I can't believe I have been running my own business for 5 years - I don't know where the time has gone? Over the past 5 years I have met some lovely people (obviously I think I have the best customers), increased my product range and enjoyed making bespoke items. I still get a buzz when I see my clients' expressions, as I give them their finished leathergoods.
I wonder what the next 5 years will be like? I am already making plans for 2017 and hope to be able to share the details very soon.
In my workshop I only use top quality leather. I predominately use British leather but I also have Italian and American leather.
For my belts and dog collars I use shoulder that is around 3.5mm thick. The shoulder cut is strong and flexible; making it perfect for belts and dog collars.
For my wallets, purses, passport holders and journal covers I use a range of leathers that are slim and soft, giving a lovely feel to my products.
Products made from quality leather will last for years and develop a beautiful patina showing the wonderful journey you have had with your product.
I have a new stockist for 2016.
The Borders Textile Towerhouse opened in 2009. The building is the oldest building in Hawick, originally a defensive tower back in the mid 1500s, it is now a museum to celebrate the Borders’ textile industry.
The shop stocks good quality, unique and locally sourced items. I am very excited about having my leathergoods in this beautiful quality shop. It is definitely worth a visit if you want to buy a gift for someone or treat yourself.
I am very excited to say that my leathergoods are for sale in the Flat Cat Gallery in Lauder until January 2016. The gallery showcases beautiful paintings, scultures, jewellery, glass and ceramics. They also have a lovely coffee shop - amazing cakes and coffee, which I've tested for you!
Lauder is having a Christmas shopping evening on the 6th November 2015. The Flat Cat Gallery will be opened late until 9pm. Having seen some of the beautiful items when I dropped off my leathergoods I would definitely recommend visiting the gallery to get that special gift.
This month is the start of a new direction for Roslyn Whiting Leathercraft. On the 1st of July I became a member of The Crafters Co-operative. As you may already know I have previously been a guest crafter, where my leathergoods are displayed for a month. As a member, my leathergoods are permanently in this beautiful shop and I have a shift working in the shop - usually Thursday afternoons. It's a great opportunity to be part of such a lovely group of talented people.
You can now commission bespoke items, made to measure belts, dog collars etc… through the Crafters shop or direct through myself.
One of my influences when it comes to designing wallets etc… is my husband - he won't use a wallet or card holder unless they're functional, slim and fit easily in his pockets.
The new wallet has kept some features; like the cards being portrait, as this makes it fit neatly into a back pocket, and has the same amount of sections. However the card pockets are stitched onto the middle panel. This means that the grain (shiny) side of the leather is seen on the inside rather than the suede side and only the outside piece of leather is folded making this wallet even slimmer!
The wallet is available in various leathers in black, brown and cordovan (reddish brown). You can also choose what colour of stitching you would like from black, brown, white, olive, green, red, blue, yellow, light rust and burgundy.
You can also have it personalised with your own design or initials.
I am busy in the workshop this month preparing for my exhibition at the Art @Ancrum event starting on the 2nd of May. This is one of my favourite events as the picturesque village of Ancrum is host to over 30 artists at 12 different venues. There is a lovely atmosphere as people walk around seeing all the talented artists and makers. I received very positive feedback last year and it's definitely worth a visit.
I will be introducing new products and designs to add to my current range. Also this wee fellow, called Larry the Ladybird, is going to be showing up on one of my items, so come along and see if you can find him…
The weather this week has been so beautiful in the Scottish Borders I have moved my workshop outside, one of the advantages of using traditional methods. In the this photo you get a sneaky peek of a new bowl design.
The event runs from Saturday the 2nd of May to Monday the 4th of May 10am - 5pm.
It is lovely hearing the birds singing again. I have just watched a little sparrow collecting twigs for its nest. Slowly nature and the countryside is starting to come alive again - it's lovely.
I am often asked about my workshop and where I work. I am based in a small Scottish Borders town called Melrose. It is a beautiful town with stunning scenery and lovely individual shops, including an award winning fabric shop. My workshop has taken residence in what was my dining room. If I'm honest I also have leather stored in an extra cupboard too; you can never have too much leather! With using traditional methods and not having heavy machinery, it suits working from home.
Here are a couple of photos of my workshop. I have one table where I do my hand- tooling, hand-stitch and another larger table for cutting the leather, dyeing, hammering in rivets etc… I have to confess it doesn't always look as tidy as this, so while it was reasonable I thought I would take some photos.
Visits to my workshop are by appointment only. If you would like to see my products and discuss a commission please get in touch by email .
January seemed to fly by this year, I can't believe we are in February already!
I am a guest crafter this month in The Crafters shop, in Melrose. This is a great shop selling quality locally made crafts. I always enjoy having my leathergoods in this friendly shop.
This month I am working on new designs, one of which I have already completed. It was a recent commission and I liked it so much that I have made more and added it to my product range.
It is a key case, which holds 6 keys and closes so your keys don't damage anything in your bag or pocket. I love the burgundy one I made for myself!
Keep a look out for more designs and products coming up.
January is the time of year when we reflect on the previous year and look forward to what the new year will bring. I have been doing the same for Roslyn Whiting Leathercraft.
2014 was a great year. I attended my first exhibition in May at Art @Ancrum, I was a guest crafter in The Crafters twice and was very busy over the Christmas period with fairs and commissions. I increased my product range to include dog collars and journal covers. The biggest highlight has been working with the people at Aero Leather, and I'm now making hand-stitched wallets and belts for them.
I am excited about 2015. I am going to be returning to Art @Ancrum in May, I am guest crafter at The Crafters in February and I am in the process of joining an on-line shop selling quality British made products. I have also joined Crossing Borders. This is a group of artists and craft makers from the Scottish Borders that organise exhibitions and art trails. I enjoy having the opportunity to be artistic and creative with leather.
I hope you all have a great 2015.
Autumn is such a beautiful time of year. What are your favourite things about Autumn?
My favourite things are walking through the fallen leaves and their beautiful colours. At this time of year my children and I choose the route to and from school that has the most leaves and have fun making them rustle. It brings back many fond childhood memories.
My leaf coaster set is influenced by this time of year. My daughter loves that I drew a sycamore leaf she gave me and tooled it onto leather.
This is also the time of year when I am preparing for my Christmas craft fairs. Keep checking my 'Events' section to see more details. At The Crafters Art & Design Fair I will be demonstrating how I hand-tool my designs and hand-stitch my products using traditional methods. Please come along and feel free to ask questions etc…
If you wish to commission something for Christmas please get in touch at . You are not too early, in fact I made my first Christmas commission back in February, which is going over to Australia - very exciting!
Today is Buy British Day. Britain makes great quality product and I feel it is important to support our British industry.
Most of the leather I buy is British leather. I really enjoy my visits to the tannery. I find British leather to be of a high quality and lovely to work with. I use vegetable tanned leather which uses less chemicals than chrome tanned leather. Vegetable tanned leather will change over time developing its own patina, adding to the uniqueness of every product.
Most of my tools are British made as they are great quality.
I source all my buckles, d-rings etc… from the only company in Britain that still makes them. They are all solid brass, therefore, perfect if someone is allergic to nickel. The buckles can be coated in nickel if desired.
I enjoy making quality leathergoods and find using good quality British products adds to my own.
Whether big or small, I like to think buying something Made in Britain can make a difference.
I hope you are all enjoying the summer. I have had a great time meeting up with family and friends, volunteering at a youth camp and enjoying walks along the river Tweed and up the Eildon Hills. I hope this sunny weather continues.
Yesterday I delivered some of my leathergoods to a new stockist; Tweedside Gallery in Newtown St Boswells . It is run by the talented Ian Oliver who takes beautiful photographs, offers a framing service aswell as running the gallery. I always like delivering or posting orders to new shops and galleries, it's very exciting!
I can't believe it is July already! I love this time of year with BBQs, holidays and hopefully good weather.
For the whole of this month I am a guest crafter in The Crafters, in Melrose. The Crafters is a great little shop run by a co-operative of Scottish Borders craft workers. As well as having the regulars, each month they have 4 local guest crafters. I love having my work in this friendly shop as the standard of work is very high. Come along and have a browse and treat yourself!