Leigh Tate

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My dream has always been to live close to the land. My goal is simpler, sustainable, more self-reliant living. In 2009 my husband and I bought a neglected 1920s-built bungalow on 5 acres, which we've gradually built into our homestead.
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Martin Wood,
I have merged your topic into this topic. I hope that helps.
7 hours ago
Britton, welcome to Permies! You've just joined an excellent community. It's a big place, though, so learning your way around will take some exploration. One place to start is to take a look at the list of available forums. I linked to it here, but you'll find the "all forums" button at the bottom of the left-hand sidebar. It will give you an idea of the topics of discussions in our various forums. We are all at different levels of our permaculture journey, and you are very welcome to ask questions and join in the conversations!
11 hours ago
Ryan, welcome to Permies! Such an interesting introduction; sounds like you've done a lot of work on your place. I look forward to seeing you around the forums.
13 hours ago
This is a badge bit (BB) that is part of the PEP curriculum.  Completing this BB is part of getting the Straw Badge in Textiles.

For this BB, you will make a sewn repair to mend a hole or broken stitching on the upper part of leather shoes or sandals. The goal is to display your skills at repairing leather in a way that can hold up to being footwear.  

Related Articles:

Repairing Shoes: A Stitch in Time
DIY Hand-Stitching Shoe Repair

Related Videos:

How To Make Stitching Awl & Shoes Repair |DIY


How to Sew Shoe Sole Manually | sew broken sandals


Boot restoration & How to use a stitching Awl


How to repair hiking boots using the Speedy Stitcher


To complete this BB, the minimum requirements are:
- Mend a hole or broken in the upper part of leather shoes, boots, or sandals
- Use a sewn mending technique, not glues or goo

To document your completion of the BB, provide proof of the following as pictures or a video (less than two minutes):
- Show the shoe or sandal in need of repair
- Describe how you will repair it
- Show the tools and materials you will use
- Show the repair in progress
- Show you mended shoes or sandals, now ready to wear
23 hours ago
This is a badge bit (BB) that is part of the PEP curriculum.  Completing this BB is part of getting the Straw Badge in Textiles.

For this BB, you will fix hole or stitching on a leather coat. The repair may be sewn or using a natural glue such as hide glue.

Related Articles:

Leather Glue Recipe
How to make animal hide glue.

Related Videos:

Repairing a ripped seam on a leather jacket


How to make hide glue from animal hides.


To complete this BB, the minimum requirements are:
- mending a hole or stitching on a leather coat or jacket
- the mend may be either sewn and/or using a natural glue.

To document your completion of the BB, provide proof of the following as pictures or a video (less than two minutes):
- Show the coat needing to be repaired.
- Show the tools and materials you will use, including the natural glue (if any).
- If you opt to make your own leather glue, show us a picture!
- Show the repair in progress.
- Show your repaired coat!
23 hours ago
I'm trying to figure out how to mend tears and holes in leather without using any of the synthetic glue products and repair kits that are so popular. So far, I've found two ideas:

1 - leather book binding glue (gelatin based)
2 - animal hide glue

Those links are for DIY instructions, but I'm guessing these products can be purchased as well. Are there other natural glues and adhesives for leather? Does anyone have experience gluing leather with natural products? Has anyone tried some of the common homemade glues like flour and water on leather? I'd be interested in your experience.
23 hours ago
Ray, congratulations on your new place! Sounds like a wonderful set-up. Nice about the equipment being left on the property!

Ray Cecil wrote:I need the septic installed within 7 years, I had to get an ARM loan for the property because of the poop chute. Its a low fixed rate mortgage for 7 years, then it matures and can change after that. Ill have the septic installed this year and refinance soon afterward to get rid of the ARM loan.



So the septic system was a condition of the lender? Or insurance company? I was going to suggest a composting toilet and greywater recycling system instead, but those things are sometimes difficult when someone else controls the reins.

Do keep us posted on your progress!
1 day ago
This is a badge bit (BB) that is part of the PEP curriculum.  Completing this BB is part of getting the Straw Badge in Textiles.

For this BB, you will fix hole or stitching on a leather coat. The repair may be sewn or using a natural glue such as hide glue.

Related Articles:

Leather Glue Recipe
How to make animal hide glue.

Related Videos:

Repairing a ripped seam on a leather jacket


How to make hide glue from animal hides.


To complete this BB, the minimum requirements are:
- mending a hole or stitching on a leather coat or jacket
- the mend may be either sewn and/or using a natural glue.

To document your completion of the BB, provide proof of the following as pictures or a video (less than two minutes):
- Show the coat needing to be repaired.
- Show the tools and materials you will use, including the natural glue (if any).
- If you opt to make your own leather glue, show us a picture!
- Show the repair in progress.
- Show your repaired coat!
1 day ago
Welcome to Permies, Sharon! Congratulations on your new property. Sounds like you've had enough time to do some observing and taking stock of what you need to do. Permies will be a good resosurce for you.
3 days ago