Red thread

Leather and thread

Walnut Tree Leather is the UK home of handmade leather goods with red thread.  

We use only the best premium quality, vegetable-tanned, full-grain leather.  

Vegetable tanning (or veg-tan) uses the naturally occurring tannins, from bark and leaves of many plants to convert the hides into leather.  This process takes anywhere from several weeks to months, depending on various environmental factors.  However, it is very reliant on the traditional skills of the tanner. 

Veg-tanned leather will also develop its own patina. In other words, it will improve over time, growing darker and softer with use which means it will become as unique, and as an individual, as you are.  

We use red Ritza Tiger Thread which is used by professional leathercrafters for the smoothness and neatness of the stitch it gives.  Above all, Tigre thread is world-renowned for its strength, durability, and UV resistance which ensures the best longevity for you.


We only use cowhide, which is several centimetres thick, so it is standard to split it into several layers.  Off the top comes full-grain and top-grain, which are the best layers as they have all the strength.  

Full-grain and top-grain are similar, and both have exceptional quality. Full-grain has the original grain from the animal, and top grain has had these sanded or buffed off and looks more uniform.  Our handmade leather goods only use full-grain leather with the option of red thread.  

The leather is hand-dyed using water-based dyes that penetrate deep into the leather giving the best possible depth of colour.  We can ensure the best possible control over the final colour by hand-dying the leather.

The way that we handmake leather products with red thread is based on age-old methodologies and takes over a week to create.   All our handmade leather items are lovingly crafted by artisans in the UK.  We are a very proud member of the UK Heritage Craft Association.  They support and promote heritage crafts as a fundamental part of our living heritage here in the UK.


We guarantee that our leather and red thread won’t degrade or wear out. Therefore, everything we create will stand up to a lifetime of use and abuse.  

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