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.
Make your best four legged friend a beautiful British Leather Collar and Lead, stamped with their name or initials
Using luxury leather in a variety of colours, with solid brass or chrome fittings. Small, friendly, and supervised individually by Catherine, this workshop is a great way to introduce yourself to working with leather. Covering a range of techniques and skills, with tools and materials provided.
Brilliant as a gift for the creative in your life,...
Over a cup of coffee or tea I will explain what our project is going to be. Then, out of a piece of leather, I will teach you how to create a soft leather make up bag.
During the following three hours, I will explain the basics of the leather craft and how to read a paper-cut pattern. To cut the leather, we will use graphic knives and metal rulers. To put the pieces together,...
On this 2 hour workshop participants will choose patterns in leather and use leather thonging to hand sew their very own Mini Bag.
This 2 hour workshop is suitable for complete beginners and you will go home with your own mini bag which is large enough to fit your keys, wallet and phone.
Feel free to bring your own applique or use ours! Get creative, you could bring; ribbons, buttons, fake flowers, etc.
A rare opportunity to learn how to wet-mould vegetable tanned leather and create a bespoke moulded leather bag or rucksack. This three day intermediate level and exploratory course is equally suitable for men or women and teaches the basic skills required to create moulded leather goods. This is a very practical, hands-on course focusing on wet-moulding and hand stitching vegetable tanned leather. During the course you will make two hand-made moulded products; the first will...
A basic leatherwork starter day for making a small project such as a belt, arm bracer, or phone case.
I run private one day starter courses/workshops from my workshop on a farm near Perth, for one-to-one mentoring or a group of up to six persons. This is ideal for those who have a specific project in mind or just want to learn the basics.
On my courses I like to cover as much as the...
Learn how to make your own passport or notebook cover on our 1 day course. The course will cover leather selection, hand stitching and cutting techniques and you will go home with your own passport or notebook cover that you have handmade!
Course materials are included in the price, if you would like to purchase some more leather at the end course this can be arranged.
We also offer this course on and 1 to...
Craft in our time
Craft can offer many experiences - a sense of creativity, inspiration and imagination, a means of learning through making and a deep sense of empowerment and value.
The Practical Skills Teacher Development Course PSTDC aims to inspire, offer an opportunity for re-development and re-deployment of skills already acquired. Deepen our understanding of both the educational and therapeutic opportunities and value for the practice of traditional craftwork and learning through making.
Tanning the natural way, as our ancestors did. Learn to tan rabbit skins using the tannins found in tree bark. On this day you will learn how to prepare a fresh skin, make a tanning solution, tan, oil and soften a rabbit skin. You will head home with a soft rabbit fur.
The process requires working outside so please dress appropriately for the British weather, you will also need to be willing to get stuck...
I understand often, distance can be a factor when looking for one to one lessons.
With the onset of the modern age however, instruction can be given online via Skype.
These sessions again are tailored to your needs and can be used for general skills, specific sessions or consultations.
All you will need is a good internet connection, a webcam and your own tools.
Whilst face to face lessons are always the best option, online...
Leather Bag: Sun 30th June; Tues 2 July; Wed 3 July
Leather worker Ruth Pullan specialises in creating hand stitched bags and accessories using high quality British materials. Join her for this workshop which will give you the basic skills needed to make a small leather bag.
You will learn how to:
- dye and condition natural vegetable tanned leather
- stitch using the two needle traditional saddler's stitch
- bevel and burnish raw edges...