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Leather for Leathercraft – The Ultimate Guide (2021)

Leathercraft has become increasingly popular over the last few years, and it’s no surprise that Covid-19 encouraged more people than ever, to take up leatherwork. Here at Abbey, we saw a 22% increase in leathercraft sales during this period, and it’s easy to see why. Leathercraft can be a fulfilling hobby or a prosperous career. However, for anyone new to the game, picking the right leather for the job can be a daunting task. It’s a financial commitment you do not want to get wrong. Read our leather guide now...

 

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Abbey England gets ready for Beta International.

Get ready for the go-to show for equestrian buying and learning.

Visit your one-stop shop on stand 238 for all your saddlery workshop supplies, including our new Vegetable Tanned Buffalo Saddle Butt and our British hand-finished bits.

Join us for a cup of coffee and get expert advice

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Letters from Christie: Winning at Chess.

The past couple of weeks have been very successful within the workshop. I have spent all of my time at work and very little time within my workshop at home. I am looking forward to summer holidays when I can really put the new bench to good use and find any improvements and changes I want to make for the future.


I have been mainly focusing on my military exams this month. This was to be my second of three exams which consisted of making a selection of military items and then my favourite part...

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Live and Operate in the EU? Then Take Note.

From 30th June 2021, all orders received and being dispatched to the EU require a minimum order value of £131.00 (Euro 151). This change in policy will ensure the correct VAT/Tax/Duty is calculated based on delivery at the country or place.

Find out more...

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Letters from Christie: Next Stop British Showjumping National Championships.

At the end of the month I was very proud to say I completed my level 2 saddle exam and working straight onto my level 3! The level 2 saddle is a pony saddle which I completed in 2020, but unfortunately due to COVID the exam was later than planned. I had to work hard remembering the process and points within making a saddle from scratch.

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Letters From Ross: New leather and new people.

Well, May disappeared didn’t it! As I mentioned in my last blog post, at the end of April I was lucky enough to visit the Abbey England warehouse in Knutsford where I took away some stunning leather from the Sedgwick 1900 Collection. With this being possibly the nicest leather I have ever handled, I am approaching it with caution. Whenever I acquire a new leather, my first piece is always a small card holder.

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Letters from Christie: A Royal Salute

Since my last blog I have been my usual busy self, still trying to find the work, life and horse balance, which so far has been successful. April started with some downtime on Easter holiday away from work which I spent with my daughter, Chloe and plenty of horse activities. I then returned to work for the week, knuckling down with my apprenticeship. Ceremonial rehearsals do not take place whilst everyone is away on holiday, so this is a perfect opportunity to work on my apprenticeship.

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Letters From Ross: Leather Explorations

Since my last blog I have been able to visit the Abbey England warehouse in Knutsford, Cheshire. I spent some time researching and thinking about the tools and leather I wanted to purchase with my leather scholarship fund and was excited to visit the warehouse and explore everything.

I am a leather crafter, so generally the leather I have chosen to go for in the past has easily fit that bill – thin, maybe not too expensive so I could experiment, but still have a beautiful colouring and texture.

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Letters From Ross: Mastering YouTube

Hey everyone, Where to start! This is my first blog with Abbey England since winning the Scholarship for Leatherwork. March has come and gone in the blink of an eye but I have managed to be quite productive in spite of all the current coronavirus madness! A big win for this month was getting my YouTube channel up and running...

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2021 Easter Closing Times

Abbey England will be closed for the Easter holiday from Friday 2nd April 2021 – Monday 5th April 2021.

Our website will continue to accept orders during the holiday but orders will not be processed until Tuesday 6th April.

We wish all our customers and suppliers a very happy and safe Easter.

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