Shoulder wallets

Useful carry-all bags based on 15th and 16th Century manuscript illustrations.

Throw over your shoulder, over your staff, or over your donkey!


Latest embroidered bag…



Another version of the IHS bag recovered from the Mary Rose (1545).

Last embroidered bag for the time being… my eyes need a rest!

Another posh bag!

This one made for a friend – more commissions welcome!

In this one I’ve been able to solve the last few construction issues that arose in the first pouches – practice makes perfect! (or nearly…)

IHS Pouch

This is the second of the replica pouches made for the Mary Rose. It only has the one embroidered panel so only took around 20 hours to make (as opposed to over 45 hours for the previous one…)

Embroidered Tudor Pouch – some revisions lower down…

This bag has been a long time in the making! I did the first mockups for it over 10 years ago when I first realised how beautiful it would have been. For one reason or another it then lay dormant until last month when it was recognised it would be needed for AV filming for the new Mary Rose museum.

The bag itself is a multi compartmental leather pouch with inner pouchlets. In my version it is also lined with silk, and the pouchlets are made from the same material, and closed with silk drawstrings finished with bone beads. The belt loops on the back of the pouch did not survive, but similar examples survive from the ship which still had their loops, so I used those for reference. The three panels are embroidered with silver thread – for cost reasons I had to use DMC divisible silver thread, but maybe one day I’ll make a panel in real silver… 😉

There are things I’m not happy with (the border is scruffy where I tried to thicken it afterwards, the loops are a different leather because I ran out of the other, the leather itself is too shiny and wouldn’t take the hide food). I guess they are small things to some people, but very irritating for me… ‘Must do better next time’

I was going to upload just the pictures of the bag, but I think it might be useful for people to see how I work and why some jobs are so darn expensive…

The pictures below show the bag following some revisions that came to light after studying some other bags and pouches in the collection…






Bank Holiday Jobs…

… Some new combs made over the Bank Holiday weekend…

Not yet priced and in a variety of styles and periods.
Top left is a large version of the Roman comb from Alcester (but in boxwood not bone), below is a 2-part Tudor comb (source Mary Rose, but made made in acacia rather than boxwood), bottom right is an S-profile section comb (source Mary Rose, but made from beech rather than boxwood). Other combs are made variously from yew, cherry and boxwood. I’d normally work solely in boxwood, but people seem to like the variety!

Still making combs

I’ve been a bit busy recently, but have found time to make a few combs as well.

Here’s one of them (with a sheep skin pouch)…

It’s a near-exact replica of one of the Mary Rose combs, which was found complete with it’s pouch. Only ‘near-exact’ because the original comb had a broken end…

Boxwood combs

Finally getting back to some comb-making…
These two will be going up on Etsy shortly

Bags for spindles and yarn

A couple of leather bags made to hold yarn and spindles. The square bag is a large (VERY large) version of a Tudor example recovered from the Mary Rose, although I doubt they were knitting or spinning on board the ship! I normally make them for fishing or tool kits. The smaller, drawstring bag is made from two colours of soft sheep skin, and has a leather draw cord. It is completely round when opened flat and holds a surprising amount. Both are made with natural, vegetable tanned leather/skin and are hand sewn with linen thread. The square bag measures 20x13cm at the base, 23x16cm at the top and is 36cm tall. The round, gathered bag has a diameter of 42cm.