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Leather work and leather-craft courses, classes and workshops taught all across the UK. Leather improves with age, which is why crafting something out of leather is extremely satisfying. Not only can you make something stylish, but it will have a durability that means you can enjoy it for years to come. Leather craft involves cutting, sewing (often hand stitching), dyeing, lining, punching holes and generally fashioning your piece of hide into bags, belts, shoes, saddles, waistcoats, chaps, book covers and anything else you want to learn how to make. Leather workers are quite a rare find these days; leather work teachers even more so. The leather courses on these pages below cover skills such as leather bag, shoe and belt making, upholstery, leather dyeing, carving, embossing and stamping. Browse leatherwork courses across the UK.

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Image for Hand-stitched leather tote, satchel or messenger bag course
Next course on 21st February 2017
Make a hand-stitched leather tote, messenger or satchel for ladies and gents. This popular course has been featured in 'The Guardian', 'The Week' and 'The Lady' magazine. Get in touch to book your place! A two day course which teaches you how to make your own beautiful leather tote, messenger or satchel. A completely 'hands on' course with plenty of support and encouragement as you construct your hand-made leather bag working from one of our...
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Next course on 5th March 2017
As featured in The Guardian, learn traditional leatherwork skills at Diamond Awl Workshop. Our one day leather course focuses on making premium small leather goods, such as wallets, notebook holders, card holders and passport holders. The course is designed to teach you all the core basics of traditional leatherwork, including marking and cutting out leather, preparing the leather for hand stitching, saddle stitching by hand, skiving, bevelling and burnishing. At the end of the day...
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Next course on 11th March 2017
Two day Introduction to Leather Craft 9am to 5pm This course will introduce students to the basic skills used in leather work. Students with little or no experience will be taught basic skills by making two small items in leather. The projects will cover skills such as cutting and stitching leather. The course is designed to equip you with the basic skills necessary for you to continue developing the craft of leather work. The course...
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Next course on 25th February 2017
As featured in The Guardian, learn traditional leatherwork skills at Diamond Awl Workshop. On our two day leather bag making course you will have the choice of making either a messenger bag, tote bag or postal bag. No prior leatherwork experience is needed as you will learn all the core leatherwork skills plus additional techniques that are relevant to the more complex process of leather bag making. You will leave the course having made your...
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Please note at time of booking I require a deposit of £25, the balance to be paid on or before the arranged date. In the event of cancellation, the deposit can be refunded, provided notice of cancellation is given not less than 7 days before the course date. The programme for the day will be established to suit you when you phone to book. This could be just to learn a new craft or you...
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One Day Workshops Maximum of 5 students on each workshop. Shoe making workshops - £300 to include tuition and the shoes you make. What Can I Make? This fun workshop is suitable for complete beginners and gives all the support, tuition and materials you need to make your very own pair of simple shoes or sandals from our range. Sole For unique style and total comfort, you will use a natural crepe sole (either Traditional...
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Enjoy a day of making 3 or 4 products of your choice. Choose from a variety of things including a leather bound sketchbook, lined purse with a metal zip, coin purse with a press fastener or felt lined trinket tray. As with the half day course, this is perfect for beginners and will provide you with some of the basic skills and knowledge to go away and continue working with leather on your own. If...
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Next course on 10th June 2017
This day course is the perfect opportunity to be creative. A mix of sculpture, art and design all in one course. A full taster day of leather caving, moulding, stamping and dying, resulting in an amazing masterpiece you'll be proud to take home! Not too challenging, but plenty of fun and a fantastic introduction to this ancient art. Mask moulds and additional leather will be available to purchase, for students who would like to continue...
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Come and learn how create your very own personalised leather purse or wallet at a London location or my Kent studio. You can choose from a wide range of colourful leather pieces and will have a go at using the traditional methods of saddle stitching. Firstly, you will decide on a choice of patterns. You will then choose and prepare the leather for cutting and learn the art of leatherwork by saddle stitching, gluing and...
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During this one to one course a more focused instruction into the traditional Saddle Stitch will be given. Whilst 8 hours is not enough to cover of all the techniques and processes, you will have sufficient instruction and appreciation of the principals to continue at your own pace. During the course you will gain an understanding of the tools, techniques and applications used to achieve the saddle stitch. Nigel Armitage is registered with and insured...