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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.

£95
Gloucestershire - Next course on 30th May 2019
Leather worker Ruth Pullan specialises in creating hand stitched bags and accessories using high quality British materials. Join her for this leather work workshop which will give you the basic skills needed for working with leather. Using these skills you will make a belt and a simple coin purse. By the end of the day you will be able to go on to apply these techniques to your own projects. Over the course of the...
£45
West Midlands - Next course on 2nd June 2019
A great introduction to leathercraft. Make a leather coin purse and key ring using vegetable tanned leather. You will be shown how to use leather making tools safely and to hand sew leather. The workshop is suitable for adults – beginners. You will select your own design from a pre-made template. Experiment with making holes for your purse, stamping letters and using rivets. Cut your purse and key ring out using a craft knife. Sew...
£65
Lincolnshire - Next course on 1st June 2019
This is a one-day course that will introduce you to the craft of leather tooling. The class will run from 10am ~ 4pm. Although lunch will not be provided, there is an excellent and popular cafe right beside the studio. Hot drinks and cakes will be provided throughout the day. No previous experience of working with leather is needed and all tools and materials will be provided. You will begin by learning the basics of...
£195
Devon - Next course on 4th September 2019
In one day you will learn how to make your own belt from naturally tanned leather. Activities will include: Choosing the right leather for the job, Creating and working with patterns, Leather product design, Use of tools, Cutting leather, Skiving leather, Burnishing leather, Belt making, Riveting, Hand stitching, Edge Dying leathers, Finishes and preservatives for leather. Please bring your own apron, a notepad and writing materials. Please make sure you wear long trousers, long-sleeved tops...
£375
Devon - Next course on 29th November 2019
Spend a weekend at Trill Farm with master leatherworker, Martin Brady of Leaf Artisan Leather, learning the fundamentals of leather-working, including all the basic leather-working skills. These will be applied to a more advanced project over the course duration. Skills will include, choices of leather, creating and working with patterns, cutting, skiving, bevelling, edge dying, slicking, and hand stitching. All students will make and take home a quality leather project, such as a decorated leather...
£120
Greater London - Next course on 14th June 2019
Make your very own leather belt bag. Our leather craft workshop days are designed to be all about you…. getting hands on and making your very own belt bag from a selection of our premium grade leathers and colours. This is a great 'all skills' workshop as you'll be making side gussets to create depth, saddle stitching, working with and setting hardware and don't forget the making of the belt. All of these techniques will...
£50
Gloucestershire
We will be making a traditional leather journal with wraparound cover. Pages will be sewn directly to the cover using a 'long and link’ stitch. This is a strong structure that protects your words or art and is easy to carry with you. There will be a selection of covers available to choose from and cartridge paper for the pages, however if you would like to bring some decorative paper to use in the journal...
£25
Cardiff
These stylish books, allow for a variety of inserts depending on your note taking/travel journaling needs. They also make a great gift for those friends who are impossible to buy for ;-) You will use real leather to create the cover (leatherette is also available if you’d prefer). There will be a wide selection of inner diaries, sketch, lined, grid paper and business card & document wallets for you to choose from. The design is...
£185
Pembrokeshire
This one day course is the perfect opportunity to be creative. A mix of sculpture, art and design all in one course. A full taster day of leather caving, moulding, stamping and dying, resulting in an amazing masterpiece you'll be proud to take home! Not too challenging, but plenty of fun and a fantastic introduction to this ancient art. Mask moulds and additional leather will be available to purchase, for students who would like to...
£60
West Midlands - Next course on 23rd June 2019
Come and make a machine sewn leather pouch, perfect for storing a variety of bits and pieces such as phone, cash, makeup or can be used as a clutch bag. You have the option to make a detachable wrist strap. 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...