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    english saddle making instructor

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  1. Acrylic paint. It’s about a £1 for a tube from Poundland or if in the USA a dollar from dollar general sometimes it is a little thick. Add a drop of water. Give it two coats. Should look good
  2. I am a English saddle maker and instructor As said above. Horse equipment involves safety. Not using the correct leather or thread can be dangerous. You could make a lead rein This is basically a dog lead. It is a straight piece of 4mm leather with a dog clip. Use a size 12 or a size 3/18 thread to stitch. i have about 70 videos on you tube aimed at beginners. There may be some items on that For you and your daughter to make my website is www.uksaddlery.com. And my you tube is uksaddlery. If you need a little advice you will get my email on my website. Where in the world are you. I may know someone near who may be able to advise you
  3. A big Canadian fan of your videos. Keep up the fantastic work and love your sense of humour in them.

  4. Before I became a saddle maker . I was a shoe repairer. Long time ago. When we cut the soles we wet the knife. This made it easy to cut. Truth be told we wet it in our mouths, Far to lazy to go to the sink to get water,
  5. Pittards sell a waterproof grippy leather. You can deal direct with them
  6. Jcuk has posted a link to one of my sharpening videos. I thought this might also be of use
  7. People have mentioned where to get the leather. My only add to this is. Stirrup leathers are a safety item. There for. I would only hand stitch them. The thread I use is a size 8 polycotton core spun thread. There are other threads. Just make sure it is thick and strong enough. The leather i use is 5mm thick. Shame your so far away. I do a one day stirrup leather course for £75. And you get to keep your leathers
  8. I have tips on hand stitching and a few beginners items on UKSaddlery YouTube
  9. I’m in the uk and everyone I know makes saddles. Then again that’s because it is my trade
  10. Another thing that works instead of pearl glue is pva glue it is called white glue in some countries put it it on the edge let it dry for a minute or two then rub. This gives you a shiny edge and holds the fibres down
  11. It could be the thread you are using When I teach I always have the students stitch with white thread. This is so that they can see their mistakes it is rare that they get the thread dirty the thread we we use in the trade is a poly cotton core spun
  12. The top grain will be stronger if I was making a pair of stirrup leathers I would not do a blind stitch. A bag will be fine unless you plan on carrying heavy weights in it I could show you pictures of a 50 year old saddle where the stitches are intact ant the leather on the seat has worn through. This is a different piece of leather from the one with the stitch.
  13. The pictures above show the leather not going through the top grain. This will still be a strong stitch. I use a stitch called a backing stich on English style saddles. This does not go through the top grain. We put a lot of stress on this when pulling it onto the saddle tree. The stitch shown in the pictures will do the job. A box stitch will also do it. My hidden stitch done in the UKSaddlery video might top be the stitch you need
  14. I think I have a couple of videos showing braided dog leashes. On you tube. Search for uksaddlery. I’m on my phone so can’t post a link to them sorry
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