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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.

West Midlands - Next course on 28th April 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...
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...
Lincolnshire - Next course on 8th April 2019
6 places. This will be a workshop where you will design and tool your own leather cuff, adding paint work or staining as preferred. Some basic designs will be provided, so if you would prefer to use a preset design there is no problem.
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...
West Yorkshire - Next course on 6th July 2019
Come and enjoy a day of Leather working. Make yourself a beautiful apron in butter soft pigskin Suede with Buffalo Nubuck straps and solid brass fittings. Personalize it with a name tag for an extra special present or something luxurious for yourself. Learn strap cutting, pattern making, attaching buckles and finishing in a small, friendly and informal workshop, working with Catherine Edwards a professional and Nationally Exhibiting leatherworker. The workshop is open to beginners and...
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...
Vale of Glamorgan - Next course on 28th March 2019
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, the design is fully up to your needs...
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...
West Midlands - Next course on 26th May 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...
Pembrokeshire - Next course on 30th March 2019
This Leather Satchel Course will teach you how to prepare, make and hand stitch a vegetable tanned, leather satchel in just two days! Similar in style to the traditional school satchel you’ll make a lightweight leather bag which is designed to carry your tablet as well as other essentials. You will be working from a choice of pre-prepared patterns including a rucksack and while you are here, you will learn how to cut leather, prepare,...