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About

Esther set up Leather Needle Thread in 2016 and has been a leatherworker for over 10 years and studied bag design and construction at the London College of Fashion before going on to work in the industry as a leatherworker and sample maker. 


I love leather, designing and sewing. Each kit has been thoughtfully designed to enable leathercraft beginners and people who have a little experience with leather and sewing to hand make beautiful, functional leather bags, small accessories and shoes in just a few hours using simple techniques, and a few key leatherwork tools.”

CAREFULLY SOURCED MATERIALS

All the leather we use is a by-product of the European food industry.  Sourced from UK suppliers - all of our leather comes either from Italy or Belgium.  Where possible we use vegetable tanned leather which is preserved with organic botanical extracts from Mimosa, Québracho and Chestnut barks.  Vegetable tanning is a slower, kinder means of production that has less impact on the environment, and results in a stronger leather where the fibres of the original skin are preserved.  Where the colours of veg tanned leather are darker and more muted, responsibly produced chrome tanned leather results in brighter hues.  We use a mix of both types of leather to give a broad choice of colours.  Each product is labelled as to whether it is vegetable tanned or chrome tanned to place the choice in your hands.  

ACCESSIBLE MAKING

Each maker kit has been thoughtfully designed to enable sewing novices and leathercraft beginners to hand make beautiful, functional leather bags in just a few hours using simple techniques, and a few key leatherwork tools.  We have broken the making process down into easy steps and rooted out over-complicated techniques in favour of simpler ways of doing things - making making more accessible!  Less daunting.  Each kit comes with the leather pre-cut and pre-prepared.  We want to give you the tools and skills to empower you to hand make beautiful bags that will be coveted, worn and used every day.

UNDERSTATED EVERYDAY DESIGN

The bag you make is designed to work for you and to be used.  Superfluous, fussy details have been eliminated in favour of clean lines and purpose-driven features.  The subtle design details result from the construction - the way the bag is put together is laid bare and is both an aesthetic and functional feature. 

In addition, we source the very best leathers for the purpose.  The leather is tactile, resilient and smells wonderful - the quality of the leather is central to the design.  The bag you make is simple, beautiful and useful.