About two years ago I took a short workshop in leather-craft, brought myself a big old hide and fully intended to set off making lovely things galore
Instead, I rolled up the hide, stored it and forgot it existed.
I came back to it recently, when asked to make some bookmarks for a bookcrossing event* and found that at some point my cat had hidden inside, and (probably confused by the shiny smooth lack of grip) dug in her claws. Bugger.
So, these bookmarks serve two purpose - they get me back on the wagon with some practice of basic edging and rivet setting skills, and they provide employment for the damaged bits of skin which would otherwise be useless.
I took inspiration from Paul Seville (whose work makes me drool. www.paulseville.co.uk
) and just made holes where the scratches had been. So there is no rhyme or reason to the patterns, just the whim of a small tabby with sharp claws.
*www.bookcrossing.com - a community of readers - our UK convention is this weekend and the bookmarks are to go inside the goodie bags. I made about 50 of these leather ones.