SORTING OUT THE STUDIO

SORTING OUT THE STUDIO

Following on from my last post Change is Afoot, I have spent the last week or so sorting out the office and the studio. Along with some personal changes, I have been putting the wheels in motion to change some aspects of the business. My business promotes handmade saddlery and leather work, made from the finest of British materials and this is not likely to change. However, my interest and passion has shifted slightly which means I will now be hand making a different type of product or products as time goes by and my collections grow. I have become tired of repairing cheap and poorly made leather work which seems to have become more and more available as these items snap and break very easily but the time it takes to repair such items are costly to both saddler and customer. I intend to be much more particular as to what leather items I will be repairing in future as I have so much...
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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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Leather Repair Service

Leather Repair Service

If you follow me on social media, you will have noticed a leather repair advert, like the one above, has been posted out each month, since the New Year. It's just one way of reminding people that I carry out repair work without giving the hard sell. The main sort of repairs are usually as follows: Bridle headpieces, loop replacement, cheeks reduced, flash loop removed.Saddle stitching redone, girth straps replaced.Headcollar buckles replaced, restitched chapes.Girth stitching replacedBoots (Horse and Human) - replacement of zips or straps.Bag straps replaced, lining removed and replaced and a complete refurbishmentBelts shortened, buckles changed, replaced stitching Leather Repair Gallery This list is not the only thing I repair, I have also repaired car seats and a leather jacket. There is nothing that I won't have a go at, as long as it comes to me in a clean state and not covered in thick mud. Cost Prices vary from job to job but as a general idea, the minimum cost I charge is £10.00...
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January Sale Launched

January Sale Launched

I have decided to launch a January Sale. Not just any sale, but a splendid 50% off all pre-made items, sale. FIFTY PERCENT! I hear you shout....YES, indeedy! I have a few items that were either displayed on the trade stand or I made during my training and/or assessments that I no longer need. The income raised from this sale will be needed to reinvest in some more Sedgwick Leather. I have some exciting new projects planned for 2019 which this leather will be used for. If you want to have a browse at what is available in the January Sale then pop on over to the Lady Saddler Shop. ...
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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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