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.
This is one of our most popular courses; a great introduction to making a professional leather bag. On this two-day course you will be walked through basic construction techniques required to make a leather bag from scratch.
On the first day you get to choose from 6 different bag shapes: 2 variants of each style (2 types of Hobo, 2 sizes of satchel, a tote/shopper, or a backpack).
We have pre-prepared Rebecca-Jane patterns for you...
Sometimes what you want to learn is not listed in a specific course.
Think of this as an 'All Skills Session', an opportunity to look at a specific area or item you need to work on.
This can include such things as: Inlays, Overlays, Piping, Rolled Edges, Handles, Padding, Lining, Gussets, Design, Pattern Making, Plaiting, Whip Making, Quirts, Sheaths, Welts, Straps, Pouches, Hinges, Closures and the list goes on.
If you have an area you...
Enjoy a half a day making three or four leather accessories of your choice. Choose from a variety of things such as: a coin purse with a press fastener, card holder, felt lined trinket tray, case or purse for your cards or glasses or mobile phone, tassel, key ring, item of jewellery (bracelets) or luggage tag.
This fun workshop is suitable for beginners and you will get all the support, materials and patterns you need...
This course provides a great opportunity to learn the difficult techniques and processes of glove making. Learn to stitch a glove. You will get the glove already cut and prepared to stitch and finish. You will be able to design the glove as you required. This course is popular in UK and abroad as well. We had many local and international students travel to UK specially to participate in this course.
Starting from selecting leather,...
This is a detailed course in brain tanning.
We will be beginning with a raw deer skin, and you’ll take home a soft, wearable, brain tanned buckskin.
During this 4 day course we’ll go through every step of the process in detail so that you can take this skill home with you along with your buckskin. (scraping, dressing, softening and smoking)
The focus will be on finishing a whole hide each.
Buckskin is a very...
This course is suitable for beginners or those wishing to improve their leather craft skills.There is a choice of a card wallet or passport cover to make and a range of beautiful coloured dye to add to your vegetable tanned, full grain leather.
You will learn how to:
Cut leather from a pattern
Prepare for stitching
Hand sew leather using saddle stitch
Use leather dye
Use a variety of traditional leatherwork tools
Come and experience the absorbing and tactile world of Leather-work. Using traditional skills and techniques you will create your own unique item taking it from raw material to finished piece.
Tuition is delivered by Master Saddler and Leather Artisan Karen Ellis at her workshop in rural Aberdeenshire.
Workshops are run in small groups of around four, which allows for lots of individual attention, while providing a chance for shared inspiration and encouragement and a great...
Williams Handmade offers this One - on - One bespoke leather workshop where you are the only participant so the workshop can be completely tailored to what you would like to learn or make. Whereas all of our other group courses are based on learning hand stitching on the one - on - one workshop it is possible for you to learn how to machine stitch leather. You could also learn how to make patterns...
Leatherwork -A bespoke Introduction course designed for you and your interests.
Compared with a group course the 1-2-1 Introduction to Leatherwork Course is far more focused, gives greater reward and indeed goes into skills not possible in a group, such as adding side panels or gussets to a three dimensional bag project on day two.
This course is designed to equip you with all of the basic skills necessary to continue developing your craft at...
Our short courses are a lovely way to try your hand at bag making using a machine. When you arrive, there’ll be a paper bag full of goodies waiting for you with all the components for your clutch bag, all cut and ready to be assembled.
No need to bring anything but your lovely selves and a camera for pics.
This course runs from 10.30am-2:30pm (including ½ hour lunch) or 1.30pm-5pm.
You have the choice...