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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Making ‘THE’ Biggest Dog Collar Ever!

Making ‘THE’ Biggest Dog Collar Ever!

Last week I was asked to make a bespoke dog collar by Alison, a family friend. New Puppy She and her partner recently adopted an adorable St Bernard puppy called George. Hi, my name is George. The problem with George is that he is growing at a phenomenal rate and has already outgrown the largest shop-bought dog collar Alison could find. The Dog Collar So, I was tasked to make a 30" collar (yes I really did say 30 inches) with brass metalwork. At first, I had to ask Alison again to double check that the size of the collar she wanted was correct because my inside leg is 30" and it just seemed too big! 'OMG! He's Huge!!!' Alison reassured me that George was HUGE and although he's still a baby they have estimated his neck to grow to around 30" by the time he's fully grown. I normally make belts to 30" so this was definitely a first for me, for a collar, but I certainly hope...
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