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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Change Is Afoot

Change Is Afoot

Hey, it's been so long since I last spoke to you all and as the title suggests...change is afoot at The Lady Saddler, which is why I am here. Firstly...Happy New Year!!! [Pinch, Punch, First of the Month! 👊 lol ] It is the first day of a New Year and a new decade no less...how exciting! Did you have a wonderful Christmas and now recovering from all the festivities the Christmas and New Year holiday brings? My Christmas was very restful; spending time with the family and close friends, eating and drinking far too much and sleeping more than usual; I call that a bonus though, don't you?! Are you new to this website??? If so, then you may want to start at the beginning! Taking A Break Some of you may remember that back in December I announced on my social media that I was taking an impromptu break. (If you want to catch up on this news then feel free to click here.) At...
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Happy Birthday Lady Saddler – 2nd Anniversary

Happy Birthday Lady Saddler – 2nd Anniversary

Today is the birthday of my business; The 'Lady Saddler' turns two years old. Basic Leather Work After completing a basic leatherwork course in April 2015, and a further two more intermediate level courses in August 2015, I quickly fell in love with the idea of working with leather. City & Guilds Qualifications I eventually enrolled onto a self-funded Adult Training Scheme via the Saddlery Training Centre in May 2016 where I was to learn and be assessed on how to make saddlery to a City & Guilds Level 2 and Level 3 standard. Practical Experience I knew I needed to gain practical experience in order to improve on my skills and techniques, so I set up a social media account on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram under the name 'Boyden Saddlers'. There I could showcase what I did and hope to get some practical experience from people wanting repairs doing. It worked! I got bridles in for some stitching repairs to broken buckles or nosebands where the padding...
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Making The First Sale

Making The First Sale

Christmas 2016 The first real opportunity for me to make and sell some leather products since launching my business, The Lady Saddler in September was at Christmastime. Working full time, being a mum and a wife as well as attending saddler training every three months meant I already had a lot to do, so I didn't want to over stretch myself and get bogged down even more.  So, along with some leather repair work, that I took on in October and November, I decided to start making some made-to-measure belts and magic braided bracelets from the very best Sedgewick's bridle leather. All the belts were hand stitched and finished off with a chrome or brass buckle and was available in either black or brown Sedgwick's leather.  The braided bracelets were made from black or brown Sedgwick's leather and finished off using a brass, chrome or black press studs. At first, I was nervous to send the items out but after receiving some really good...
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