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1-day traditional leather workshop - small leather goods


About the Course

About the Course

The one-day 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 more advanced pieces.

In this practical and hands-on course, you will learn how to make a range of leather goods using only traditional handcrafting techniques, such as 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 is provided along with 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 – 16:00 PM.
Please arrive 15 minutes before start time.

If you will be redeeming a CraftCourses gift voucher on this course, the voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.

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 London
26 Holborn Viaduct
Greater London
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Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Advanced/pro level
  • Children
  • Christmas
  • Corporate days out & team building
  • Easter
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Fathers Day
  • Hen dos
  • Intermediate level
  • Mothers 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

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5 hours (11:00am to 4:00pm)

Next available date

24th October 2020

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In-person course
- - #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!

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- - #30103

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

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- - #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!

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- - #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!

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- - #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.

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- - #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.

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- - #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.

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- - #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

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- - #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.

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- - #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!

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- - #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!

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- - #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 London:

Hi Lydia,

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

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- - #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 London:

Thank you Laurence,

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

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- - #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!

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- - #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!

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- - #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.

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- - #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.

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- - #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!

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- - #26410

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

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- - #26409

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

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- - #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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