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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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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