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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5 Mother’s Day Gifts Perfect For Horsey Mums

5 Mother’s Day Gifts Perfect For Horsey Mums

Mother's day will soon be upon us, with it falling on Sunday 22nd March this year. If like me, your mum does not have an equestrian bone in her body then getting her some chocolates or flowers, for instance, could be just fine. However, if you have a horsey mum who has absolutely everything she needs for herself and her horse, then I guarantee I have something you could surprise her with below. Gift Ideas Personalised Leather Bracelet This simple gift idea can be made extra special by having your mum's name or initials stamped into the leather. BUY NOW Stirrup Keyring An original design by the lady saddler, this strong and eye catching accessory to your keys is a must for all horsey mums. You can even make it more personal by having your mum's initials stamped in between the stirrup iron. BUY NOW Gift Vouchers Gift Vouchers are a great alternative if you know your mum would prefer something more bespoke and made to...
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Best Selling Product Expands

Best Selling Product Expands

As you may have read back in September 2018, the Stirrup Keyring was one of my best selling products. Well, this year I thought I'd enhance the collection by adding another colour to the range... NEWMARKET TAN Saddlers know this colour of leather as 'London Tan'. However, I tend to refer to it as Newmarket Tan as it reminds me of the infamous Newmarket racing blankets that racehorses wear. Introducing the new Stirrup Keyring I personally love this colour and therefore have chosen to introduce it to my accessories collection for the forthcoming year. With some new and exciting products coming this year I definitely want to make them in this colour, so if you love this colour as much as I do, then watch this space. The Newmarket Tan Stirrup keyring will be going live on the website next weekend on Saturday 1st February 2020. BRASS OR NICKEL The only choice you will need to make is whether you go for the brass stirrup iron or the...
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Bespoke Bridle – Tracey & Elfie

Bespoke Bridle – Tracey & Elfie

Tracey contacted me recently to ask about my made to measure bridle service for her horse, Elfie. Elfie Elfie is a 16hh coloured cob mare with a HUGE head, which means that an ‘off-the-shelf’ bridle does not fit her correctly unless Tracey buys two different sizes and piece them together to make one bridle that fits. If you’re having the same issue then you too might be better off with a bespoke made-to-measure bridle made by a professionally trained saddler, as it will often cost the same as a designer brand bridle but instead you have a choice in the design and the colours to use. Bespoke Bridle Tracey decided to purchase a bespoke bridle so that she could have everything she wanted in one simple design. Tracey loves the colour orange and wanted her bridle to reflect this so it matched her orange saddle cloth and stirrup irons. Another desire was to have a shaped headpiece, a wider noseband at 2.25”, a v-shaped browband and plaited reins, all in...
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