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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.

£70
Devon - Next course on 22nd June 2019
In recent years Midori Traveller’s Notebooks have reached a cult status among the analogue notekeepers, bullet journalers and stationary lovers of this world and its not hard to understand why. Of all the books I make, my traveller’s journal is my favourite. It is the perfect balance of form and function. In this one-day, no-glue workshop you will make your own full-size traveller’s notebook with a robust, thick, quality pull-up leather cover in a colour...
£75
Powys
During this one day workshop, you will learn the basics of Leatherwork including how to cut and prepare leather using a template, preparing for and using harness needles to stitch as well as how to finish your product to a high standard. You will make a luggage tag and your choice of either a Coin Purse or Credit Card wallet. Your tutor for the day will be Stuart Marriott, who having initially trained as a...
£100
Somerset
Learn how to repair antiquarian books and rebind old books in leather or cloth. This is an opportunity for you to acquire the skills to transform your bookshelves and learn a few conservation techniques so you can take care of your most treasured books. Victorian cloth back books or 18th century leather bound books are the usual projects people bring along but you are welcome to bring any book in any condition! Just email me...
£170
Devon
Using the tannin found in tree bark we’ll tan fish and rabbit skins. Rabbits on Saturday and fish on Sunday. Learn about the tanning process and softening with oils. Then take home a soft rabbit fur and a strong bark tanned fish skin. Over this weekend we will cover the principles of bark tanning. The course includes how and when to gather bark and how to make tanning solutions. How to prepare your skins, and...
£85
Online
On this introductory leatherwork craft online course I will tell you where to get the tools and the leather alternatively I can send out a leather template to you which is precut but not punched. There will be a small charge if this is how you would like to do this. Alternatively I will send out the paper template and you can cut and punch the holes as required. This can be completed in one...
£125
Cardiff
Join us in my new studio upstairs in Oriel Makers, Cardiff for this introduction to designing and making your own bespoke leather sandals. Using basic tools, you will be walked through the steps to creating a pair of well fitted shoes that you can be proud of. The best thing about this workshop is that you will leave with all the skills necessary for making sandals again at home using easily accessible tools and equipment....
£499
Shropshire - Next course on 4th July 2019
Thursday 4th - Sun 7th JUly 2019 Bookbinding - Stub-bindings in half leather Tutor: Glenn Malkin Stub bindings are commonly used for binding artwork, maps and other documents that need to be opened flat. We will make a book from scratch which incorporates a variety of approaches to stub binding so participants will be able to select the most appropriate structures for projects they may face in the future. The case will be half leather...
£245
Moray - Next course on 1st November 2019
Bookbinding from scratch is suitable for beginners, but will also include more challenging book structures for any with previous bookbinding experience. Any special projects in mind? Laura West (Isle of Skye Bindery) is happy to guide you in using the correct structure to 'make it happen.' Book Repair is also taught, with new materials and techniques to be explored. Both Laura and her assistant will be on hand to help you in restoring and stabilising...
£75
County Durham
A unique opportunity with plenty of support and encouragement to help you make your very own leather belt. This workshop is suitable for complete beginners and is designed to teach you the basics of traditional leather work and give you a basic introduction to leather carving. You will learn how to cut, carve, bevel, burnish, dye and saddle stitch and at the end of the day you will take home your very own hand carved...
£190
North Somerset - Next course on 7th September 2019
Corset Making masterclass. The ultimate opportunity to create a soft leather corset or waspie with silk lining and waist tapes. Sewing experience essential . Using the softest hyde or a fabric of your choice you will be provided with my own unique pattern that we will tailor to fit for comfort and maximum waist reduction. You can op to create a full overbust corset or underbust cincer. All material will be provided subject to a...