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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.

£68
London
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,...
£50
Devon
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. Vegan options...
£495
Pembrokeshire - Next course on 5th July 2019
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...
£140
perth and kinross
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...
£340
Northamptonshire
Photo features Theo Sturge teaching students at the Institut fur Konservierung-Restaurierung, Akademie der bildenden Kunste, Vienna. Please note this course is suitable only for museum workers or those who have undertaken a conversation degree. An introductory course to some of the techniques more commonly used in leather conservation. The course will include theory and practical; mornings will be mainly theory and afternoons mainly practical. Case studies will be included when there is spare time. The...
£1250
Gloucestershire - Next course on 20th July 2019
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. This...
£95
Devon - Next course on 7th September 2019
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...
£270
Northamptonshire - Next course on 26th April 2019
The Nene Valley in Northamptonshire is renowned for its long history of making hand-crafted footwear and we are delighted to offer a unique course that helps to maintain the area’s proud heritage. The course takes beginners though the complete process of making a pair of cemented Chukka Boots by hand. The concept of the course is to learn the first steps of making simple unlined styles of footwear using everyday hand tools and only limited...
£150
Online
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...
£75
Cumbria - Next course on 30th June 2019
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...