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.
On this half day course you will make your own unlined simple clutch bag or Ipad case to take home with you. Ideal for beginners, with no previous experience required, or the perfect next stage from one of our 2 hour taster courses. You will be taught the basics of leather work and how to cut and prepare leather. You will have a choose of different pre prepared patterns so can choose the design and...
Leatherwork taster course - half day leather accessory making workshop
From my studio in the Surrey countryside, come and have a crafty morning or afternoon making up to 3 leather accessories including a case or purse (card/phone/glasses), tassel or two tone keyring and item of jewellery (bracelet/earrings) or a luggage tag.
This course is perfect for beginner leatherworkers and will provide you with some of the basic skills and knowledge to go away and continue...
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...
During this one to one course a basic introduction to leather work is given, during which we will examine the tools, materials and process of making items from leather.
In this course we will touch on Design, Measuring, Cutting, Marking & Stitching and examples of different styles.
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...
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...
One Day Workshops
Maximum of 5 students on each workshop.
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.
For unique style and total comfort, you will use a natural crepe sole
(either Traditional Crepe soles - flat with a low heel, or a Crepe Wedge).
Come along for two full days of making a beautiful leather bag. On the course you will learn about different types of leather and how to select the right type for the right type of bag. Choose from a selection of ready made bag templates, or make/adapt your own. You will also learn how to create a patch pocket and insert a zip. Then finally, how to attach handles to create a one-of-a-kind professionally finished...
Boundbooks in Frome, Somerset.
I have been restoring antiquarian books for archives and booksellers for 10 years.
I have a PGCE and a post grad in Arts and Heritage and in the past I have taught at Art Colleges, Schools, Museums and Festivals.
If you would like to learn how to make a hand sewn leather bound book please join me on a Sunday, Monday or Wednesday. I teach on these days every week.
This is a more complex course and a higher level of skill will be expected before undertaking this course.
You will need to be able to proficiently measure and cut leather along with having a reasonable command of the Saddle Stitch.
If making a box, you will learn how to measure and cut accurately, cut mitres to create a mite joint and of course, box stitch.
If making a tub, you will learn to measure...
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,...