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Leather work courses

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.

£250
Lancashire - Next course on 12th January 2019
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...
£250
Staffordshire
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 all of 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...
£145
Oxfordshire - Next course on 21st January 2019
Make a Bag in a Day - Craft it Yourself! This course is ideal for all, from beginners to confident makers. You will learn the basics of leather craft for accessories and be introduced to techniques including machine stitching on leather, hand finishing and hand cutting. You will also be working with the full spectrum of leather types from soft leathers and suedes to a hard sturdy veg tanned leather. This is a perfect introductory...
£145
Bristol - Next course on 23rd January 2019
Join Esther Keen from Leather Needle Thread in Bristol to make a leather bag in a day. There is a choice of bucket bag or tote bag and a wide choice of beautiful coloured vegetable tanned full grain leather as well as metallic leather. Learn how to craft your own leather bag using a semi industrial sewing machine. You will be able to mix and match leather colours and tweak the designs to make the...
£85
Bristol - Next course on 12th February 2019
Make your own small shoulder bag from leather with no stitching. Using only rivets and lacing techniques this is a great introduction to leatherwork. You will be able to choose from a selection of Italian vegetable tanned leather and to emboss it with your name or other words to personalise it. The bags are small shoulder style bags, made from hard vegetable tanned leather and are unlined. You can also make stitchless small leathergoods -...
£85
Greater London - Next course on 12th January 2019
Our Leather Craft Workshop Days are designed to be all about You…. getting hands on and making your very own Hand Stitched Leather Belt. Or for a different look if you'd rather not stitch, you can choose on the day to make a snap closure Belt and choose 2 buckles that can easily be swapped over in seconds, two Belts in one! Having worked in the industry for over ten years..... Our workshops are brand...
£130
Surrey
One day leatherwork course in Surrey. Enjoy a day learning to make 3 or 4 leather 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...
£75
West Sussex - Next course on 16th February 2019
Use straightforward bookbinding and leather working skills to make two unique journals from upcycled leather. Great to record your latest masterpiece, or just to doodle. There will a maximum of three people and it is suitable for complete beginners. Start by folding paper to make the sections for your book and then choose your cover from a range of upcycled leather. The paper sections are sewn into the leather with a distinctive 'Long-Stitch' which gives...
£280
Somerset - Next course on 26th January 2019
Two day Introduction to Leather Craft As seen on Ch 4's "I Made This" and BBC's "Countryfile". 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...
£90
Greater London - Next course on 20th January 2019
Our Leather Craft Workshop Days are designed to be all about You…. getting hands on and making your very own Clutch Bag or small tablet device case/sleeve (iPad etc). Not suitable for laptops, being too thick and large. Having worked in the industry for over ten years.... Our workshop classes are brand new to London and started November 2017 and are all geared for people with some or no experience of working with, and Saddle...