Maker's Details - Wessel, Jinny

Hand stitched leatherwork in a choice of gorgeous colours.

Category: Textiles
Jinny’s leatherwork is all made entirely by hand in her home workshop. The pieces range from messenger bags, handbags, travel wallets and other accessories. Designs are intended to be classical, timeless and above all functional. The hand stitching which is visible on all pieces is
strong and highly ornamental, forming an integral part of the design.
Jinny’s inspiration arises simply from the material itself, the lovely colours, the tactility and
extraordinary versatility. She uses only top quality fully aniline vegetable tanned leather and
strong linen thread; she loves the simple manual processes that convert these materials into
desirable and useful objects.
An accomplished seamstress all her life, Jinny took on the manufacture of leather gig bags for her
husband’s flute making business some years ago. Their limited scope for variations in design and
colour soon fired up her imagination for more interesting work in a completely different type of
leather, enabling her to work completely by hand and get away from her argumentative industrial
sewing machine. Jinny is a lateral thinker: if the time honoured method of doing something doesn’t work for her she is not afraid to invent a new one.

large messenger bag
large travel wallet

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