KWS traditional leather workshop (small leather goods)



About the Workshop

The small goods leather craft workshop is the perfect introduction to making traditional leather goods as well as fashion accessories. This workshop will provide you with the core skills to make leather products and the foundations for progressing to making more advanced pieces.

In this practical and hands-on course, you will learn how to make your choice of leather goods using only traditional handcrafting techniques. Choose from card holders, coin wallets, belts, key lanyards, key chains or purses - all made from vegetable tanned leather.

With a maximum of 1-3 students per course, everyone receives attentive tuition.

A set of tools are provided along with choice from a range of leathers, metal fittings and other materials needed. Patterns and workshop notes are provided for this specialist workshop, as well as a suppliers’ list for those wishing to continue to develop their range after the workshop.

The workshop aims to cover:
-Becoming competent at using many of the leather worker’s hand tools.
-Learning how to saddle stitch with the aid of a saddler’s clam.
-Understanding the process of preparing the leather for hand stitching.
-Gaining a thorough understanding of the qualities and sections of the leather.
-Mastering the technique of preparing a thread.
-Learning to work from a paper pattern onto leather.
-Maintenance and care of leather.
-Developing a professional edge finishing technique.
-Fitting and securing metal hardware.
-Maintenance of saddlery tools.

Running times: 11:00 AM – 15:00 PM.
Please arrive 15 minutes before start time.

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

The workshop fees cover leather and basic materials. You are welcome to bring your own materials if you wish, but please consult with me prior to ensure that we have the right equipment for the task. Saddlery tools are provided for students to use.


Kingsley Walters at Kingsley Walters Studio

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Morley House
26 Holborn Viaduct
Greater London

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Advanced/pro level
  • Children
  • Christmas
  • Corporate days out & team building
  • Easter
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Father's Day
  • Hen dos
  • Intermediate level
  • Mother's Day
  • Overseas Holiday
  • Pet lovers
  • Public transport
  • Romantic
  • School holiday workshops & activities
  • Seniors
  • Stag dos
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers
  • Tutor can travel
  • UK Holiday
  • Wheelchair users


4½ hours (11:00am to 3:30pm)

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This craft course provider has been awarded Platinum status for receiving 50 or more 5 star ratings from previous students.

The Students' Choice award ensures that course providers get recognised for their efforts in the teaching and practice of UK craft.

They also allow tutors to gain valuable feedback on their courses and for new students to find the course that's right for them.


JJP - - #38259

What a great guy, and wonderful course. I arrived as a total novice and found this fully hands on experience very informative. I left with a great idea of how to explore the next stage of leather making and would highly recommend Kingsley!

Veronica - - #37102

A thoroughly enjoyable day. Kingsley is an excellent teacher. As a complete beginner, I would recommend the one day course as a great introduction to working with leather.

Isabella - - #36886

I received the bag making workshop as a Christmas present and it exceeded all expectations! A super chilled studio space and an amazing playlist might I add. With help from Kingsley’s expert leather knowledge and skilful guidance I took home a beautiful veg tan mini tote bag. I will definitely be booking to come back again soon! Thank you :)

Jesse G - - #36545

Really enjoyed Kingsley’s small leather goods course. I was 1 of 3 people on the course which allowed for plenty of 121 support. There was a good steady pace throughout and the tools and materials were all top quality. Came away with a good understanding of basic cutting and sewing techniques and some links to leather and fittings suppliers. Thanks Kingsley.

B Webb - - #35403

Really very pleasant day. Kingsley is very friendly and loves to answer all your questions, of which I had many. He is very knowledgeable and I learned a lot and came away with a super little purse.

Max - - #35158

A great workshop with a very helpful and informative teacher, would definitely recommend it to anyone who is interested in having a relaxed creative day.

Amy Smith - - #34829

Kingsley was a pleasure to spend a day with! Not only was he knowledgeable and generous with his craft but he was simply an interesting and wonderful person to spend time with.

I thoroughly recommend the workshop to anyone hesitating and look forward to seeing what Kingsley achieves in the future as he deserves plenty of successs!

Thank you Kingsley :-)

Adam - - #34714

A fantastic day. I thoroughly enjoyed the day and found Kingsley to be an excellent teacher. Would highly recommend.

Graham Harris - - #34454

Great course, learnt a load & looking forward for the bag course.

Kingsley is a great teacher & the group was small so always there to answer questions even for a novice.

I made an awesome card/coin purse, which came out great.

Well worth a go if you have any interest in leather work.

Vincent Broguy - - #34067

Such a great day! This workshop has been a very good experience thanks to Kingsley. This one day course is absolutely perfect and it is at anyone reach as Kingsley is generous with his students all day long.

I came back home with a nice wallet and the hunger for more.

I totally recommend ! ! !

Emma - - #34044

Thank you Kingsley for hosting such a brilliant workshop last Saturday. For anyone wanting to learn the essential skills for leatherwork, you could not find a better tutor!

Sarah Joseph - - #33344

I wish I could give this workshop 6 stars ! I was lucky enough to have 1:1 tuition and could not believe what I managed to achieve in a day. Kingsley was flexible and extremely generous with his time and knowledge (and has great taste in music). The course was far from prescriptive and with no former experience I was able to make something slightly original. You could not find a better person to introduce you to leather !

Pauline - - #32870

This is a really enjoyable course! Had a great day and Kingsley provided a really nice environment to learn in. Can’t believe how he managed to get me from little to no knowledge to making something great!
I came away from the course feeling confident in. He also provided us with information on London Merchant to get supply if we want to consolidate our knowledge and make leather work a hobby or more.
Such a great day! Highly recommend!

Johanna - - #32671

I had such a great day and learned loads. It also all felt very relaxed, and yet we got so much done. I know I will love my little cross-body bag, which Kingsley helped me design on the spot, for years to come. Can't recommend enough.

Audrey N - - #32491

I made a vegetable tanned small leather weather and I enjoyed the whole experience. Kingsley is the most knowledgeable person if you want to learn about leather craft. He is happy to share his knowledge and tips. He is a friendly and patient teacher. He was happy to answer all the questions I had. I learned so much! Thank you, Kingsley!

Paul - - #32490

Simply: Absolutely amazing workshop.
A fun and charming character, Kingsley is a great teacher and mentor, taking time to go through all basics and more advanced techniques in great detail. This is something I've always been curious to know how it worked, and I would highly recommend this course for anyone who has ever been curious about how leather goods are made and why handmade craft are always so much better and longer lasting.
Kingsley also did a commission for me, his craftsmanship is incredible, it was truly inspiring to see my design come to life with his hands

Scott - - #32485

Had a great day at Kingsley’s leather workshop, would highly recommend if you want to start learning about leather working. He is also a very friendly and patient teacher.

Greg P - - #31758

Kingsley is my new leatherworking guru. If you want to learn about working with leather, I can't imagine anyone better as a tutor. Kingsley is patient and extremely knowledgeable. Top marks.

Greg P - - #31759

Kingsley is my new leatherworking guru. If you want to learn about working with leather, I can't imagine anyone better as a tutor. Kingsley is patient and extremely knowledgeable. Top marks.

Charlotte - - #30548

I had a brilliant time at the Small Leather Goods workshop with Kingsley. He's extremely knowledgeable, a brilliant teacher, is friendly and patient. My friend and I had a lot of individual attention and are now inspired to start more leather work. Highly recommended - thank you so much!

Tumaini - - #30103

Absolutely loved the leather accessories workshop. Kingsley you are truly inspiring.
Thank you for all the little gems of knowledge.

Daniel - - #30059

I had an excellent day learning from Kingsley, he is very knowledgeable and knows how to explain techniques in an easy-to-understand way. I'm so happy with the outcome of my wallet and have used it everyday since. He also gives you advice on where to buy tools and leathers if you want to continue with the leather craft hobby. 10/10 would highly recommend!

Loreta - - #28600

I had a great day with Kingsley making my very own belt. He listened to my ideas and we were able to incorporate most of them in the design. I enjoyed being creative and learning a new skill. Would definitely recommend!

Gill Cooper - - #28446

Had a wonderful time, Kingsley was an excellent teacher, explaining technique and reason behind it, he made you feel totally at ease and was very friendly and helpful. I would totally recommend his classes. Thank you Kingsley for an amazing day.

SJ Fleetwood - - #27481

I had the most amazing day making a card wallet for my husband on this course. Kingsley was so friendly and knowledgable, and clearly so passionate about his work. I fell in love with leathercraft completely and am so grateful to him for taking so much time to explain each tool to me and how things have been constructed. It's great to have such small classes (I was extremely lucky and had a 1-on-1 session!) because so many other courses pack in the students and you just dont get the same learning experience as I did with Kingsley. Without question, I will be back to learn more - it's such an amazing feeling holding something that you made from scratch! Thank you so much.

Kassy - - #27218

It’s really rewarding getting to use my new leather wallet every day and admiring it. I am very happy that I did the class and learning this skill was fun and exciting for me.

Kingsley helped me feel comfortable with his positivity and encouragement. With 2 other people in my group it meant we had enough support and time to ask questions but could also look at each others work and learn different skills.

The location was awesome. We had a break and went to Brick Lane Market around the corner.It is located in a shop with great coffee and a very cool set up.

Would highly recommend.

Tamas Poor - - #27133

It was a great course with Kingsley, he gave me very useful advice and I had a good chance to practice my skills. He was very supportive and I enjoyed the time spent there. The workshop was well fitted.

Kelly - - #27122

This workshop is amazing !

Me and my friend had such a good day .
We learnt so much about the leather and how to craft it. Kingsley is a laid back and super knowledgeable guy, he is also very attentive and helped me create the perfect leather card holder.
Thanks again!

Alan - - #27145

I had the best time learning leather working with Kingsley - this guy really knows his stuff. Top quality tools and materials, invaluable guidance and plenty of free biscuits. I’m so amazed with the wallet I made, even if I do say so myself!! My only criticism is that I wish this workshop was three times the length - I didn’t want to go home! ;) Cheers Kingsley

Tia - - #27123

A man with true passion for his craft! An amazing course if you want to learn the art of making leather goods as a beginner. Highly recommend!

Laurence Hammerton - - #26835

I had a such a good afternoon with Kingsley! He was really thorough, patient and encouraging. I left feeling inspired to delve further into the craft of leather work as he had imparted so much information during the workshop. I would highly recommend his course and he is a lovely bloke!

Response from Kingsley Walters Studio:

Thank you Laurence,

I sure do hope you are putting your belt to good use.

Lydia - - #26883

Kingsley’s workshop is brilliant. He’s a great teacher, and I felt like I learnt a lot. Would definitely recommend.

Response from Kingsley Walters Studio:

Hi Lydia,

Thanks you, I am super happy you enjoyed the workshop.

Southwark Peace Garden - - #26423

We loved working with Kingsley, who came down to our site to deliver a traditional workshop to a group of our young people (aged 11-15) and our staff.
Kingsley’s content was tailored beautifully to be engaging and accessible for our young participants, who found him to be hugely inspiring. The technical aspects of the course were great, it was so brilliant to use traditional techniques to craft the wallets that each participant produced. We enjoyed learning how to carefully use the tools and to have the opportunity to consider or own design and style.
We would love to have Kingsley do a workshop with us again and we are working with partners to enable this opportunity to happen on our site and others. Highly recommended!

Michal - - #26419

Amazing workshop. Really well organised with high quality tools and leather to choose from. Kingsley passes his knowledge on in a concise and well-paced way. It was a great experience with the cherry on the top, walking away with a handmade wallet which I still use! Highly recommended.

Stephen - - #26417

Got a tote bag made for me last year, absolutely amazing. The quality of the leather is top notch. It has been a year and the bag still looks brand new. Kingsleywalterslondon have an eye for details in their work, I described what I wanted and got it and more.

Viola and Gioia - - #26413

My sister attended Kingsley’s workshop and had such good fun! Really recommended and amazing result. Kingsley is such a patient and talented teacher, bravissimo!

Gos - - #26410

Fantastic workshop! If you are into crafts and want to try something new - it's a must! Can't recommend enough!

Mariko B - - #26424

Kingsley is an excellent craftsman but also great teacher. Calm, patient and friendly and able to answer any questions I had. I really enjoyed this course and couldn't believe what I was able to make in just one class. Thank you!

Paps - - #26409

I'm completely satisfied, very good service (and products)!

Claire Nanungi - - #26406

Kingsley's workshop was of top quality. He is a first class leather crafter who answered all questions promptly. I would highly recommend attending this one day course, if you are keen on learning how to make leather products.

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