5 Reasons Why The Saddle Keyring Is So Popular

5 Reasons Why The Saddle Keyring Is So Popular

Since the Coronavirus pandemic took hold and effectively locked us away in our homes, online shopping has become the new norm. Here are 5 reasons why the Saddle Keyring is so popular. Amidst the uncertain future we presently face, I have had to rethink my business plan. For me, the potential to earn some income is better than none at all. As a consequence, I decided to craft a product that is both fun to make and unique in its own right. Making sure it is affordable to a whole new group of potential customers was another reason for designing this product. Five years ago, when I started training to become a Saddler, I made a small saddle keyring. I absolutely adore it and still have it on my car keys today. However, as I am very aware of copyright, I didn't want to 'copy' the same design. So, I carried out some research and sketched a few possibilities. 1) Designs To Suit...
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Designing Equestrian-Themed Bags

Designing Equestrian-Themed Bags

Since starting my leatherwork journey all those years ago I have been passionate about designing bespoke equestrian-themed bags. The Stirrup Handbag Most recently, I designed the Stirrup bag, which depicts the shape of an English stirrup iron. Hand cut from natural russet leather. The design is carved and tooled to form the shape and definition of a stirrup iron, by hand. The stirrup design is painted in acrylic silver. Also the middle of the stirrup design is stained in a deep black dye to finish the look. Before the bag is constructed the front panels are lined in a beautiful black suede. Finally, the black soft leather gusset is handstitched in a silver waxed linen thread. Horseshoe Barrel Bag Last year, I made the Horseshoe Barrel bag as my entry to the 'President's Choice' class, at the National Saddlery Competition, in London. I had previously received a pair of very old bowls bags that were in desperate need of repair and restoration. Whilst the bags...
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Launching The Saddle Keyring

Launching The Saddle Keyring

If you followed my social media stories last weekend, you will have witnessed the launching of my Saddle Keyring. To be honest it was a fluke product, that developed through desperation. Inspiration At my very first leather workshop at Saddlers Den, we made a saddle-shaped keyring with a Saddler's Den pin attached. I loved it and still have it to this day. Since then I've always wanted to make my own. However, I knew it had to be different and I wanted it more detailed. I just couldn't get a design to stick in my head. Choosing The Right Leather Knowing that this product could not be made from Sedgwick Bridle Leather. I was determined to find a British equivalent of Russet Tooling leather. Whilst on Lockdown... So, whilst on lockdown, with little income coming in. It seemed the right time to look at how I can produce something new. Something that still challenges me and is able to be sold for a profit, yet still, affordable...
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My Journey So Far

My Journey So Far

I have been very lucky to gain new followers recently and so I thought it was time to update you all on my journey so far. 2015 If we roll back to five years ago, I was 35 years old and losing the will to live in a corporate job that I no longer had a passion or drive for. As an equestrienne, I thought about working with horses, but I wanted to do more than just muck them out or ride them. I was already an experienced seamstress and had undertaken fashion and pattern cutting qualifications some years before, so I thought about doing something along the same lines. After doing a couple of leatherwork courses with Chris Taylor at Saddlers Den in Southport, I had found my new calling. I knew from that day forth I wanted to learn how to make saddlery the traditional way. 2016 I spent almost a year on a waiting list, before being accepted onto a self-funded Adult Training Scheme with...
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National Saddlery Competition 2020

National Saddlery Competition 2020

The annual National Saddlery Competition 2020 took place at Saddlers' Hall in London on Monday (3rd Feb). I only entered the one class with my 17.5" GP Saddle that I made for my Level 3 saddle making qualification assessment last year. Amazingly, I WON my category and received a premium award too. HRH Princess Anne, who is a Perpetual Master of The Worshipful Company of Saddlers was in attendance also but unfortunately, I missed out shaking her hand and shook the Lord Mayors instead. Due to having a young family, we always drive down to London and back on the same day so we can be there for the children the next day but many stay over. The evening starts around 4.15 pm where we browse the entries and see what has potentially won a prize, but we never know who's won what until the actual prize-giving event. At 5.00 pm we were all ushered into the main hall for the prize-giving. Always a great spectacle....
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