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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.

Learn to make your own outfits and improve your skills. From a simple skirt to your very own bridal gown. Learn to get a professional finish. Learn to make knickers, garther, bra, suspender belt, corset, basque, dresses, coats... Get to grips with knitwear and overlockers. Classes on a one to one basis or small groups of up to 5-6 students Learn to make a bag, pet bed, free motion embroidery, clothing and accessories. From 1...
From my studio in the Surrey countryside, come and make the perfect present for your pooch! Come and craft your dog a custom made collar and lead complete with an embossed name 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 working with leather on your own if you so wish. You will finish the session with a complete...
Powys - Next course on 13th August 2019
Our fast track introduction to leatherwork course, is a 3 day intensive introduction to all aspects of leatherworking and aims to give you all the skills you need to continue making your own projects once the course as finished. Main areas covered in this course are: 1) Tool sharpening and maintenance 2) Choosing the right hide for the job 3) Hand stitching leather - both double and single hand stitching 4) Basic point cutting 5)...
Nottinghamshire - Next course on 17th July 2019
Using creative teaching techniques and clear, step-by-step guidance you’ll unravel the process of glove making with leather, a skill that’s traditionally thought of as difficult to master. With only six places offered, this course provides you with one-to-one attention to ensure you leave with the skills and knowledge to continue glove making as part of your profession or purely personal enjoyment. This course is suitable for those who are interested in craft and accessory design...
County Durham
Learn to make a hand bound leather journal. This hands-on workshop will teach you to make a hand bound leather journal from scratch. Starting with a large sheet of paper you'll be guided through the process of turning it into the individual pages of the journal, binding them together and adding a leather cover as well as a page marker. You will be given the opportunity to dye the veg tan leather to form the...
Essex - Next course on 15th June 2019
Introductory course for people with little or no previous experience. There are only 6 students per course so everyone receives individual tutition. The course syllabus: You will learn to identify different types of leather from chrome tanned to vegetable tanned, you will gain a understanding of their qualities, and what type of leather suits each product. Learn to maintain hand tools Cut out leather using a premade pattern learn to hand stitch with confidence Finish...
Learn how create and craft your very own personalised leather laptop case at my Surrey studio. Make the laptop case from veg-tanned leather using the traditional leatherwork technique of saddle stitching. Firstly, you will learn to make your own pattern to fit your specific laptop. You will then prepare the leather for cutting and learn the art of traditional leatherwork by saddle stitching, gluing and finishing the edges by burnishing and/or painting them. There is...
Pembrokeshire - Next course on 8th June 2019
Make a hand-stitched leather tote, messenger or satchel for ladies and gents. This popular course has been featured in 'The Guardian', 'The Week' and 'The Lady' magazine. Get in touch to book your place! A two day course which teaches you how to make your own beautiful leather tote, messenger or satchel. A completely 'hands on' course with plenty of support and encouragement as you construct your hand-made leather bag working from one of our...
Online & Dorset
A 1 day course on how to use an industrial sewing machine. You will learn everything to give you confidence to tackle your project. We show you everything from setting your machine up, threading, tension, bobbins, common problems and how to put them right. A brilliant course for anyone who hasnt been on a machine before and a brilliant course if you have and just cant master the one you have.
Create a brilliant bag at Leather School that will be your constant companion Who this course is aimed at: Participants who want to create a one off craft item, or people who are interested in taking the first steps in leather making and may want to develop skills and go on to produce further work. It is suitable for enthusiastic beginners. The minimum age is 14. What you will make and do: We have created...