Finally getting started, but where to begin? in Getting Started Posted November 17, 2016 · Report reply Sorry I didn't reply earlier, been busy, but I have been looking around. I have no plans to do any carving or stamping for now... that all seems quite a bit beyond me... Is all veg-tanned leather stiff? And is it possible to treat leather to soften or harden it? Also, what do you do when you need a particular colour? Is it easier to find something off the shelf, or to dye something to the shade you'd like? I've been able to pick up a sample of Hermann Oak UK Bridle leather and I'm quite surprised. It's dyed black, but I was expected it to be struck through. A bit more flexible than I expected though.