A Bespoke Headcollar For Jasper

A Bespoke Headcollar For Jasper

On Saturday 3rd August 2019, at Tenbury Countryside Show, I measured a sweet bay pony called Jasper, for a new bespoke headcollar. Bespoke Made The made to measure headcollar was going to be part of a birthday gift for Jasper's little rider. "Not like the cheap rubbish you get online" In addition, Jasper's owner requested the black leather headcollar to have black stitching and brass fittings, including a nameplate. All of which had to be of the best quality and not like the 'cheap rubbish you get online these days' (customer's words not mine :-) lol) So, I measured Jasper up for his new headcollar; what a sweet boy he was. Making The Headcollar To make the bespoke headcollar I had to cut a couple of straps of the finest British Sedgwick bridle leather in black and prepare them ready for the individual sections of the headcollar. These being the headpiece, cheeks, buckle chape, noseband, jowels, back stay and throatlash. Engraving I asked a fellow Saddler, to make...
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Bridles – Do You Know The Different Types?

Bridles – Do You Know The Different Types?

Growing Up Growing up, I attended the local riding school, where bridles were usually of the snaffle bridle type. A traditional bridle made from black or brown leather with a single bit, usually a snaffle bit, hence the name. Some bridles included brass clincher browband's and others displayed a decorative stitching. Some ponies wore bridles with cavesson nosebands and some did not. As the years passed, I was taught about the different bridles and the various bits of equipment to go with them. 20 years later, bridles have improved and changed in many ways. Advanced Research Thanks to advanced research and owners becoming more concerned for their horses, we now have anatomical headpieces; rolled leather; bitless options; and a huge array of different bits that is enough to blow anyone's mind. Are you looking to learn more about bridles? If so, then this brief description may be of some use to you. The Snaffle The Snaffle bridle is what I always remember to be the 'traditional' bridle. Originally constructed of...
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Black Diamantés for Uthopia’s Black Pearl

Black Diamantés for Uthopia’s Black Pearl

Back in July, I was asked to make a 'good luck' gift in the form of black diamanté spur straps for an up and coming young dressage rider. These are what we came up with: A GIFT They were gifted to Robyn Walker who was due to compete in the Advanced Medium dressage competition at Sheepgate Byrds on 21st August 2017, riding the coloured gelding, Master Merlin. She went on to take the Under 25 Reserve National Champion title. On 25th August 2017 Robyn, riding another of her rides Uthopia Black Pearl (or 'Perfect Pearly' as he is known at home), competed in the Sheepgate Under 25's Novice Freestyle to Music (2002) class and came 2nd, missing the top spot by just 1 point. What a perfect performance that was. Here is a stunning close-up shot of Robyn wearing her new black diamanté spur straps: It's a proud moment for me to see my very own handmade black diamanté spur straps...
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The Making Of A Bespoke Shoulder Bag

The Making Of A Bespoke Shoulder Bag

Recently I completed my first bespoke hand stitched shoulder bag. It was fantastic to be able to make something specific to an individual's requirements; the size, colour, personalisation, lining and even the fittings of the bag were all chosen by the customer. Bespoke Design Trading Skills Josie from Gamble Designs and I met virtually via a Networking Mummies group on Facebook. I was just starting out and had already launched my Lady Saddler page on Facebook in September 2016. I wanted a logo for the business which not only could be transferred to my business stationery and social media but also have an embossed leather stamp created to stamp onto all the leather work I produced. Josie was willing to trade her design service in return for my leather work skills in order to produce a shoulder bag she really wanted. It was a win-win situation for both of us because we were able to showcase our skills to each other but also...
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Making ‘THE’ Biggest Dog Collar Ever!

Making ‘THE’ Biggest Dog Collar Ever!

Last week I was asked to make a bespoke dog collar by Alison, a family friend. New Puppy She and her partner recently adopted an adorable St Bernard puppy called George. Hi, my name is George. The problem with George is that he is growing at a phenomenal rate and has already outgrown the largest shop-bought dog collar Alison could find. The Dog Collar So, I was tasked to make a 30" collar (yes I really did say 30 inches) with brass metalwork. At first, I had to ask Alison again to double check that the size of the collar she wanted was correct because my inside leg is 30" and it just seemed too big! 'OMG! He's Huge!!!' Alison reassured me that George was HUGE and although he's still a baby they have estimated his neck to grow to around 30" by the time he's fully grown. I normally make belts to 30" so this was definitely a first for me, for a collar, but I certainly hope...
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