Cumbria School of Saddlery

Teaching the skills of the Rural Craftsman

The Bridlework Course Part 2

This course, also of five days, is for those who have either attended the handstitching course and continued to practise at home or reached a certain standard in their work elsewhere and wish to progress.

Students should be able to hand-stitch correctly but not necessarily with any speed. There will be an emphasis on producing quality work with stitching and finish to be proud of. By the end of the week students will have hand-stitched a bridle or other items of their choice.

It would be very helpful to have advance notice of fittings and materials which might be needed, or alternatively leather and fittings may be brought to the course.

Subjects covered on the course:

  • Learning to work with patterns (i.e. billet and rein ends); cutting leather economically; stitching in fixed keepers; making running keepers; organizing a work book; costing-up new work and repairs; ordering leather, materials and fittings. Rolled, plaited and laced work.

Projects that can be undertaken include making a bridle, headcollar or a raised, fancy-stitched or rolled noseband; laced reins or another rolled leather item. Various parts of driving harness may be made.

"These two weeks have been the most rewarding for years. Thanks, David, it was a great course." R.H. (Hereford)

"Five days went far too quickly but were greatly enjoyed." Y.W. (Durham)

A certificate of attendance is awarded on completion of each course.

Adjustable Drop Noseband
Adjustable Drop Noseband
Military Noseband
Military Bridle