in It. No problem! I immediately knew I would use a stencil and create a patch for It. The rip wasn't that big, so I rummaged through my StencilGirl stencils and found the perfect one.
I picked Seth Apter's 4x4 "Crossed" stencil (M192) as I love the design and cool factor. Next, I searched through my bag of leather scraps, picking out a fairly soft piece and one that had similar coloring.
Using Golden's Van Dyke Brown Hue, I stenciled the image onto the leather. And actually, I used the wrong side of the leather as I liked It better. l love how the image looks like It was burned on. It didn't take long to dry, so I was ready to straight adding some stitches to jazz It up.
I forgot to take a picture of me hand-sewing the patch. But basically, I used a straight stitch with red floss adding stitches wherever I felt they'd look nice. I also made an x right in the center with the same cream floss I used to attach the patch to the purse.
Even though the leather scrap I used was old and soft, leather can be really hard to sew through, especially by hand. So if you do ever try something like this, I recommend using a pair of pliers to pull your needle through so that your hands don't get overworked. Must protect our precious artistic hands at all costs!