13th january 2021
snow, rain and a hint of spring
we had weeks of shimmery winter wonderland on the hebden tops, and made the most of every opportunity to get out with the dogs onto the moors and woods of calderdale. now that the rain has followed and the melt is complete, the luminescent mossy greens and wintry browns of the landscape are so striking.
it won't be long before the snowdrops are peeping through.
aligning ourselves with nature as best we can, we are readying ourselves for new growth - spending a little extra attention on updating our marketing materials - look out for our ce-leathergoods informative complement slips in with your orders.
it also seems naturally fitting to be currently working on a lovely, forest-green platform bag.
6th january 2021
let go and become
there goes 2020 - we'll let that one go... and here comes 2021 - let's see what can become.
and in-betweeny - the rest period of the holidays has been a refreshing pause, and now we look towards what will be.
january is a time when thoughtful christmas money gifts and vouchers are often converted into lovely leather treats to oneself - either a long-desired product or practical leather-skills workshop or course - such as the little alldaith expedition bag pictured here - all you need for your phone, flask or sandwiches - made by one of our workshop students.
what leathery loveliness would you like to include in your life?
this is a good time of year to make sure that our stockists have plenty of our products for the spring. chrissie at hat therapy and lesley at the store will soon be receiving newly made deliveries to display.
we'll be developing the mens' products section of our website, showcasing our bestsellers - belts, wallets, shaving kits, hips flasks and document cases, amongst others.
take a few deep breaths, let the old fall away, smell the crisp, wintry air and ... just ... be.
23 december 2020
we are coming towards the end of some very interesting christmas orders - full of variety: including the completion of a splendid soft, green leather satchel for an old friend;
a couple who treated each other to a belt-making workshop for their third 'leather' wedding anniversary ordered another belt for his father's presie.
this year has also seen the development of some interesting working relationships, collaborations and partnerships. we have had faithful support from customers, stockists and suppliers alike: last week being yet another example of our suppliers' commitment to us - the identity store coming good with a last-minute request for a selection of unusual buckles.
we also find ourselves coming towards the end of an interesting year that has found us all doing what we do best: adapting to the one reliable constant of life - change.
so as we head towards 2021, we offer a heartfelt blessing:
'may we live in less interesting times'
16th december 2020
this week has been super busy preparing some delightful commissions for the christmas post. there have been some wonderfully unusual projects, including restoring a funky old 1960s velveteen guitar strap. imagine the psychedelic colours ... and then some!
as ever, our customers come from all walks of life - a local gallery owner, an architect, a QC, an IT specialist, and cyber security expert.
cathy has been having fun and games sourcing just the right buckle for a lovely green satchel order. we still have a little wiggle room for last-minute christmas requests.
this week, st augustine's centre are delivering their christmas food and gift boxes to asylum seekers and refugees around the park ward area of halifax. the independent shop owners and artisans of hebden bridge contributed wonderfully to the project - including chocolate and sweets, colouring crayons, wrapping paper, candles, woolly socks ... and a selection of lovely, soft, leather wallets of various shapes and sizes.
mobile: 07720 715 418
9th december 2020
workshop vouchers and creative joy
why not give the creative one in your life one of our workshop vouchers, and the opportunity to make something beautiful and lasting in british saddlery leather.
lots of workshop projects suitable for all skill levels are possible, covering a range of leather options including a soft apron, tablet case, tool roll, clutch bag, journal cover, twine pot and candle holder.
vouchers valued at £25 per hour's workshop, can be put towards 1, 2 or 3-hour, covid-friendly sessions - group or one-to-one.
we are enjoying this especially creative time of year. cathy is a busy bee preparing some special christmas requests - an unusual and original backpack combining two different types of leather, an architect's satchel, a gift shaving kit, and a bespoke, indigo-blue lyngby box bag with matching purse.
our latest collaboration is with ruth edwards through her hebden shop broccante, where there is a wide range of interesting, handmade, old and new home furnishings, to which cathy adds beautiful leather accessories. this week she is making co-ordinated, top quality, british saddlery leather straps for one of ruth's antique, soft, upholstery-fabric bags.
we are excited about this week's delivery of some attractive, oversized fireman's buckles in gorgeous, gunmetal-grey.
mobile: 07720 715 418
2 december 2020
your christmas order
our lovely leather workshop is a happy place at the moment as we prepare your christmas orders ready for your loved ones.
use our lovely gift-wrapping service to make your gift extra-special
make sure you have your gifts in time for christmas by placing your order before
friday 11th december
two opportunities to create your own gifts at our upcoming workshops
at the art works, halifax on
tuesday 8th december 6:30pm - 8:30pm
candle holder workshop
saturday 12th december 10:30am - 4:30pm
leather desk tidy workshop
our workshops are perfect for a small, covid-friendly, family gathering
hosted and supervised individually by catherine.
they are a great way to introduce yourself to working with leather.
suitable for beginners or the more experienced.
range of techniques employed with tools and materials provided.
mobile: 07720 715 418
25th December 2020
it's all about christmas!
indulge your senses with the beautiful aroma of natural leather with our range of gorgeous gift products.
this week is all about christmas as we prepare to launch our instagram shop with five of our most popular products.
there is something for everyone - a friend, loved one, the green-fingered one in your life... and of course ... don't forget to treat yourself.
twine pot - for creatives and gardeners, a beautiful and unusual gift for storing and dispensing not only yarn or twine, but also to keep small things handy where you need them. it will hold light-weight items. handle opening fits to hang over a standard doorknob or cabinet knobs, or just set it down and fill. £45
candle holder - made entirely by hand from reclaimed wood and pure untreated leather, the Cannwyll candle holder is a beautiful and unique piece to light up any home, the leather around the candle holder can be embossed with a message or initials of your choice. the wood is sourced locally, turned and waxed to give it a rich finish, making it the perfect gift to mark a special occasion. the leather is british, untreated saddlery hide which begins life as a pale pinkish colour but ages in time to a rich caramel hue, full of character. made entirely by hand, natural leather, hand-turned from locally sourced wood. two sizes to choose from, £22 and £26
desk tray/organiser - keep all of your bits and bobs tidy and together in this british leather, handmade desk tray. equally elegant in either home or office, each panel of leather is individually selected for quality and finish, then hand cut and stitched. the tray can be personalised with your choice of initials, making it a great gift idea for christmas, weddings, housewarming, anniversary, groomsmen etc. £55
billfold wallet - classic personalised men's leather billfold wallet, slips perfectly into the pocket or tucks neatly away in a jacket. this subtle product gives a pleasingly understated look. the exterior is best british saddlery leather and contrasts well with the fine gloving leather used for the interior. £40
toldbol tiny saddle bag - has got to be one of the smallest bags I make, and probably the sweetest. perfect for nights or days out when all you need are the essentials, put Toldbol Tiny over your shoulder and you're ready for anything. buckle detail and smooth curves make this bag neat and stylish. £139
mobile: 07720 715 418
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20 Nov 2020
lovely christmas collaborations!
a lovely product photo shoot this week resulted in the development of ongoing, delightful collaborations between local stockists and creative artisans:
lesley, at the store, haworth - purveyors of beautiful everyday stuff - stocks our wonderful leather bags and a range of gorgeous, leather accessories including wallets, purses and candle holders.
charlotte, at the stitch society, is in collaboration with us on the creation of simple, stylish, durable, fabric-and-leather, bespoke aprons and smocks. together, we have also designed DIY kits for making your own tote bags or personalised aprons.
great for christmas gifts!
check out these incredible women's offerings on insta
buy a gift voucher for our new year workshops at charlotte's lovely, new premises in salts mill, saltaire or at the store, haworth.
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11 Nov 2020
beautiful, natural, british,
leather pocket with pruning shears.
this lovely, new product is designed with a loop to attach to your work belt, is decorated with contrasting stitching, a stylish, sam brown stud, and includes vintage-style pruning sheers.
for the perfect christmas gift for the gardener in your life.
combine with our twine pot.
look out for the pocket-and-pot workshop in the new year.
a chance to introduce yourself to working with leather by creating this attractive new product. stamp with a set of initials if you like.
perfect for small, friendly, covid-secure, family gatherings.
hosted and supervised individually by catherine
leather pocket size 13 x 14cm, price including vintage shears £23
07720 715 418
4th Nov 2020
join us for this lovely,
festive, leather candle holder workshop
saturday 5th december 2020, 2-5pm
brooklyn studios workshop, hx7 7dd
create two beautiful, natural, british-sourced, hand-turned wood and leather candle holders, perfect for your christmas-table cheer, or as a special gift.
learn to create patterns, decorate with red, gold or silver metal leaf or add your own, unique message stamped into the leather.
4 places so please book quickly
perfect for a small, friendly, family gathering. hosted and supervised individually by catherine
this inspiring workshop is a great way to introduce yourself to working with leather. suitable for beginners or the more experienced. range of techniques employed with tools and materials provided.
continuing to operate in a covid-secure manner.
07720 715 418
treat yourself or your loved one this valentine's day with my special 2018 valentine's day offer, 15% discount on orders placed on or before 14th february. just quote 'Valentine' in the voucher box at checkout and press 'redeem'. lots of lovely gifts for him and for her available but order quickly before you miss the big day!
back in the workshop this week, picking up all the threads from last weekend's marvellous GNCCF. had a brilliant time meeting customers, catching up with old friends and skipping around Manchester. one of my first jobs this week is to launch this new men's luxury shave kit on my website and Etsy shop following the launch at the GNCCF. I think this one is going to prove a very popular special personalised gift for Christmas this year. anyone on your list that might need one of these?
Looking to the next big event, Lustre in Nottingham. I'll be posting details and timings shortly
what a marvellous evening we had at the Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair yesterday for the special preview evening opening. it's the first time we've been in the beautiful new venue next to the Science Museum in Manchester. I launched 3 new products at the show - a luxury shaving kit, twine holder and a bottle carrier, all were well received and I think a couple of Christmas presents were purchased! the new products and more will be added to my website shortly
still a few more days left to catch the show as it is running until Sunday 15th October if you want to come and say hello!
my next big event is the Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair next week. it's one of my favourite shows of the year, set in the heart of Manchester and showcasing some of the most talented and inspiring makers.
I love catching the train over with my friends first thing in the morning, all talking ten to the dozen, scurrying through the quiet streets and seeing the many familiar faces. it's exhausting and exhilarating at the same time so if you're anywhere near Upper Campfield Market from the 12th to the 15th of Oct make sure to come and see us.