This week (just gone) marks 5 years of me becoming a leather worker.
How time sure flies when you’re having fun. Although it hasn’t all been plain sailing. There has been many peaks and troughs to this journey.
First Ever leather workshop
This time, 5 years ago, I completed my first ever week of leatherwork training.
I had booked onto a privately run beginners leatherwork workshop at Saddlers Den, in Southport. Where under the guidance of Chris Taylor, Master Saddler, I attended 7-hour sessions each day for 5 days.
What an amazing experience; I loved it!
In those 5 days, I managed to learn how to stitch a traditional saddle stitch into 3.5/4mm bridle leather, using just two needles and a thread.
I then made a belt; a magic plaited bracelet and a simple snaffle bridle before the week was up.
I went home really pleased with myself and proud as punch.
Since then, I have continued my training journey to become a qualified saddler by completing City & Guilds qualifications in Saddlery.
In 2016 and 2017, I completed the Level 2 and 3 of bridle making qualifications as well as an Intro into saddle fitting workshop and an advanced bridle course.
In 2018-2019, I completed Level 2 and 3 in saddle making qualifications and an Intro to Bridle Fitting workshop too.
August 2019 marked the end of my official training and exams to become a Qualified Saddler and I will now continue to gain relevant experience and skills that will enable me to apply for Master Saddler status, in around 3 years time.
Launched A Business
In 2016 I launched my own business, as you know, The Lady Saddler. Which continues to this day making and repairing saddlery and leather accessories.
What Does The Future Hold?
Well, I have two goals for the future.
- Is to launch a luxury leather collection of accessories that are aimed for the style-conscious equestrienne who appreciates tradition with a hint of modern edge;
- Is to launch a traditional bridle range that is made to measure for comfort and made by hand with British leather for quality and longevity in mind.
Of course, I wouldn’t have got this far had it not been for the support of my family, friends, followers and my loyal customers (new and old). Without your support, I simply would not be here.
I hope you will continue to support me. If not by making your first purchase or sending in a repair, then by a simple act of sharing my website link or social media posts. As Tesco’s advert says ‘Every little helps’ lol).
So, until next time. #staysafe.