Years ago, before I was experienced enough to know better, I bought a big pile of upholstery samples.They had been described as "soft and supple, perfect for model horse tackmaking." Sadly, that was not the case. Although the colors were pretty, the leather itself was thick and suede-y. I tried to make a few things with it, but the results left a lot to be desired. I tossed the lot into a drawer and mostly forgot about it.
Every so often, I rifle through that drawer and think, "I should really throw that stuff away." I don't though, because someday I am a supply hoarder, and someday I might need some thick, heavy, colored leather.
Today was that day.
I had a special request for a nameplate halter with burgundy padding. At first I thought I might need to drive to the Leather Factory to look for burgundy dye. Then I remembered the pile. Sure enough there was a nice piece of burgundy in there.
In the fifteen plus years since I bought this leather, my skiving skills have improved a hundred fold. With the help of a brand new X-acto blade, I was able to transform that thick, bulky leather into thin, delicate padding.
I am pleased with the way this halter turned out, but more so, I am delighted that my hoarding has finally paid off. I'm never going to throw anything away again!