About  •  News  •  Events  •  Stockists  •  Delivery  •  Downloads  •  Links  •  T&Cs  •  FAQs  •  Contact

Mia Sabel

Leather Designer and Saddler

A change of career meant that Mia decided to study saddlery at the only 2 year, full-time course in the UK. She achieved the Cordwainers’ Diploma in Saddlery at Capel Manor and is now a fully Qualified Saddler. Mia makes bespoke watch straps, made-to-measure belts and pet collars, creates stationery and accessories and undertakes commissions and prototypes. She is the recipient
of a QEST scholarship and has completed the Walpole Crafted Mentorship 2014 Programme.

Primarily using English bridle leather, she hand-prepares, hand-stitches and hand-finishes all of her leather products in a traditional way, applying the high standards required of saddlery.


March 2014

May 2012

June 2011

June 2011

Aug 2010

June 2010

June 2010

Feb 2010

June 2009

June 2009

June 2009

June 2009



June 2016


Aug 2012

Sept 2010–Nov 2011

Sept 2008–July 2010

Apr 2010

Sept 2009

July 2009

Dec 2007–July 2009

Apr 2008

July 1995

Walpole Crafted Mentorship Programme 2014

Craft&Design Selected Awards: Specialist Media Finalist 2012

2nd place Level 2 Saddle, Festival of Leathercraft

3rd place In-hand Bridle, Festival of Leathercraft

QEST Craft Scholar Award

2nd place Bag Design, Festival of Leathercraft

3rd place Harness Breeching, Festival of Leathercraft

Premium Award, Society of Master Saddlers – Level 2 bridle

1st place Lorinery Assignment

1st place Lorinery exam

1st place Leather Belt Design (Forest belt), Festival of Leathercraft

2nd place Innovation Design (leather sewing box), Festival of Leathercraft

CPD - Small Leather Goods with McGregor & Michael

Upholstery at John Cass Art College

Bag making with McGregor & Michael

Leather restoration with McGregor & Michael

Awarded Qualified Saddler status

Level 3 Saddle, Level 3 Bridle

City & Guilds Level 3 Cordwainer’s Diploma in Saddlery

Level 1 Bridle, Level 2 Bridle, Level 2 Harness

Society of Master Saddlers Introductory Saddle Fitting Course

Horse osteopathy evening course

C&G Level 2 in Design and Craft Leathercraft (7823-04)

BHS Stage 2 Care, BHS Riding & Road Safety, BHS Stage 1 Riding/Care

Remus Horse Sanctuary: Aromatherapy for horses and Shiatsu for horses

Central St Martins’ College, BA(Hons) Graphic Design (1st class)

SABEL Saddlery attends various fairs. Check out our dates in Events and keep up to date on our Facebook Page.