Thank you guys!
Manv, if you like the shape, I dug out my pattern.
I'm *pretty* sure the front piece is my more recent one, but I'd still recommend if you give this a go making a mockup in canvas or something first.
Regarding traditional materials - absolutely!
I'm in the planning stages for a new project and ordered in some samples of commercial leather... and just am not happy with any of it.
It is *amazing* the difference the natural dye process makes. Needing sun to darken things up has always been a pain though: the only long stretches of time I have are over the winter, and the sun's just not strong enough to do anything then, at least where I live. The last couple years I've tried to follow a cut-and-dye in the summer, sew and finish in the winter, but it's been pretty hit-or-miss. And - as this pouch shows - there's not much room for error if you flub a piece.
Still, I've been experimenting in our seedling tent with artificial lights, and so far results are promising. I'd rather have all sun-tanned leather of course, but sometimes one takes what one can get. I can't see a difference anyhow.
Regarding buckles... I think with iron or patina'd bronze one can absolutely avoid the shine issue: I just didn't care to do that with this particular project. Most of my other bronze is darkened though, and it doesn't draw the eye at all. That said, I've been generally trying to remove metal where I can and I think toggles and such are a a perfectly dandy solution for pouch closures. I've not got a favorite yet for rangery use.
Persona: Aerlinneth, Dúnedain of Amon Lendel c. TA 3010.