This was a fun commission. The client wanted a guitar strap for a graduation gift and just had a few elements (cross, quote, name, and the fish) they wanted on it. So I was able to "freestyle" the design connecting all those things as well as add a few elements myself.
Its been awhile since I made a guitar strap and I made a few changes from the old pattern. Notably I replaced the pigskin lining with another strip of veg which I stained to match the latigo. When all the laminating and beveling was done it's hard to tell that it's two pieces of leather back-to-back and not one double-sided strip. And since the grain's going in different directions I imagine it'll help mitigate any elasticity. Not that there should be much of that permitted by the stitching.
In hindsight I might have given more thought to tinting the vines so there'd be more contrast but even if I had it would've been a pretty light tint.