MeadowgateLeather

Handmade Leather Items from England

Colchester, England

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Announcement    DECEMBER 2020

Due to the ongoing Coronavirus crisis, the UK postal system (Royal Mail) has suspended all overseas posting with the exception of Ireland. This situation will be reviewed and posting may restart, but until that point, I am unable to send any packages outside the UK/Ireland. As the Covid situation is changing around the world on a daily basis, I cannot be held responsible for delays in postal or Customs services. Any references to predicted arrival times are for normal operating situations along the postal route.


Welcome to Meadowgate Leather which is located on the north-east coast of Essex in England.

Feel free to browse and purchase anything that takes your fancy in my shop.

Anyhow, on with the main message! My name is Mike and everything you see in this shop is made by me. There is no machinery used in my workshop, no electronics, nothing is computerised or robotic. Everything you see has been cut by hand, punched by hand, hand-dyed, hand-painted and hand-stitched. My designs are forever being tweaked and improved to give even greater durability, usability, style and value, so sometimes a custom made piece may vary slightly to the picture you see, but only because it has now become better.

I take pride in both my work and on dispatching my goods very promptly. Each of my finished products is unique - every item made by hand has a slight nuance, making it different from the one before it and the one following it. All my products are completely handmade and hand sewn. The only item I use a sewing machine for is, the protective calico sleeve in which your journal cover will be contained!

Customer Service: If you're not happy, then I'm not happy!

Overseas buyers: Delivery will be via Royal Mail and your own postal service. From the experience of many thousands of packages sent around the world, I know that when I post a package, it is on an aircraft out of the UK within a day. Depending where it is going, the delivery can then take a while, often down to Customs checking it in. Some customers say they receive their item with a week, while others find the delivery can take over 3 weeks from my despatch. It all depends how fast your postal & custom services can work.

My online catalogue currently includes mainly leather traveller's journal covers. I always carefully source my vegetable tanned leather which usually comes from either English or Italian tanneries.

The stitching uses a length of waxed thread with a needle at each end. The holes for the stitches are marked with special stitch prickers, and each hole finally broken through individually with an awl. The hand stitching is incredibly resilient and with proper care, my leather pieces could last a lifetime.

My work needs patience, a tool designed for the job, and time. Lots of time.

Most of my custom made items are available in a variety of colours. The colour charts shown can be but a guide only as one screen will represent colours differently from another and one piece of leather takes on the dye more enthusiastically than the next. From time to time, specifications may vary slightly, but only in an an effort to ever improve the product.

Announcement

Last updated on 02 Jan, 2021

DECEMBER 2020

Due to the ongoing Coronavirus crisis, the UK postal system (Royal Mail) has suspended all overseas posting with the exception of Ireland. This situation will be reviewed and posting may restart, but until that point, I am unable to send any packages outside the UK/Ireland. As the Covid situation is changing around the world on a daily basis, I cannot be held responsible for delays in postal or Customs services. Any references to predicted arrival times are for normal operating situations along the postal route.


Welcome to Meadowgate Leather which is located on the north-east coast of Essex in England.

Feel free to browse and purchase anything that takes your fancy in my shop.

Anyhow, on with the main message! My name is Mike and everything you see in this shop is made by me. There is no machinery used in my workshop, no electronics, nothing is computerised or robotic. Everything you see has been cut by hand, punched by hand, hand-dyed, hand-painted and hand-stitched. My designs are forever being tweaked and improved to give even greater durability, usability, style and value, so sometimes a custom made piece may vary slightly to the picture you see, but only because it has now become better.

I take pride in both my work and on dispatching my goods very promptly. Each of my finished products is unique - every item made by hand has a slight nuance, making it different from the one before it and the one following it. All my products are completely handmade and hand sewn. The only item I use a sewing machine for is, the protective calico sleeve in which your journal cover will be contained!

Customer Service: If you're not happy, then I'm not happy!

Overseas buyers: Delivery will be via Royal Mail and your own postal service. From the experience of many thousands of packages sent around the world, I know that when I post a package, it is on an aircraft out of the UK within a day. Depending where it is going, the delivery can then take a while, often down to Customs checking it in. Some customers say they receive their item with a week, while others find the delivery can take over 3 weeks from my despatch. It all depends how fast your postal & custom services can work.

My online catalogue currently includes mainly leather traveller's journal covers. I always carefully source my vegetable tanned leather which usually comes from either English or Italian tanneries.

The stitching uses a length of waxed thread with a needle at each end. The holes for the stitches are marked with special stitch prickers, and each hole finally broken through individually with an awl. The hand stitching is incredibly resilient and with proper care, my leather pieces could last a lifetime.

My work needs patience, a tool designed for the job, and time. Lots of time.

Most of my custom made items are available in a variety of colours. The colour charts shown can be but a guide only as one screen will represent colours differently from another and one piece of leather takes on the dye more enthusiastically than the next. From time to time, specifications may vary slightly, but only in an an effort to ever improve the product.

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About MeadowgateLeather

Sales 4,565
On Etsy since 2013

Genuine leather items professionally produced in England

I love the idea of turning a raw material into something that can posses both beauty and charm but simultaneously can be an object of utility and practical use.
Leather is a wonderful material. It's smell is evocative and it can look very luxurious.
I’ve made many different leather items over the years – some large, some small, some decorated, some shiny, some not. For now, I am concentrating on making Travellers’ Journal Covers for the many wonderful people of the worldwide journaling community who shop on Etsy.

I am often asked what are the qualities and feels of the different leathers, and what are the colours really like? Hopefully I can briefly explain here:

All my products use Vegetable-Tanned Leather. These hides are mostly cows, although they may also be from goat, pig, sheep, buffalo and other animals. The 'vegetable' used in the tanning process can include tree bark and oak leaves as they are high in tannic acid. Most of my hides are sourced from either the UK, Italy, Canada or USA. Vegetable tanning has been around for a millennium and it can take months to tan a single hide.

The leather used is what is termed 'full-grain', referring to the outermost part of the animal skin. This is the toughest, hardest-wearing part of the skin, but also means it has no doubt seen some 'action' during the life of the animal. It may have been in contact with barbed wire fences, trees or posts and may have sustained insect bites or other injuries. You will never see any of the larger skin abrasions, as I don’t use these parts, but items may include some light scratches or marks here and there providing evidence, if it were needed, that it is the genuine article.

Do not confuse the full-grain used here for what some pass for the best, which however, is in fact a 'split', where the thickness of a leather has been split in two by a machine and the lower piece given a synthetic texture.

Of my Journal ranges, the OAK, the ACORN, the DOUBLE ACORN and the OAKLEAF use a thick leather (approx 3mm) which, if fed with something like Neatsfoot Oil, will become quite reasonably supple, but still retain that feeling of something substantial. The inside surface may range from very smooth to slightly unsmooth. As with allmy leathers, treated well, they could last a lifetime.

The MULBERRY covers are also made of thick 3mm leather, but this has been dyed at the tannery, rather than myself. The Mulberrys are very supple and almost buttery to touch and I find they are more willing to lay flat by themselves than other leathers.

The SNOWBELL, WILLOW, CATKIN and TWIN CATKIN use approx 2mm leather, which has a similar surface to the Oak etc, but as it is thinner, is more flexible.

DARK FOREST leather is only about 1.4mm thick, so is very malleable and even a little floppy! It possesses a great quality called ‘pull up’ which allows it to patinate easily. Any scratches, digs or marks the surface picks up turn into shades of brown, giving the cover a nicely worn-in appearance.

Pockets and wallet sections are made from Kip leather, which is about 1 to 1.2mm thick, but still very strong.

take care,
Mike

Shop members

  • Mike Baldock

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator, Buyer, Photographer, Packer, Despatcher

    Photography, broadcasting and computing used to be my life, but now, living on the North-Essex coast of England, leather has taken over. We have five children, a rabbit and a garden where I try to grow fruit & vegetables.

Shop policies

Last updated on 26 November, 2019
Hello. My name is Mike and I'd like to thank you for looking in at my shop.

All the items you see here have been handmade in my leather workshop. This means they have been cut from quality vegetable-tanned leather, tooled or punched where required by me, and have been hand-stitched and finished – every inch of them by my hands. Goods made from veg-tanned leather will last many times longer than factory-made items – very often they last long enough to be handed on to the next generation!

Some of my items, you will note are 'natural' – ie. They have not been dyed or treated with anything. You will find that these items will adopt their own color with age, gradually turning a beautiful tan color as they are handled and exposed to sunlight. Other items will have been dyed using professional dyes, as much as possible, using eco-friendly products.

I try and photograph all items in a way that will show their true colour, but please be aware that results from different screens may vary.

Accepted payment methods

Paypal Mastercard Visa American Express Apple Pay Gift card
Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns, exchanges and cancellations
Contact me within: 14 days of delivery
Dispatch items back within: 30 days of delivery
Request a cancellation within: 12 hours of purchase
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalised orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
  • Items on sale
Questions about your order?
Please if you have any problems with your order.
Returns and exchange details
I am unable to accept returns or refunds on bespoke or custom made goods unless I have misrepresented an item or it is faulty. Please ask any questions you have prior to purchase to ensure it will meet your needs.

The customer is responsible for paying the return postage and ensuring it's safe delivery. Any returned goods must arrive in 'unused' condition and the buyer is responsible for this and cost of postage.

IF returning an item FROM OUTSIDE the UK, please mark the package 'RETURNED GOODS' so that it does not attract Import Customs Duty. The Customer is responsible for makring the package thus and any package not marked and hence charged duty will have this amount subtracted from any refund.

If an item arrives damaged-in-transit, please take photos and contact me immediately so that we may resolve the situation
Payment
I accept payment via either Paypal or using the Etsy direct checkout, so you can use your card also. I also Accept Etsy Gift Cards.
Delivery
I am based in Essex on the East coast of England and use our (surprisingly) efficient Royal Mail to post items. Within the UK, the Royal Mail will handle everything, however, posting to International addresses will mean final delivery will be via your own postal service. International orders will be shipped with the relevant customs forms - buyers are responsible for any import duty / charges your customs / border agencies may make.

As standard, within the UK, I post Royal Mail First Class so your item should be with you within a day or two. Some items may require a signature on delivery.

Internationally, I post Airmail which should take about 3 days to Western Europe, 5 days to Eastern Europe and major cities around the world. Everywhere should receive the item with about 7 days. These estimates are however just that, estimates, and even though I have posted the parcel on time, the delivery date can be affected by adverse weather etc, so please allow extra time for postal delays, and of course customs. Larger items are tracked so you and I will be able to check on the progress of the delivery.

Where more than one item has been purchased, the postage value of the larger item takes precedence: ie. when purchasing a card of thread, I will gladly combine with up to five cards total of similar thread for the same postage. However, purchasing a thread card along with a much heavier item will attract the higher postage rate. I'm sure that is common sense to everybody, but thought it ought to be here just in case. However, the checkout system does not always see it this way, so in the event of a shortfall, I will contact you to discuss the situation.

If 21 days have expired since receiving dispatch notification and you have still not received your parcel, please contact me and we will endeavour to resolve the situation.

Be aware that I will dispatch to your Etsy registered address, so please ensure it displays all the correct details. If your parcel is returned to me because the postal service is unable to deliver, I will contact you to rearrange delivery, at further cost to the customer.

Ready-to-ship items will be posted within 1-2 business days.
Made-to-order and Custom orders will ship as soon as they are ready, shipping estimates will be shown on the order, but in reality, I usually better these.
Additional policies and FAQs
A little more on hand-stitching: practically wherever an item produced by me is sewn, it is done by using the saddle-stitch. This is a two-needle process which produces an incredibly strong stitch, as each stitch makes a knot inside the stitch-hole. It means that the row of stitches will stay together, even if something cuts through the thread. A factory-made item will have been machine-sewn, which makes the sewing much weaker as any cut will cause the sewing to unravel. Saddle-stitching will not unravel. I use 'Tiger thread' which is reputedly the best in the world! It is strong, resilient and available in many colours. I try to use thread sizes and colours which compliment each item.
Leather is a natural product, and as such, should be expected to have variations and imperfections within it. Whilst only the finest quality leathers are sourced, we cannot be held responsible for any losses due to any problems with the leather itself, including dye loss, staining, marking of other items, etc.

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