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Su Nickless


Having trained several years ago as a saddler/harness maker, now I enjoy using the traditional skills, tools amd materials to produce work that I have designed myself; usually handbags, breifcases, book-covers and belts.

This process takes time; starting with an initial sketch or idea; translating it to pattern form; then cutting this out, by hand, from a side or shoulder of leather using a saddlers round knife.

Often I dye the leather myself, before preparing the cut-out shape for stitching. The majority of my work being stitched entirely by hand, a quality rarely found in leatherwork these days. Finally I use waxes and edge stains to give the work a quality finish.

I aim to give my designs functional simplicity of line, sometimes using specially hand-forged iron fastenings and fittings or other unusual items, to give a striking and singular effect.

Being individually handmade, the articles I produce are, in most cases, different, and each can be considred a one-off, which will be attractive to those who appreciate individuality and a unique piece of art.

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"So long, and thanks for all the fish"

After very many years of craft&design we've decided that we'd like to retire and so in 57 days we will close the craft&design website, including craft&design Online and the craft&design Selected Makers and Craft and Design Month websites. We've had a brilliant 35 years and would like to thank all our readers, advertisers, writers, contributors and website visitors for their support throughout that time. Our very best wishes to you all for the future - Angie and Paul.