New work May 2016

DSCF0129Just added some new pieces to my online shop here, including a variation on a large purse style I originally made a few years ago. These new designs have hand stitched details and can be made to order in different colours.

All new pieces will be available to buy from my Bristol Harbourside stall on Sunday 29th May… so long as they aren’t snapped up from my Etsy shop before then!

Art Deco inspired inlaid leather purse

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I’ve been experimenting with new making techniques in the past week. This piece has an intricately hand cut and inlaid Art Deco style motif of my own design. The individual panels were carefully selected from suede, stamped cow hide and full grain leather to give contrasting textures and carefully machine stitched in place.

Traditional techniques only; hands, tools and sewing machine. No computers!

A few Friday links

   black green leather wallet marble lining notesblack green leather wallet marble lining coinsblack green leather wallet marble lining frontI’ve had a productive few days, further refining the construction for my pop coin wallet.

The one above has a marbled, book endpaper style lining I found at Harrogate Knit and Stitch in November 2013. Many different fabric sellers were there, I also spotted a stand promoting Bradford Textile Archive a part of Bradford College, which looks interesting.

I have been exploring my new home city of Bristol by pursuing my interests: record shops (recent discoveries to follow) fabric shops, cinemas and galleries.

As for fabrics, poppypatchwork.co.uk have a wide range of fabrics on offer and are based in nearby Westbury-on-Trym.

Wanted Records in St. Nicholas Market is great for vinyl, think I’ll be back there soon!

Gregg

New concertina purse style, green calfskin with peacock lining

green leather pop purse 5green leather pop purse 3I just finished a new purse design and posted two colour options in my Etsy shop here.
The purse is hand cut from soft, fine-grained pale green calfskin. Durably machine stitched with strong cream nylon thread and expertly hand finished this is a compact purse, perfect for cards, change and folded notes.

The purse closes securely with a gold finish nickel popper and is fully lined with a vibrant peacock feather print cotton fabric. The bellows construction gives three separate expanding sections, and two mini slip pockets between the main sections.

The cut edges are hand treated for durability and give a superior finish.

Approximate dimensions:

120 x 75mm when closed and empty
2-3mm thick at stitched edge
Maximum 20mm thick

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I make every item at my workshop in Bristol, UK. I welcome commissions for personalised wallets and custom items, contact me here to discuss your requirements.

Gregg.

http://www.greggmcdonald.com

Brown calfskin belt purse – remade to order

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Above: The replacement brown leather purse. The customer requested that the zip pocket be omitted.

Recently made to order for a customer, this soft brown calfskin purse has attaches to your belt for security. The purse measures 11x12cm and fits plenty of loose change. This item can be made to order in the colour of your choice. I hand cut, machine stitch and hand finish every item personally at my home workshop in Leeds, Great Britain. I often make items to order, contact me to discuss your requirements.

Below: The original blue leather belt purse on which the design was based.

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