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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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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