Ruth Pullan makes handstitched leathergoods from British hand dyed vegetable tanned leather from her workshop in Ilkley.
Ruth explains… “A satisfying realisation came soon after a leatherwork course at the Cumbria School of Saddlery a few years ago that leather was the medium I wanted to work in. It’s a slow, thoughtful, almost meditative process, quietly stitching away in my workshop, without the hum of machines and the cursing that comes with them.
I take great care in choosing the materials for my products and try to keep the designs as pared down as possible to allow the quality of materials and finish to stand out. The leather I use is vegetable tanned leather, traditionally pit-tanned in the UK which I then hand dye to the shade required. I then condition the leather with my own blend of fats and oils to create a beautiful sheen to the leather. The pieces are cut by hand using a saddler’s knife and then stitched by hand using the two needle method using waxed linen thread, a traditional way of manufacturing leathergoods and one which stands the test of time. The brass hardware I use is sand cast in Walsall at the last remaining buckle foundry in the United Kingdom.”