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Doing it right in Switzerland…Custom Harley Softail Slim

Posted in brown, Custom Stitching, Fender bibs, hand tooled, Handlebar bag, Harley Softail, Laser Engraving, leather, Motorcycles, Slim, Tank bib, Tooled Leather with tags , , , , , , , , , on July 21, 2015 by Chris Wright

A recurring client and now friend of mine in Switzerland came to me originally early this year for a custom leather tank bib to match his custom seat from a shop in New York.
This seat is something I had never seen before but I quickly recognized the color as saddle tan, a common color in horse saddles.  By itself, the seat looked lonely, a bit out of place with it’s bright golden tan color on a black bike.  We discussed the bib some and he decided to stick with the same shape as the factory bib but wanted his highly detailed family emblem on it.  Using a combination of laser engraving and hand tooling, I was able to recreate it in exacting detail, including the text on the banner.  Thick, white hand stitched edges were required to match the seat so I set to work.  Together they looked great but the backend needed something so Umberto sent another email, asking about a custom roll style bag to fit between his custom seat and custom fender.  I have to wonder how many parts on his Softail Slim are factory besides the engine and frame.  We agreed on a smallish, 4″ diameter x 10″ long back that would strap to the frame between the two parts with the buckles reversed so they wouldn’t touch the fender when the bag was opened.  His racing number was hand tooled on the flap and the crest laser engraved on the side caps to tie it all together.  Here are the pics, enjoy!

Embroidery goes wild…on a few fender bibs

Posted in Custom Embroidery, Custom Stitching, Fender bibs, Harley Dyna, Harley Softail, leather, Motorcycles, Softail with tags , , , , , , on May 20, 2014 by Chris Wright

Have I mentioned how awesome my embroidery gal is?  She rocks.  This last month I gave her a few challenging pieces and as usual she delivered.  Want proof? Check them out below…

First up is a black pebble grain leather with black hand braided edges rear fender bib for a 2005 Harley Softail Deluxe. It’s sporting all white & black stitching for the “Don’t Tread on Me” snake and banner.  The client’s last name and “Liberty or Death” finish it off nicely.

Next is a black pebble grain rear fender bib with black leather edge piping for a 2010 Harley Dyna Wide Glide.  This one has inlayed Hot Rod Orange flames & double stitching with the iconic half skull in metallic silver snake skin.  This snake skin is as close to chrome as you can get while still being considered leather!




2013 wrap up pics

Posted in Custom Embroidery, Custom Stitching, Fender bibs, knife, knife sheath, Motorcycles, VTX1800 with tags , , , , , , , , on January 14, 2014 by Chris Wright

It has been a bit since I posted a good set of pictures of projects so here is a little gallery of the projects that wrapped up 2013 for you to enjoy!

New custom knife sheathes:

Recent Fender Bibs

More pics to come tomorrow when the 2013 wrap up continues!


custom rear fender bibs and more…

Posted in Custom Embroidery, Custom Stitching, custom work, Fender bibs, Harley Davidson, Harley Fatboy, Honda Shadow Aero 750, Honda VT1300 Interstate, Honda VT1300 Stateline, Honda VTX1300, Tank bib, Three Mutts Customs with tags , , , , , , , , , , on September 4, 2013 by Chris Wright

August was a fun month for custom rear fender bibs and custom tank straps & bibs. Had a few Harley and Honda projects come through each with a slightly different combination of options that kept the shop work interesting.  Hand tooled artwork, hand painted designs and some custom embroidery were in there and to top it off I shipped to some new international locations as well as some previous ones including; Great Britain, Canada, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland and Australia.

Without further adieu, here are the pics…



more completed embroidered pics

Posted in Custom Embroidery, Custom Stitching, Fender bibs, Harley Davidson, Honda VTX1300, Leatherwork, Motorcycles, New Items, Tank bib, Three Mutts Customs, Whaletail Tank Bib with tags , , , , , , , , , on January 29, 2013 by Chris Wright

A few weeks ago I announced that I now have access to an embroidery company that can make custom embroidered leather pieces that can be used as awesome full color inlays.  The first pics back were the Harley FXDi35 rear fender pics that I posted here.  Now, the second project owner has shared pics of their new leather installed as well.  This was an image of a tribal-ish white Black Widow that she found and inquired about.  We decided to edge the inlay with red applique braiding to give it some more pop and add some color to the all black VTX1300.  Notice the theme matching footpegs, nice touch!


White widow inlay piece and test samplesWidow Whaletail tank bibEmbroidered inlay whaletail tank bib

Custom stitching now available on tank and fender bibs!

Posted in Custom Stitching, Fender bibs, Harley Davidson, Leatherwork, Motorcycles, New Items, Tank bib, Three Mutts Customs, Whaletail Tank Bib with tags , , , , , , , , on November 19, 2012 by Chris Wright

A recent request prompted me to test out my sewing skills and verify that custom stitching would be a possibility.  I’m happy to report that the project worked out nicely and I can now offer custom stitching on tank bibs, fender bibs and bag flaps in some basic styles like flames, tribal patterns and multiple color geometric patterns.  I haven’t tried words or small detailed stitching yet due to time but plan to get that on the drawing table by the end of the year.  I mention basic shapes and styles as I am doing this ‘by hand’ meaning I am hand guiding the sewing machine to make the designs.  Stitching takes me almost as long as hand tooling does (due mainly to taking my time with a new technique)  but the stitching rates will be 1/2 of tooling rates, quoted by the hour, plus the thread cost since it is less labor intensive and I will get faster eventually!  😉
Here are some pics of my first forays into custom stitching, if you have a request feel free to drop me a line.  There is a great selection of colors available and some I already have in stock.  Here is a link to my preferred vendor’s color list: if you want to see what will work best with your project before hand.  And just so those curious few have one less question to ask, yes I will be offering multiple color stitching, it simply requires an extra thread charge for the additional color(s).

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