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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A Saddle Bag – Made From A Saddle

A Saddle Bag – Made From A Saddle

I've been working on a little project that has turned out to be something really quite special and I thought it was time I shared it with you all. Old Saddles "I'm loathed to throw these saddles away" Since starting my Saddler training, three years ago, I have had a few old saddles gifted to me to use as examples to work on without worrying about putting them back together accurately. All these saddles have seen better days and are not really suitable to use on horses anymore. I'm loathed to throw these saddles away and therefore, as a bit of an experiment, I had a go at up-cycling one. So, here is the saddle that I chose to use... A plain brown traditional style GP (general purpose) saddle made by Eldonian Brookes Limited who were based in Walsall, West Midlands in the 1970/80's. Pulling the Saddle Apart I dropped the panel out (the bit that actually lies on the back of a horse)... ...then removed the saddle flaps...
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