The Stirrup Handbag

The Stirrup Handbag

You may have already seen the Stirrup handbag for sale over in my online shop. Its design had been swimming around in my mind for a little while. You should have gathered from the website, by now, that all my items are handmade using traditional saddler skills and techniques. With this in mind, I thought it would be nice to show you how I made this bag. The Design Usually I get a design for a new product pop into my head when I am doing something totally unrelated to work. In this case I had the stirrup handbag come to mind when I was cleaning my horse's saddle. I was removing the stirrup irons from their leathers ready to give them all a good clean, when whilst holding the irons in my hand. The idea of being able to hold the irons through the stirrup leather's hole came to me. When I had a moment to myself, I quickly sketched out the design in my...
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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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My Top 5 Valentines Gift Ideas

My Top 5 Valentines Gift Ideas

In just over two weeks, some of us (including me), will be waiting in anticipation for a valentines gift off our loved one, or anyone if you're not fussy lol 🤣🙈. I thought I'd share my five favourite items I would like, not particularly for Valentines but any time (Lyndon!? hint, hint!) You may find some of these ideas appealing if so, feel free to share this post. The Lady Saddler OK, so this is a shameless plug of my own business but why not? I genuinely love what I have created here. The new colour, London Tan is divine and I love to pair it with my blue jeans and the mustard jumper I got for Christmas. Why wouldn't I want to share it with you?! The Stirrup Collection is currently made up of a unique 3/4" width leather belt with a stirrup iron as a buckle and a 5" leather keyring embellished with a stirrup iron. Available in four different colours and a...
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