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!
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!
I 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.
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.
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.
Recently made to order for a customer, this large zip purse was machine stitched with an internal bound edge construction in soft, bright turquoise nappa leather. Inside there are 8 spacious card pockets and one large pocket. The purse is a useful size; large enough to hold everyday essential items, not too big to comfortably carry around. I regularly take commissions for bespoke leathergoods, contact me here to discuss your requirements. You can read more about my work at my website www.greggmcdonald.com.
Recently posted in my Etsy shop here.
The new large purse design has the following features:
– Beautiful soft tan calfskin leather exterior
– Contrast soft brown calfskin interior
– Fully lined with aqua / green / purple / tan rectangle print cotton lining
– Exterior stitch in contrast cream
– Interior stitch in matching brown
– 7 card pockets designed to hold 2 cards each
– Hidden pocket behind cards section for receipts etc
– Very large coin pocket to hold plenty of loose change
– Pop fastener on coin pocket for security
– Spacious notes pocket fits UK £50, US, AUD, EUR, Canadian notes
– External pop fastener for security
I often take commissions for new items, contact me here to discuss your requirements.
A red calfskin leather wallet made to order recently for a customer. The brief was to create something in red with Art Deco style features. I looked at Art Deco book binding for some inspiration. The punching on the inside of the wallet also commemorates the birth date of the gift recipient. Think I’ll create some more wallets along similar lines, more to follow.
To browse my current wallets available to buy click here to see my online shop.