So, I'd like to know where the last year went?

Is 2018 really over already?….it’s been much much longer than I realise since my last blog post - approximately a year ;) It was a great year for Skyefrog and I continue to add new designs and potter about in my little workshop. Thank you to all my wonderful customers who send me photos of their dogs wearing their new collars - I love them. I even received the most fantastic video which makes me laugh every time I see it (posted to the Skyefrog facebook page).

The year has gone by so quickly and I have no doubt this year will be the same. I always welcome custom orders if you’re looking for something a little bit different.

Wishing everyone the very best in 2019!

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Here's to 2018!

Is 2017 really nearly over already? It's been a fantastic year for Skyefrog and I've introduced new designs and styles. I've received lots of lovely photos from customers which are really appreciated and can be checked out in the gallery. There has been a big increase in people requesting custom designs which I absolutely love and totally encourage! For 2018 I would really like to lean towards more leather-based products and have a few design ideas in mind which I am currently working on so look out for those in the new year. 

You can find a selection of Skyefrog collars and leads on the shelves at Bazil & Ruby Pet Boutique in London and now on Amazon too!  

I'd like to wish all my customers an absolutely wonderful Christmas and all the best for 2018. 

New designs added and a thank you!

We've recently had a delivery of new designs which look great! We're heading into the autumn months so there is some autumnal/winter inspiration showing but also a bit of fun with the Harlequin design. I am also a sucker for batik and think batik orange splashes would really pop on a black hound. 

Also, there has been a lot of contact from customers who have gone out of their way to send photos and express their happiness with their new collars so thank you all so much for the very kind words and enthusiasm - it's really appreciated! 

Finally, we had our first Facebook giveaway last week so thank you to all who entered (a fair few of you!) and congrats to our winner who has chosen our Signature Skyefrog Martingale as their prize!

The making process

The new collars are coming on (although I'm not sure my little sewing machine can handle one aspect but I'll figure it out!). The first challenge is securely fixing the decorative metal to the leather, which has turned out better than expected but currently investigating ways to improve this. On earlier attempts, I wasn't keen on how flappy the leather was so these have been moved in which has worked nicely.  As is standard with my collars, I sew in a strong internal webbing core as it makes for a more durable collar with the brass hardware being sourced from a UK foundry (nice and strong). The collar shown is 2" wide however I will do a narrow adaptation for non sighthound breeds too.  As I've done for all my collars, I am posting the making process for your information. Comments are welcomed! Thank you. 

Dogless Adventure

I was visiting the Isle of Skye last month. It's not always possible to take the dogs with me and this was one of these times.  I  originally grew up on Skye so I was naturally drawn to old haunts but also visited places I've never been before and really should have by now. Not having a dog when I go out on walks feels very different and I practically stole a gorgeous red setter that padded up to me on a beach walk a few evenings ago. I was spotted making a fuss by the owners who promptly released the rest of their dogs. That was nice.  

I've been thinking about other style and designs I could do. My friends sent me a beautiful book about Leeds Castle and the collar museum. Some of the collars look absolutely brutal and primarily used to protect the dog during hunts with boar and bear, but some are works of art which has given me some ideas for my own. I was very happy to receive lots of volunteers to try them out so after further improvement and testing, I'll be posting a few out. Thank you again to the volunteers!