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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.

Hampshire - Next course on 8th June 2019
This one-day workshop is fun, friendly and suitable for complete beginners. You’ll make two upcycled leather travel journals, similar to the Midori journals. Each journal contains notebooks which are held in place with elastic cord and can be replaced when full. The workshop runs from 10.00am to 4.30pm. You will start in the morning by making three notebooks to fit a passport size leather travel journal with a wraparound cover (this will introduce you to...
County Durham - Next course on 28th September 2019
This half day course will introduce you to the principles of Stamping, Embossing, Wet-Moulding and Dying Leather through the making of your own hand dyed leather Keyring, Bookmark (or Hair Barrette) and Wet-Moulded Leather Bowl. A Hands On course during which you will learn how to stamp, emboss, wet-mould & dye veg tan leather to make three separate items. Closed toe footwear should be worn. If you wish to protect your clothing (from dye etc.)...
West Midlands - Next course on 1st June 2019
Come and make a machine sewn leather carry-all/tote bag, perfect for carrying your day to day essentials such as your makeup bag, purse, phone, books etc. There will be a small selection of coloured leathers to choose from. You will be shown how to use leather making tools and equipment safely and to machine sew leather. The workshop is suitable for adults – beginners or improvers. You will be provided with an apron to wear...
This one-day workshop is fun and friendly and suitable for complete beginners. You’ll make two upcycled leather journals using the long stitch technique which is simple to master and looks stunning (no glue involved). The workshop runs from 10.00 to 4.30. You’ll start in the morning by making a small A6 book with a wraparound leather cover (this will introduce you to all the basic techniques). In the afternoon session you’ll be learning more advanced...
County Durham - Next course on 19th October 2019
One Day Workshop By the end of the day, participants will leave with their own, handcrafted leather possibles pouch. Along the way, you will learn various skills such as stitching, riveting and cutting leather. There will also be the opportunity to dye and finish the leather and add decoration to make each pouch personal to its creator. Closed toe footwear should be worn. If you wish to protect your clothing (from dye etc.) please bring...
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...
Pembrokeshire - Next course on 8th June 2019
This leatherwork weekend taster workshop is for those interested in learning the skills of a traditional leatherworker. Perfect for beginners, the leatherwork ‘ Weekend Taster’ gives you the opportunity to try your hand at many of the essential leatherworkers’ tools while developing skills that are part of everyday tasks in the workshop – you will then have the opportunity to put those skills into practice by making one, or two small hand-stitched leather items to...
Shropshire - Next course on 14th June 2019
Join me to make a soft leather bag in a choice of colours - choose your colour when you book. The bag is fully lined with an interior pocket. Your tutor is Lizzie. Lizzie has been making soft leather handbags and travel bags for many years and will enjoy teaching new skills to you. You will be able to make a leather flower to embellish your bag if you want!!
During this one to one course you will Measure, Cut, Prepare, Stitch & Finish a basic unlined belt.​ At the end of the day you will have a belt to take home with you that you have made by hand in the Finest English Bridle Leather and trimmed with a solid steel or brass buckle. You can choose the leather, buckle & buckle keep to suit your style. You will learn and have an understanding...
During this course you will Measure, Cut, Prepare, Stitch & Finish a basic Bi-Fold Wallet much like the one found in the video on Armitage Leather YouTube channel. You will have the finished item to take with you as well as the instruction pack & a pattern-set in the leather of your choice to practise in your own time. The wallet design can be changed but please be aware that there may not be enough...