• An Exercise in Stitching - What I Learnt Making a Cricket Ball Wallet

    One of my first private commissions was something a little different to the stuff I usually make.

    A friend of the family, artist James Nunn is a huge cricket fan and had always wanted a cricket ball inspired wallet.

    I spent a few diverting hours researching cricket ball stitching and was almost immediately sucked down a rabbit hole reading up on the lost art of handmade cricket balls. The industry died out in the UK many years ago. Almost all modern balls are made in Pakistan - though still hand sewn whilst the ball is held in a spherical vice to raise the seam.

    I then set about looking at different wallet designs. You'd think a wallet is just a wallet, right? Well, there are a myriad of different design options.